This article is about the unit in Age of Empires II. For the unit in Age of Empires, see Long Swordsman (Age of Empires).
"Stronger than Man-at-Arms. Cheap and quick to create."
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The Long Swordsman is an infantry unit in Age of Empires II that can be trained at the Barracks once the Castle Age is reached.

Overview and tactics Edit

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Like all members of the Militia line, the Long Swordsman's main advantage does not lie in individual strength but their ease of creation and general cheapness in terms of creation cost.

Long Swordsmen are the basic infantry units in the Castle Age. They are moderately strong, being able to defeat all standard Castle Age units but the Knight and Cavalry Archer in one on one combat. Like all basic infantry, Long Swordsmen also have an attack bonus versus buildings, making them excellent raiders. They are weak against almost all archers, heavy cavalry, and Mangonels (if they are unable to close the distance), but good against Pikemen, Light Cavalry, Camel Riders, Skirmishers, Eagle Warriors, and Rams.

Further statistics Edit

Unit strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Skirmishers, Camel Riders, Eagle Warriors, buildings, Light Cavalry, Pikemen
Weak vs. Archers, Scorpions, Cataphracts, Jaguar Warriors, Boyars, Conquistadors, Janissaries, Slingers, Teutonic Knights
Attack Forging Forging (+1)
Ironcasting Iron Casting (+1)
Blastfurnace Blast Furnace (+2)
Arson Arson (+2 attack against standard buildings)
Unique-tech-imperial Garland Wars (+4, Aztecs only)
Unique-tech-imperial Druzhina (Slavs only, gives trample damage)
CastleAgeUnique Chieftains (Vikings only, gives +5 attack against cavalry and +4 against camels)
Armor Scalemailarmor Scale Mail Armor (+1/+1)
Chainmailarmor Chain Mail Armor (+1/+1)
Platemailarmor Plate Mail Armor (+1/+2)
UniqueTechImperial-DE Bagains (+5 melee armor, Bulgarians only)
Speed Squires Squires (+10%)
Sight Tracking Tracking (+2)
Conversion defense Faith Faith
Heresy Heresy
Creation speed Conscription Conscription (+33%)
Unique-tech-imperial Perfusion (+100%, Goths only)
Train cost Unique-tech-imperial Forced Levy (Malay only, changes gold cost to extra food cost)
Suplliesicon Supplies (-15 food)
Upgrades Tw-handed-swordsman-researc Two-Handed Swordsman

Civilization bonuses Edit

  • Aztecs: Long Swordsmen are created 18% faster.
  • Bulgarians: Militia-line upgrades (except Champion) are free.
  • Burmese: Long Swordsmen have +2/+3 attack in the Castle/Imperial Age. Researching Faith is 50% cheaper.
  • Celts: Long Swordsmen move 15% faster. Long Swordsmen can convert herdables even if enemy units are next to them.
  • Chinese: Technologies that benefit Long Swordsmen are 15%/20% cheaper in the Castle/Imperial Age.
  • Goths: Long Swordsmen are 30%/35% cheaper in the Castle/Imperial Age, and have +2/+3 attack against standard buildings in the Castle/Imperial Age. With Perfusion researched, researching, Squires and upgrading to Two-Handed Swordsman is 100% faster.
  • Japanese: Long Swordsmen attack 33% faster.
  • Magyars: Forging, Iron Casting, and Blast Furnace are free.
  • Malians: Long Swordsmen have +2/+3 pierce armor in the Castle/Imperial Age.
  • Portuguese: Long Swordsmen cost 20% less gold.
  • Slavs: Tracking is free.
  • Spanish: Blacksmith upgrades that benefit Long Swordsmen cost no gold.
  • Tatars: Long Swordsmen deal 50% bonus damage from a cliff or an elevation.
  • Teutons: Long Swordsmen have +1/+0 armor in the Castle Age and +2/+0 in the Imperial Age.
  • Vietnamese: Conscription is free.
  • Vikings: Long Swordsmen have 15%/20% more hit points in the Castle/Imperial Age.

Team bonuses Edit

Changelog Edit

The Age of Kings Edit

  • Long Swordsmen have 55 HP.
  • Long Swordsmen have +2 attack against standard buildings.
  • Long Swordsmen have 0 pierce armor.
  • Goths: Long Swordsmen are 15%/25% cheaper in the Castle/Imperial Age. Bonus damage against buildings is +1.

The Conquerors Edit

The Forgotten Edit

  • Long Swordsmen have 60 HP.
  • Long Swordsmen have +3 attack against standard buildings.
  • Long Swordsmen have +6 attack against Eagle Warriors.

The African Kingdoms Edit

  • Arson technology introduced.
  • Vikings: With patch 4.8, the technology Chieftains affects Long Swordsmen. It gives Long Swordsmen +2 attack against camels.

Rise of the Rajas Edit

  • Vikings: With patch 5.7, Chieftains grants Long Swordsmen +4 attack against camels.
  • Malay: Forced Levy research removes the Militia line's gold cost.

Definitive Edition Edit

  • Tracking technology removed; all infantry receive +2 LOS upon reaching the Feudal Age.
  • Supplies technology introduced.
  • Bulgarians: Bagains technology introduced.
  • Goths: With update 36202, cost bonus is 30%/35% in the Castle/Imperial Age; and bonus damage against buildings is +2/+3 in the Castle/Imperial Age.
  • Malay: Forced Levy changes the Militia line's gold cost to food cost.
  • Initially, Bagains gives +3 armor. After Update 34055, it gives +5 armor.
  • Teutons: With update 35584, Long Swordsmen have +1/+0 armor. With update 36906, Long Swordsmen receive another +1/+0 armor in the Imperial Age.

Trivia Edit

  • The Long Swordsman is one of only four upgraded forms of military units (the other three being the Man-at-Arms, the War Galley, and the Capped Ram) to be available to all civilizations.
  • The Militia line is the only unit line in the game with more than three stages.
  • The Malay is the only civilization to have the Militia line (except the Champion) as trash unit (once the Forced Levy is researched).
  • Despite being called 'Long Swordsman', the Long Swordsman does not use a Longsword, as a Longsword in reality is a two-handed sword, not one handed (the type of sword the Two-Handed Swordsman and Champion use in game). The type of sword the 'Long Swordsman' actually appears to be using is an Arming Sword, which was the typical one handed, double edged, medieval sword.

History Edit

"The weapon of choice for noble warriors was the long sword. Being skilled with a sword was a social distinction because good swords were expensive and difficult to make. Men-at-arms of lower classes trained with shorter and less expensive weapons. Long swords were reserved for the nobility. The ceremony of becoming a knight involved being dubbed with a long sword by the new knight's lord."

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