The Norse Warrior (Nordic Swordsman before the Definitive Edition) is an untrainable infantry unit introduced in Age of Empires II HD: The Forgotten. It appears in several campaign scenarios and is also available in the Scenario Editor.

The Norse Warrior has the same stats as the Eastern Swordsman and only differs from the Long Swordsman in lacking the attack bonus against buildings.

Campaign appearances[edit | edit source]

Nordic Swordsmen often appear serving European players, such as in The Rebellion of Melus (second scenario of Bari), where there are such units serving Melus.

Besides that, in The Elopement (third scenario of Prithviraj), there are Nordic Swordsmen renamed to "Elite Red Guards" and serving Raja Jaichand in Kannauj, always in pairs. Though it is possible to backstab one, it would alert his partner and the rest of the guards.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • In its first appearance in The Forgotten, the "Nordic Swordsman" had a sprite edited from the Long Swordsman, that was only different in that it wore the conical helmet and round shield of the Elite Skirmisher (hence the "Swordsman" name, as it was armed with a sword). It is unknown if this unit and the Eastern Swordsman were created as part of an abandoned plan to give the Long Swordsman an appearance unique for each building style, of if it was only meant to be used in campaigns.
  • The name remained "Nordic Swordsman" even after the sprite was changed to a new one armed with an axe, and was only renamed in the Definitive Edition.

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