This article is about the unit in Age of Empires II. For the armor class, see Armor class: Spearman. For the unit in Age of Mythology, see Spearman (Age of Mythology).
"Medium infantry."
Age of Empires II description

The Spearman is an infantry unit in Age of Empires II that can be trained at the Barracks once the Feudal Age is reached. They are a good early cavalry-counter, but are weak against virtually everything else. If not upgraded, a Spearman is one of only two military units (the other one being the Skirmisher) to lose outright to a Villager with Loom. Since no gold is required to train them, Spearmen are considered "trash units".

Tactics Edit

Spearmen are very cheap and massed easily, allowing them to overwhelm enemy cavalry. They are useful in preventing early Scout Cavalry charges, but against Castle Age cavalry such as Knights or Cavalry Archers they should be upgraded to the more effective Pikeman. Players generally use this unit to defend their base against cavalry raids.

Further statistics Edit

Unit strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Cavalry
Weak vs. Archers, infantry
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)
Unique-tech-imperial Tower Shields (+2 Pierce Armor, Lithuanians 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)
Upgrades Pikeman-research Pikeman

Civilization bonuses Edit


Spearmen attacking an enemy Knight.

  • Aztecs: Spearmen are created 18% faster.
  • Burmese: Spearmen have +1/+2/+3 attack in the Feudal/Castle/Imperial Age. Researching Faith is 50% cheaper.
  • Byzantines: Spearmen are 25% cheaper.
  • Celts: Spearmen move 15% faster. Spearmen can convert herdables even if enemy units are next to them.
  • Chinese: Technologies that benefit Spearmen are 10%/15%/20% cheaper in the Feudal/Castle/Imperial Age.
  • Ethiopians: The Pikeman upgrade is free.
  • Goths: Spearmen are 25%/30%/35% cheaper in the Feudal/Castle/Imperial Age, and have +1/+2/+3 attack against standard buildings in the Feudal/Castle/Imperial Age. With Perfusion researched, researching Squires and upgrading to Pikeman is 100% faster.
  • Japanese: Spearmen attack 33% faster.
  • Lithuanians: Spearmen move 10% faster.
  • Magyars: Forging, Iron Casting, and Blast Furnace are free.
  • Malians: Spearmen have +1/+2/+3 pierce armor in the Feudal/Castle/Imperial Age.
  • Slavs: Tracking is free.
  • Spanish: Blacksmith upgrades that benefit Spearmen don't cost gold.
  • Tatars: Spearman deal 50% bonus damage from a cliff or an elevation.
  • Teutons: Spearman have +1/+0 armor in the Castle Age and +2/+0 in the Imperial Age.
  • Vietnamese: Conscription is free.
  • Vikings: Spearmen have 10%/15%/20% more hit points in the Feudal/Castle/Imperial Age.

Team bonuses Edit

Changelog Edit

The Age of Kings Edit

  • Goths: Spearmen are 10%/15%/25% cheaper in the Feudal/Castle/Imperial Age.

The Conquerors Edit

The Forgotten Edit

  • Speamen now have +9 attack against camel units and ships.

The African Kingdoms Edit

Rise of the Rajas Edit

  • With patch 5.7, Spearmen now have +12 attack against camel units.
  • Vikings: With patch 5.7, Chieftains now gives Spearmen +4 attack against camels.

Definitive Edition Edit

Trivia Edit

  • The Spearman line units are the cheapest of all military units, tied with the Skirmisher, costing only 60 resources and no gold.
  • The Spearman line units are the only trash units and also only common infantry units that don't have any base pierce armor.
  • Spearmen deal bonus damage against the cheat unit Saboteur (since The Conquerors) because it is in the same unit class as ships.
  • Spearmen and Pikemen use the same attack animation as Villagers' in the Iron Age in Age of Empires.

History Edit

"The medium infantry of medieval armies were often spearmen wearing half-armor, usually a helmet and armor on the upper body. As the Middle Ages advanced, the role of the spearman became more important. Armies learned to employ large formations of spearmen as a counter to heavy cavalry attacks because horses would not charge home against a bristling wall of spear points. Spearmen were most effective when emulating the ancient Greek phalanx, a dense box of men that could extend several spear points in a chosen direction. As towns grew in importance toward the end of the period, they fielded large contingents of trained spearmen. These were very effective in battle for the cost of their equipment and training. Spearmen were originally deployed in a defensive posture, but the best of the spearman armies, such as the Swiss, Scots, and Flemish, learned to maneuver and take the offensive."
Age of Empires II manual

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