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Mercenary Kretan Archers Mercenaries Missile Infantry

Mercenary Kretan Archers

Give a Kretan a bow, and he is worth his weight in silver.

Although archery was not highly thought of as a military skill in Greece, Crete produced truly excellent archers who were able to sell their services to the highest bidder as mercenaries. Firing bronze-tipped arrows from their heavy self bows, Cretan archers tended to carry shields, indicative of some additional prowess in melee, which must’ve made them an even more enticing proposition for a general hiring mercenaries for campaign. Their finest hours came when Alexander the Great hired Cretans directly into his army to support its unbeatable phalanx. Commanded by Clearchus, 500 Cretans accompanied the Macedonian phalanx into battle at Granicus, off-setting the Persians' numerical superiority on the day and enabling Alexander’s subsequent victory. Whereas the Romans didn’t traditionally use archers in their forces, once they conquered Greece Cretan archers began to appear as auxiliary troops in their armies. Notably, they fought in Caesar’s campaign in Gaul against Vercingetorix, causing him to rally the best archers the tribes could provide to range against them.

Mercenary Kretan Archers

Unit Name

Mercenary Kretan Archers

Main Unit Key

Pel_Mer_Kretan_Archers

Land Unit Key

Mer_Pel_Kretan_Archers

Naval Unit Key

pel_transport

Soldiers

120

Category

Missile Infantry

Class

Missile Infantry

Custom Battle Cost

600

Recruitment Cost

410

Upkeep Cost

300

Missile Damage

40

├ Missile Weapon

rome_composite_bow_elite

├ Projectile

arrow_composite

├ Missile Damage

36

├ Missile Ap Damage

4

└ Base Reload Time

12

Accuracy

5

Range

150

Reload

28

Shots Per Minute

7

Ammunition

15

Melee Attack

12

Weapon Damage

24

├ Melee Weapon

rome_shortsword

├ Melee Damage Base

20

├ Melee Damage Ap

4

├ Armour Piercing

No

├ Bonus vs. Large

0

├ Bonus vs Elephants

0

└ Bonus vs Infantry

0

Charge Bonus

6

Melee Defence

14

├ Base Defence

14

├ Shield

none

└ Shield Defence

0

Armour

10

├ Armour

cloth

├ Armour Defence

10

└ Shield Armour

0

Health

55

├ Man Entity

rome_infantry_very_light

├ Man Health

40

└ Bonus Hit Points

15

Base Morale

55

Abilities

No Ability

Attributes

  • Resistant to Fatigue
    Fatigue has less of an effect on this unit.
  • Hide (scrub & forest)
    This unit can hide in scrub and forest until enemy units get too close.

Strengths & Weaknesses

Transport
  • Very poor hull strength
  • Very slow speed
  • Weak ramming
Mercenary Kretan Archers
  • Long range
  • Fast rate of fire
  • Good damage but low armour penetration
  • Very weak in melee
  • Poor morale

Wrath of Sparta Mercenaries Pool

Mercenaries Pool
Wrath of Sparta
No. Pool Province Region Initial Unit Count Chance To Replenish Max Replenish Per Turn Max Count
1 pel_generic Aigian Khios
Mytilene
Oinoi
Samos
0 0.15 1 4
2 pel_generic Aitolia Naupaktos
Thermon
0 0.15 1 4
3 pel_generic Ambrakia Ambrakia
Anaktorio
Pronnoi
0 0.15 1 4
4 pel_generic Amphipolis Amphipolis
Krinides
0 0.15 1 4
5 pel_generic Argolis Argos
Korinthos
Mantinea
Melos
0 0.15 1 4
6 pel_generic Attike Athenai
Laurion
Naxos
Paros
0 0.15 1 4
7 pel_generic Boiotia Delphi
Lamia
Opos
Thebai
0 0.15 1 4
8 pel_generic Dodekanisa Karpathos
Kos
Lindos
Rodos
0 0.15 1 4
9 pel_generic Elis Elis
Olympia
Patrai
Zakynthos
0 0.15 1 4
10 pel_generic Epeiros Antigonia
Dodona
Elaea
Korkyra
0 0.15 1 4
11 pel_generic Euboia Andros
Kalkis
Karystos
Oreos
0 0.15 1 4
12 pel_generic Hellespontos Byzantion
Kypsela
Perinthos
Sestos
0 0.15 1 4
13 pel_generic Ionia Ephesos
Halikarnassos
Knidos
Miletos
0 0.15 1 4
14 pel_generic Kalkidiki Mende
Olinthos
Torone
0 0.15 1 4
15 pel_generic Karia Kibyra
Kolossai
Phaselis
Xanthos
0 0.15 1 4
16 pel_generic Krete Gortyna
Knossos
Kydonia
0 0.15 1 4
17 pel_generic Lakedaimon Kythera
Messenia
Pylos
Sparta
0 0.15 1 4
18 pel_generic Lydia Sardeis
Smyrna
0 0.15 1 4
19 pel_generic Makedonia Aigai
Argos Orestiko
Arnisa
Dion
0 0.15 1 4
20 pel_generic Mysia Ilion
Kyzikos
Myrina
Pergamon
0 0.15 1 4
21 pel_generic Thessalia Larisa
Pharsalos
Pherae
0 0.15 1 4
22 pel_generic Thraike Abdera
Ainos
Maroneia
Thasos
0 0.15 1 4
Khios
Ionian League (Wrath of Sparta)
Mytilene
Ionian League (Wrath of Sparta)
Oinoi
Ionian League (Wrath of Sparta)
Samos
Ionian League (Wrath of Sparta)
Naupaktos
Athenai (Wrath of Sparta)
Thermon
Aitolian League (Wrath of Sparta)
Ambrakia
Korinthos (Wrath of Sparta)
Anaktorio
Korinthos (Wrath of Sparta)
Pronnoi
Korinthos (Wrath of Sparta)
Amphipolis
Athenai (Wrath of Sparta)
Krinides
Athenai (Wrath of Sparta)
Argos
Argos (Wrath of Sparta)
Korinthos
Korinthos (Wrath of Sparta)
Mantinea
Argos (Wrath of Sparta)
Melos
Melos (Wrath of Sparta)
Athenai
Athenai (Wrath of Sparta)
Laurion
Athenai (Wrath of Sparta)
Naxos
Athenai (Wrath of Sparta)
Paros
Athenai (Wrath of Sparta)
Delphi
Boiotian League (Wrath of Sparta)
Lamia
Sparta (Wrath of Sparta)
Opos
Boiotian League (Wrath of Sparta)
Thebai
Boiotian League (Wrath of Sparta)
Karpathos
Rodos (Wrath of Sparta)
Kos
Athenai (Wrath of Sparta)
Lindos
Rodos (Wrath of Sparta)
Rodos
Rodos (Wrath of Sparta)
Elis
Elis (Wrath of Sparta)
Olympia
Elis (Wrath of Sparta)
Patrai
Akaian League (Wrath of Sparta)
Zakynthos
Athenai (Wrath of Sparta)
Antigonia
Epeiros (Wrath of Sparta)
Dodona
Epeiros (Wrath of Sparta)
Elaea
Epeiros (Wrath of Sparta)
Korkyra
Korkyra (Wrath of Sparta)
Andros
Athenai (Wrath of Sparta)
Kalkis
Athenai (Wrath of Sparta)
Karystos
Athenai (Wrath of Sparta)
Oreos
Athenai (Wrath of Sparta)
Byzantion
Byzantion (Wrath of Sparta)
Kypsela
Thraike (Wrath of Sparta)
Perinthos
Byzantion (Wrath of Sparta)
Sestos
Athenai (Wrath of Sparta)
Ephesos
Ionian League (Wrath of Sparta)
Halikarnassos
Ionian League (Wrath of Sparta)
Knidos
Ionian League (Wrath of Sparta)
Miletos
Ionian League (Wrath of Sparta)
Mende
Athenai (Wrath of Sparta)
Olinthos
Korinthos (Wrath of Sparta)
Torone
Athenai (Wrath of Sparta)
Kibyra
Persian Empire (Wrath of Sparta)
Kolossai
Persian Empire (Wrath of Sparta)
Phaselis
Persian Empire (Wrath of Sparta)
Xanthos
Persian Empire (Wrath of Sparta)
Gortyna
Gortyn (Wrath of Sparta)
Knossos
Knossos (Wrath of Sparta)
Kydonia
Kydonia (Wrath of Sparta)
Kythera
Sparta (Wrath of Sparta)
Messenia
Sparta (Wrath of Sparta)
Pylos
Sparta (Wrath of Sparta)
Sparta
Sparta (Wrath of Sparta)
Sardeis
Persian Empire (Wrath of Sparta)
Smyrna
Persian Empire (Wrath of Sparta)
Aigai
Makedon (Wrath of Sparta)
Argos Orestiko
Makedon (Wrath of Sparta)
Arnisa
Makedon (Wrath of Sparta)
Dion
Makedon (Wrath of Sparta)
Minor Cyclades
Minor Dodecanese
Minor Islands
Minor Saronic
Minor Sporades
Ilion
Ionian League (Wrath of Sparta)
Kyzikos
Persian Empire (Wrath of Sparta)
Myrina
Athenai (Wrath of Sparta)
Pergamon
Persian Empire (Wrath of Sparta)
Antipodes
Larisa
Thessalian League (Wrath of Sparta)
Pharsalos
Thessalian League (Wrath of Sparta)
Pherae
Thessalian League (Wrath of Sparta)
Abdera
Athenai (Wrath of Sparta)
Ainos
Athenai (Wrath of Sparta)
Maroneia
Athenai (Wrath of Sparta)
Thasos
Athenai (Wrath of Sparta)