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Mounted Naginata Kamakura MinamotoKamakura Minamoto Spear Cavalry

Mounted Naginata

These fearsome cavalrymen are armed with deadly naginatas, making them formidable in close combat.

Naginata cavalry are extremely good in close combat against other horsemen, where the long reach of their weapons gives them a significant advantage. This also makes them quite handy against most infantry, as they can cut down to size - literally, in some cases - almost any opponents. Naginata-armed infantry counter their weapons’ strengths quite effectively, as might be expected. Given the small numerical strength of the unit, they are best kept out of range of massed archers: naginatas are no defence against a storm of arrows.

While the naginata was a fearsome weapon, Japanese weaponsmiths also produced a hybrid weapon halfway between a sword and a naginata, called the nagamaki. It came to be favoured by some in the period immediately after the Gempei War. This resembled nothing so much as a gently curved sword with a handle as long as the blade. Like the naginata it was used with wide sweeping motions, but could also be used as a spear to stab enemies. Despite being effective, it required a lot of effort to make: some claim more work was involved than for a sword or a naginata, and this inherent expense helped to limit its popularity.

Mounted Naginata

Unit Name

Mounted Naginata

Unit Key

Genpei_Cav_Spear_Naginata_Cavalry

Soldiers

40

Category

Cavalry

Class

Spear Cavalry

Multiplayer Cost

600

└ Multiplayer Limit

0

Recruitment Cost

700

├ Recruitment Turns

2

└ Unit Limit

0

Unkeep Cost

225

Melee Attack

14

└ Melee Weapon

spear

Charge Bonus

15

Bonus vs Cavalry

7

Melee Defence

7

Armour

5

Horse Mode

shogun_horse_samurai

└ Mount Armour

5

Morale

10

Abilities

No Ability

Strengths & Weaknesses

  • Very good against cavalry.
  • Very strong in melee.
  • Small unit size.
  • Vulnerable to naginata-armed infantry and massed archers.