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Samurai Light Ship

These small vessels are excellent for swiftly picking off vulnerable enemy ships.

Samurai light ships are the “cavalry” of sea-battles: quick, nimble and capable of striking down unwary enemies. Their samurai crews are armed with bows and swords, meaning that they can attack their targets during the approach, and be surprisingly strong during a boarding action too. Better still, as samurai they have good, solid morale and are unlikely to waver in battle. However, they are vulnerable if fighting larger ships, simply because the respective numerical crew strengths that can be brought to bear. A light ship carries fewer men, and can therefore sustain fewer casualties.

A wise commander uses these ships to attack and possibly capture stragglers in an enemy fleet. Their speed means that, against heavier, slower enemy ships, the light ships have the advantage in choosing where and when to fight. Given their relative high speed in action, they can decide whether or not to accept battle at close quarters, engage in an archery contest, or even harass enemies and then withdraw when pursued. Their “bite” when brought to battle is more than adequate thanks to the samurai aboard.

Samurai Light Ship

Unit Name

Samurai Light Ship

Unit Key

Genpei_Light_Ship_Light_Ship_Samurai

Soldiers

50

Category

Light Ship

Class

Light Ship

Multiplayer Cost

900

└ Multiplayer Limit

0

Recruitment Cost

200

├ Recruitment Turns

1

└ Unit Limit

0

Unkeep Cost

75

Marines

40

├ Marines Type

├ Missile Range

├ Missile Accuracy

└ Missile Ammunition

Seamen

10

├ Seamen Type

├ Melee Attack

└ Melee Defence

Hull Strength

100

├ Ship Category

Light_Ship_Bow

├ Manoeuvrability

High

└ Top Speed

14

Morale

16

Abilities

  • Battle Speed Battle Speed
    This increases a ship's rowing speed for a short period of time.
  • Flaming Arrows Flaming Arrows
    This unit can fire flaming arrows for a short period of time. Flaming arrows have a greater damage effect and can set fire to flammable objects. Flaming arrows don't function in wet weather.
  • Whistling Arrows Whistling Arrows
    Whistling arrows have an unsettling effect on both enemy and friendly crews, reducing their morale and combat ability for a short period when they fly over them.

Strengths & Weaknesses

  • Small, fast-moving vessel.
  • Crew armed with bows and swords.
  • Excellent in ranged combat.
  • Strong in boarding battles.