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Bow Ashigaru Garrison

Bow ashigaru are light foot archers used to screen the front line, harassing enemies with long range volleys of arrows.

These soldiers do not possess the prowess or prestige of samurai, but they are still a formidable force. In the same time it takes to fire and reload a firearm once, these archers can loose a dozen arrows upon the enemy. Once hand-to-hand fighting starts they should retreat to safety behind the battle line, as bow ashigaru are not trained or properly equipped for melee. They must also be wary of cavalry, having little defence against a charge.

Historically, bow ashigaru were used as skirmishers and sharpshooters, and were also expected to take part in close combat once they had fired all their arrows. Perhaps surprisingly, they were not made obsolete by the arrival of guns. While gunners reloaded, archers could continue to fire arrows, providing cover and maintaining the pressure on an enemy.

It was the job of the yumi ko gashira, an ashigaru commander, to judge when the enemy was in range and when to fire so that no arrows were wasted. Assistants would be ready with well-stocked boxes of arrows for resupply, and, if they ran out, an archer could always pick up enemy arrows and return them to the original owners!

Bow Ashigaru Garrison

Unit Name

Bow Ashigaru Garrison

Unit Key

Inf_Missile_Bow_Ashigaru_Citizenry

Soldiers

160

Category

Ranged Infantry

Class

Bow Infantry

Multiplayer Cost

500

└ Multiplayer Limit

0

Recruitment Cost

400

├ Recruitment Turns

1

└ Unit Limit

0

Unkeep Cost

0

Melee Attack

2

└ Melee Weapon

sabre

Charge Bonus

2

Bonus vs Cavalry

0

Range

150

├ Missile Weapon

bow

└ Projectile

shogun_arrow

Accuracy

25

Reloading Skill

25

Ammunition

20

Melee Defence

1

Armour

1

Morale

4

Abilities

  • 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.

Strengths & Weaknesses

  • Long range and short reload time.
  • Low accuracy and morale.
  • Very weak in melee.
  • Very vulnerable to cavalry.