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Matchlock Kobaya

This light ship only carries a small number of warriors each armed with a deadly matchlock arquebus.

A matchlock ship carries a small detachment of musket-armed soldiers, certainly not enough to fend off a boarding action. Further, because the upper deck has no cover, they are exposed to missile attacks. However, this lack of fighting manpower and protection also makes the ship very light and fast. The matchlock troops can fire at an enemy crew or at the side of an enemy ship in an attempt to hole it. If a heavy enemy vessel gets too close and a boarding attack looks likely, a matchlock ship can use speed to move out of trouble and continue its harassing attacks.

Historically, Japanese naval tactics used missile attacks to thin out enemy numbers before a boarding action. Once the enemy were reduced, an attack would be launched and a battle fought hand-to-hand just as if everyone was ashore. The arrival of firearms in the Sengoku Jidai did not change these tactics. Instead, the arquebus simply replaced the bow.

Matchlock Kobaya

Unit Name

Matchlock Kobaya

Unit Key

Light_Ship_Matchlock_Kobaya

Soldiers

35

Category

Light Ship

Class

Light Ship

Multiplayer Cost

950

└ Multiplayer Limit

0

Recruitment Cost

200

├ Recruitment Turns

1

└ Unit Limit

0

Unkeep Cost

100

Marines

30

├ Marines Type

├ Missile Range

├ Missile Accuracy

└ Missile Ammunition

Seamen

5

├ Seamen Type

├ Melee Attack

└ Melee Defence

Hull Strength

100

├ Ship Category

Light_Ship_Matchlock

├ Manoeuvrability

High

└ Top Speed

12

Morale

11

Abilities

  • Battle Speed Battle Speed
    This increases a ship's rowing speed for a short period of time.

Strengths & Weaknesses

  • Fast moving.
  • Matchlocks deadly against crew and can also damage hull.
  • Vulnerable if boarded.
  • Crew very exposed to missiles.