Yari AshigaruThese ashigaru are armed with long spears for use in close combat or to make an almost-impenetrable defence against cavalry.
The spear is a remarkably flexible weapon in tactical terms. It can be used in single or mass combat and is equally effective for attack and defence. Yari ashigaru are armed with very long spears that are almost pikes, and can be used to lead a battle charge into battle or act as pincers. They are well-drilled, but lack the skill and dedication of samurai. Yari ashigaru are most effective when they work together as a block, forming a wall of spears. Any cavalry that charges into a well-managed formation of yari ashigaru will be wiped out as the horses and riders are skewered.
By the Sengoku Jidai, the yari was the most common weapon issued to ashigaru and samurai, although they used different fighting techniques and tactics. The ashigaru would use spears in formation, particularly against cavalry charges. Each would take a kneeling position and form a line, laying their spears on the ground in front of them. As the charge grew nearer they would be ordered to raise their spears and, at the last moment, thrust the spears upwards into the belly of the horse. Once a spear was in a target it was to be held firmly in place until otherwise ordered.
Unit NameYari Ashigaru
└ Multiplayer Limit0
├ Recruitment Turns1
└ Unit Limit0
└ Melee Weaponpike
Bonus vs Cavalry20
A tight-packed formation presenting a wall of yari to the front to deter enemy cavalry attack
Strengths & Weaknesses
- Very good against cavalry.
- Useful defensive unit.
- Weak in melee against samurai infantry.
- Vulnerable to missiles.