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Buffalo Braves were first introduced with Rise of Napoleon 1.0 and were subsequently replaced with Spearmen as a unit shared by various factions, most notably the Indian, Chinese and Arab factions as well as the Lakota. They had the same stats as the Iroquois Mohawk Warriors, but had a lower base cost. Overall, they were not ideal due to the difficulties for the Lakota in gathering food, and would usually be sidelined despite being cheaper.
The use and popularity of polearms throughout Europe and Asia attests much to the popularity of this weapon: despite being deceptively simple to make, a polearm was highly lethal, especially in the hands of well-trained users. Polearms combined the long reach of spears and shorter weapons, such as warhammers or swords to form a highly versatile anti-personnel weapon. Caesar's naval victory in north-eastern Gaul (present-day Brittany, France) was attributed to the use of billhooks which were used to disable Gaulish ships, granting the Romans north-western Gaul. In Northern Asia and Northern Europe, polearms were often the favourite weapons of various armies, because of their availability and were even used from horseback in China and Japan. It was an unnamed Lorrainian peasant soldier who killed Charles the Bold with a halberd at Nancy in 1477, ending the Burgundian Wars in one stroke.