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In gameEdit

Halberdier rkc
Halberdiers — Vital statistics

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  • Heavy melee infantry with a splash attack.
Prereq: Build time HP LOS Attack Attack speed Movement
speed
18s 675 30 70 Rather slow 44
Cost Created from Armour Weapon range Specialty
Base Ramp Pop
Metal: 250;
Ol: 160
Metal: 6;
Ol: 3
2 Shipyard 9 33 ?

Overall StrategyEdit

A halberd is a polearm, consisting of a crescent-shaped axehead, tipped by a spear, and as a weapon can be fairly versatile. The halberd's main advantage over weapons is that it can be used in a great variety of ways — it can stab, as much as it can bludgeon or smash, with equal effect.

Thus, it is not surprising that Halberdiers can be found as part of the infantry of many Asian and European factions. With their fairly average price and good attack which can deal devastating amounts of splash damage, Halberdiers are highly versatile, being capable of being deployed against a variety of enemy units — melee infantry, unarmoured cavalry, and archers, although you should not expect them to stand up to heavy cavarly or missile units on a flanking manoeuvre. So if you are faced by a mass of Halberdiers, look to your ranged units and heavy cavalry to save the day. Halberdiers are eventually replaced by Grenadiers, a powerful class of heavy assault infantry with a ranged attack.

Unit summaryEdit

NotesEdit

In Rise of Napoleon, this unit is available only to China as the Imperial Guardsmen .

HistoryEdit

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.

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