The Ashigaru is a level 8 Japanese unique Heavy Infantry unit unlocked in the Enlightenment Age. Its predecessor is the Nodachi Samurai and it can be upgraded to the Shizoku. It is researched in a level 7 blacksmith. It replaces the fusilier.
- Ashigaru can damage buildings very easy and quickly. They are also good against cavalry.
- Ashigaru would attack the closest building on front of them but when attacked by an enemy troop; will fight back.
- Ashigaru can get destroyed easily by Splash Damage Structures such as mortars.
- Ashigaru are weak against other infantry.
- As a Japanese unique unit, Ashigaru has 20% more damage than the standard fusiliers they replace.
"Ashigaru' are Japanese infantry. Originally armed with polearms or spears and swords, by the 16th century they were equipped with matchlocks, known as 'tanegashima.' While the Japanese 'yumi' (bows) of the era were superior in virtually every way to these early firearms, a soldier could be trained to use a matchlock in a fraction of the time it took to learn how to fire a bow, and this would prove to be a decisive advantage."
Attacking Strategies Edit
- If used in large groups; Ashigaru can be devastating and can destroy a base easily; if not in heavy fire.
- Mortars are devastating against Ashigaru and can kill a group of them in a few hits if in the range of the impact. Spread your Ashigaru around so the mortar would have to hit each Ashigaru to kill it and that its impact would not affect other Ashigaru as well or deploy a few heavy cavalry to destroy it.
- Use ranged infantry such as musketeers to support Ashigaru.
- Ashigaru can be used as a distraction for many defenses and can help protect ranged infantry such as musketeers from heavy fire from defenses.
Defensive Strategies Edit
- Historically, ashigaru ("light feet") were conscripted peasants mass-trained in simple weapons such as the yari (Japanese spear) and the arquebus to fight for and against the numerous clans of the Sengoku Jidai Period.
- The evolution pattern of the unique Japanese soldier carries the player from the bushi to the samurai, then to the ashigaru. The samurai were considered the nobility of Japan, and the ashigaru were, at best, regarded as professional soldiers. Essentially, the unique infanty unit in the game devolves from a warrior elite class, to a conscripted mass model.
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