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
- The word "Ashigaru" means "light feet" in Japanese.
- Historically, they were conscripted peasants mass-trained in simple weapons such as the yari (Japanese spear) and the arquebus.
- They became important during the Sengoku Jidai period, when changes in military technology (specially the introduction of firearms and gunpowder by the Portuguese) transformed Japanese warfare from small scale conflicts (or even duels) between samurai to large scale conflicts between armies.
- The evolution pattern of the unique Japanese soldier carries the player from the bushi to the samurai (warrior nobility), then to the ashigaru (mostly peasants and militia; professional soldiers, at best). In other words, the unique infantry unit in the game devolves from a warrior elite class, to a conscripted mass model.
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