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The Spearman is a Melee unit available in the Ancient Era. It is strong against Mounted units.

Overview

The earliest spears were doubtless straight pieces of wood with crudely-sharpened ends; these would quickly break or become dull with service. The spear didn't become a reliable weapon until some early innovator discovered that he could harden the tip by lightly charring it over a fire. Eventually stone tips were employed, then of course metal. Spears are fairly simple weapons to learn, and they can be produced rapidly and cheaply, so they tend to be the backbone of early civilizations' armies.

Strategy

The Spearman is the first melee unit available after the Warrior. Armed with a spear and a shield, it is slightly more powerful than the Warrior. However, its long weapon also gives him a significant combat bonus against mounted units such as Chariot Archers and Horsemen. Use it as you would other front-line units, but try to position it so as to protect the weaker elements of your army (archers, siege machines) likely to attract mounted attacks. 

Unique Unit Replacements

AncientInfantry

Art by LastSword

Ancient Infantry - Qin (Shi Huang)
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  • Automatically heals 10HP per turn when it starts next to another Ancient Infantry (max 20HP)
LSElephant

Art by LastSword

Armoured Elephant - Maurya (Ashoka) (LastSword)
MauryanUnitAlphaAtlas

  • +25% Strength Defense vs. Ranged Attacks
  • Prevents pre-Medieval enemy Units from attacking if it begins a turn next to them
Batteringram

Art by Firaxis

Battering Ram - The Huns (Attila)
Batteringram-0

  • +300% Strength Combat Strength vs Cities
  • Starts with the Cover I promotion
  • Can only attack cities
Drumrollwarrior
Drumroll Warrior - The Ashanti (Osei Tutu I)
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  • -37% Strength Combat Strength (8 vs 11)
  • Grants two for each one produced
  • Generates +1 Golden Stool FontIcon Golden Stool Point for each Experience point earned
Gadrauht

Art by Firaxis

Gadrauht - The Goths (Alaric I) (LastSword)
GothsUnitAlphaAtlas

  • Upon gaining a Level, may choose "Harjis" to permanently raise Strength Combat Strength by 1 and produce another Gadrauht
Hoplite

Art by Firaxis

Hoplite - Greece (Alexander)
Hoplite-0

  • +18% Strength Combat Strength (13 vs 11)
Immortal

Art by Firaxis

Immortal - Persia (Darius I)
Immortal-0

  • Heals at double rate
  • +9% Strength Combat Strength (12 vs 11)
Khopesh

Art by Janboruta

Khopesh - Egypt (Akhenaten)
Unitflag khopesh

  • +25% Strength Combat bonus vs Wounded Units (increases to 50% if within two tiles of an Obelisk)
  • No bonus vs Mounted Units
Kibitium

Art by Janboruta

Kibitium (Spearman)
  • +3 Strength Combat Strength.
  • +30 Production Production cost.
  • +15% Bonus vs. Cities.
  • At levels 2, 4, and 6, +10% Strength Defense against Ranged Attacks.
JanOlmec2

Art by Janboruta

Konuks'wu - The Olmec (U Kix Chan)
OlmecAlpha

  • Earns Science Science for defeating enemy Units
  • +10% Combat Strength during Venus Cycles
Lapattu

Art by Janboruta

Lapattu - Akkad (Sargon)
Unitflag lapattu

  • +18% Strength Combat Strength (13 vs 11)
  • Increased improvement speed on the tile it is stationed on
Peleset

Art by Leugi

Peleset - The Philistines (Abimelech)
Unitflag peleset

  • May embark
  • +1 Moves Movement while embarked
  • Starts with the Amphibious promotion
  • Earns Gold Gold upon attacking a city
LSPhalanx

Art by LastSword

Phalanx - Sumer (Gilgamesh)
SumerUnitAlphaAtlas

  • Unlocked at The Wheel
  • +100% Strength Defense for one turn after it kills an enemy
Pictishwarrior

Art by Firaxis

Pictish Warrior - The Celts (Boudicca)
Pictishwarrior-0

  • Has a Strength Combat Bonus outside friendly territory
  • No movement cost to pillage
  • Generates FaithIcon Faith from kills
Raider

Art by TarcisioCM

Raider - Suebi (Rechilla)
Unitflag raider

  • +20% Strength Combat Strength when starting its turn on a Pillaged tile
  • Heals completely upon pillaging
LSRaven

Art by LastSword

Raven - The Cherokee (Attakullakulla)
CherokeeUnitAlphaAtlas

  • -50% Production Production Cost
  • If it starts turn stacked with a Settler, both units gain +2 Moves Movement
Sabunagib

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Sabu Nagib - Amalek (Agag)
Unitflag sabunagib

  • Double Moves Movement in Desert
  • Starts with the Drill I promotion
SimeonUU

Art by DJSHenninger

Shtitonostzi - Bulgaria (Simeon I) (DJSHenninger)
AlphaBulgaria32

  • +1 Moves Movement
  • +25% Strength Combat Strength vs. Infantry
LSHoplite

Art by LastSword

Spartiate - Sparta (Leonidas)
SpartaUnitAlphaAtlas

  • Starts with 15 Experience
  • +18% Strength Combat Strength (13 vs 11)
  • +16% Production Production Cost
ShangUU1
Ya - Shang (Wu Ding)
ShangSV1

  • Can Capture Great People
  • +15% Combat Strength if all of your Cities are following the same Religion

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