The Arbalester is the final upgrade of the archer line and the strongest standard crossbow-unit in AoCH. It is available in the 14th century at the Archery Guild and can become cheaper with Crossbow Companies. The Arbalester has more HP and attack, but does not shoot further than a normal Crossbowman.
The Arbalest was a late variation of the European Crossbow. A larger weapon, the arbalest had a steel prod ("bow"). Since an arbalest was much larger than earlier crossbows, and because of the greater tensile strength of steel, it had a greater force.
Trained at: Archery Guild. Century: 14th
Armor/Pierce Armor: 0/0
Accuracy Percentage: 80
Reloading Time: 5
Special: +7 vs spearmen
Upgrade from: Crossbowman
Attack, range: Fletching, Bodkin Arrow, Bracer, Bow Practice
Armour: Padded Archer Armour, Leather Archer Armour, Ring Archer Armour, Pavises
Accuracy: Thumb Ring
Costs: Crossbow Companies
Civs and Arbalesters
Bavaria: +2 attack, longer reload.
Brittany: more HP, cost more.
Genoa: +10 HP.
Guelders: more HP, slower.
Poland: +1 attack vs. buildings (Team Bonus).