Gascon Crossbowmen

The Gascon Crossbowman is a unique unit of England that is trained at the Archery Guild. It is a short-ranged, but well-armored crossbowman with small bonuses vs. infantry and battering rams.



Available to: England

Trained at: Archery Guild

Century: 13th

Cost: 30 Wood, 50 Florins



HP: 35

Attack: 12

Armor/Pierce Armor: 1/1

Range: 6

Accuracy Percentage: 65

Reloading Time: 5.5

Special: +3 vs. infantry, +2 vs. rams.


Attack, Range: Fletching , Bodkin Arrow , Bracer , Bow Practice

Attack: Alchemy

Armour: Padded Archer Armour , Leather Archer Armour , Ring Archer Armour

Accuracy: Thumb Ring

Training time: Indenture

Scenario Editor NotesEdit

The Gascon Crossbowman replaces the Genoese Crossbowman in the English scenario editor.


Unlike the Genoese look-alike, the Gascon Crossbowman is just as strong as a regular crossbowman but has a fairly short range, so it may be best deployed directly behind lines of infantry. They have a small anti-ram bonus, making them good for stopping 13th century siege, as well as a small anti-infantry bonus to protect weaker units, like spearmen, from stronger infantry.

Historical BackgroundEdit

The crossbow seems to have been accepted quite early in southern France and when the English controlled Gascony, Edward I prefered to hire contingents of Gascon Crossbowmen to support his army. The Gascons used a quite early type of crossbow which lacked a loading stirrup making it less effective than later crossbows that were equipped with better loading devices.

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