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The Bowman is an Archery tier 1 infantry unit in Symphony of War. This unit is the starting point for archery units, mages, light infantry and light cavalry. They are the only tier 1 unit, which can attack either from a distance and in melee-range. There are a few paths to heavy infantry units as well, but this is only accessible from tier 3 units, with some specific classes. The most important stat for this unit is the skill score.

Even though this unit can become a mage by promoting it to an Apprentice from tier 2, this is usually not recommended, due to the low magic score this class starts with.


This unit has the following traits combinations:

  • Challenger, Concentration and Cold-Blooded are good to improve their offense.
  • As a specialised unit, it can be given the traits of Dragonslayer and Smite, in order to make the unit an anti-magic and anti-assassin unit.
  • Lithe Assault and Precision should improve overall damage, especially against more heavily armored units. Another combination is Lithe Assault and Assassin's Heart, increasing critical damage and critical hit chance.
  • Overpower is also a good option as it can increase the morale damage done with attacks, allowing for easier Forced Surrender. Combined with Disarm, it can be used to lower enemy damage being dealt.


Stats Base Growth
Max HP Med Med
Strength Med High
Magic Low Low
Skill Med High

Battle Details

  • Unit type: Archery
  • Can Ambush: No
  • Battle actions: 2 Bow attacks at 1 range, or 1 Arced Bow attack at 2 range


Related Technologies
Journeyman Leathercraft
Behemoth Leather Armor
Advanced Archery Technique
Archer General