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The Crossbowman is an Archery tier 2 infantry unit in Symphony of War. It is a good anti-heavy attacker, due to attacks ignoring 25% armor rating, and as a result, can deal a fair bit more damage than a regular Archer against high armored enemies. Its damage depends solely on weapon power, Str will not increase it. It will only increase defenses against pyhysical attacks. Another downside is the lack of magic score (based at zero) and thus any form of defense against this type of damage. The unit will also not benefit from any artifact increasing it. If it somehow possible to start with a magic score above 0, it will slowly be lowered by every level increase.

Like all archery units, this unit will become light infantry with the Archer General technology and gains the Guerilla trait and all benefits along with it.

Regarding traits, there are the following options:

  • Bowmanship can help it deal damage to enemies on walls and in forests.


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
  • Special: Attacks ignore 25% of Armor. Damage derived from Weapon Power, not STR.


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