Archer and Marksman

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Castle creatures
Level 1
Pikeman Pikeman Pikeman
Halberdier Halberdier Halberdier
Level 2
Archer Archer
Marksman Marksman
Level 3
Griffin Griffin
Royal Griffin Royal Griffin
Level 4
Swordsman Swordsman
Crusader Crusader
Level 5
Monk Monk
Zealot Zealot
Level 6
Cavalier Cavalier
Champion Champion
Level 7
Angel Angel
Archangel Archangel
Castle Rampart Tower
Inferno Necropolis Dungeon
Stronghold Fortress Conflux
Cove Factory
 Cost per troop 


Attack 6
Defense 3
Damage 2–3
Health 10
Speed 4
Movement Ground
Size 1
Shots 12
Growth 9
AI Value 126
 Special abilities:
Ranged attack
 Cost per troop 


Attack 6
Defense 3
Damage 2–3 (x2)
Health 10
Speed 6
Movement Ground
Size 1
Shots 24
Growth 9
AI Value 184
 Special abilities:
Ranged attack
Double attack
Archers' Tower  

Archers and Marksmen are the level 2 creatures of Castle. They can be recruited from the Archers' Tower.

"Archers and marksmen are lightly armored troops armed with crossbows for ranged combat and daggers for light hand-to-hand fighting. Marksmen can get off two shots in each ranged attack." RoE manual

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Some may find the information in this section subjective or irrelevant.

They are critical in the early game, together with the Griffins, due to them being almost the only Castle ranged attackers, having good damage and also the marksmen's twice shot. However, with each ranged attack in a turn, the Marksmen will use up two shots, not one. Still, getting them damaged should be avoided, due to their hp and defense stats being equal and respectively lower than the level 1 Pikeman and Halberdier. In late game they often become targets of Arrow towers during town sieges, thus being less valuable.

Attack of 6 is average, Defense of 3 is just bad. Combined with 10 Health they are very vulnerable to just anything that can hit them. Speed of 4-6 is below average, but Marksmen should still be able to act before at least some early game opponents.

Probably best spells to use on Archers are Precision and (Advanced) Bless if they are upgraded to Marksmen. Defensive spells will not be of much use, as they are very fragile to begin with, unless you can protect them from melee attackers with Force Field and enemy has no way of dispelling it or their own ranged troops. Low health and quite good ranged damage makes Marksmen great targets for direct damage spells. Advanced Curse is also very effective.

While Archers are basic ranged troops and not much to speak of, Marksmen are very cost-effective troop upgrade, as they literally deal double the Archers' damage, provided they live to use their double shoot ability and it's not overkill. They don't get any other bonus apart from +2 Speed, however.

In Castle army they provide basic ranged firepower, softening targets up for stronger melee troops to wipe out. In early game Pikemen and Halberdiers are good troops to pair Archers with, as they are quite tough, strong, and can tie a stronger enemy stack long enough for Archers to whittle it down. 1 Archangel can resurrect up to 10 Archers or Marksmen.

Morale synergizes well with double attack, better than luck, but they can get lucky strike on any of their two shooting attacks, both, or none.

Obviously the best secondary skill to combine with Archers is Archery. Another important skill is Tactics as they are incredibly fragile and should be kept away from melee. Leadership can be useful until morale bonus becomes redundant. Valeska specializes in Archers and Orrin's specialty greatly increases their damage.

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