Swordsman and Crusader

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Castle creatures
Level 1
Pikeman Pikeman
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 Neutral
Creature Swordsman.gif
 Cost per troop 
Resource Gold 20x18.gif

Attack 10
Defense 12
Damage 6–9
Health 35
Speed 5
Movement Ground
Size 1
Growth 4
AI Value 445
Creature Crusader.gif
 Cost per troop 
Resource Gold 20x18.gif

Attack 12
Defense 12
Damage 7–10 (x2)
Health 35
Speed 6
Movement Ground
Size 1
Growth 4
AI Value 588
 Special abilities:
Double attack
Barracks  Swordsman (adventure map).gifCrusader (adventure map).gif

Swordsmen and Crusaders are level 4 creatures of Castle. They can be recruited from Barracks.

"Well armed and armored, swordsmen and crusaders are better all-around foot soldiers than their pikemen companions. Crusaders deliver two blows per attack." RoE manual

Heroes with a specialty[edit]

  • Catherine Catherine the Knight and
  • Sorsha Sorsha the Knight have swordsmen as a specialty, which increases the attack and defense skills of any swordsmen or crusaders for each level attained after 4th level and gives them a speed bonus of 1.
  • Roland Roland the Knight's specialty is bugged so it affects crusaders only.

Tactics and info[edit]

The information found in this section is subjective. Remember that each and every situation in H3 is different and may call for different strategies and tactics.

Both are relatively slow troops, but especially Crusaders with their double strike have high capability of doing damage, being able to compete with level 5 and even level 6 units in terms of raw damage per unit. It's recommended to use crusaders to cripple lower tier enemy units, being sure to kill a good part of the stack, or take advantage of certain situation to kill some of the enemy's essential troops.

See also: