The Mercenary is the second unlocked unit in Early Middle Ages. It is trainable in Mercenary Barracks (3x3) after having researched the Mercenaries technology. Just like its predecessor, the Soldier, it has a balanced attack and defense value, an attack bonus of 5 against Heavy Cavalry (fast) unit, a defense bonus of 3 in bushes and 5 in forests. Bronze age units are almost no match for them.

The Mercenary is not the first unlocked military unit in Early Middle Ages.

Usage

Mercenaries are a balanced unit of the age. They are good against any other unit except Armored Infantry, which has a defense and attack bonus against them.

They can be used to attack Mounted Archers, which have low attack for a ranged unit in the EMA, and two hit them. The AI or computer usually sends Mounted Archers to the player's side of the map right at the beginning of the battle, allowing the Mercenary to attack it.

They also can be used for attacking Heavy Cavalry, especially since they have an attack bonus against them. They also have a defense bonus against Heavy Cavalry, meaning that it would take 3 hits or more for Heavy Cavalry to kill a Mercenary in a forest.

They also can withstand Catapults, the same age artillery unit, however, it is recommended to have the Mercenary in cover, to minimize the chances of the Catapult of doing three hitpoints of damage to the Mercenary. Even with one hitpoint, Mercenaries can two hit kill a Catapult, and even one hit them if the sector has been infiltrated.

Trivia

When a Mercenary is eliminated, his own spear will fly into the air and as soon as the Mercenary collapses onto the ground, the spear goes head first and stabs its own user to end his misery.

The painful death of a Mercenary by the lake


History

Despite the age, mercenaries have always been present throughout the ages, often being considered one of the oldest professions in the world. From local gangs of free lances to uniformized mercenary companies, taking part in conflict for personal profit has always been atractive and lucrative, and making more profit meant being structuralized. The quality and capability of mercenary groups was often reflected by their price, which also reflected their professionalism. Especially during the Middle Ages, mercenaries were often better equipped and better trained than feudal levies, severely augmenting the fighting capability of those who could afford their services, however, these could easily be bribed by the enemy and betray those who hired them originally, thus they could not be relied upon for too long. European mercenaries sprawled from all the corners of the continent: Routiers from France, the Condottieri from Italy, Reisläufer from Switzerland, the latter Landknechts from the German territories and many other Free Companies. Generally, depending from company to company, mercenaries did not carry any standardized equipment, but they often fought with the latest tactics and equipment, including early firearms, polearms and body armour. Maintaining mercenaries was often expensive and only the richest city-states could afford their services for the duration of a conflict.

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Three Mercenaries in a forest

Other Military Units

Military Units
All Ages Heavy Unit Color GuardLight Unit Military DrummerLight Unit RogueFast Unit/Heavy Unit Champion
Bronze Age Light Unit SpearfighterLight Unit ClubmanHeavy Unit WarriorFast Unit Horseman
Ranged Unit SlingerArtillery Unit Stone Thrower
Iron Age Light Unit SoldierHeavy Unit LegionnaireFast Unit Mounted Warrior
Ranged Unit ArcherArtillery Unit Ballista
Early Middle Ages Light Unit MercenaryHeavy Unit Armored InfantryHeavy Unit BarbarianFast Unit Heavy Cavalry
Ranged Unit Mounted ArcherRanged Unit Barbarian SlingerArtillery Unit Catapult
High Middle Ages Light Unit BerserkerHeavy Unit Heavy InfantryFast Unit Knight
Ranged Unit CrossbowmanArtillery Unit Trebuchet
Late Middle Ages Light Unit Great Sword WarriorHeavy Unit Imperial GuardFast Unit Heavy Knight
Ranged Unit Longbow ArcherArtillery Unit Cannon
Colonial Age Light Unit RangerHeavy Unit GrenadierFast Unit Dragoon
Ranged Unit MusketeerArtillery Unit Field Gun
Industrial Age Light Unit Jaeger InfantryLight Unit Brave WarriorHeavy Unit HowitzerFast Unit Lancer
Ranged Unit RiflemanRanged Unit Mounted BraveArtillery Unit Breech Loader
Progressive Era Light Unit ConscriptHeavy Unit TankFast Unit Armored Car
Ranged Unit SniperArtillery Unit Rapid Fire Cannon
Modern Era Light Unit Bazooka TeamHeavy Unit Battle TankFast Unit Mechanized Infantry
Ranged Unit ParatrooperArtillery Unit Mechanized Artillery
Postmodern Era Light Unit CommandoHeavy Unit Universal TankFast Unit IFV
Ranged Unit MG TeamArtillery Unit Rocket Artillery
Contemporary Era Light Unit Strike TeamHeavy Unit Assault TankFast Unit Attack Helicopter
Ranged Unit Anti-Aircraft VehicleArtillery Unit Missile Artillery
Tomorrow Era Light Unit Ultra APHeavy Unit Stealth TankFast Unit Combat Drone
Ranged Unit Anti-Materiel SniperArtillery Unit Microwave Blaster
Future Era Light Unit Exoskeleton SoldierHeavy Unit Hover TankFast Unit Drone Swarm
Ranged Unit Satellite SpotterArtillery Unit Rail Gun
Arctic Future Light Unit Dragon DroneHeavy Unit Battle FortressHeavy Unit Behemoth
Fast Unit Recon RaiderRanged Unit Surrogate SoldierArtillery Unit Plasma Artillery
Oceanic Future Light Unit MantaLight Unit ScimitarHeavy Unit C.R.A.B. MechHeavy Unit Octopod
Fast Unit Hydroelectric EelFast Unit GlidersRanged Unit Sub CruiserRanged Unit Nautilus
Artillery Unit TurturretArtillery Unit Medusa
Virtual Future Light Unit Augmented SamuraiRanged Unit NinjaArtillery Unit Rocket TroopHeavy Unit Ronin BotFast Unit Warrior Monk
Space Age Mars Light Unit Space MarineRanged Unit Tesla WalkerArtillery Unit SniperbotHeavy Unit Steel WardenFast Unit Sentinel
Space Age Asteroid Belt Light Unit Drill RangerRanged Unit Nail StormArtillery Unit B.E.L.T.Heavy Unit ShredderFast Unit Hover Hammer

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