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.


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.


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.

Dead mercenary

The painful death of a Mercenary by the lake



Three Mercenaries in a forest

Other Military Units

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

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