(Arab Spear Infantry)
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Unit type Spear Infantry
Base cost 20 Food Food, 20 Wealth Wealth, 10 Metal Metal
Ramping cost 2 Food Food
Creation time 6 seconds
Hit points 148
Line of sight 7
Movement speed 26
Attack strength 19
Attack range 0-0
Armour 5
Population cost 1 Population Population
Created at Barracks
Prerequisites none
Upgrades from none
Upgrades to
Available to Romans

Deserts are harsh environments to fight in, and the heat and relative paucity of resources meant that for centuries, the nomadic Arabs would seldom muster massive infantry armies for battle. Until the arrival of Islam, it was very rare to see most Arabs fighting in formation.

Yet nevertheless, spears and the use of spearmen in defensive formations were very much well-known to the pre-Islamic Arab tribes, but even so their use was confined mostly to those who could afford the training and the armour to raise them — most notably those urban polities capable to wrest profits from the trade in what the Arab lands had to offer — pearls, spices, and scented oils.

  • Moves faster than other units of similar class.
  • Lower armour than average
  • Deals 10% more damage versus buildings