Archer Warband (Dacia)
Dacian Archer Warband
Appears in Rome: Total War
Belongs to Dacia
Type Archer infantry
Weapon(s) Bow
Soldiers in each unit 80
Attack skill 3 (Melee)

7 (Missile)

Charge bonus 1
Hitpoints 1
Armor 3
Defense skill 2
Shield bonus 0
Special abilities Expert at hiding in woods; Combat bonus in woods or snow; Can use flaming missiles; Fast moving
Cost 270
Upkeep 170

Archer warbands are used to harass and break up enemy formations, so that other warriors can then get in amongst their enemies. The members of the warband are lightly armed and equipped, relying more on speed as a protection from foes. Any archers caught in the open by cavalry will be in trouble unless they can withdraw to more favourable ground or behind a shield wall of friendly warriors.

Their bows have a short range, but each warrior carries a good selection of hunting and war arrows, designed to cause massive bleeding and pierce armour respectively. Their choice of missile is matched to the nature of the target.

These archers are at their best in wooded country, where their superior stalking skills learned on the hunt can be put to use.