Skirmisher Warband (Germans)
German Skirmisher Warband
Appears in Rome: Total War
Belongs to Germans
Type Skirmisher infantry
Weapon(s) Javelin
Soldiers in each unit 80
Attack skill 6 (Melee)

9 (Missile)

Charge bonus 4
Armor 0
Defense skill 1
Shield bonus 2
Special abilities Can hide in long grass; Bonus vs elephants and chariots; Combat bonus in woods or snow; Fast moving
Cost 220
Upkeep 130

Skirmishers are lightly armed troops who should break up and harass enemy formations before the main battle lines meet, and act as a screen for heavier troops. Their skills also make them useful in springing tactical ambushes.

Each man is armed with a clutch of throwing spears, a short sword and a small shield, but they do not wear armour preferring speed over protection.

Skirmisher Warbands are often the tribe's younger warriors. These men have yet to prove themselves as warriors, so are not necessarily tough enough to stand against a seasoned enemy in hand-to-hand fighting.