Spearmen is a High Elves melee infantry unit in Total War: Warhammer II. All High Elves, both highborn and low, must defend Ulthuan to the last.
Long ago, in a time of desperate need, the Phoenix King Morvael introduced a levy system so that all Elves could be called upon to fight for the defence of their homeland. These levies were organised into companies based within their cities, towns and villages. Morvael accurately predicted the need for a well-organised but flexible army to defend Ulthuan in the troubled times ahead. This system has stood the test of time and remains the cornerstone of most Elven armies to this day. Every Elf, though he may be a craftsman, tradesman or artist in peacetime, must become a resolute fighter in times of war.
- ↑ Anti-Large: Anti-large units have an advantage against targets that are at least as large as a horse. This advantage can be a damage bonus against large targets or an attack that focuses on a very small area. However, some units are simply better against large targets because their attacks are slow and easy to dodge by skilled melee combatants.
- ↑ Charge Defence Against Large Foes: When standing and bracing against a charge of large enemies (such as cavalry or monsters) this unit will negate the enemy's charge bonus.
- ↑ Shielded: Shields have a chance of blocking arrows, bolts, rifle shots and similar small arms fire - but only in a forward facing arc.
The High Elves´ main frontline unit in the early campaign game. They have good leadership, melee defense, a large shield and can stop cavalry charges which means they will hold their positions even against superior enemy units if supported well. Their offensive capabilities are unimpressive: with poor charge bonus, average melee attack and weapon strength, it is best to use them as a static holding force to pin enemy units in place and then hit them with a cavalry charge from behind or volleys of arrow fire. They will likely remain the most cost-effective option for a frontline unit even in the late game, but if gold is not a concern anymore they can be phased out for Phoenix Guards who lack a shield, but have much more damage potential of their own.
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