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Rohan Farmhands

Rohan Farmhands receiving their weapons for the defense of Helm's Deep in the The Two Towers movie

"I want every man and strong lad able to bear arms to be ready for battle by night fall."
Theoden

Farmhands come to fight for Rohan. They are the main foot soldiers of the Rohirrim armies, along with Peasants. Weak and cheap, these units are recruitable from the Flour Mill (just like their counterparts, the Peasants). They are a useful early game force that can be upgraded later on to much more solid Rohan pikemen. They also receive a leadership bonus when near resource production buildings. This ability represents the peasants' drive to protect their homes from the ravaging enemies around them.

Abilities

Militias of rohan Defend Your Homes - In a large area around allied Farms, Flour Mills, and Stud Farms, Peasants and Farmhands gain +10% movement speed, damage, and armor for 30 seconds. (Passive ability)

  • Once they reach level 2 through combat experience or the banner carrier upgrade, they automatically receive the draft bonus and can be equipped forged blades and heavy armor.

Flank Defence - Pikemen are used to defending from all sides when battling against monsters and cavalry. As a result, they cannot be flanked. They take no extra damage from being flanked and deal full revenge damage regardless of the direction they get trampled from.

Upgrades

Farmhands have access to the following upgrades:
Rohan banner Banner Carrier - This upgrade can only be given to a level 1 battalion and will promote it to level 2. At level 2 the battalion can regenerate units when out of combat. Cost: 200
Rohan heavy armor Heavy Armor - Increases the armor, hit points and damage resistance of the unit to ranged damage. Changes the unit's armor set to EdainPikemanHeavyArmor. Cost: 300

[+/-]EdainPikemanHeavyArmor
DEFAULT 100%
SLASH 135%
PIERCE 85%
CAVALRY_RANGED 190%
SPECIALIST 100%
CRUSH 30%
CAVALRY 65%
SIEGE 135%
FLAME 100%
FROST 100%
MAGIC 100%
HERO 150%
HERO_RANGED 150%
STRUCTURAL 150%
CHOP 100%
URUK 200%
WATER 65%
FlankedPenalty 25%

Rohan forged blades Forged Blades - Increases the damage of this battalion and provides a damage bonus against monsters and cavalry. Cost: 300

Using the Spell Power Draft (2pp) gives the Farmhands swords and shields which boosts their hitpoints by 40%, their attack by 33% and grants them the Heavy Armor upgrade armorset. Farmhands can also be converted into Traitors of Rohan through Corrupted Theoden's ability

Strategy

The fact that Farmhands can be recruited in settlements provides a unique advantage strategically. They are accessible practically anywhere, allowing for constant production and attack. Farmhands lend themselves to an aggressive strategy where all Flour Mills and Farms make Farmhands. With this there is a high volume of production and still a sustainable economy.

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