The archer in Stronghold Crusader 2 retains his fast speed and high rate of fire. He is however not the cheapest ranged unit at the player's disposal, as he has a larger nominal recruitment value. Due to the abundant variety of unarmored units, archers are a staple in the castle's defense along with Arabian bowmen.

Compared to the crossbowman, the archer is no match in terms of utility and recruitment price, however he still requires fewer equipment to recruit and he has a little higher range. The ranger can be considered an advanced version of the archer, who has slower speed but better performance in melee combat.

Archers require a free peasant from the campfire and 1 bow with a sum of 12 gold to recruit.

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