|Available in||Stronghold Crusader|
Stronghold Crusader 2
|Type||Stealth infiltrator unit|
|Special ability||Stealth: invisibility in medium-long range|
These specialist elite units are invisible to the enemy at long to medium range, and can deal terrible damage. They have the useful tool of a grappling hook, which enables them to climb over walls and, more importantly, hijack enemy gatehouses to make way for attacking forces. Their sabers are sharp enough to kill unarmored units and soldiers with leather armour (macemen are good counterparts, however).
When an assassin becomes visible, a notification appears above his head and enemy units may attack. Assassins are visible when they are nearing units, appearing as semi-transparent at a distance for the enemies.
Assassins have moderate speed and health, but high attack. Normally, they are used to climb an enemy gate to open it for your ground troops to swarm in, or mount an attack on an enemy lord while his army is absent. If an army is present, other units are sent in first to distract the archers, then assassins are sent from behind. Defending against assassins is done by using a moat, double crenelated walls, or man traps. Assassins can also act as invisible bodyguards, since ranged attackers will not see them until melee units are very close.
Assassins are usually frowned upon in multiplayer matches, due to the fact that they are stealthed and at the same time do high amounts of damage. A player can train many assassins and find an easy chink in the enemy's walls, then slip their assassins through to the lord and make short work of him.
- In Crusader 1, when moving to their assembly flag (having pressed 4 and then placed on the map, while the mercenary post is selected), they travel 1.5x faster than normal. This tactic can be used to the player's advantage very often.
|Stronghold Crusader Units|
|Barracks||Archer • Spearman • Maceman • Crossbowman • Pikeman • Swordsman • Knight|
|Mercenary Post||Arabian Bowman • Slave • Slinger • Assassin • Horse Archer • Arabian Swordsman • Fire Thrower|
|Siege & Cathedral||Engineer • Ladderman • Tunneler • Monk|
Portable Shield • Catapult • Fire Ballista • Trebuchet • Battering Ram • Siege Tower
Mangonel • Ballista
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