Crossbowmen are a fairly durable unit, who bring one of the largest ranged damage into the fray. They have a shorter range then archers, however they fire much slower, as the crossbow needs to be wound up between shots. The leather outfit can mitigate incoming damage from other projectiles. Unlike archers, crossbowmen can not ignite pitch ditches with a brazier. Also unlike in Stronghold and Stronghold Crusader, crossbowmen can fill in moats in Stronghold 2.