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The Dunedain Swordsmen are a cheap alternative to the stronger Rivendell Swordsmen and come in a larger battalion. They can be recruited from Imladris' Outpost expansion, the Dunedain Outpost, once the Troop Tent has been purchased. They can be trained at a discount once two or more Hobbit Farms have been built on settlements.
The Dunedain aren't upgraded like the elves are, and the upgrades researched at the Imladris Forge do not apply to them. To upgrade the Dunedain with Forged Blades, a level 7 Halbarad must be near the battalion.
- Other infantry if they are swordsmen
- Monsters and Cavalry if they are pikemen
- Buildings if they are cavalry
To upgrade the Dunedain with a Banner Carrier, a level 5 Halbarad must be nearby to the battalion.
In addition to promoting the battalion to level 2, the Dunedain Banner Carrier also bestows a Leadership bonus to nearby units:
- Bonus for Swordsmen: +25% attack
- Bonus for Weaponsmasters: +25% attack speed
- Bonus for Pikemen: +25% armor
- Bonus for Archers: +25% firing speed
- Bonus for Cavalry: +25% speed
Strategy EditThe Dunedain Swordsmen come in a battalion of 10 soldiers. Their recruitment cost can be lowered by building Hobbit Farms on settlements. They are not as powerful as Imladris' elven units, so by themselves, they won't last very long in a fight. However, because of their low cost, it is worth it to invest in a Dunedain Outpost to crank them out. To increase their durability, it is essential to recruit Halbarad as well and level him up quickly; once he is level 7, the Dunedain Swordsmen and the other Dunedain units will be able to purchase all of their upgrades. He also offers them a leadership bonus, so it could be a good idea to keep them close to him. The Dunedain Swordsmen can make use of their Sprint ability to enter or leave a battle more quickly. If one does not have a lot of money which is required to buy the expensive elven Imladris units, It would be worth it to invest in the Dunedain units as they are cheaper and more can be recruited due to this. Hence, two battalions of Dunedain Swordsmen will deal more collateral damage than one battalion of Rivendell Swordsmen.