The Spear Throwers of Rohan are exceptional marksmen that can hurl spears. They have the particularity of having the strengths of pikemen from range. They are the only spear-throwing units in the game besides the Dwarven Hunters of Ered Mithrin from the Iron Hills.
The Spear Throwers can be given the following upgrades:
- Other infantry if they are swordsmen
- Monsters and Cavalry if they are pikemen
- Buildings if they are cavalry
Spear Throwers come in battalions of ten and are somewhat expensive, but worth their cost. They are quite a unique unit because they have the advantages of pikemen but at range, so they can be used to kill cavalry and monsters from a distance. They are great for covering units that are very vulnerable to trample damage, stopping an enemy cavalry charge before it can reach you. For this reason, they should not be used to replace Yeomen Archers since they aren't good at dealing damage against infantry but should be used alongside them. Their Mighty Spears ability can allow them to be effective against other units too, even if just to slow them down by knocking them to the ground.
At the moment, the Spearthrowers are bugged as they will not automatically attack nearby enemies like other archers would. However, one or two battalions (if micro managed well) can be targeted to hit specific parts of the enemy army, allowing you to disable their strongest troops while your peasants and cavalry can clean up the rest.