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Peasant Bowmen (Pox Arrows) is a Bretonnia missile infantry unit. Let poisoned arrows fly, and by blessed grace find their mark, though the bowmen may never know why.


Although they speak their vows of duty, the peasants of Bretonnia do not understand. It is not their business to understand or to think - only to do. They do not know why they are summoned to fight - these things being beyond their regard - yet when the Greenskin hordes are bearing down upon them, low-born men know they must fight or die. Sometimes they are fortunate enough to be armed with rudimentary weapons; bows, with arrows drenched in oil and lit, or dipped in diseased buboes. Unlike Men-At-Arms, Peasant Bowmen are not equipped from the armouries of the castle and so their longbows will often be their own possessions, handed down from father to son and, accordingly, are of variable quality. Peasants who survive a battle may think themselves lucky until they too are stricken by fatal pox, mayhaps from a cut received whilst loading their unfamiliar and cumbersome weapons!


  • Good Range: This unit has a larger range than most other units of the same class. This allows it to take out hostile missile units before they can come into firing range.
  • Poison Attacks: The Modifier icon poison.pngpoisonous attacks of this unit weaken the target's speed and damage and/or apply the Poison! debuff.
  • Poor Accuracy: This unit's attacks are prone to go stray.
  • Poor Leadership: This unit suffers from poor leadership and will easily rout. Keep its flanks secure and your Lord or other encouraging units nearby.


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A decent upgrade to the regular bowmen mobs. These units have the benefit of slightly slowing enemy units, allowing the player to make easier use of cavalry charges or skirmishes against the hindered enemy forces.

In comparison to their fire wielding brethren, Pox Bowmen cost less to recruit and maintain, and they are generally a more useful addition to Bretonnian armies, save for when facing forces of Wood Elves or the High Elves of Avelorn.