Footman

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"Awaiting orders!"

Footmen are warriors who serve as basic infantry in armies of the human nations. Comprising the bulk of the Alliance army, the footman is the heart of the war machine for elves, humans and dwarves. Fighting in close formation, they use proven tactical methods: Advance slowly with shields raised, then draw swords and close to melee range.

Footmen appeared as units on the human or Alliance side in Warcraft I, Warcraft II, and Warcraft III. They are the classic counterpart to grunts but despite their heavy armor they are weaker than them in Warcraft III, with two footmen being unable to overcome one grunt in Exodus of the Horde (they do, however, cost much less). This may be explained by the fact that the footmen of the Third War are mostly volunteers lacking the plate armor and specialized training of their predecessors.[1]

First War

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Main article: Footman (Warcraft I)
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Footmen were the backbone of the King's armies. They were foot soldiers trained in the art of melee combat using the sword and shield. Well armored for maximum defense against attacks, they could also deliver a solid blow with their double edged weapons.[2]

Second War

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Main article: Footman (Warcraft II)
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Footmen were the initial line of defense against the Horde. Arrayed in hardened steel armor, they courageously wielded broadsword and shield in hand-to-hand combat against their vile orcish foes. The valorous footmen were ever prepared to heed the call to arms.[3]

Third War

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The vast ranks of the Alliance armies have been replenished since the devastating battles of the Second war. Trained in the arts of swordsmanship, the stoic footmen of the Alliance serve as Lordaeron’s first line of defense. Armed with broadswords and heavy kite shields, footmen are capable of breaking any enemy charge.[4] Though these fierce warriors lacked the shining plate mail and specialized training of their noble predecessors, they still fought with bravery and honor on the field of battle.

In the RPG

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This grim, mud-slogging soldier initially appears to be a grizzled veteran, until you get a glimpse of his young face. His weapons and armor look worn, like they were scavenged from a battlefield.

Footmen like to travel in small groups and form ranks. They are attuned to formation fighting, and coordinate their attacks. They're capable of bringing down well-armored opponents.[5]

World of Warcraft

The Human Footman chess piece in World of Warcraft.

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Notable footmen

Valiance Expedition footman armor

Types

Fan rendition of footmen from the Seven Kingdoms.

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