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Footman (Warcraft III)

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For lore about footmen, see Footman.
Footman

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Race Human
Faction Human Alliance
Statistics
Hit points 420
Hit point regeneration Always
Hit point regeneration rate 0.25 HP/sec.
Unit Classified As: Ground
Level 2
Gold 135 Gold
Food 2 Food
Produced at Barracks
Build time 20 sec.
Attacking priority 6
Hotkey F
Collision Size 31
Combat
Weapon(s) Broadsword
Normal attack: 12.5 (17*) avg
Can attack: Ground, Structure, Debris, Item, Ward
Range 9
Attack type Normal
Cooldown 1.35 sec.
Weapon type Normal
Armor Type Metal
Defense Type Heavy
Armor 2 (8*)
Day Sight 140
Night Sight 80
Movement Speed 270
Sound
Sound Set Footman
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This article or section contains lore taken from Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos, Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne, the manuals, and/or official bonus maps.

The vast ranks of the Alliance armies have diminished over the years due to the incessant infighting amongst the former Alliance nations. However, many of the strong-hearted citizens of Azeroth have volunteered to defend their lands as Footmen. Though these fierce warriors lack the shining plate mail and specialized training of their noble predecessors, they still fight with bravery and honor on the field of battle.

Information

Footmen are especially useful against ranged units using their Defend ability. Generally Knights will replace Footmen once they are available, but Footmen are excellent early game units for creeping due to their low cost and small size. Footmen fare rather poorly against other units like Huntresses and Grunts so don't try to fight them if you are outnumbered.

Footmen are also helpful in tanking ranged units when Defend is researched. Research it if Footmen are expected to be used into mid-game as they can help soak damage from enemy towers as most of them deal piercing damage.

Spells and abilities

Defend

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Activate to take 50% less damage from Piercing attacks, but have reduced movement speed.
Defend does not reflect attacks to buildings, and its chance of reflection against units is 30%.
Research Cost Researched At Upgrade Time
150 Gold 100 Lumber Barracks 45 sec.
Effect
Piercing damage reduced by 50%, movement speed reduced to 30%, 30% chance of reflection.

Defend reduces 50% of all piercing damage. Defend only reduces Pierce damage, and thus it won't have any effect against any other style of attack. Shields can be raised and lowered as desired by the player.

Many players tend to use ranged units early game, which deal piercing damage. Defend can teach them a lesson by allowing a Footman to tank more damage than they normally would.

Never walk around the map with their shields raised, as it'll make them exceptionally slow and sitting ducks for other units. Only use Defend when facing piercing damage and a battle is about to start when the enemy has such damage.

Upgrades

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Iron Forged Swords
Increases the attack damage of Militia, Footmen, Spell Breakers, Dragonhawk Riders, Gryphon Riders, and Knights.
Research Cost Researched At Upgrade Time
100 Gold 50 Lumber Blacksmith 60 sec.
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Steel Forged Swords
Further increases the attack damage of Militia, Footmen, Spell Breakers, Dragonhawk Riders, Gryphon Riders, and Knights.
Research Cost Researched At Requirements Upgrade Time
175 Gold 175 Lumber Blacksmith Keep 75 sec.
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Mithril Forged Swords
Further increases the attack damage of Militia, Footmen, Spell Breakers, Dragonhawk Riders, Gryphon Riders, and Knights.
Research Cost Researched At Requirements Upgrade Time
250 Gold 300 Lumber Blacksmith Castle 90 sec.
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Iron Plating
Increases the armor of Militia, Footmen, Spell Breakers, Knights, Siege Engines, and Flying Machines.
Research Cost Researched At Upgrade Time
125 Gold 75 Lumber Blacksmith 60 sec.
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Steel Plating
Further increases the armor of Militia, Footmen, Spell Breakers, Knights, Siege Engines, and Flying Machines.
Research Cost Researched At Requirements Upgrade Time
150 Gold 175 Lumber Blacksmith Keep 75 sec.
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Mithril Plating
Further increases the armor of Militia, Footmen, Spell Breakers, Knights, Siege Engines, and Flying Machines.
Research Cost Researched At Requirements Upgrade Time
175 Gold 275 Lumber Blacksmith Castle 90 sec.
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Backpack
Gives the ability to carry up to two items. Items carried by the unit will be dropped upon death.
Units can not use or gain benefits of items that they carry.
Research Cost Researched At Requires Upgrade Time
50 Gold 25 Lumber Townhall-type Structure Player-built Shop 20 sec.

Manual description

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.

World Editor description

Versatile foot soldier. Can learn the Defend ability.

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Trivia

Patch changes

Patch 1.17 (09/20/2004)
  • Defend has been reworked. Piercing damage is still reduced by 50%,
and there is now an additional 30% chance that a defending Footman
will reflect unit attacks back on the source for full damage.
Piercing damage building attacks have a 30% chance to do no damage.

See also

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