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Rifleman (Warcraft III)

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Rifleman
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Race Human (Bronzebeard dwarf)
Faction Human Alliance
Statistics
Hit points 535
Hit point regeneration Always
Hit point regeneration rate 0.25 HP/sec.
Unit Classified As: Ground
Level 3
Gold 205 Gold
Lumber 30 Lumber
Food 3 Food
Produced at Barracks
Build time 26 sec.
Requires Blacksmith
Hotkey R
Combat
Weapon(s) Single-shot Blunderbuss Longrifles
Normal attack: 21 (28.5*) avg
Can attack: Ground, Structure, Debris, Air, Item, Ward
Range 40 (60*)
Attack type Piercing
Cooldown 1.50 sec.
Weapon type Instant
Armor Type Flesh
Defense Type Medium
Armor 0 (6*)
Day Sight 140
Night Sight 80
Movement Speed Average (270)
Sound
Sound Set Rifleman
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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 official bonus maps.

The brave dwarven Riflemen have faithfully protected their mountain kingdom of Khaz Modan for hundreds of years. Yet, as new threats arose to threaten their hard-won freedom, they offered their expert skills and tenacity to the Alliance. Using the legendary single-shot Blunderbuss Long Rifles, riflemen are excellent marksmen and can shoot both land based and airborne opponents.

He's voiced by Carlos Larkin.

Information

Learn how to use ranged units with unit control.

It's very important to research upgrades. If you're mostly doing damage to the enemy research the damage upgrades first, then follow up with the armor upgrades. If you're both taking damage and dishing it out alternate between armor and damage upgrades. You should always get the Long Rifles upgrade when using Riflemen. Rush to it as soon as possible.

You can build some Riflemen to add to your army or focus entirely on them with a Hero. This can be risky in 1 vs. 1s but very easy in 2 vs. 2, 3 vs. 3, and 4 vs. 4. The Paladin is a good choice with the Riflemen because he can heal them with Holy Light. His Devotion Aura can also give them armor making it more difficult for the enemy to kill them.

Riflemen are very weak against Melee Units that are attacking them so keep Melee units away. If a Rifleman is attacked by a Melee unit, instruct that Rifleman to run away and keep running until they give up chase.

Riflemen are great against light armor units since they do 200% damage to them. This can make Riflemen useful against such units as Gryphons, Wind Riders, Frost Wyrms, and Chimaera.

Upgrades

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Long Rifles
Increases the range of the Rifleman's attack by 20.
Research Cost Researched At Requirements Upgrade Time
75 Gold 125 Lumber Barracks Keep 30 sec.
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Black Gunpowder
Increases the ranged attack damage of Riflemen, Mortar Teams, Siege Engines, and Flying Machines.
Research Cost Researched At Upgrade Time
100 Gold 50 Lumber Blacksmith 60 sec.
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Refined Gunpowder
Further increases the ranged attack damage of Riflemen, Mortar Teams, Siege Engines, and Flying Machines.
Research Cost Researched At Requirements Upgrade Time
175 Gold 175 Lumber Blacksmith Keep 75 sec.
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Imbued Gunpowder
Further increases the ranged attack damage of Riflemen, Mortar Teams, Siege Engines, and Flying Machines.
Research Cost Researched At Requirements Upgrade Time
250 Gold 300 Lumber Blacksmith Castle 90 sec.
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Studded Leather Amor
Increases the armor of Riflemen, Mortar Teams, Dragonhawk Riders, and Gryphon Riders.
Research Cost Researched At Upgrade Time
100 Gold 100 Lumber Blacksmith 60 sec.
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Reinforced Leather Armor
Further increases the armor of Riflemen, Mortar Teams, Dragonhawk Riders, and Gryphon Riders.
Research Cost Researched At Requirements Upgrade Time
150 Gold 175 Lumber Blacksmith Keep 75 sec.
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Dragonhide Leather Armor
Further increases the armor of Riflemen, Mortar Teams, Dragonhawk Riders, and Gryphon Riders.
Research Cost Researched At Requirements Upgrade Time
200 Gold 250 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 manual differs from the Battle.net version in just a sentence. While the manual says: "...protected their mountain kingdom of Khaz Modan ever since the battle of Grim Batol.", Battle.net says: "...protected their mountain kingdom of Khaz Modan for hundreds of years.".

Patch changes

Patch 1.12 (07/30/2003)

Frozen Throne

  • Long Rifles Upgrade now requires a Keep instead of a Workshop.
Patch 1.16 (08/07/2004)
  • Hit points reduced to 505 from 520.
Patch 1.25 (03/10/2011)
  • Hit points increased to 535 from 505.

World Editor description

Highly skilled sharpshooter, effective against air units. Can gain the Long Rifles upgrade.

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