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Couched Lance

Lance in position.

Couched lance damage attacks are a technique performed on horseback with certain types of Polearms, essentially any polearm with "lance" in its name.

Couched attacks are performed automatically by default, but can be switched to manual on the options screen.

The lance will be pointed upwards when the horse is not yet moving fast enough. The lance will lower into position once sufficient speed has been acquired. Charge an enemy with the lance pointed directly at them, and if done correctly, it will deliver a large amount of damage. This couched attack ignores normal directional blocking with a weapon. The damage delivered is dependent on speed, so faster horses will inflict more damage. However, rarely does an enemy survive a couched lance attack, so investing in a faster horse for this reason alone is probably not necessary. An armored horse may be a wise choice, since charging the enemy increases risk of melee combat.

When a couched attack is successful, the message "Delivered couched lance damage!" will appear in the game log.

The AI is also capable of using couched lance damage, so players should be on guard when fighting mounted lancers such as those in Sarranid armies or in tournaments.

Couched lances can be blocked with a shield, but never with a weapon. Blocking couches with a shield will usually damage the shield greatly, if not break it in one shot. Interestingly, couches can be "chambered" by any weapon with an overhead swing or thrust, but require precise timing.

Weapons with this effectEdit

Special Weapon Effects and Traits
Bonus against shieldsCan crush through blocksCannot be used on horseback
Can't be used to blockCouched lance damageModifiersNo shieldUnbalanced

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