Forest Bandit

Forest Bandit

Weekly Wages
6-3 denars
Upgrades To...
Upgrade Cost
40 denars
Exp For Kill
88 xp
Ransom Value
73 denars

Forest Bandits are outlaws that inhabit and roam the dense forests of Calradia, mainly around the Kingdom of Swadia. They spawn in groups of 4 to 52.

Forest Bandits are Swadian brigands, which makes their usage of the bow somewhat odd considering Swadian troops prefer the crossbow. This may be intentional though, as historically the crossbow would have been for professional soldiers only, meaning the Bandits would have to be deserters to get crossbows.

Forest Bandits have been slightly changed between original Mount&Blade and Warband: in the original game their main weapon was Longbow ( historically accurate weapon of woodsmen and outlaws in middle ages), but in Warband they get Hunting and Short Bows only, making them a bit weaker.


Forest Bandits will say things like:

  • "Everything has a price... even your life!"


Forest Bandits are lightly armored and carry ranged weapons. They can be quite effective when attacking, as the large number of archers enables them to destroy most enemies at range.

Even with their strength in numbers, Forest Bandits are ineffective against heavily armored soldiers, as their attacks are absorbed by their targets' armor. In close quarters, Forest Bandits have no chance versus most foot troops due to their poor melee skills, weak weapons, and lack of decent armor.

Despite this, avoid fighting them with tier 1 or tier 2 units. You should kill Looters to level up your party members before trying to defeat Forest Bandits. Heavy cavalry is suggested against bigger groups of Forest Bandits, and Mercenary Cavalry, Swadian Knights, or Sarranid Mamlukes work well. Other highly effective units are heavy but fast infantry, such as Nord Huscarls.

They can be upgraded to Swadian Recruits for 40 denars. This is recommended as it is the beginning of their journey to becoming Swadian Knights, some of the most powerful cavalry in the game. However, avoid upgrading if you need Forest Bandits as expendable skirmishers while on a prolonged campaign.

Stats and equipmentEdit

Note: Troops have a set of default stats; at the beginning of a new game, these stats are randomly adjusted for each type of troop. The following is the default set for this troop as seen within the game code and may not reflect the specific stats you will see during actual gameplay. For more information, see Troop stats.

Forest Bandit - Default Stats and Equipment
Stat Points
Level 11
Strength 7
Agility 5
Intelligence 4
Charisma 4
Health 42
(Possible): Hood (a), Black Hood
Body Armor
Shirt, Padded Leather, Leather Jerkin, Ragged Outfit
Hide Boots, Leather Boots
Skill Points
Ironflesh 0
Power Strike 0
Power Throw 0
Power Draw 3
Weapon Master 0
Shield 0
Athletics 0
Riding 1
Horse Archery 0
Looting 0
Trainer 0
Tracking 0
Tactics 0
Path-finding 0
Spotting 0
Inventory Management 2
Wound Treatment 0
Surgery 0
First Aid 0
Engineer 0
Persuasion 0
Prisoner Management 1
Leadership 1
Trade 2
Weapon Type Points
One Handed Weapons 90
Two Handed Weapons 90
Polearms 90
Archery 90
Crossbows 90
Throwing 90
Melee Weapons
Axe, Hatchet, Quarter Staff
Ranged Weapons
Short Bow, Hunting Bow, Arrows
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