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Looters are a type of bandit and among the weakest enemies in the entire game. They first appear at the start of the game as drunk, disorganized rabble who have decided to wreak havoc across the countryside. Likewise, they are some of the most common, similar to forest and mountain bandits, at least at the start of the game. Armed with cheap blades, clubs and stones, they only pose a threat to the weakest, most unprotected and inexperienced player.
Looters were at one time known as River Pirates in pre-release versions of Mount&Blade.
The Looters have two basic tactics: throw stones from afar until approached or out of ammo and/or then charge and swarm. Some will throw stones at you again if you move out of melee range while they still have ammo. Looters will always try to swarm you and knock you out to capture you.
Looters who hold throwing stones will stay back from the rest of the group and attempt to pummel you with their weak projectiles. A well armored adventurer will be effectively invulnerable to thrown rocks, allowing you to ignore them until you get too close or they run out of stones while dealing with the others.
Looters are generally found in groups of 8-18 men, but can rarely be found in large groups of over forty men. It is suggested that the average size of groups depends upon the size of yours and your renown. As looters are particularly slow compared to other troops when traveling, larger groups will usually be picked off by Lords long before the player has a chance to encounter them.
As a commonly available weak troop, looters are often used to train the party and can be engaged confidently even without support troops. Once engaged, looters highlight the power a horse gives a combatant, allowing mounted troops to move freely in and out of reach of their weapons. The rocks they throw tend to be inaccurate and inflict extremely limited damage even to poorly armored troops being more of an annoyance than a threat. However looters can also demonstrate some of the potential weaknesses of mounted troops. If they can stop the horse, a cluster can bring down a horseman. The better armor the horseman has, the longer their incapacitation will take.
Alone on foot, looters present somewhat more of a problem as it becomes important to control how many looters are in range. Lone players on foot with low athletics should avoid engaging large groups of looters as they will likely be swarmed and overcome, much like the stopped horseman.
When soloing looters, the least risky tactic is to employ a horse and ranged weapon. Simply ride into range, stop, fire, then move when they get too close. If you run out of ammo, if you have more in your inventory, go back and reload from the supply chest. If the looters are particularly tightly bunched, firing into the mob while at a full gallop can quickly raise ranged weapon proficiencies.
A slightly more risky tactic is to engage them in melee from horseback. Ideally you never stop moving. The primary risk is that you get stopped by misjudging your course and then getting swarmed. As a melee attacker you will be exposed to both missile and melee attacks. The primary advantage of a melee engagement is speed; combat will be decided far more quickly with a horse and a skilled rider.
Looters can only be recruited from prisoners. This can be done if you have taken them as prisoner and recruit through the camp menu, though this way will inflict a morale penalty on your party and a good percentage will flee from your army during the first night. The second, and more successful way, is to recruit these from prisoners held by your enemies.
When Looters gain enough experience, they can be upgraded to Forest or Mountain Bandits. Since Forest Bandits upgrade to Swadian Recruits and Mountain Bandits upgrade to Rhodok Tribesmen, this gives you a rare chance to determine the flavor of troops they can upgrade to. Without upgrades, they are practically useless, just like in a fight against them.
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.
|(Possible): Woolen Cap|
|(Possible): Rawhide Coat, Nomad Armor|
|(Possible): Nomad Boots, Wrapping Boots|
| Mount&Blade — Looter • Steppe Bandit • Forest Bandit • Mountain Bandit • Sea Raider • Deserters|
Warband — Bandit • Brigand • Desert Bandit • Taiga Bandit
With Fire & Sword — Looter • Bandit • Brigand • Tatar Raider • Rebel