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Mercenaries are much more numerous and important in With Fire & Sword than Warband.

It is historically accurate, as most battles of the 17th century were fought by mercenary armies, opposed to feudal levies of medieval times depicted in Warband.

These early modern soldiers can be divided in four groups:

  1. Tavern Mercenaries (as in Warband).
  2. Mercenary Camp soldiers: customized by Player.
  3. National Mercenaries: specific for every Nation.
  4. Regional Mercenaries: specific for certain Towns and Fortresses.

Tavern Mercenaries Edit


Mercenary Halberdier

These troops are equivalent to classic Mercenaries hired in Tavern. In general, they have lesser levels and armor than their Warband counterparts, but are less expensive (due to lower level) and more abundant as while Calradia has only 22 Taverns, Eastern Europe has 58 (18 in Towns and 40 in Fortresses).

Their crucial advantage is that they are stronger than basic Mercenary Camp soldiers, and immediately available (while both National and Regional Mercenaries require few days to train).

With Fire & Sword Tavern Mercenaries
Mercenary HalberdierMercenary Pikeman
Mercenary Light CavalrymanMercenary Horseman
Mercenary MusketeerMercenary Marksman 

Mercenary Camp Edit


Polish Mercenary Rifleman

Initially weak, but cheap, immediately available and in unlimited numbers as long as coin is ready.

More information on respective page.

Mercenary Troops
Crimean Khanate Tatar Mercenary Infantryman
Tatar Mercenary Rifleman
Tatar Mercenary Cavalryman
Polish Commonwealth Polish Mercenary Infantryman
Polish Mercenary Rifleman
Polish Mercenary Cavalryman
Cossack Hetmanate Cossack Mercenary Infantryman
Cossack Mercenary Rifleman
Cossack Mercenary Cavalryman
Muscovite Tsardom Moscow Mercenary Infantryman
Moscow Mercenary Rifleman
Moscow Mercenary Cavalryman
Kingdom of Sweden Swedish Mercenary Infantryman
Swedish Mercenary Rifleman
Swedish Mercenary Cavalryman

National Mercenaries Edit


Scottish Swordsman

These mercenaries are foreigners who serve a certain nation on a regular basis. They usually come from allied (Tatars vs. Cossacks), vassal (Kalmyks vs. Moscow) or overlord countries (Ottomans vs. Tatars).

They can be hired in each and every Town and Fortress of a certain nation as soon as a Mercenary Captain is appointed.

They are nation-specific:

These mercenaries have a delay period between order from Mercenary Commander and delivery of soldiers: their training takes a few days.

List of Mercenaries Nation
Scottish Mercenaries
Turkish Mercenaries
Tatar Mercenaries

(at peace with Crimea only)

Kalmyk Mercenaries
German Infantry
With Fire & Sword National Mercenaries
Tatar InfantrymanTatar Cavalryman
Scottish MusketeerScottish PikemanScottish Swordsman
German Infantry PikemanGerman Infantry Musketeer

Regional Mercenaries Edit


Lithuanian Musketeer

These troops can be hired only in certain Towns and Fortresses, regionally specific, after an Infantry Commander (even for cavalry units!) is appointed. They have a training period as well.

List of Mercenaries Region
German Mercenaries
Lithuanian Mercenaries
Tatar Mercenaries
Circassian Mercenaries
Ukraine Cossacks
Don Cossacks
Finnish Mercenaries
With Fire & Sword Regional Mercenaries
Village Cossack
Town CossackRank Cossack
Lithuanian Musketeer • Lithuanian Tatar
Finnish HarquebusierGerman PikemanBlack Reiter

Trivia Edit

  • For much of its history, Crimean Khanate was a tributary state of the Ottoman Empire, and often received Ottoman soldiers as military aid.
  • Cossack Hetmanate victory over the Polish Commonwealth]] in 1648, and its independence happened in large part because of an alliance with the Crimean Khanate. It was a short-lived and intermittent relationship, however.
  • Scottish infantry (as well as Swiss) were internationally popular mercenaries in Europe through the 15th to 18th centuries. Some Scots even settled in Lithuania and Baltic states.
  • Kalmyks (or Oirats) are a West Mongolian tribe that settled in the lower Volga region in 1630. They were obliged to protect the Muscovite border in the south from other nomads.