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General Information
Available in Stronghold games
Type Melee unit
Cost 20 gold

1 mace
1 leather armor
+1 honor (SH2)

Unit Statistics
Health Medium
Damage Medium
Speed Very fast

The maceman is a strong infantry unit who specialises in harassment.


Macemen, being medium troops, tend to make up the bulk of some armies. However, being strong in melee attacks, they make up for it in weak armour. An archer firing upon an enemy maceman may have a bit of trouble killing him due to leather armour, but crossbowmen can easily kill large numbers of them.


Macemen are also very fast, making them suitable the best harassment force. They can deal high damage out in no time and they destroy buildings very fast. They can also absorb quite a number of arrows during the process and when moving, most units will miss sometimes.

Macemen experience difficulties when encountered units in metal armour. They have very high health and are unable to severely wound them (except for pikemen) when they are on their own. They can outnumber them nevertheless, and they can outrun them when in trouble, since armour slows their enemies down.

Macemen are extremely vulnerable to fire, so burning carts, boiling oil and pitch ditches are great counters against maceman swarms.

The Pig and the Sheriff in Stronghold Crusader and the Bull and the Bishop in Stronghold 2 employ macemen in their armies.

Game differencesEdit

Stronghold, Crusader:

  • Macemen are among the few units that can dig or fill a moat. They can also climb ladders.

Macemen are no longer unique in these terms in later games.


For the quotes of the maceman, see: Quotes:Maceman.

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