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General Information
Available in Stronghold games
Type Assault melee unit
Cost 1 mace

20 gold
1 leather armour (SH,SHC)

+1 honor (SH2)

10 gold (SHC2)

Unit Statistics
Health Medium
Damage Medium
Speed Very fast
Special ability Charge: gives bonus damage and speed on attack (SHC2)

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, despite being strong in melee attacks, they have weak armor. 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.

In Stronghold Crusader 2, macemen possess a passive charge ability (indicated by a lightning icon), which buffs their speed and damage output for a few seconds, enhancing their offensive capabilities. However, the maceman does not use metal armour and has less health.


Macemen are very fast, making them suitable the best harassment force. They can deal high damage 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 encountering 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.


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


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