The Chinese unique unit. (Replaces Crossbowman)
Quick - Regular - Epic - Marathon
|Upgrades to||Gatling gun|
- Common traits:
- Unable to melee attack.
- Special traits:
- May attack twice in a turn
- Lesser ranged strength
The Chu-Ko-Nu is one of the strongest Medieval shooters, thanks to its ability to fire twice in a round, even before advancing enough levels to gain access to the respective promotion. Although its ranged strength appears to be lower than the normal Crossbow, firing twice more than makes up for it. Entrench it into a city, or a Fort, and lay waste to the enemy armies! The ability to fire twice carries over when the unit is upgraded, creating really dangerous Gatling Guns and Machine Guns.
The Chu-Ko-Nu is a rather nifty repeating crossbow invented in China at the end of the second century AD. The machine looks something like a standard European crossbow with a box bolted to its top, just above the string. The box was filled with crossbow bolts. In operation, the soldier would pull a lever to cock the string and then push the lever back, causing a bolt to drop out of the box and into place to be fired. This gave the Chu-Ko-Nu a faster rate of fire than a standard European crossbow. However, the Chu-Ko-Nu fired a lighter bolt and had a shorter range than a European machine. Which was the superior weapon would depend upon circumstances – the European model might prevail in open terrain against heavily armored opponents, while the Chu-Ko-Nu would probably be better at short-range against large numbers of lighter-armored attackers.