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Impi
Description
Zulu unique Medieval Era unit that replaces the Pikeman. Increased Flanking bonus, low cost and low maintenance. Earns XP faster.
Historical Context
The powerful warrior regiments of the Zulu were already a formidable force when the ambitious Shaka taught them new techniques: combining the iklwa (a short, stabbing spear with a broader blade than a throwing spear) and the ishlangu (a large, oval shield with cowhide layered on top). They trained to form shield walls, both to blunt projectiles and to hide their true numbers, and attack with a “buffalo horns” formation—greener troops would sweep out and around to pin the enemy’s flanks (the horns), while a more experienced center would slam into the pinned enemy (the rest of the buffalo).

The impi training regimes under Shaka were nothing less than brutal, but harsh conditioning led to tightly bonded, well-disciplined soldiers able to carry out complex formations with ease. The impi became a highly mobile force, nigh-unstoppable against anything short of repeating rifles and high explosives.
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Traits

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Promotion Class: Anti Cavalry

Requirements

Technology
Production Cost
Base Cost: 125 Production
Purchase Cost
Base Cost: 500 Gold
Maintenance Cost
Base Cost: 1 Gold
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ICON_UNIT_ZULU_IMPI
Description
Zulu unique Medieval Era unit that replaces the Pikeman. Increased Flanking bonus, low cost and low maintenance. Earns XP faster.
Historical Context
The powerful warrior regiments of the Zulu were already a formidable force when the ambitious Shaka taught them new techniques: combining the iklwa (a short, stabbing spear with a broader blade than a throwing spear) and the ishlangu (a large, oval shield with cowhide layered on top). They trained to form shield walls, both to blunt projectiles and to hide their true numbers, and attack with a “buffalo horns” formation—greener troops would sweep out and around to pin the enemy’s flanks (the horns), while a more experienced center would slam into the pinned enemy (the rest of the buffalo).

The impi training regimes under Shaka were nothing less than brutal, but harsh conditioning led to tightly bonded, well-disciplined soldiers able to carry out complex formations with ease. The impi became a highly mobile force, nigh-unstoppable against anything short of repeating rifles and high explosives.

Traits

Unique To
Upgrades To
Upgrade From
Promotion Class: Anti Cavalry

Requirements

Technology
Production Cost
Base Cost: 125 Production
Purchase Cost
Base Cost: 500 Gold
Maintenance Cost
Base Cost: 1 Gold
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