Yari Cavalry (STW unit)
|Weapon Type: Spear|
|Honour / Morale||9|
The Yari Cavalryman is equipped with a short
spear which can be used for stabbing or
slashing. They are lightly armoured and are
best used against unprotected missile units
or other Cavalry. They are the only unit on
the battlefield capable of catching Cavalry
These samurai shock troops fall somewhere
between their light and heavy comrades in
arms. They can be used to break infantry
formations, as their lances give them a
reasonable “reach” in combat.
The lance used by mounted samurai is the
direct “ancestor” of the yari carried by infantry.
It is, however, shorter and lighter than the foot samurai and ashigaru version of the spear, but it does mean that lancers are at less of a disadvantage against yari-armed warriors.
Overall, they are potent units, but lack the defensive bonuses of the heavy samurai cavalry. Again, they are forces that need to be carefully handled when attacking arquebusiers. If a charge is poorly timed, any cavalry unit will be shot to pieces before it can attack itself.