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Swiss Guard
Swiss Guard
Belongs to France
Type Elite Infantry
Weapon(s) Musket
Ammunition 15
Soldiers in each unit 120
Melee Attack 16
Charge bonus 19
Defense skill 20
Morale 12
Range 70
Accuracy 55
Reloading 60
Tech requirement None; can be improved with Square Formation, various bayonet technologies, New Model Bayonet Drill and Cadenced Marching
Produced from Palais Bourbon in France
Special abilities ­
  • Can Guard
  • Can hide in woodland
  • Can hide in light scrub
  • Resistant to morale shocks
  • Inspires nearby units
  • Grappling Hooks
Cost 1790 SP/1330 MP
Upkeep 440
Turns to Train 2
Unit Cap 1 SP/4 MP

Swiss Guard are a type of elite infantry in Empire: Total War. They are available to France with the Elite Units of the West DLC.

DescriptionEdit

These Swiss soldiers are the trusted guards of the King's person and his residences and, like all Swiss troops, are disciplined and well trained men.

Resplendent in bright red uniforms, the Swiss Guard is recruited in the cantons of Switzerland. Armed with smoothbore muskets, these men are not just a decorative, court regiment, but very capable warriors, certainly the betters of ordinary line infantry units. Their origins mean that they can be trusted not to involve themselves in French conspiracies. French monarchs are not the first to realise that foreign soldiers are often hated and distrusted more than the monarchy itself by many internal enemies! The Swiss Guard, therefore, live and die in the service of the throne because, viewed cynically, their survival demands it.

In August 1792, France was in turmoil. King Louis XVI (1774-92) was a hollow, hated figurehead. The Swiss Guard were his last line of defence, guarding the Tuileries Palace when the revolutionaries attacked. The Bourbons escaped, but hundreds of their loyal Swiss Guards were killed. Many survivors succumbed to their wounds or were murdered during the September Massacres. Finally, in 1821 a statue was erected in Lucerne to commemorate the sacrifice made by the Swiss Guard. It depicts a dying lion, symbolically protecting the French monarchy.

General InformationEdit

The Swiss Guard are the best elite infantry available to France, and are some of the best guard units in the game. They are comparable to the Prussian Life Guard statistically, but are hampered by their low regiment limit.

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