This is one thing that's always confused me. Usually when there's a post on Best/Worst UU (which is, what, once a week? ) Landsknecht almost always manages to snag a place as one of the absolute worst UUs. My question is: Why? I've never played as HRE, so I've never used them, but I respect the opinions of the players here, most of whom are more experienced than I am, and when they say that it's a bad unit, I'm inclined to believe them. However, on paper the Landsknecht looks like an amazing unit. +100% vs both Mounted and Melee means that the only real counter to it is Musketmen (and who builds those). It would toast Elephants, have good odds against Knights, and come out even against Macemen and Cuirs. So... Why are they so terrible? My gut instinct here is that there's something in the combat mechanics that I haven't quite grasped. I know they're very counter-intuitive, but I still have no idea how they work. Another one that's always puzzled me is the Vulture. Logically speaking, they would be just as good as Axemen against melee units (5 STR +50% = 7.5 STR, 6 STR + 25% = 7.5 STR) but stronger against everything else. However, this does not seem to be the case. So, can anyone help clear this up for a poor, confused soul?