These fiery warriors excel at punching through troop lines and therefore work well when grouped with melee and polearm cavalry. They are less well-suited to dueling, and Instinct is their key attribute, improving their melee damage and reducing recruitment costs for their army. The Instinct-based Vanguard skills in their skills-tree debuff enemy morale, improve their melee damage and confer a powerful splash-damage attack.
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The vanguard excels at shock battle tactics with rapid cavalry charges and can recruit units to an army with greater efficiency, saving vital funds.