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“They have great dragging jowls and fangs like daggers, blazing eyes of burning yellow that flash fire and shoot off sparks, gaunt bellies, and flanks long and lean with ribs showing. They are tireless and very powerful."

— Aztec eyewitness of Spanish war dogs in America

Armoured Mastiffs: Vital statistics
Mastiff

Unit type

Attack dog

Built/trained at

Town watch guild

Damage and weapon type

Low

Armour

Laughable

Production cost

  • Pop cost: 1
  • Resource cost: 30Coin
  • Ramp cost: 1Food, 1Coin

Range

  • Poor
  • Mediocre LOS

Unit move and creation speed

  • Unit movement speed: very fast
  • Creation speed: Slow

Unit HP

Weak

Technological requirements

Nobles' Court:—

  • Nob

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Being fast, agile and intimidating due to their appearance and behaviour, dogs could be trained to maim, rend and kill, while staying staunchly loyal to their masters. As a result, humans have spent centuries trying to breed the perfect dog — one that would be loyal yet efficient at its work, regardless of what it was. The Spanish, however, chose instead to clad war dogs in armour, making them harder to kill and far more lethal to unarmoured foes.

The Armoured Mastiffs are meant to represent these dogs which the Spanish trained for use against unarmoured targets, such as Moorish tribesmen and Aztec warriors who did not have metallic armour. These large and lumbering killing machines proved to be a conquistador's best friend in the wilds of the New World when the Spanish began their quest for colonial hegemony beyond the Atlantic Ocean. Armoured Mastiffs are stronger and tougher than normal War Dogs, making them great if used against an enemy's light infantry, especially crossbow units. Against heavy armour, however, Armoured Mastiffs are far than impressive, and are quite easily frightened by the sound of gunfire as well.

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