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Nord Veteran Archers are the top-tier archer unit for the Kingdom of Nords.

They are much cheaper than other top-tier archers, but suffer from a slower firing speed. Statistically, they are actually only fourth tier units with above average skill, proficiency, and equipment, making them more disposable than most.

In the original game, these archers (as with all Nordic archer units) were weak both in melee and in ranged combat, making them nearly useless in game, with their infantry counterparts being more useful in every way. They have been significantly upgraded in Warband with addition of a Mail Shirt instead of Padded Leather, making them the best armored archer of their level in the game.


Nord Veteran Archers are a flexible troop. They are equipped with Mail Shirts which make them sustainable in melee combat for a short time, but don't expect them to replace regular infantry. They also have good melee stats for taking down enemies up close, but it is best to keep them away from heavy infantry and cavalry alike. Their archery skill is good, despite the fact that they shoot slowly. They share the highest Athletics skill of any soldier in the game with Nord Huscarls, making them incredibly agile and fast-moving both in and out of battle.

Stats and equipment[]

Note: Troops have a set of default stats; at the beginning of a new game, these stats are randomly adjusted for each type of troop. The following is the default set for this troop as seen within the game code and may not reflect the specific stats you will see during actual gameplay. For more information, see Troop stats.
Nord Veteran Archer - Default Stats and Equipment
Stat Points
Level 19
Strength 12
Agility 5
Intelligence 4
Charisma 4
Health 55
(Possible): Nordic Leather Helmet, Nordic Leather Helmet (veteran)
Body Armor
Mail Shirt, Byrnie
Leather Boots

Skill Points
Ironflesh 4
Power Strike 3
Power Throw 0
Power Draw 5
Weapon Master 0
Shield 0
Athletics 7
Riding 0
Horse Archery 0
Looting 0
Trainer 0
Tracking 0
Tactics 0
Path-finding 0
Spotting 0
Inventory Management 0
Wound Treatment 0
Surgery 0
First Aid 0
Engineer 0
Persuasion 0
Prisoner Management 0
Leadership 0
Trade 0
Weapon Type Points
One Handed Weapons 95
Two Handed Weapons 95
Polearms 95
Archery 120
Crossbows 95
Throwing 95
Melee Weapons
Nordic Sword, Fighting Axe, Two Handed Axe
Ranged Weapons
Long Bow, Bodkin Arrows

Kingdom of Nords Troops
Nord Recruit
Nord FootmanNord Huntsman
Nord Trained FootmanNord Archer
Nord WarriorNord Veteran Archer
Nord Veteran
Nord Huscarl