In Civ5, when you have access to iron, does it make sense to build musketmen?



  • Technology upgrade tree looks like this:

    |Steel          |    |Gunpowder   |
    |- Longswordman |    |- Musketman |
    |  cost 150     |    |  cost 120  |
    |  str: 18      | => |  str: 16   |
    |  mov: 2       |    |  mov: 2    |
    |  req: steel   |    |  req: -    |
    

    Therefore, at first glance I thought that since the Musketman is a unit for a later technology it would be "better". But it appears that as long as I can build longswordmen and have the time to build them, I should not spend maintenance on musketmen.

    Am I correct? What about upgrade paths?



  • As shown in this question the upgrade paths are the same. So I guess it comes down to whether you are willing to wait the extra production time, and whether you have a better use for that iron. Besides building other units with it, keep in mind that you can also trade it to a friend temporarily for an economic boost.

    The other factor is that if you are under attack and you lose some sources of iron, you could start suffering a penalty to combat power if you go negative, which is less likely if you stick with the musketmen.



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