Why are there people training Archers as Vikings?

I’m more into Berserks and other infantry units (Berserker regeneration, infantry extra HP, and bonus against cavalry are sweet)…and I did not expect to see Viking rivals make archers.

Archers have always been the standard play for Vikings. Archers are a lot better than infantry typically, and Vikings have a great eco bonus, which makes archers work even better. Until a few months ago, they also had fully upgraded Arbalests, now they only miss Thumb Ring, but it’s still a great opening.


especially if you go infantry your opponent will usually go archers, since archers counter infantry.
but also in general archers are a good idea as vikings

Archers are cheaper, easier to mass, easier to keep alive.

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Because archers are easy on the economy and are much more stronger than infantry.
Vikings’ Knights suck and can’t be trained from feudal on.

Even Japanese and Malians usually go archers, despite the good infantry.