Levy Crossbowmen are the unique unit of the Zhou civilisation, and consist of a weak unit armed with a very powerful weapon — a crossbow, which is slow-firing, but has an immense range along with accuracy and a means of piercing armour. These units when deployed can be quite devastating when they fire, and can decimate most units, especially chariots and heavy infantry.
Should you find yourself facing them, then remember that they have one weakness and that is light infantry. Use skirmisher units to absorb crossbow fire and to close in on Levy Crossbowmen, so that while the Levy Crossbowmen are still winding up to attack, your forces will be upon them, making it near-impossible for them to retaliate.
- Keep Them Safe And Sound — Crossbow Levy can thin out your opponent's ranks but are dead meat if facing more powerful archers, and have a minimum range. Protect them at all costs with accompanying heavy infantry and cavalry.
- Replacement Killers — The cheap cost of Crossbow Levy makes them useful for protecting and garrisoning cities, and making up the numbers required to flesh out an army. This is especially moreso for the Papal States given how costly their best units are.