Quality: Superior (Combination)

Type: Late Professional Increased training time based on unit type and quality, higher proportion of disciplined units

Soldiers: 20

Melee: 4

Missile: 7

Charge: 3

Weapon Type: Firearm

Defense: 13

Armour: 7

Defense Skill: 6

Shield: 0

Hit Points: 1

Recruitment Cost: 660

Upkeep: 120

Heavily armoured troops wielding a hand-held siphon that shoots forth a jet of liquid flame.
Very few things are known about these Imperial troops. They were among the most trusted and loyal soldiers because of the secret weapon they wielded. It is known that they started as ship assault troops but that they soon were also used to defend and attack defensive walls. Their primary weapon was a hand-held version of the naval siphon that spewed forth a jet of lethal flame. Anyone caught in the path of the fire would suffer the worst burns to their body, not just because of the heat of the flame but because the greek fire would stick to their skin and clothing and continue to burn after the siphon finished firing. To help protect their secret weapon, Emperors would ensure that these troops were well protected in heavy armour.

  • Scholae Barracks
  • Only in Constantinople, with the Scholae Barracks, can Siphonatores be recruited (available after the Fourth Lateran Council in 1216).