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[e][h] Footman
Unit Information
Built From:
Build Time:
135 2
2 (8)
0.25 (always)
1400 / 800
Acquisition Range:
Selection Priorty:
Formation Rank:
Turn Rate:
Move Type:
Collision Size:
Cargo Size:
12 - 13 (15 - 19)
  • ground
  • structure
  • debris
  • item
  • ward

The vast ranks of the Alliance armies have diminished over the years due to the incessant infighting amongst the former Alliance nations. However, many of the strong-hearted citizens of Azeroth have volunteered to defend their lands as Footmen. Though these fierce warriors lack the shining plate mail and specialized training of their noble predecessors, they still fight with bravery and honor on the field of battle.

Spells & Abilities[edit]

Cast Type : Toggle
Target Type : No Target
Activate to take 65% less damage from Piercing attacks, but have 30% reduced movement speed. Defend does not reflect attacks to buildings, and its chance of reflection against units is 30%.
Reflect Chance : 30%
Piercing Reduction : 65%
Movement Speed Reduction : 30%
Hotkey : D
Upgrade: Defend
Cost : 150 100  Research Time:  45
Researched at : Barracks (Human)
 Hotkey : D


  • Defend reduces 65% of all piercing damage. Defend only reduces Pierce damage, not all ranged attacks. The Footman can stay in defend mode as long as he wants and can cancel back to normal mode at any time.
  • Defend does not reflect attacks to buildings, and its chance of reflection against units is 30%.
  • Defend has no effect on Night Elf Huntresses.
  • Make sure you turn off Defend when you're done. Don't walk around like a newbie in Defend mode as you move across the map. Instead move in and out of Defend as appropriate to the battle situation.
  • Use Defend to assault enemy bases with towers! It works against towers and defensive structures like Orc Burrows. Research Defend when you're facing ranged units or when you might be assaulting a base.
Unit Inventory (Human)
Cast Type : Passive
Target Type : No Target
Allows the unit to carry 2 items.
Item Capacity : 2
Notes : Items cannot be used by the unit and are dropped, if the unit dies.
Upgrade: Backpack (Human)
Cost : 50 25  Research Time:  20
Researched at : Town Hall
Requirements : Arcane Vault


Iron Forged Swords
Increases the attack damage of Militia, Footmen, Spell Breakers, Dragonhawk Riders, Gryphon Riders and Knights.
Researched at : Blacksmith
 Hotkey : S
Cost : 100 50  Research Time:  60
Damage Dice Bonus : 1
Steel Forged Swords
Cost : 175 175  Research Time:  75
Requires : Keep
Damage Dice Bonus : 2
Mithril Forged Swords
Cost : 250 300  Research Time:  90
Requires : Castle
Damage Dice Bonus : 3
Iron Plating
Increases the armor of Militia, Footmen, Spell Breakers, Knights, Flying Machines and Siege Engines.
Researched at : Blacksmith
 Hotkey : P
Cost : 125 75  Research Time:  60
Armor Bonus : 2
Steel Plating
Cost : 150 175  Research Time:  75
Requires : Keep
Armor Bonus : 4
Mithril Plating
Cost : 175 275  Research Time:  90
Requires : Castle
Armor Bonus : 6

Version History[edit]

Balance Patch History
Patch Version Balance Changes
  • Buff Defend piercing damage reduction increased from 50% to 65%. The in game tooltip will show this as 50% damage taken to 35%.
  • Neutral Defend has been reworked. Piercing damage is still reduced by 50%, and there is now an additional 30% chance that a defending Footman will reflect unit attacks back on the source for full damage. Piercing damage building attacks have a 30% chance to do no damage.