'Corso Terrestre' Guerillas
Corso Terrestre
Belongs to Spain
Type Skirmishers
Weapon(s) Musket
Ammunition 20
Soldiers in each unit 60
Melee Attack 9
Charge bonus 9
Defense skill 4
Morale 5
Range 90
Accuracy 35
Reloading 15
Produced from Magistrate or higher in the Iberian Peninsula
Special abilities ­
  • Can skirmish
  • Can Guard
  • Can hide in woodland
  • Can hide in light scrub
  • Can hide in long grass
  • Can hide in buildings
  • Remains hidden whilst walking
  • Paths seldom trod
  • Grappling Hooks
  • Resistant to heat fatigue
Cost 680
Upkeep 170
Turns to Train 1
Unit Cap None
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'Corso Terrestre' Guerillas are a type of skirmisher in Empire: Total War.


These men are not soldiers, but civilians driven to take up arms against their nation's enemies.

Guerrillas are not a recognised military organisation at all, but bands of friends and neighbours who have adapted banditry to be a way of making war. They fight hard, because if they are captured they can expect little mercy from an enemy: at best, a trial before inevitable execution. War and vendetta are often the same thing for guerrillas: wrongs done and the resulting hatred are what drive them to fight. They are best when employed in ambush, or to skirmish and harass. They cannot be expected to fight in carefully dressed lines like soldiers, because they are not soldiers.

Historically, the Spanish people had an enormous capacity for carrying on wars against foreign occupiers long after their rulers had capitulated or made their peace with an enemy. Guerrillas arose as an act of rebellion. The name itself is Spanish, and means “little war”: the constant skirmishing and sniping that wears out an occupying army. When his men were bogged down there, Napoleon described Spain as an “ulcer”, thanks in part to the constant partisan warfare carried on by the guerrillas.

General InformationEdit

The 'Corso Terrestre' Guerillas are accessible right from the beginning in the game and are below average skirmishers, with worse shooting and reloading skills than Guerillas but better melee capabilities. Despite having unremarkable statistics, these units give Spain an advantage over their rivals in the early game due to the lack of early game light infantry in most faction rosters.


Although they can be recruited at the beginning of the Grand Campaign, 'Corso Terrestre' Guerillas can only be used in late period skirmishes.

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