For lore about archers, see Archer.
Elven Archer
Race High elf
Faction Alliance
Hit Points 40
Armor 0
Sight 5
Speed 10
Gold 500 Gold
Lumber 50 Lumber
Food 1 Food
Produced at Barracks
Build time 70 seconds
Basic Damage 3
Piercing Damage 6
7 (1 upgrade)
8 (2 upgrades)
Range 4
Upgrades Into
Upgrades Into Elven Ranger
This article contains lore taken from Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness, Warcraft II: Beyond the Dark Portal, the manuals, and/or official bonus maps.

Out of the mysterious forests of Quel'thalas come the Elven Archers to aid the Alliance in its darkest hour. Descendants of the elder race of Lordaeron, these sylvan woodsmen are unmatched in their use of the bow. Unencumbered by helm or heavy armor, Archers are keen of eye and fleet of foot. These Elves have long been embroiled in a bloody conflict with the hated Trolls of Lordaeron and are swift to let loose a rain of arrows upon any foe, including those that attack from the skies above.[1]


  • Elven Archers are support units whose roles include providing mobile defense against Dragons and Goblin Sappers as well as driving away Goblin Zeppelins, Transports and Giant Turtles.
  • While substantially weaker than Guard Towers, Archers are cheaper and mobile, allowing them to respond quickly to sudden threats and concentrate their fire.
  • They fare poorly in a straight-up fight against Grunts or Ogres unless protected by other units, buildings or terrain. Even Peons can present a threat to non-upgraded Archers.


Upgrade Arrows (Damage +1)
Increases the piercing attack damage of Elven Archers and Elven Rangers by +1.
Research Cost Researched At Upgrade Time
300 SmGoldWC2.gif 300 SmLumberWC2.gif Elven Lumber Mill 200 secs.
Upgrade Arrows (Damage +1)
Further increases the piercing attack damage of Elven Archers and Elven Rangers by +1.
Research Cost Researched At Upgrade Time
900 SmGoldWC2.gif 500 SmLumberWC2.gif Elven Lumber Mill 250 secs.
Elven Ranger Training
Upgrades Elven Archers to Elven Rangers.
Research Cost Researched At Upgrade Time
1500 SmGoldWC2.gif Elven Lumber Mill 250 secs.