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Th' empire's not one army. It's dozens, hundreds! It's what I strove to knock into that thick dome of yours.
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- Count Caldwell to Queen Meve, Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales

The Imperial Army of the Nilfgaardian Empire is, without a doubt, one of the best-trained fighting forces on the Continent. Boasting from the lower ranks to the higher nobles involved within the military, its soldiers, known as the black-clad[1], are well-versed in the art of combat. Under the complete control of the Nilfgaardian Imperator who leads it through a set of high-ranking officers under a Field marshal.[2]

During greater conquests and invasions, such as the Northern Wars, the army was divided into groups, such as Center Army Group, East Army Group and Verden Operations Group. During the second of the Northern Wars, the army count was ca. 320,000, with 300,000 attacking the kingdoms and about 20,000 remaining in the Empire to keep the peace and defend core provinces in case of an unexpected turn in war.[3]

Like many other armies, The Imperial Army is also in possession of siege weapons, including mangonels, Trebuchets, Zerrikanian fire scorpions, and rot tossers.[4][5]

Unlike the Northern Kingdoms, slavery is commonplace among the Nilfgaardians; slaves, usually prisoners of war, are used not only for manual works, but even during combat, fighting for their freedom, at least according to their masters.

The army uses variety of soldiers like light and heavy cavalry, spearmen, pikemen, archers and crossbowmen.


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  1. Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales
  2. The Lady of the Lake
  3. The Tower of the Swallow
  4. 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
  5. Gwent: The Witcher Card Game
  6. Blood and Wine expansion
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