Lancers are the games primary anti-armour specialists.
Armed with high-power launchers carrying a variety of warheads, small ragnaid canisters and equipped with heavily armoured blast shields (army and militia lancers) or combat suits (Lanseal lancers) which protect them from mines, gunfire and mortar blasts, Lancers excel at attacks against armoured vehicles.
Lancers have relatively few action due to their heavy armours and weapons and cannot intercept enemy units, counter attack or launch cooperative assaults with adjacent allied units. Lancers (and tanks) are able to clear a path (Not very straight if a lancer) through a minefield if you haven't got a engineer within range (It is much safer to use a lancer than use a tank as there may be some anti-tank mines hidden among the anti-infantry ones).
Lancers have the highest defense and hit points of any infantry unit in the game. Their low accuracy, low rate of fire and inability to counter enemy fire or intercept enemy units can hinder their effectiveness against infantry until mortar lances become available later in the game.
|7||7583||Order: Damage Boost|
|8||10164||Order: Demolition Boost|
|11||20016||Elite: Mortar & 3rd Potential|
|15||37934||Order: Healing Boost|
Total upgrade cost: 478439 experience
Valkyria Chronicles 2
Instead of blast shields, lancers from Lanseal force are equipped with combat suits which also protect them from explosions but not from cannon fire. The Lancer class tree, along with armoured tech tree, is the most versatile class as it can effectively massacre both infantry and armor with ease; like in VC1, they are also capable of clearing minefields, since they take so little damage from mine explosions.
Valkyria Chronicles 3
Instead of blast shields, lancers in Valkyria Chronicles 3 are equipped with combat suits which also protect them from explosions but not from cannon fire; this also means they can be badly damaged by mines, preventing their use (as in previous games) to clear minefields).
The East Europan Imperial Alliance also fielded lancers during the war.
Imperial lancers wore more armor than their Gallian counterparts, with a design that hearkens back to medieval times. Acting as a support for Imperial squads, the Empires lancers were able to neutralize enemy armor and provide heavy fire support for infantry.
- In the original Japanese version of Valkyria Chronicles, the name of the unit literally translated as "Anti-Tank Troop". In Valkyria Chronicles 4, the launcher used by Federation anti-tank troops look less like a lance and more like a super-sized rifle.
|Valkyria Chronicles||Scout | Shocktrooper | Lancer | Engineer | Sniper|
|Valkyria Chronicles 2||Scout | Scout Veteran | Scout Elite | Heavy Scout | Sniper | Sniper Elite | AT Sniper | Shocktrooper | Trooper Veteran | Trooper Elite | Commando | Gunner | Gunner Elite | Heavy Gunner | Lancer | Lancer Veteran | Lancer Elite | Mobile Lancer | Mortarer | Heavy Mortarer | Mobile Mortarer | Engineer | Engineer Veteran | Engineer Elite | Medic | Anthem Corps | Anthem Elite | Melodist | Armored Tech | Tech Veteran | Tech Elite | Special Tech | Fencer | Fencer Elite | Mauler|
|Valkyria Chronicles 3||Scout | Shocktrooper | Lancer | Engineer | Armored Tech | Sniper | Gunner | Fencer|
|Valkyria Chronicles 4||Scout | Shocktrooper | Lancer | Engineer | Sniper | Grenadier|
|Other||Aces | Artificial Valkyria | Class Change System | Fixed Weapons | Gatling Soldier | GRA Units | Imperial Units | Leaders | Town Watchman|