Cavalry


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Cavalry

Age: Bronze
Prerequisites: Build Town Center, build Barracks, build Stable.
Upgrade Cost: – – –
Cost: 70 food, 80 gold
Hit Points: 150
Attack: 8
Armor: 0
Piercing Armor: – – –
Range: – – –
Speed: Fast
Upgrade of: – – –
Special: Cavalry charge bonus (+5 attack against infantry)
Description:
Cavalry is not an upgrade of the Scout. It is a separate unit with more hit points and attack strength (including +5 attack against infantry) than the Scout. Cavalry can be upgraded to the Heavy Cavalry.
Researching Nobility increases hit points. Toolworking, Metalworking, and Metallurgy increase attack strength. Leather Armor, Scale Armor, and Chain Mail increase armor.

Comments

The Cavalry is one of the strongest units of the Bronze Age. He has far more hitpoints than any other land unit of that age, he has an attack bonus against infantry (but not against Hoplites and their upgrades, who are great Cavalry killers) and he’s fast. He’s often credited with an attack bonus against archers as well but those reports are exaggerated. However, because he’s quick, with many hitpoints, he’s still a rather good archer killer. Strong as he is, the Cavalry is also a very expensive unit, costing more gold than food. In many cases you can do well with Chariots instead; they do as well against Villagers, and they’re very resistant to conversion, something that can’t be said for the Cavalry. A very strong unit when fighting infantry, the Cavalry is also very exensive and often you can use the cheaper Chariot instead.

Peter
History

Horses were domesticated around 4000 BC for use as work animals. They first appeared in the Middle East around 2000 BC but were kept only as expensive pets. Gradually they were found useful in the civilized world as draft animals, but were rarely ridden. The concept of cavalry was introduced to the Assyrians from the plains of Russia during the dark age that followed the catastrophe of 1200 BC. The Assyrians added cavalry to their armies in order to fight the barbarians on the plains to their north. Israelite king Solomon was renowned for his large cavalry force. It eventually became clear that cavalry was more efficient than chariots. Two men, each on their own horse, were more useful than two men in a chariot that could be disabled with increasing ease. Cavalry was cheaper to maintain than chariotry and could enter more difficult terrain, but was no less fast and intimidating to infantry.