This article is about the unit in Age of Empires. For the related unit in Age of Empires II, see Camel.
The Camel Rider is a fast anti-cavalry unit that is featured in Age of Empires: The Rise of Rome. Almost every civilization is able to train Camel Riders, with the exception of the Greeks, Yamato, Choson, Romans, and Macedonians. They are the very first camel units to appear in the Age of Empires series and are the predecessor of the Camel in Age of Empires II.

They are primarily used in the Bronze Age as a counter to enemy cavalry.

Strategy Edit

Camel Riders receive a +8 attack bonus against Cavalry and Horse Archers, and +4 against Chariots, but do not deal bonus damage against infantry. Because of their otherwise weak attack and lack of armor, they are basically only useful against cavalry in the Bronze Age. Beyond the Bronze Age, Camel Riders are no longer the best option as an anti-cavalry unit since a fully upgraded Cataphract can take down a Camel Rider. Thus, the best unit to counter cavalry during the Iron Age would be by War Elephants and Centurions.

However, Camel Riders are faster than and remain more than a match for a fully upgraded Heavy Cavalry in the Iron Age, and can easily dispense with Horse Archers and Heavy Horse Archers.

Palmyran Camel Riders are the fastest in the game, having a 25% increase in speed, which makes them excellent for raids and rushes early in the Bronze Age and a good counter for Horse Archers later in the game.

Upgrades Edit

Tool Age Edit

Bronze Age Edit

Iron Age Edit

Stable Tree
Tool Age
Stable 1
Bronze Age
Camel Rider
Iron Age
Heavy cavalry
Heavy Cavalry
W Elephant1
War Elephant
Scythe Chariot
Scythe Chariot
Armored Elephant

Civilization bonuses Edit

History Edit

"The camel was adopted for military use at a very early date, perhaps before the horse in the Middle East. Camels were particularly useful for moving quickly across the desert wastes and favored by small raiding parties. They were also used in battle by desert civilizations such as the Assyrians. Riders fought with spears and swords. Like light cavalry, they could take part in the pursuit of a beaten army. They were also useful against cavalry because horses were unaccustomed to the camels’ odor and often refused to come near them."

The Rise of Rome manual

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