|This article is about the unit in Age of Empires: The Rise of Rome. For the unit in Age of Empires II, see Camel Rider (Age of Empires II).|
Camel Riders receive a +8 attack bonus against Cavalry and Horse Archers, and +4 against Chariots. 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 units to counter cavalry in the Iron Age are 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 (Horse Archers can use hit-and-run tactics against them, however).
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 allows them to catch up to even the agile Heavy Horse Archers in the late game.
Further statistics Edit
|Unit strengths and weaknesses|
|Weak vs.||Archers, Hoplites|
|Hit points||Nobility (+15%)|
|Attack|| Toolworking (+2)|
|Armor|| Leather Armor Cavalry (+2/+0)|
Scale Armor Cavalry (+2/+0)
Chain Mail Cavalry (+2/+0)
Civilization bonuses 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
|Units in Age of Empires|
|Age of Empires|
|Priest · Villager · Trade Boat · Merchant Ship · Fishing Boat · Fishing Ship · Light Transport · Heavy Transport|
|Infantry||Clubman · Axeman · Short Swordsman · Broad Swordsman · Long Swordsmen · Legion · Hoplite · Phalanx · Centurion|
|Archers||Bowman · Improved Bowman · Composite Bowman · Chariot Archer · Elephant Archer · Horse Archer · Heavy Horse Archer|
|Cavalry||Scout · Cavalry · Heavy Cavalry · Cataphract · Chariot · War Elephant|
|Siege||Stone Thrower · Catapult · Heavy Catapult · Ballista · Helepolis|
|Navy||Scout Ship · War Galley · Trireme · Catapult Trireme · Juggernaught|
|The Rise of Rome|
|Armored Elephant · Camel Rider · Fire Galley · Scythe Chariot · Slinger|