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This article is about the unit in Age of Empires: The Rise of Rome. For other uses, see Camel Rider.

The Camel Rider is cavalry unit in Age of Empires: The Rise of Rome. Camel Riders are fast and a good counter to cavalry. They are the very first camel units to appear in the Age of Empires series and are the predecessor of the unit of the same name in Age of Empires II.

Camel Riders are primarily used in the Bronze Age as a counter to cavalry, but become less effective in the Iron Age.

Unit availability
Available Unavailable

The * indicates that the civilization can fully upgrade their Camel Riders, i.e. gets Metallurgy, Chain Mail Cavalry, and Nobility.
The ^ indicates that the civilization has at least one civilization bonus that benefits the combat strength of the Camel Rider.


Camel Riders receive a +8 attack bonus against Scouts, the Cavalry line, and the Horse Archer line, and +4 against all other mounted units. 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 by far 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[]

Unit strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Cavalry
Weak vs. Archers, Hoplites
Hit points NobilityIcon.png Nobility (+15%)
Attack ToolworkingAoE.jpg Toolworking (+2)
Metalworkingicon.png Metalworking (+2)
Metallurgyicon.png Metallurgy (+3)
Armor Leatherarmorcavalryicon.png Leather Armor Cavalry (+2/+0)
Scalearmorcavalryicon.png Scale Armor Cavalry (+2/+0)
Chainmailcavalryicon.png Chain Mail Cavalry (+2/+0)

Civilization bonuses[]


The Rise of Rome[]

Definitive Edition[]


  • The Minoans' access to Camel Riders is odd, as camels are not native to Crete and the Aegean.
  • Though the Romans have no access to Camel Riders in the game, they had a camel force in reality called the Dromedarii. This is likely because the game's Romans are based on the Roman Republic and early Empire, while the Dromedarii existed in later times and consisted of Arab and Syrian auxiliaries, not Romans. In Age of Empires II, the Romans' heir civilization, the Byzantines, have access to cheaper Camel Riders than other civilizations.


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