Zamburaks and Sowars, the camel units from the third game

Camel units are cavalry units riding a camel instead of a horse. They appear in every game of the Age of Empires series.

Age of Empires Edit

In Age of Empires: The Rise of Rome, one generic unit is introduced: The Camel Rider. This Camel Rider has a +8 attack bonus against cavalry. The Palmyrans probably have the most reliable Camel Riders with +25% movement speed. Civilizations with complete upgrades for their Camel Riders are: Egyptians, the Hittites, the Minoans, and the Persians.

Civilizations that completely lack camel units are the ChosonGreeks, MacedoniansRomans, and the Yamato.

Age of Empires II Edit

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Camel units are a unit branch in Age of Empires II. While similar in appearance to, sharing characteristics with, and often being summarized with cavalry units, camel units take no bonus damage from anti-cavalry attacks, but from anti-camel attacks. That works in their favor, as the anti-camel bonus damage of other units is always lower than anti-cavalry bonus damage. Generally speaking, camel units are designed to engage enemy cavalry.

Note that, before The African Kingdoms was released, camel units did not yet have a separate armor class, but shared one with ships. That caused camel units to take high bonus damage from ships and defensive structures.

List of camel units Edit

* Though the unit is a camel, it is not cavalry as there's no one riding it.

Camel heroes Edit

Civilizations Edit


All Camel units in Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition.

Only twelve civilizations have access to camels:

AfricanIcon Berbers
KingsIcon Byzantines
KingsIcon Chinese
AoEIIDE icon Cumans
AfricanIcon Ethiopians
ForgottenIcon Indians
AfricanIcon Malians
KingsIcon Mongols
KingsIcon Persians
KingsIcon Saracens
AoEIIDE icon Tatars
KingsIcon Turks

The Berbers, Indians, MaliansSaracens, and Tatars all boast advantages in unique technologies or bonuses for their camel units, making them the most prominent civilizations.

Civilization bonuses Edit

  • Berbers: Camels are 15/20% cheaper in the Castle/Imperial Age.
  • Byzantines: Camels are 25% cheaper.
  • Cumans: Camels move 10/15% faster in the Castle/Imperial Age.
  • Indians: Camels have +1 pierce armor.
  • Tatars: Camels deal 50% more damage when fighting on higher ground.

Team bonuses Edit

Unique technologies Edit

Age of Mythology Edit

In Age of Mythology, only the Egyptians have access to camel units. These units are:

  • AoMCamelryIcon Camelry: A cavalry unit with a 1.75x damage multiplier against other cavalry units
  • CamelCaravan Camel Caravan: A non-combat trade unit

Age of Empires III Edit

In Age of Empires III, only the Indians have access to camel units. These units are:

  • Zamburak Zamburak: A ranged unit with a 3.5x damage multiplier against melee cavalry
  • Sowar Sowar: A camel unit that functions as a heavy cavalry unit and has no attack bonus against cavalry

Trivia Edit

  • The fact that Minoans receive Camel Riders is odd, as apart from not being a desert civilization, camels didn't live in Crete or the Aegean Islands. In fact, it would be slightly more realistic if Romans received them instead, as camel troops (known as Dromedarii) were into use from the 2nd century (at least the Byzantines received them).
  • Excluding the above-mentioned Minoans and Byzantines (who are transcontinental civilizations), all camel units are correctly available only to African and Asian civilizations.
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