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Apart from the [[Camel Rider (Age of Empires II)|Camel Rider]], the Cataphract is the weakest non-ranged cavalry unit when it comes to pierce armor. As a logical consequence, they take high damage from [[Archer units (Age of Empires II)|archer units]] and [[defensive structure]]s.
 
Apart from the [[Camel Rider (Age of Empires II)|Camel Rider]], the Cataphract is the weakest non-ranged cavalry unit when it comes to pierce armor. As a logical consequence, they take high damage from [[Archer units (Age of Empires II)|archer units]] and [[defensive structure]]s.
   
Groups of [[Arbalester]]s, [[Heavy Scorpion]]s, [[Heavy Cavalry Archer]]s, or other unique archer units usually kill Cataphracts without too many casualties when they are properly managed. Even [[Elite Skirmisher]]s deal 2 damage and can be used when [[gold]] is scarce.
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Groups of [[Arbalest]]s, [[Heavy Scorpion]]s, [[Heavy Cavalry Archer]]s, or other unique archer units usually kill Cataphracts without too many casualties when they are properly managed. Even [[Elite Skirmisher]]s deal 2 damage and can be used when [[gold]] is scarce.
   
 
However, Cataphracts still possess the speed, health, and attack to threaten these units, so they should be massed (ideally in groups of at least 40) and/or protected with aforementioned heavy cavalry or Halberdiers before being sent to face the Cataphracts.
 
However, Cataphracts still possess the speed, health, and attack to threaten these units, so they should be massed (ideally in groups of at least 40) and/or protected with aforementioned heavy cavalry or Halberdiers before being sent to face the Cataphracts.
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6e9d585a05166a307d1645cfa4185d1a.jpg|An artist's rendition of Byzantine/Roman Clibanarii, a type of heavy cavalry akin to Cataphracts. Historians are uncertain if the term was a synonym for "cataphracti" in Latin or if it was fact a distinctive type of cavalry itself.
 
6e9d585a05166a307d1645cfa4185d1a.jpg|An artist's rendition of Byzantine/Roman Clibanarii, a type of heavy cavalry akin to Cataphracts. Historians are uncertain if the term was a synonym for "cataphracti" in Latin or if it was fact a distinctive type of cavalry itself.
 
ancient_sasanid_cataphract_uther_oxford_2003_06_21.jpg|Cataphract (Persian) in real life
 
ancient_sasanid_cataphract_uther_oxford_2003_06_21.jpg|Cataphract (Persian) in real life
Age-of-Empires Atilla Screenshot2.png|Cataphracts in the ''[[Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition|Definitive Edition]]''
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Age-of-Empires Atilla Screenshot2.png|Cataphracts in the ''[[ Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition|Definitive Edition]]''
 
Cataphract render.png|A render of the Cataphract model
 
Cataphract render.png|A render of the Cataphract model
 
Byzantine_Greek_Alexander_Manuscript_Cataphract.jpg|Byzantine Cataphracts representing Late Classical Companion Cavalry of Alexander the Great
 
Byzantine_Greek_Alexander_Manuscript_Cataphract.jpg|Byzantine Cataphracts representing Late Classical Companion Cavalry of Alexander the Great
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