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This article is about the Chinese unit in Age of Mythology: Tale of the Dragon. For other units of the same name, see Cataphract.

The Cataphract is heavy cavalry unit available to the Chinese Age of Mythology: Tale of the Dragon. It is unique among other cavalry units as it is effective against infantry units.

Attack bonus[]

  • Infantry ×3 (except Norse)
  • Norse Infantry ×2.5
  • Norse Heroes ×2.5
  • Siege weapons ×2

Strengths and weaknesses[]

Strong against
  • Infantry
  • Archers
  • Siege weapons
Weak against
  • Anti-Cavalry Infantry (Less of a threat than normally)
  • Anti-Cavalry Cavalry

God Bonuses and Upgrades[]

General[]

Nü Wa reduces Food and Gold cost by 10%

Strategy[]

At first sight it's easy to dismiss this unit's utility, as it's speed is mediocre for a cavalryman, while also having the lowest attack of Heroic Age cavalry, lower even than the Raiding Cavalry's. It also costs much gold.

However, certain quirks compensate for its seemingly unremarkable stats, making this unit one of the most cost-efficient cavalry. To begin, they have the most hack armor out of cavalry, which combined with their neat HP, can make them hard to tackle with some anti-cavalry, such as Hoplites, especially in late stages, as with Dragon Scales, their hack armor exceedes 50%, making them take approximately half damage from all melee attacks. One can also choose Chongli's Stirrup instead, granting a substantial +25% HP rise, that still manages to make Cataphracts a hard-to-beat unit.

Also, they are the only cavalry units to counter infantry Units, as they have a bonus against them; this combined with their high hack armor, low population cost and still neat speed means they are an excellent counter against enemy Infantry, including units such as Hoplites and Ulfsarks, while also being a threat to enemy archers. Of course, anti-cavalry cavalry, such as Camelry are a formidable counter, as well as massed archers, so it is highly recommended to accompagny Cataphracts with Mounted Archers and War Chariots, to assist against cavalry and archers respectively.

Changelog[]

Tale of the Dragon[]

  • Initially, Cataphracts have 120 hit points and 20% pierce armor, deal 300% damage to all infantry, and have no bonus against siege weapons. After patch 2.7, they have 110 hit points and 15% pierce armor, damage against Norse infantry (including heroes) is reduced to 250%, and they do double damage to siege weapons.

History[]

The Shi Jing first mentions armored horses in the 10th century BC, but heavy cavalry hit their peak in China during the Han Dynasty. These heavy shock cavalry used long lances to shred through more poorly equipped mass-infantry formations made up of peasants wielding cheap axes and spears. They are among the first truly professional soldiers in Chinese history.
—In-game history section

Trivia[]

  • Armored horses (鎧馬 kǎimǎ) became the major shock-troops of Chinese armies, not during the Hàn (漢) dynasty (206 BCE - 220 CE), but during the 4th century CE, emulating tactics employed by northern steppe nomads, such as the Xianbei, ancestors of Mongols and Tatars.

Gallery[]

Military units in Age of Mythology
Culture Type Units
Greeks Infantry Hoplite  · Hypaspist  · Myrmidon (Zeus) · Militia (Poseidon)
Archer Toxotes  · Peltast  · Gastraphetes (Hades)
Cavalry Hippikon  · Prodromos  · Hetairoi (Poseidon)
Siege weapon Petrobolos  · Helepolis
Ship Trireme  · Pentekonter  · Juggernaut
Other Kataskopos
Egyptians Infantry Spearman  · Axeman  · Mercenary  · Khopesh Swordsman
Archer Slinger  · Chariot Archer
Cavalry Camelry  · War Elephant  · Mercenary Cavalry
Siege weapon Catapult  · Siege Tower
Ship Kebenit  · Ramming Galley  · War Barge
Norse Infantry Ulfsark  · Throwing Axeman  · Huskarl
Archer Bogsveigir
Cavalry Raiding Cavalry  · Jarl
Siege weapon Portable Ram  · Ballista
Ship Longboat  · Drakkar  · Dragon Ship
Atlanteans Infantry Murmillo  · Katapeltes  · Destroyer  · Fanatic
Archer Arcus  · Turma
Cavalry Contarius
Siege weapon Cheiroballista  · Fire Siphon  · Onager
Ship Bireme  · Fireship  · Siege Bireme
Other Oracle
Chinese Infantry Halberdier
Archer Chu Ko Nu  · Mounted Archer
Cavalry Cataphract  · General  · Scout Cavalry  · War Chariot
Siege weapon Fire Lance  · Sitting Tiger
Ship Junk  · Fire Ship  · Siege Junk
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