|This article is about the Chinese unit in Age of Mythology: Tale of the Dragon. For other units of the same name, see Cataphract.|
Attack bonus Edit
- Infantry ×3 (except Norse)
- Norse Infantry ×2.5
- Norse Heroes ×2.5
- Siege weapons ×2
Strengths and weaknesses Edit
- Strong against
- Siege weapons
- Weak against
- Anti-Cavalry Infantry (Less of a threat than normally)
- Anti-Cavalry Cavalry
God Bonuses and Upgrades Edit
Nü Wa reduces Food and Gold cost by 10%
- Medium Stable Soldiers, Heavy Stable Soldiers and Champion Stable Soldiers all increase LOS by 1 and attack by 10%, and increase hit points by 10%, 15% and 20% respectively.
- Levy Stable Soldiers and Conscript Stable Soldiers decrease training time by 20%.
- Copper Weapons, Bronze Weapons and Iron Weapons increase attack by 10%.
- Copper Mail, Bronze Mail and Iron Mail decrease hack vulnerability by 10%.
- Copper Shields, Bronze Shields and Iron Shields decrease pierce vulnerability by 10%.
- Jade Rabbit (Chang'e): Improves speed of all heroes and human units
- Dragon Scales (Ao Kuang): Human Soldiers +10% hack armor.
- Stirrup (Chongli): Cavalry +25% HP.
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.
Tale of the Dragon Edit
- 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.
"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
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, owing to influence of tactics employed by northern steppe nomads, such as the Shiwei, ancestors of Mongols and Tatars.