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This article is about the unit in Age of Empires. For the unit class, see Cavalry.

The Cavalry is a heavy cavalry unit in Age of Empires. Available in the Bronze Age, it is the go-to unit for countering siege units and infantry.


The Cavalry is available to all civilizations except Egyptians and Sumerians.


The stats can be upgraded from the technologies found in the Storage Pit and they also benefit from the nobility upgrade, which increases the hit points from 150 to 172.

All Cavalry deal a +5 damage bonus against all melee infantry units except for Academy units. It can be upgraded in the Iron Age to Heavy Cavalry and Cataphract. This unit is available to most civilizations, with the exception of the Egyptians and the Sumerians. They are a good base for an early raiding army, but quickly become obsolete with Iron Age technologies.

Further statistics[]

Unit strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Infantry from Barracks, archers, siege units
Weak vs. War Elephants, Centurions, Priests
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)
Upgrades Heavycavalryicon.png Heavy Cavalry

Civilization bonuses[]


Definitive Edition[]

  • With CU9, Cavalry get +1 pierce armor.


Horses were domesticated around 4000 BC for use as work animals. They first appeared in the Middle East around 2000 BC but were kept only as expensive pets. Gradually they were found useful in the civilized world as draft animals, but were rarely ridden. The concept of cavalry was introduced to the Assyrians from the plains of Russia during the dark age that followed the catastrophe of 1200 BC. The Assyrians added cavalry to their armies in order to fight the barbarians on the plains to their north. Israelite king Solomon was renowned for his large cavalry force. It eventually became clear that cavalry was more efficient than chariots. Two men, each on his own horse, were more useful than two men in a chariot that could be disabled with increasing ease. Cavalry was cheaper to maintain than chariotry and could enter more difficult terrain, but was no less fast and intimidating to infantry.




CAVALRY vs EVERY UNIT - Age of Empires- Definitive Edition

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Units in Age of Empires
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Priest · Villager · Trade Boat · Merchant Ship · Fishing Boat · Fishing Ship · Light Transport · Heavy Transport
InfantryClubman · Axeman · Short Swordsman · Broad Swordsman · Long Swordsmen · Legion · Hoplite · Phalanx · Centurion
ArcherBowman · Improved Bowman · Composite Bowman · Chariot Archer · Elephant Archer · Horse Archer · Heavy Horse Archer
CavalryScout · Cavalry · Heavy Cavalry · Cataphract · Chariot · War Elephant
SiegeStone Thrower · Catapult · Heavy Catapult · Ballista · Helepolis
ShipScout Ship · War Galley · Trireme · Catapult Trireme · Juggernaught
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