The Heavy Horse Archer is mounted archer unit in Age of Empires that can be trained at the Archery Range once the Iron Age is reached. It is an upgrade of the Horse Archer and is highly effective given its cost. The upgrade increases the attack by 1 point, provides an additional 30 hit points, and slightly increases speed to make the unit the fastest in the game.

Strategy Edit

All cavalry archers are designed for guerilla warfare due to their supreme agility and can outrun most attacks dealt by enemy units. As a result, they excel at hit and run attacks and can repeat the process until the enemy is eliminated. Heavy Horse Archers also have the strongest human-based ranged attack in the game and are the fasted land units other than cheat units.

They have few counters, but among them is the Palmyran Camel Rider. The Camel Rider, who's a counter for all cavalry in general, also gets a 25% increase in speed as Palmyrans which makes them able to catch up and properly deal with Heavy Horse Archers.

Availability Edit

Unit availability
Available Unavailable

Upgrades Edit

Tool Age Edit

Bronze Age Edit

Iron Age Edit

Archery Range Tree
Tool Age
Archery Range
Bronze Age
Improved bowman
Improved Bowman
Chariot Archer
Composite Bowman
Iron Age
Horse Archer
Elephant Archer
Heavy Horse Archer

Civilization bonusesEdit

  • Yamato: Heavy Horse Archers are 25% cheaper, costing 37 food and 52 gold.
  • Hittites: Heavy Horse Archers deal +1 damage.
  • Macedonians: Heavy Horse Archers are four times more resistant against enemy conversion.

Changelog Edit

Age of Empires

The Rise of Rome

  • Yamato Heavy Horse Archers now move at normal speed.

Definitive Edition

  • Heavy Horse Archers now have 1 pierce armor (down from 2).

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