- Archers: ×1.25
Strengths and Weaknesses
- Strong against
- Weak against
God Bonuses and Upgrades
Poseidon reduces food and gold cost by 10%.
- Medium Cavalry, Heavy Cavalry and Champion Cavalry all increase LOS by 1 and attack by 10%, and increase hit points by 10%, 15% and 20% respectively.
- Levy Cavalry and Conscript Cavalry 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%.
- Oracle (Apollo) increases LOS by 6.
- Lord of Horses (Poseidon) increases LOS by 4.
- Spirited Charge (Hermes) increases speed and attack by 10%.
- Thracian Horses (Dionysus) increases hit points by 20%.
- Bacchanalia (Dionysus) increases hit points by 5%.
First becoming available in the Classical Age, Hippikons have a small bonus against archers and are also capable of taking on some infantry. They form the backbone of Greek cavalry units due to their power. They are well armored and hit hard, making them formidable units. Compared to the Prodromos, Hippikons are more well rounded, have higher hit points and pierce armor, with their only disadvantage being their slower speed. However, they are not invincible. They are somewhat slow compared to other cavalry units, and as with all cavalry, they are weak against standard infantry. They are cheaper when worshiping Poseidon.
Age of Mythology
- Originally, Hippikons took 15 seconds to train in all ages. With patch 1.02, they take 20 seconds in the Classical Age.
Greek cavalry other than the scouts or elite Hetairoi were called Hippikons. The classic Greeks had foregone cavalry in favor of armies consisting entirely of Hoplite infantry. After the rise of Macedonia, the use of other arms was evident. Hippikon cavalry and light troops were raised to support the Hoplite infantry.
Although the history file states that Greek (main-line) cavalry were called Hippikon, in reality the name used by the Ancient Greek was Hippeis, whom were the second highest of the social classes, and functioned similarly to medieval knights. The term Hippikon was used as a term either for horse racing or horse-based milestones.