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Hindustani unique anti-cavalry unit. Fast-moving.
Age of Empires II description

The Imperial Camel Rider (called Imperial Camel before the Definitive Edition) is the second unique unit of the Hindustanis in Age of Empires II HD: The Forgotten. It can be trained at the Stable once the Imperial Age is reached. It is an anti-cavalry cavalry unit.

Unlike most unique units, Imperial Camel Riders do not have an Elite version, as they are already a final unique upgrade.


Imperial Camel Riders are one of the most versatile and powerful cavalry units in the game due to their variety of uses on the battlefield. Besides having an attack bonus against other mounted units, they have high hit points, fast speed, and are cheaper than Knights. They have no base armor and subpar attack stat, however, which are huge drawbacks. Overall, the Imperial Camel Rider functions similarly to its predecessors, being very strong against enemy cavalry but fairing less well against foot units.

Compared to the Heavy Camel Rider, the Imperial Camel Rider has +20 hit points, +1 attack, and -2 seconds of training time. While the upgrade has a substantial cost, it is generally worth it given how well it works with the Hindustani army composition.

As the Hindustanis lack the entire Knight line, Camel Riders are a vital part of their armies for a fast, yet resilient unit. They can be used as a shield for weaker units, while still being able to slaughter mounted units. They can easily kill most cavalry in one-on-one combat.

Further statistics[]

As Imperial Camel Riders are unique to the Hindustanis, only technologies that are available to them are shown in the following table:

Unit strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Elite Skirmishers, siege weapons, mounted archers, cavalry
Weak vs. Foot archers, Halberdiers, Kamayuks, Teutonic Knights, Genoese Crossbowmen, Berserks, Elite Cataphracts
Hit points BloodlinesDE Bloodlines (+20)
Attack Forging aoe2de Forging (+1)
IronCastingDE Iron Casting (+1)
BlastFurnaceDE Blast Furnace (+2)
Armor ScaleBardingArmorDE Scale Barding Armor (+1/+1)
ChainBardingDE Chain Barding Armor (+1/+1)
PlateBardingArmorDE Plate Barding Armor (+1/+2)
Speed HusbandryDE Husbandry (+10%)
Conversion defense Devotion icon AoE2DE Devotion (+1 min, +1 max)
FaithDE Faith (+4 min, +4 max)
Creation speed ConscriptionDE Conscription (+33%)

Civilization bonuses[]

Team bonuses[]


AoE2-DLCicon-2 The Forgotten[]

  • The unit is named Imperial Camel.
  • Imperial Camels have 9 attack and 4 Line of Sight.
  • Imperial Camels are in an armor class along with ships, and take bonus damage from anti-ship and anti-camel attacks.
  • The Indian civilization bonus gives Imperial Camels +1/+1 armor.
  • The Indian team bonus gives Imperial Camels have +6 attack against buildings.

AoE2-DLCicon-3 The African Kingdoms[]

  • The ship and camel armor class is split in ship armor class and camel armor class to make ships and defensive structures selectively good against ships only, but not against camels. Consequently, these attack bonuses against camels were reduced to 0 and +1 respectively.

AoE2-DLCicon-4 Rise of the Rajas[]

  • With patch 5.8, the Indian civilization bonus removes +1 melee armor bonus.

AoEIIDE icon Definitive Edition[]

AoE2Icon-DynastiesIndia Dynasties of India[]

  • Hindustanis AoE2 Hindustanis receive the Imperial Camel Rider with 8 attack, 5 Line of Sight.
  • Originally, Imperial Camel Riders attacked 25% faster. With update 73855, they attack 20% faster.


There is one hero in the game with the appearance of an Imperial Camel Rider:


  • The Camel Rider line is one of three military units that do not make the usual military sound when created, the other being Trebuchets and Flaming Camels.
  • They used the same icon as the Heavy Camel Rider until patch 3.5.
  • The original unit design for the Imperial Camel Rider (up until patch 3.5) was based on the beta The Age of Kings design for the Heavy Camel Rider.
  • In Age of Empires II: The Forgotten Empires and Age of Empires II HD: The Forgotten, up to patch 3.5, the Imperial Camel Rider was a redesigned regular Heavy Camel Rider with a longer fabric covering and an attack animation somewhat similar to a Mameluke. The design was brought up to speed with the other expansion units in patch 3.6.
  • The Imperial Camel Rider is one of only three unique unit that is initially trained at the Stable, the other ones being the Camel Scout and the Shrivamsha Rider. They are joined by the Tarkan when Marauders is researched.
  • Gurjara Imperial Camel Riders placed at start of the game have the option of auto-scout.
  • The Heavy Camel Rider loses its cloak upon being upgraded to the Imperial Camel Rider.
  • The button icon for the Imperial Camel Rider upgrade shows a camel with caparison and armor, even though the unit wears neither.



Units in Age of Empires II
CivilianMaleVillDE Villager · Tradecart aoe2DE Trade Cart · FishingShipDE Fishing Ship · Trade cog aoe2DE Trade Cog · King eu aoe2DE King
ReligiousMonk aoe2DE Monk
InfantryMilitiaDE Militia · Manatarms aoe2DE Man-at-Arms · Longswordsman aoe2DE Long Swordsman · Twohanded aoe2DE Two-Handed Swordsman · Champion aoe2DE Champion
Spearman aoe2DE Spearman · Aoe2-infantry-2-pikeman Pikeman · Halberdier aoe2DE Halberdier
Eaglescout aoe2DE Eagle Scout · Eaglewarrior aoe2DE Eagle Warrior · EliteEaglewarrior aoe2DE Elite Eagle Warrior
ArcherArcher aoe2DE Archer · Crossbowman aoe2DE Crossbowman · Arbalester aoe2DE Arbalester
Skirmisher aoe2DE Skirmisher · Elite skirmisher aoe2DE Elite Skirmisher
Hand cannoneer aoe2DE Hand Cannoneer
Cavalryarcher aoe2DE Cavalry Archer · Heavycavalryarcher aoe2de Heavy Cavalry Archer
Aoe2de DOI elephant archer icon Elephant Archer · ElephantArcherIcon-DE Elite Elephant Archer
CavalryScoutcavalry aoe2DE Scout Cavalry · Lightcavalry aoe2DE Light Cavalry · Hussar aoe2DE Hussar
Knight aoe2DE Knight · Cavalier aoe2DE Cavalier · Paladin aoe2DE Paladin
Camelrider aoe2DE Camel Rider · Aoe2 heavycamelriderDE Heavy Camel Rider
Battle elephant aoe2DE Battle Elephant · Elite battle elephant aoe2DE Elite Battle Elephant
Steppelancericon Steppe Lancer · Elitesteppelancericon Elite Steppe Lancer
Xolotlicon Xolotl Warrior
AoE2DE Armored Elephant icon Armored Elephant · AoE2DE Siege Elephant icon Siege Elephant
SiegeBattering ram aoe2DE Battering Ram · Capped ram aoe2DE Capped Ram · Siege ram aoe2DE Siege Ram
Mangonel aoe2DE Mangonel · Onager aoe2DE Onager · Siege onager aoe2DE Siege Onager
Scorpion aoe2DE Scorpion · Heavyscorpion aoe2DE Heavy Scorpion
Bombard cannon aoe2DE Bombard Cannon
Trebuchet aoe2DE Trebuchet
Petard aoe2DE Petard
Siegetower aoe2DE Siege Tower
War shipTransportship aoe2DE Transport Ship
Galley aoe2DE Galley · War galley aoe2DE War Galley · Galleon aoe2DE Galleon
Fire galley aoe2DE Fire Galley · Fireship aoe2DE Fire Ship · Fastfireship aoe2DE Fast Fire Ship
Demoraft aoe2DE Demolition Raft · Demoship aoe2DE Demolition Ship · Heavydemoship aoe2de Heavy Demolition Ship
Cannon galleon aoe2DE Cannon Galleon · Elite cannon galleon aoe2de Elite Cannon Galleon
AoE2 Dromon Dromon
ReligiousMissionaryIcon-DE Missionary · AoE2 WarriorPriest Warrior Priest
InfantryBerserkIcon-DE Berserk · Aoe2de Chakram Chakram Thrower · CondottieroIcon-DE Condottiero · Aoe2-icon-flemish-militia Flemish Militia · GbetoIcon-DE Gbeto · Aoe2de Ghulam Ghulam · HuskarlIcon-DE Huskarl · JaguarWarriorIcon-DE Jaguar Warrior · KamayukIcon-DE Kamayuk · Karambitwarrioricon-DE Karambit Warrior · AoE2 DE Legionary new icon Legionary · Aoe2-icon--obuch Obuch · SamuraiIcon-DE Samurai · Aoe2-icon-serjeant Serjeant · Shotelwarrioricon-DE Shotel Warrior · TeutonicKnightIcon-DE Teutonic Knight · ThrowingAxemanIcon-DE Throwing Axeman · Aoe2de Urumi Urumi Swordsman · AoE2 WarriorPriest Warrior Priest · WoadRaiderIcon-DE Woad Raider
ArcherArambaiicon-DE Arambai · CamelArcherIcon-DE Camel Archer · ChukoNuIcon-DE Chu Ko Nu · AoE2 CompositeBowman Composite Bowman · ConquistadorIcon-DE Conquistador · GenitourIcon-DE Genitour · GenoeseCrossbowmanIcon-DE Genoese Crossbowman · Imperialskirmishericon-DE Imperial Skirmisher · JanissaryIcon-DE Janissary · Kipchakicon Kipchak · LongbowmanIcon-DE Longbowman · MangudaiIcon-DE Mangudai · PlumedArcherIcon-DE Plumed Archer · Aoe2de ratha ranged Ranged Ratha · Rattanarchericon-DE Rattan Archer · SlingerIcon-DE Slinger · WarWagonIcon-DE War Wagon
CavalryBallistaelephanticon-DE Ballista Elephant · BoyarIcon-DE Boyar · Aoe2de camel scout Camel Scout · CataphractIcon-DE Cataphract · Aoe2de roman unique centurion icon Centurion · Aoe2-icon-coustillier Coustillier · Flaming camel icon Flaming Camel · ImperialCamelRiderIcon-DE Imperial Camel Rider · Keshikicon Keshik · Konnikicon Konnik · Leitisicon Leitis · MagyarHuszarIcon-DE Magyar Huszar · MamelukeIcon-DE Mameluke · AoE2 Monaspa Monaspa · Aoe2de ratha melee Melee Ratha · AoE2 Savar Savar · Aoe2de shrivamsha rider Shrivamsha Rider · TarkanIcon-DE Tarkan · WarElephantIcon-DE War Elephant · Aoe2-icon-winged-hussar Winged Hussar
SiegeAoe2-icon--houfnice Houfnice · Aoe2-icon-hussite-wagon Hussite Wagon · OrganGunIcon-DE Organ Gun
War shipCaravelIcon-DE Caravel · LongboatIcon-DE Longboat · Aoe2de Thirisadai Thirisadai · TurtleShipIcon-DE Turtle Ship