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Malay unique infantry unit. Cheap and only takes half a population unit.
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The Karambit Warrior is the unique unit of the Malay in Age of Empires II HD: Rise of the Rajas. It is a very cheap, quick, and frail infantry unit that only takes up half a population spot.

Karambit Warriors can be upgraded to Elite Karambit Warriors in the Imperial Age.


Karambit Warriors are the prime example of "quantity over quality". They are very cheap and only take half population space per unit. Furthermore, they move faster than most other infantry. They should always be used in swarm to balance the fact that they have very low hit points. However, because they still cost gold, it is inadvisable to mass Karambit Warriors without correct purpose and proper micromanagement. While spammable, they are by no means expendable, as they have poorer attack and even lower hit points than Shotel Warriors, while costing three quarters the gold a Militia-line unit costs.

Karambit Warriors are an excellent choice for a raiding tactic. A group of Karambit Warriors can be sent into an unprotected enemy base, kill some of their Villagers, and then retreat quickly when enemy troops arrive. When sending them into an enemy base, the player has to make sure there are no defensive buildings, ranged units, or heavy cavalry around because Karambit Warriors die very quickly when hit. As far as this tactic is concerned, it is interesting to note that as a Karambit Warrior is affected by Arson and also boasts a +1 attack bonus against standard buildings (only when Elite), and Karambit Warriors can easily envelop structures with sheer numbers, and inflict "death by a thousand cuts" destruction on enemy buildings, preferably away from defensive structures. Gold-free Long Swordsmen and cheaper Battle Elephants (depending on many factors, such as the stage of the game and available resources) can further assist in wreaking as much havoc as possible, as they have superior stats and attack bonuses against buildings.

Karambit Warriors also work well as emergency reinforcement. They are created very fast and can be massed in a very short time. That means if the player's base is attacked with Rams or Trebuchets and there are no other military units around to defend the base, the player can simply train a small number of Karambit Warriors and then send them to destroy the invading siege units. Against Onagers or Scorpions, a group of Karambit Warriors should be sent in staggered or flank formation to reduce the splash damage taken. However, against Scorpions, their quantity over quality works against them.

Similarly, a swarm of Karambits, utilizing their great speed and numbers, can envelop light infantry and light cavalry units in order to constrict their movement and prevent them from engaging more important units, such as Bombard Cannons. Combined with archers, this tactic can cause disproportionate damage to cheap expendable units that can otherwise spell trouble.

Other potential uses in a game include distraction and Ram-filling. In the first case, somewhat similar to the raiding tactic described above, the player can utilize large groups of Karambits and probably Light Cavalry (despite Malay cavalry being among the worst in the game) to harass an unguarded enemy position (preferably one with many Villagers), in order to invoke a panicked reaction from another player, due to their numbers, and make them do a wrong move (e.g. an army that would strike a nearby ally could be forced to withdraw). In the second case, Karambits can quickly fill rams and save time needed for preparing a siege, or even provide a well-played Castle Age ram rush.

Further statistics[]

As Karambit Warriors are unique to the Malay, only technologies that are available to them are shown in the following table:

Strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Elite Skirmishers, Halberdiers, Eagle Warriors, Ghulams, Light Cavalry
Weak vs. Gunpowder units, Scorpions, Mangonels, heavy cavalry and elephants, heavy infantry
Further statistics
Attack Forging aoe2de Forging (+1)
IronCastingDE Iron Casting (+1)
BlastFurnaceDE Blast Furnace (+2)
ArsonDE Arson (+2 against standard buildings)
Conversion resistance Devotion icon AoE2DE Devotion (+1 min, +1 max)
FaithDE Faith (+4 min, +4 max)
HeresyDE Heresy (die upon getting converted)
Movement speed SquiresDE Squires (+10%)
Creation speed ConscriptionDE Conscription (+33%)
UniqueTechCastle-DE Kasbah (+25%, with a Berber ally only)
Team bonuses
Conversion resistance Teutons AoE2 Teutons (+3 min, +1 max)
Line of Sight Armenians AoE2 Armenians (+2)

Team bonuses[]


AoE2-DLCicon-4 Rise of the Rajas[]

  • Initially, Elite Karambit Warriors have 2 pierce armor. With patch 5.3, their pierce armor is reduced to 1.
  • Non-Elite Karambit Warriors initially have 5 base attack. With patch 5.5, they now have an attack of 6.
  • Elite Karambit Warriors initially have 8 base attack. With patch 5.7, they now have an attack of 7.
  • Karambit Warriors initially cost 25 food, 10 gold. With patch 5.8, they now cost 30 food, 15 gold.

AoEIIDE icon Definitive Edition[]

AoE2Icon-LordsWest Lords of the West[]

  • With update 47820, Karambit Warriors (Standard/Elite) attack is increased to 7/8.

AoE2Icon-DynastiesIndia Dynasties of India[]

  • With update 81058, as a new civilization bonus, infantry armor technologies are free.


There is one hero in the game with the appearance of a Karambit Warrior:


  • Karambit Warriors are the cheapest of all units (in terms of raw resources), costing only 40 resources.
  • Karambit Warriors are the only units to take up only half a population spot, and used to be the only unit to take a population spot not equal to 1. As of Dynasties of India, Bengali Villagers and Monks take 0.9 population after their Imperial Age unique technology, Mahayana, has been researched.
  • With 30, the Karambit Warrior (non-Elite) has the fewest hit points of all military units, tied only with the Archer and the Skirmisher.
  • Karambit, Shotel Warriors and Warrior Priests are the only units in the game that attack with two weapons at the same time.
  • The unit is holding the Karambit in hammer grip, which is the wrong grip for traditional warriors. In traditional martial arts, the blade is located to the bottom of the fist, curving forwards but occasionally backwards.
  • The karambit displayed in the game is about as large as human forearm. In real life, however, karambit is actually much smaller and only about as large as human palm.
  • The gameplay concept of Karambit Warriors is very likely inspired by Zerglings, an iconic unit from StarCraft. Like Karambit Warriors, Zerglings are very cheap and only take half a population space. Unlike Karambit Warriors however, Zerglings can be created in the very early stages of the game and can be used for extremely early rushes, while Karambit Warriors can only be trained at Castles which are only available in later stages of the game.


Karambit or kerambit is a curved knife of Indonesian origin. According to local folklores, the design of karambit was inspired from a tiger's claw. Originally designed for hunting and agricultural purpose, the karambit was later weaponized. The karambit's unique design allows its user to change fighting ranges without body movement and deliver multiple strikes with only one arm movement.[1]



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