"Fast and heavy cavalry."
Age of Empires II description
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Paladins and Knights taking out enemy infantry.

The Knight is a heavy cavalry unit in Age of Empires II that can be trained at the Stable once the Castle Age is reached. Their ability to slaughter infantry, archers, lesser cavalry, and siege weapons is unparalleled in the Castle Age, where they often form the primary fighting force. However, they are still susceptible to certain weaknesses, such as overwhelming firepower, Monks, Camel Riders, or the cavalry banes, Pikemen.

Knights are available to all civilizations except for the Aztecs, Incas, Indians, and Mayans.

If a Meso-American civilization gets a Stable (either by conversion or by triggers), they can train a Xolotl Warrior, which has exactly the same stats as the Knight. However, due to the lack of further upgrades (Cavalier, Paladin) and important technologies (like Bloodlines, Husbandry and Blacksmith cavalry armor technologies), these tend to lose their charm in the Imperial Age. The only bonus this unit receives is the creation speed bonus of the Aztecs. Technologies affecting this unit are Forging, Iron Casting and Blast Furnace.

Tactics Edit

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The Knight, being the primary shock unit of most armies, is one of the most effective units used to disrupt enemy villages, destroy colonies, or diminish an enemy garrison. With its high attack, hit points, and natural armor, it can easily stand up against most opposition. Its ferocity can only be matched in terms of both attack power and speed by the Camel, though a line of Pikemen could also serve as a good defense, provided they can catch them. It is advised to pair Archers with Knights to counter Pikemen. Monks are also a threat, mostly because Knights are faster to convert than other cavalry units.

The Franks have a civilization bonus which grants their Knights, Cavaliers, and Paladins more hit points than those of other civilizations. Knights are usually the mainstay of the Frankish army.

Knights are best used in the early Castle Age, when they have few effective counters. Their presence weakens as the economy develops, when unique units, Pikemen, Heavy Camel Riders, and siege weapons come into play. Also, their enormous gold cost means that, in the long run, infantry gradually becomes easier to produce en masse, and can outnumber the Knights. Still, they and their upgraded counterparts play a significant role in the late game, particularly against archers and Trebuchets.

Further statistics Edit

Unit strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Infantry, archers, Villagers, siege weapons, Cavalry Archers, Light Cavalry
Weak vs. Boyars, Pikemen, Kamayuks, Berserks, Genoese Crossbowmen, Teutonic Knights, Mamelukes, Camel Riders, Monks, War Elephants
Hit points Bloodlines Bloodlines (+20)
Attack Forging Forging (+1)
Ironcasting Iron Casting (+1)
Blastfurnace Blast Furnace (+2)
Unique-tech-imperial Farimba (+5, Malians only)
Unique-tech-imperial Manipur Cavalry (+3 attack against buildings and standard buildings, Burmese only)
Firing Rate CastleAgeUnique Stirrups (increases attack speed, Bulgarians only)
Armor Scalebardingarmor Scale Barding Armor (+1/+1)
Chainbardingarmor Chain Barding Armor (+1/+1)
Platebardingarmor Plate Barding Armor (+1/+2)
Speed Husbandry Husbandry (+10%)
Conversion defense Faith Faith
Heresy Heresy
Creation speed Conscription Conscription (+33%)
CastleAgeUnique Chivalry (+40%, Franks only)
Upgrades Cavalier-research Cavalier

Civilization bonuses Edit

Team bonuses Edit

Changelog Edit

The Conquerors Edit

The Forgotten Edit

The African Kingdoms Edit

  • Berbers: Initially, Knights were 20% cheaper from the Castle Age on. With patch 4.8, that bonus was staggered to 15%/20% in the Castle/Imperial Age.

Rise of the Rajas Edit

Definitive Edition Edit

  • Bulgarians: With update 36906, Knights benefit from Stirrups.
  • Cumans: Initially, Knights move 10% faster. With Update 34055, the bonus was staggered to 10%/15% in the Castle/Imperial Age.
  • Lithuanians: initially, Knight gains +1 attack for each Relic garrisoned in a Monastery with a limit of +5. With update 34055, the limit was reduced to +4.
  • Teutons: With update 36906, Stable units get +1 melee armor in the Castle Age and +1 in the Imperial Age (+2 in total).

Trivia Edit

  • Although all trainable knights wield swords in-game, historically knights wielded a variety of weapons (swords, axes, polearms, etc. as depicted in gallery). Initially, the Knight-line horsemen had been conceived as using lances, before lances were replaced with swords (a render of the lance-wielding Knight is seen in the gallery below).
    • Knights indeed used lances with handguards for charges; however, those lances were often restricted to one-time use as they often did not survive the charge's impact.
  • The Knight line is one of only four units in the game without any attack bonus (the other being the Militia, the Boyar, and the Turtle Ship).
  • Depite being first available in the Castle Age, the Knight's shield resembles the Feudal Age's logo, and his armor design is closer to the Feudal Man-at-Arms than the Castle Age's Long Swordsman.
  • The statistics of the Knight and the newly introduced Xolotl Warrior are identical.

History Edit

"The knight was a heavily armored and mounted warrior who have achieved certain minimums in training and position in Middle Age society. When made a knight, a warrior was often given land to support his military expenses in return for a pledge to serve his lord on campaign for so many weeks each year. By parceling out land in this manner, a high lord controlled a hierarchy of soldiers that could be called upon when needed. Knights spent most of their time fighting or training for fighting. They practiced war in tournaments, competing for prizes and honors. Because few others could afford the equipment and training for war, knights dominated Middle Age battlefields for centuries. The evolution of new tactics featuring pikemen, longbowmen, crossbowmen and primitive handguns brought the dominance of heavy cavalry to an end."
Age of Empires II manual

Gallery Edit

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