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This article is about the unit in Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings. For the unit in Age of Empires IV, see Knight (Age of Empires IV).

Powerful all-purpose 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 most infantry, archers, lighter 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 Pikemen. Only Native American and Indian civilizations lack the Knight.

Availability chart[]

Knightavailable AvailableKnightunavailable Unavailable
- means that the civilization cannot fully upgrade its Knights in the Castle Age. The technologies being considered here are Bloodlines and Husbandry.
+ means that the civilization receives some civilization or team bonus or a unique technology that benefits the combat strength of the Knight in the Castle Age.

If a Native American civilization gets a Stable (either by conversion, by triggers, or starts with one in maps like MegaRandom), they can train a Xolotl Warrior from the Castle Age onwards, 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.


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 Rider, though a line of Pikemen could also serve as a good defense, provided they can catch them. Monks are also a threat, mostly because Knights are very expensive and strong enough to be a primary targets for enemy Monks while not having any conversion resistance, unlike scout units. It is advised to pair Archers with Knights to counter these three types of units.

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. This is also when Crossbowmen are able to reach a critical mass and will be able to stand up against Knights. 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.

Further statistics[]

Strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Infantry, Villagers, siege weapons, Light cavalry
Weak vs. Boyars, Pikemen, Kamayuks, Berserks, Genoese Crossbowmen, Teutonic Knights, Mamelukes, Camel Riders, Monks, War Elephants, Battle Elephants
Hit points BloodlinesDE Bloodlines (+20)
Attack Forging aoe2de Forging (+1)
IronCastingDE Iron Casting (+1)
BlastFurnaceDE Blast Furnace (+2)
UniqueTechImperialDE Farimba (+5, Malians AoE2 Malians only)
UniqueTechCastle-DE Manipur Cavalry (+4 vs. archers, Burmese AoE2 Burmese only)
UniqueTechImperialDE Comitatenses (+5 charge every 20 secs, Romans AoE2 Romans only)
Armor ScaleBardingArmorDE Scale Barding Armor (+1/+1)
ChainBardingDE Chain Barding Armor (+1/+1)
PlateBardingArmorDE Plate Barding Armor (+1/+2)
UniqueTechImperialDE Hauberk (+1/+2, Sicilians AoE2 Sicilians only)
Conversion resistance Devotion icon AoE2DE Devotion (+1 min, +1 max)
FaithDE Faith (+4 min, +4 max)
HeresyDE Heresy (die upon getting converted)
UniqueTechCastle-DE First Crusade (+4 min, +4 max, Sicilians AoE2 Sicilians only)
Attack speed UniqueTechCastle-DE Stirrups (+33%, Bulgarians AoE2 Bulgarians only)
Movement speed HusbandryDE Husbandry (+10%)
Resource cost UniqueTechCastle-DE Szlachta Privileges (-60% gold, Poles AoE2 Poles only)
Creation speed ConscriptionDE Conscription (+33%)
UniqueTechImperialDE Chivalry (+40%, Franks AoE2 Franks only)
UniqueTechImperialDE Comitatenses (+50%, Romans AoE2 Romans only)
Other Cavalier-research Cavalier (+20 hit points, +2 attack)
UniqueTechImperialDE Aznauri Cavalry (-15% population space, Georgians AoE2 Georgians only)
Civilization bonuses
Hit points Franks AoE2 Franks (+20%)
Regeneration Georgians AoE2 Georgians (10/15 hit points per minute in the Castle/Imperial Age)
Attack Lithuanians AoE2 Lithuanians (+1 per Relic garrisoned, max +4)
Tatars AoE2 Tatars (+20% from elevation)
Armor Teutons AoE2 Teutons (+1/0 in the Castle Age, +2/0 in the Imperial Age)
Damage resistance Georgians AoE2 Georgians (+20% from elevation)
Sicilians AoE2 Sicilians (-33% bonus damage)
Movement speed Cumans AoE2 Cumans (+10/15% in the Castle/Imperial Age)
Resource cost Berbers AoE2 Berbers (-15/20% in the Castle/Imperial Age)
Portuguese AoE2 Portuguese (-20% gold)
Other Celts AoE2 Celts (can convert herdable animals even if enemy units are next to them)
Team bonuses
Attack Persians AoE2 Persians (+2 vs. archers)
Conversion resistance Teutons AoE2 Teutons (+3 min, +1 max)
Line of Sight Franks AoE2 Franks (+2)
Creation speed Huns AoE2 Huns (+20%)

Indirect civilization bonuses[]

Indirect team bonuses[]


AoE2-DLCicon-0 The Age of Kings[]

  • The Cavalier upgrade takes 100 seconds to research.

AoE2-DLCicon-1 The Conquerors[]

AoE2-DLCicon-2 The Forgotten[]

AoE2-DLCicon-3 The African Kingdoms[]

  • Berbers AoE2 Berbers: Initially, Knights were 20% cheaper from the Castle Age on. With patch 4.8, the bonus was staggered to 15%/20% in the Castle/Imperial Age.

AoE2-DLCicon-4 Rise of the Rajas[]

AoEIIDE icon Definitive Edition[]

Dawn of the Dukes icon Dawn of the Dukes[]

AoE2Icon-MountainRoyals The Mountain Royals[]


There are four heroes in the game with the appearance of a Knight:


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


  • 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.
  • Despite 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 Xolotl Warrior are identical.
  • None of the new civilizations introduced in Dynasties of India have access to the Knight line. As a result, the South Asian civilizations do not have access to the Knight line at all. Yet historically, various Indian states had heavy cavalry.
  • Before the Definitive Edition, the Knight line was one of only four units to not have an innate attack bonus (the other three being the Militia, the Turtle Ship, and the Boyar).
  • The base statistics of the Knight has never received changes since the game's first release.



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