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Heavy hand cavalry with a lot of hitpoints.
—In-game description

The Lifidi Knight is a melee heavy cavalry unit in Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition - The African Royals that is unique to the Hausa and can be trained at War Camp once the Fortress Age is reached. It has more hit points than other melee cavalry and, unlike most other units, resists both melee and ranged attacks.


Compared to Cuirassiers, Lifidi Knights have less attack but cost less and use only two population. With the "Durbar Parade" Home City Card, Lifidi Knights deal Area of Effect damage like Cuirassiers and Spahi.


The Lifidi Knight is automatically upgraded in the Fortress Age, getting +15% hit points and attack.

Age Upgrade Cost Effect
Age III tech tree aoe3.png
Elite hand cavalry.png Elite Hand Cavalry 250 wood,
250 coin
Upgrade Raiders and Lifidi Knights to Elite (+25% hit points and attack for Raiders; +10% hit points and attack for Lifidi Knights; -15% train time for both)
Age IV tech tree aoe 3.png
Champion hand cavalry.png Champion Hand Cavalry 600 wood,
600 coin
Upgrade Raiders and Lifidi Knights to Champion (+25% hit points and attack, and -15% train time); requires Elite Hand Cavalry
Imperial Age
Legendary hand cavalry.png Legendary Hand Cavalry 1,500 wood,
1,500 coin
Upgrade Raiders and Lifidi Knights to Legendary (+50% hit points and attack); requires Champion Hand Cavalry

Further statistics[]

As Lifidi Knights are unique to the Hausa, only technologies that they have access to are shown in the following table:

Unit strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Ranged infantry, Shock Infantry, artillery
Weak vs. Heavy infantry, light cavalry
Hit points Comanche Horse Breeding.png Comanche Horse Breeding (+10%)
Cree Tanning.png Cree Tanning (+5%)
Navajo Weaving.png Navajo Weaving (+5%)
Attack Yoga.png Yoga (+5%)
Speed Comanche Mustangs.png Comanche Mustangs (+10%)
Apache Endurance.png Apache Endurance (+5%)
Creation speed Cheyenne Horse Trading.png Cheyenne Horse Trading (-25%)
Inca Chaquis Messengers.png Quechuan Diet (-25%)
Train cost Mapuche Ad-mapu.png Mapuche Ad-mapu (-10% coin cost)
Other Merritocracy.png Meritocracy (-20% upgrade cost)

Home City Cards[]

As Lifidi Knights are unique to the Hausa, only their cards and other civilizations' TEAM cards that affects them are shown in the following tables:


The African Royals[]

  • Originally, Lifidi Knights had 460 hit points, and 21 melee and siege damage. With update 43871, Lifidi Knights have 430 hit points, and 22 melee and siege damage.
  • Originally, the in-game description was "Heavy cavalry with a lot of hitpoints." Although it is not listed in the patch notes, with update 43871, the in-game description is "Heavy hand cavalry with a lot of hitpoints."
  • Originally, Lifidi Knights cost 90 food and had 30% ranged resistance. With update 13.690, they cost 110 food and have 20% ranged resistance.



Lifidi, a unique form of quilted armor, was a staple among cavalrymen in West and Central African societies such as the Hausa, the Fulani, the Sudanese, and the Kanem-Bornu. Lifidi was effective at parrying both melee and ranged attacks, and these feudal cavalrymen, though only comprising a minority of their armies, accounted for a disproportionate of their power.