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This article is about the unit in Age of Empires II. For the unit class, see Light cavalry.

Fast cavalry for scouting and raiding. Resistant to conversion.
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The Light Cavalry is a light cavalry unit in Age of Empires II that can be trained at the Stable once the Castle Age is reached. It is a fast unit with resistance to conversion that excels at taking down Monks and siege weapons, and is good vs archers. Its combat abilities against other melee units such as heavy cavalry units, camels, or infantry is severely limited, though.

Light Cavalry cost only food to create, making them a viable alternative if the player is low on other resources. The entire Scout Cavalry line has the same Line of Sight. They all receive a +2 bonus to their Line of Sight upon every Age advance, for a total of 10 Line of Sight in the Imperial Age.

Light Cavalry are available to all civilizations except for the Aztecs, Incas, Mayans, and Teutons.


The Light Cavalry have an exceptionally high Line of Sight, moderate hit points and moderate better combat skills. Against groups of siege weapons or low number of archers, they have the speed and attack needed to run down and kill groups, though combat with other more armored melee units should be avoided.

It is better used in conjunction with Crossbowmen and Cavalry Archers, to protect friendly archer units, as a meat shield against enemy Knights or as a direct counter against enemy Elite Skirmishers and siege weapons. As Light Cavalry have an innate conversion resistance and attack bonus against Monks, they can be used for countering enemy Monks, which are much more expensive to produce. Light Cavalry may often kill two Monks before being converted, even more with Faith researched. Because of this, even a player going full Knights or full Elephants should consider adding Light Cavalry to the mix if enemy Monks are predicted or seen as a reaction, using them solely and directly as Monk killers (even if they perish after the kill it is still good value).

Since Light Cavalry only costs food it is considered a trash unit and when gold is running low it takes the place of the heavy cavalry in trash wars at the late game.

Comparison in the Castle Age with similar units[]

Lightcavalry aoe2DE.png Light Cavalry MagyarHuszarIcon-DE.png Magyar Huszar Aoe2de shrivamsha rider.png Shrivamsha Rider
Cost 80 food 80 food, 10 gold 70 food, 20 gold
Hit points 60 (+12, +18, +20, or +38) 90 75
Speed 1.65 1.65 1.76
Armor 0+2/2+2 0+2/2+2 0+2/1+2
Train Time 30s 16s 20s
Line of Sight 8 5 5
Melee attack 7+2 9+2 8+2
Attack bonus +10 vs Monks +5 vs Siege

+1 vs Ram

Attack speed 2 1.8 1.75
Other properties Conversion resistance

doesn't take attack bonus from Samurai

Created at Castles

Free attack upgrades

Gold cost can be eliminated

Can dodge 5 projectiles in 15 seconds

Food cost can be reduced by 25%

Upgrade cost and time 500 food, 600 gold, 50s

600 food, 800 gold, 60s

800 food, 600 gold, 60s 800 food, 600 gold, 45s

Further statistics[]

Unit strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Skirmishers, Villagers, siege weapons, archers, Monks
Weak vs. Most melee units, Genoese Crossbowmen
Hit points BloodlinesDE.png Bloodlines (+20)
Attack Forging aoe2de.png Forging (+1)
IronCastingDE.png Iron Casting (+1)
BlastFurnaceDE.png Blast Furnace (+2)
Unique-tech-imperial.jpg Farimba (+5, Malians only)
Unique-tech-imperial.jpg Manipur Cavalry (+5 attack against archers, Burmese only)
Unique-tech-imperial.jpg Lechitic Legacy (33% blast damage in 0.5 tile radius, Poles only)
UniqueTechImperial-DE.png Wootz Steel (attack ignores armor, Dravidians only)
Armor ScaleBardingArmorDE.png Scale Barding Armor (+1/+1)
ChainBardingDE.png Chain Barding Armor (+1/+1)
PlateBardingArmorDE.png Plate Barding Armor (+1/+2)
CastleAgeUnique.png Silk Armor (+1/+1, Tatars only)
Firing rate CastleAgeUnique.png Stirrups (+33% attack speed, Bulgarians only)
Speed HusbandryDE.png Husbandry (+10%)
Conversion defense FaithDE.png Faith
HeresyDE.png Heresy
UniqueTechCastle-DE.png First Crusade (Sicilians only)
Creation speed ConscriptionDE.png Conscription (+33%)
Unique-tech-imperial.jpg Chivalry (+40%, Franks only)
CastleAgeUnique.png Steppe Husbandry (+100%, Cumans only)
Train cost UniqueTechCastle-DE.png Kshatriyas (-25%, Gurjaras only)
Upgrades Hussar upgrade aoe2de.png Hussar
Winged hussar upgrade aoe2de.jpg Winged Hussar (Lithuanians and Poles only)

Civilization bonuses[]

Team bonuses[]


The Age of Kings[]

  • Initially, Light Cavalry are affected twice by Husbandry (1.1 × 1.1 = 1.21 movement speed multiplier) – directly as a unit and indirectly as a part of the Cavalry unit class. Scout Cavalry are a part of the Scout unit class and thus are only affected once by Husbandry (directly as a unit).

The Conquerors[]

  • Light Cavalry receive an attack bonus of +10 against Monks.
  • Husbandry affects Light Cavalry only once (1.1 movement speed multiplier).
  • Bloodlines introduced.
  • Heresy introduced.

The Forgotten[]

The African Kingdoms[]

  • Berbers: Initially, Light Cavalry were 20% cheaper from the Castle Age on. With patch 4.8, the bonus was staggered to 15%/20% in the Castle/Imperial Age.
  • Franks: Light Cavalry benefit from the civilization bonus and have +20% HP.

Rise of the Rajas[]

Definitive Edition[]

Dawn of the Dukes[]

Dynasties of India[]



As Middle Age armies grew larger and campaigned farther afield, the importance of scouting grew. Many civilizations developed light cavalry, an improvement on scout cavalry, for this role. Light cavalry were better trained and better equipped for fighting. In battle they could be used to harass or charge enemy infantry or support their own knights in a charge. Light cavalry wore only partial armor and a shield and fought most commonly with a spear. Civilizations that could not afford extensive armor for warriors, such as barbarian groups from the East, put large contingents of light cavalry into the field.



  1. Meaning they get +5 attack against Monks.



LIGHT CAVALRY (Dravidians) vs EVERY UNIQUE UNIT (Total Resources) - AoE II- DE

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Units in Age of Empires II
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Monk · Villager · Trade Cart · Trade Cog · Fishing Ship · Transport Ship
InfantryMilitia · Man-at-Arms · Long Swordsman · Two-Handed Swordsman · Champion
Spearman · Pikeman
ArcherArcher · Crossbowman · Arbalester
Skirmisher · Elite Skirmisher
Hand Cannoneer
Cavalry Archer · Heavy Cavalry Archer
CavalryScout Cavalry · Light Cavalry
Knight · Cavalier · Paladin
Camel Rider · Heavy Camel Rider
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Mangonel · Onager · Siege Onager
Scorpion · Heavy Scorpion
Bombard Cannon
ShipGalley · War Galley · Galleon
Fire Ship · Fast Fire Ship
Demolition Ship · Heavy Demolition Ship
Cannon Galleon · Elite Cannon Galleon
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UniqueWar Wagon · Turtle Ship · Jaguar Warrior · Tarkan · Missionary · Conquistador · Plumed Archer
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AoE2-DLCicon-3.png The African Kingdoms
SiegeSiege Tower
ShipFire Galley
Demolition Raft
UniqueCamel Archer · Genitour · Gbeto · Shotel Warrior  · Caravel  · Organ Gun
AoE2-DLCicon-4.png Rise of the Rajas
CavalryBattle Elephant · Elite Battle Elephant
UniqueImperial Skirmisher · Arambai · Ballista Elephant · Karambit Warrior · Rattan Archer
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AoE2Icon-LordsWest.png Lords of the West
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Dawn of the Dukes icon.png Dawn of the Dukes
CavalryWinged Hussar
UniqueHussite Wagon · Houfnice · Obuch
AoE2Icon-DynastiesIndia.png Dynasties of India
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