Manipur Cavalry is a technology in Age of Empires II HD: Rise of the Rajas that is unique to the Burmese and can be researched at the Castle once the Imperial Age is reached. Once researched, it gives cavalry units
As the Burmese lack good options to counter archers and cavalry archer civilizations due to their lackluster Skirmishers, this technology can now offset that in the Imperial Age. Burmese Stable units became powerful against all sort of Archery Range units; for instance, a fully upgraded Burmese Hussar can kill Arbalesters in one less hit.
With this technology researched, Cavaliers work greatly as cannon fodder for Arambai, the Cavaliers being able to kill Arbalesters in one less hit (provided that Arbalesters lack Ring Archer Armor), and the Elite Battle Elephants become even more dangerous if large groups of Arbalesters are cornered, especially considering that fully upgraded Burmese Elephants have 9 pierce armor.
However, most archer civilizations can also deploy Halberdiers to deal with cavalry, so bringing infantry or Arambai to deal with Halberdiers is necessary.
Rise of the Rajas
- Initially, Manipur Cavalry gives cavalry units and Arambai +6 attack against buildings. With patch 5.2, the bonus is spread over the two building classes (building and standard building) equally so Architecture does not cancel the effect completely anymore. Half of the effect can still be denied by researching Masonry.
- With update 37650, Manipur Cavalry gives +6 attack against standard buildings and no damage against buildings, so it does not get partially negated by Masonry.
Dawn of the Dukes
- With update 56005, Manipur Cavalry gives cavalry units +5 attack against archers and no longer affects Arambai.