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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 +5 attack against archers.


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, being able to kill Arbalesters in one less hit, and Elite Battle Elephants become even more dangerous if large groups of Arbalesters are cornered, especially considering that fully upgraded Burmese ones 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.


The Kingdom of Manipur (also known as Kingdom of Kangleipak) was often enemies with the Burmese Toungoo Empire, having had to stave off multiple Burmese invasions. It was not until much later, during the 17th-18th centuries long after Bayinnaung's death, that Manipur Cavalry served in the Burmese cavalry. Furthermore, the Burmese Manipuris fought primarily as lancers. However, the traditional primary arm for the Burmese cavalry was a short javelin that was used similarly to the Arambai.


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.
  • Manipur Cavalry costs 650 food and 400 gold.

Definitive Edition[]

Dawn of the Dukes[]

Dynasties of India[]

  • With update 61321, Manipur Cavalry costs 400 food and 400 gold.
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