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The Mounted Archer is a Chinese mounted archer unit in Age of Mythology: Tale of the Dragon. Unlike most archers, it has an attack bonus against cavalry.

Attack bonuses[]

  • Cavalry ×3

God bonuses and upgrades[]



Nü Wa reduces food and gold cost by 10%.


The Mounted Archer is excellent for hit-and-run tactics against any relatively slow, non-ranged unit. Their speed and ranged attack enables them to keep up with targets trying to get away, even cavalry units. On the downside, it is technically classified as both an archer and a cavalry, and will take additional damage from counter-units of either type. This makes them especially vulnerable to towers with Crenellations researched. They receive additional damage from most standard cavalry due to their dual classification, so care must be taken to ensure they are able to fire from range. This can be mitigated slightly by using the Jade Rabbit technology to better enable hit-and-run micromanagement.


Tale of the Dragon[]

  • Initially, Mounted Archers have 7 pierce damage, deal 200% damage to cavalry, and cost 80 wood and 60 gold. With patch 2.7, they have 5 pierce damage, deal 300% damage to cavalry, and cost 75 wood and 55 gold
  • Initially, Mounted Archers got +20% hit points from the Tusk of the Iron Boar Relic instead of +10%. This was fixed in patch 2.7.


  • Mounted Archers have Track Rating of only 5.0 m/s, so despite being counter cavalry, they are not able to hit most cavalry in movement (for example the Hippikon).
  • This unit's history section contains several errors: King Wuling of Zhao lived during the Warring States period, not Han. According to Stratagems of the Warring States and Records of the Grand Historian, King Wuling adopted the tactics of mounted archery from the Hu, not the Xiongnu - hence the king's own saying 胡服騎射 húfúqíshè "wearing Hu-style clothing and shooting while riding". King Wuling also did not defeat any "Wuhu state"; the polities he vanquished were Linhu (林胡), Loufan (樓煩), and Zhongshan (中山).
  • The Hu (胡) people, from whom Chinese learnt mounted archery warfare, are considered ancestors, through the Xianbei and later Shiwei, of Mongols and Tatars.


King Wuling of Zhao revolutionized Chinese warfare during the Han dynasty when he officially adopted the tactics and equipment of the Xiongnu people of the steppes: instead of stationing archers in chariots, he enacted military reforms to adopt the use of more versatile cavalry archers. He succeeded in emulating the battlefield successes of the Xiongnu, taking many cities of the neighboring Wuhu state before abdicating in favor of his son in 299 BC.


Military units in Age of Mythology
Culture Type Units
Greeks Infantry Hoplite  · Hypaspist  · Myrmidon (Zeus) · Militia (Poseidon)
Archer Toxotes  · Peltast  · Gastraphetes (Hades)
Cavalry Hippikon  · Prodromos  · Hetairoi (Poseidon)
Siege weapon Petrobolos  · Helepolis
Ship Trireme  · Pentekonter  · Juggernaut
Other Kataskopos
Egyptians Infantry Spearman  · Axeman  · Mercenary  · Khopesh Swordsman
Archer Slinger  · Chariot Archer
Cavalry Camelry  · War Elephant  · Mercenary Cavalry
Siege weapon Catapult  · Siege Tower
Ship Kebenit  · Ramming Galley  · War Barge
Norse Infantry Ulfsark  · Throwing Axeman  · Huskarl
Archer Bogsveigir
Cavalry Raiding Cavalry  · Jarl
Siege weapon Portable Ram  · Ballista
Ship Longboat  · Drakkar  · Dragon Ship
Atlanteans Infantry Murmillo  · Katapeltes  · Destroyer  · Fanatic
Archer Arcus  · Turma
Cavalry Contarius
Siege weapon Cheiroballista  · Fire Siphon  · Onager
Ship Bireme  · Fireship  · Siege Bireme
Other Oracle
Chinese Infantry Halberdier
Archer Chu Ko Nu  · Mounted Archer
Cavalry Cataphract  · General  · Scout Cavalry  · War Chariot
Siege weapon Fire Lance  · Sitting Tiger
Ship Junk  · Fire Ship  · Siege Junk