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Ranged cavalry are mounted units that attack foes from a distance, using weapons such as bows or firearms. They appear in every game of the Age of Empires series.

Overview[]

Ranged cavalry units typically combine the speed of cavalry units with the ranged combat capabilities of archers or ranged infantry. This allows them to outmaneuver pursuing enemies or reach fights quicker than conventional ranged units. However, this typically comes in exchange for a higher resource cost and shorter range than their unmounted counterparts. Furthermore, ranged cavalry units are often vulnerable both to units that counter cavalry and units that counter archers, making them potentially frail.

It is worth noting that there are some units across the series that, despite being ranged cavalry, do not move as quickly as conventional cavalry units. These include the Elephant Archer from Age of Empires, the War Wagon from Age of Empires II, and the Howdah from Age of Empires III. These units instead tend to feature more HP or armor than typical ranged units to offset this.

Ranged cavalry units are usually widely available, though not universally so. For example, most civilizations in Age of Empires II are able to create Cavalry Archers, with the exception of the American civilizations, due to their lack of access to horses.

Age of Empires[]

The Horse Archer is one of three available ranged cavalry options.

Age of Empires has three ranged cavalry lines available to various civilizations: the Chariot Archer, Elephant Archer, and Horse Archer. These are all trained at the Archery Range.

List of ranged cavalry units[]

Ranged cavalry heroes[]

Civilization bonuses[]

Trivia[]

  • The Hittites are the only civilization to have access to all three lines of ranged cavalry.

Age of Empires II[]

Cavalry Archers are widely available in Age of Empires II.

In comparison to the original game, Age of Empires II has a wide variety of ranged cavalry units. Though only the Cavalry Archer line is widely available, several civilizations have at least one unique ranged cavalry unit.

List of ranged cavalry units[]

Ranged cavalry heroes[]

Civilizations[]

Civilization bonuses[]

  • Cumans: Cavalry Archers move 10%/15% faster in the Castle/Imperial Age.
  • Franks: Cavalry Archers and Genitours have +20% HP.
  • Huns: Cavalry Archers are 10%/20% cheaper in the Castle/Imperial Age.
  • Koreans: Cavalry Archers cost -20% wood.
  • Mongols: Cavalry archers fire 25% faster.
  • Portuguese: Cavalry Archers cost -20% gold.
  • Saracens: Cavalry Archers have +4 attack against standard buildings.
  • Sicilians: Cavalry Archers receive 50% less bonus damage.
  • Tatars: Ranged cavalry deal +25% damage when attacking from hills
  • Vietnamese: Cavalry Archers and Genitours have +20% HP.

Team bonuses[]

Unique technologies[]

Trivia[]

  • Although Cavalry Archers are available to 34 of the 37 civilizations, only 6 civilizations get Heavy Cavalry Archers with all of their standard upgrades. This is because ranged cavalry units in Age of Empires II benefit from both archer and cavalry upgrades, which are often mutually exclusive.
  • The Mameluke, Steppe Lancer, Elite Steppe Lancer, and Jarl deal melee damage at range instead of pierce damage like other ranged cavalry.
  • Steppe Lancers are the only form of ranged cavalry that never shoot or release their weapon in any way. Consequently, their range is only 1 tile long.
  • Ranged cavalry generally benefit from archer armor upgrades. However, Steppe Lancers, Mamelukes, and Ballista Elephants benefit from cavalry armor upgrades instead.
  • Though the Mayans cannot train mounted units of any kind, their unique Plumed Archer can move almost as fast as one, giving them an analogous role to Cavalry Archers (more so when paired with the Mayans' strong Eagle Warriors, which serve as equivalent to melee cavalry).
  • The Spanish second unique unit, the Missionary, is also a mounted unit that attacks at a distance, but does not qualify as ranged cavalry because it converts units instead of damaging them. However, Missionaries can technically kill if the opponent has researched Heresy.

Age of Mythology[]

The Atlantean ranged cavalry unit, the Turma.

Age of Mythology features ranged cavalry less prominently than other entries in the series. Three civilizations have access to one ranged cavalry unit each: the Egyptians' Chariot Archer, the Atlanteans' Turma, and the Chinese Mounted Archer.

List of ranged cavalry units[]

Unique technologies[]

Trivia[]

  • Though the Greeks cannot train ranged cavalry of their own, one of their myth units, the Centaur, essentially behaves like one.
  • In contrast to other games, where ranged cavalry units often fill similar roles, the Chariot Archer, Mounted Archer, and Turma fill distinct roles. These roles resemble those of different units from across the Age of Empires series.
    • The Chariot Archer, similar to the Greek Toxotes or Atlantean Arcus, performs well against infantry units. This, combined with its speed, makes it comparable to Age of Empires II's Cavalry Archer.
    • The Mounted Archer has a powerful attack bonus against cavalry units. This is similar to the role of light ranged cavalry units in Age of Empires III, such as the Dragoon.
    • The Turma specializes in countering other archer units, similar to Slingers. It is somewhat comparable to the Genitour from Age of Empires II, as they are both ranged cavalry units armed with javelins that counter archers.

Age of Empires III[]

The most common ranged cavalry, the Dragoon.

In Age of Empires III, most ranged cavalry can be divided into two subcategories: those that use bows and those that use firearms (categorized as gunpowder cavalry), though there are a few that use other thrown weapons, including bolas, javelins, and grenades. Almost all ranged cavalry units are exclusive to a single civilization.

List of ranged cavalry units[]

Common[]

Native[]

Mercenary[]

Revolutionary[]

Hero[]

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  • Ras portrait aoe3de.png Ras (Ethiopians only)

Untrainable[]

Civilizations[]

Native technologies[]

Trivia[]

  • Age of Empires III has the largest variety of ranged cavalry in the series.
  • Though the Aztecs have no access to ranged cavalry, their fast ranged Eagle Runner Knights fulfill the same role.
  • The cut Italian civilization had a planned unique ranged cavalry, the Mounted Crossbowman which is restored in some fan mods like Napoleonic Era.

Age of Empires IV[]

Ranged Cavalry return in Age of Empires IV. All ranged cavalry units are unique units, and only half of the civilizations have one or more ranged cavalry units (the Abbasid Dynasty, Delhi Sultanate, Mongols, and Rus.

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