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This article is about the unit in Age of Empires II. For other uses, see Scout Cavalry.

Fast cavalry for scouting and raiding. Resistant to conversion.
Age of Empires II description

The Scout Cavalry is a light cavalry unit in Age of Empires II that can be trained at the Stable. In a standard game playing with a non-American civilization, but not Gurjaras, the player starts off with a Scout Cavalry. It has a weak attack, but is quick and are effective against enemy Villagers and Archers from the Feudal Age on. They have an innate resistance against conversion and a +6 attack bonus against Monks.

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

Tactics[]

In the Dark Age, Scout Cavalry are primarily used as scouting units, as they do not have an attack powerful enough to be an effective battle unit. This also includes the collection of Sheep and other herdables, and locating resources for mining gold and stone.

However, upon researching the Feudal Age, Scout Cavalry are automatically upgraded and gain +2 attack, +2 Line of Sight, and +0.35 movement speed. Then, they are often used for harassing enemy Villagers. Civilizations like the Lithuanians (extra food), Magyars (cheaper cost and free attack upgrades), and Mongols (faster-gathering hunters, extra vision and extra hit points for their Scout Cavalry line) excel at performing a Scout rush. It might still be useful even until a bit after Castle Age hits due to its mobility, but the coming of Pikemen and the ever-increasing amount of Archers (who are also able to take them down easily in large enough numbers), soon to be upgraded into Crossbowmen, cause Scouts to be more and more underwhelming.

In the Castle Age, Stables are often used to train Knights instead, which are much stronger units with the same training time. However, in high ranked games, Scout Cavalry are often used in the early Castle Age, due to their ability to counter Monks. On Arena and similar closed maps where it is safe for the enemy to age up quickly, Monk-Siege pushes are common, which is only countered effectively by Scout Cavalry line and Eagle Scout line. The upgrade to Light Cavalry is available to all civilizations (bar the Teutons) and well worth obtaining for performing the above roles, as well as the fact that Light Cavalry are more useful as trash units than Scout Cavalry in the late game.

Further statistics[]

Unit strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Skirmishers, Villagers, siege weapons, Archers in low numbers, Monks
Weak vs. Infantry, cavalry
Upgrades
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 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)
Firing Rate CastleAgeUnique.png Stirrups (+33% attack speed, Bulgarians 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)
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 Light-cavalry-research.jpg Light Cavalry

Civilization bonuses[]

Team bonuses[]

Changelog[]

The Conquerors[]

The Forgotten[]

The African Kingdoms[]

  • Berbers: Initially, Scout 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: Scout Cavalry benefit from the civilization bonus and have +20% HP.

Rise of the Rajas[]

Definitive Edition[]

Dawn of the Dukes[]

Trivia[]

  • Once the Feudal Age is reached, the Scout Cavalry gains +0.35 speed, making it the second fastest land unit in the game, even faster than its successors, the Light Cavalry and the Hussar. The only land unit which is faster is the Shrivamsha Rider.
    • The Cuman Scout Cavalry in the Imperial Age is the fastest land unit in the game at 1.7825 speed.
  • The fully upgraded Teutonic Scout Cavalry in the Imperial Age is tied with Teutonic Halberdier with the highest melee armor of all trash units with 5 melee armor.
  • In the The Age of Kings manual, the upgrades list says that the Scout Cavalry is affected by Metallurgy. However, there is no such technology in Age of Empires II. Either it was a cut technology from alpha or beta, or the developers were careless while writing the manual, confusing it with the technology of the same name in Age of Empires.
  • Before update 34055, Lithuanian Scout Cavalry gained +1 attack for each garrisoned Relic, up to +5.
  • Their attack sounds are the same as the Villager's.
  • The Sicilian Scout Cavalry line with the Faith and First Crusade technologies researched with a Teuton ally is the hardest unit to be converted.

History[]

Scout Cav.jpg
The importance of fast horse units for scouting had been learned in ancient times and carried forward into the Middle Ages. Even Middle Age armies built around heavy knights maintained a force of lightly armored scout cavalry to act as the eyes of an army on the march. Scout cavalry employed horses bred for stamina and speed. They would range far in advance and to the flanks of an army to gather information about enemy movements. Scout cavalry were less useful in battle because the men wore little armor and light weapons. They were very useful, however, once an enemy was defeated and routing. Then scout cavalry were effective in running down fleeing survivors and capturing equipment, wagons, and prisoners.

Gallery[]

Notes[]

  1. Meaning they get +3 attack against Monks.

Videos[]

SCOUT_CAVALRY_(Teutons)_vs_EVERY_UNIQUE_UNIT_(Total_Resources)_-_AoE_II-_Definitive_Edition

SCOUT CAVALRY (Teutons) vs EVERY UNIQUE UNIT (Total Resources) - AoE II- Definitive Edition

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Units in Age of Empires II
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ArcherArcher · Crossbowman · Arbalester
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Cavalry Archer · Heavy Cavalry Archer
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Knight · Cavalier · Paladin
Camel Rider · Heavy Camel Rider
SiegeBattering Ram · Capped Ram · Siege Ram
Mangonel · Onager · Siege Onager
Scorpion · Heavy Scorpion
Bombard Cannon
Trebuchet
ShipGalley · War Galley · Galleon
Fire Ship · Fast Fire Ship
Demolition Ship · Heavy Demolition Ship
Cannon Galleon · Elite Cannon Galleon
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Halberdier
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InfantryEagle Scout
UniqueImperial Camel Rider · Slinger · Genoese Crossbowman · Condottiero · Elephant Archer · Kamayuk · Magyar Huszar · Boyar
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ShipFire Galley
Demolition Raft
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AoE2-DLCicon-4.png Rise of the Rajas
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Dawn of the Dukes icon.png Dawn of the Dukes
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AoE2Icon-DynastiesIndia.png Dynasties of India
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