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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.

The starting scout unit also cannot damage passive huntables like Deer, and has a special toggle-able Auto Scout ability.


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 like nearby Berry Bushes, forests, huntables, Gold Mines, and Stone Mines. They should also be used to identify good place to build a Dock on water maps. Later they should explore other part of the map to find enemy location, enemy resources, and Relics.

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
Hit points BloodlinesDE Bloodlines (+20)
Attack Forging aoe2de Forging (+1)
IronCastingDE Iron Casting (+1)
BlastFurnaceDE Blast Furnace (+2)
UniqueTechImperialDE Farimba (+5, Malians only)
UniqueTechCastle-DE Manipur Cavalry (+4 against archers, Burmese only)
UniqueTechImperialDE Lechitic Legacy (33% blast damage in 0.5 tile radius, Poles only)
UniqueTechImperialDE Wootz Steel (attack ignores armor, Dravidians only)
Firing Rate UniqueTechCastle-DE Stirrups (+33% attack speed, Bulgarians only)
Armor ScaleBardingArmorDE Scale Barding Armor (+1/+1)
ChainBardingDE Chain Barding Armor (+1/+1)
PlateBardingArmorDE Plate Barding Armor (+1/+2)
UniqueTechCastle-DE Silk Armor (+1/+1, Tatars only)
Speed HusbandryDE Husbandry (+10%)
Conversion defense Devotion icon AoE2DE Devotion (+1 min, +1 max)
FaithDE Faith (+4 min, +4 max)
HeresyDE Heresy (die upon getting converted)
UniqueTechCastle-DE First Crusade (+4 min, +4 max, Sicilians only)
Creation speed ConscriptionDE Conscription (+33%)
UniqueTechImperialDE Chivalry (+40%, Franks only)
UniqueTechCastle-DE Steppe Husbandry (+100%, Cumans only)
Train cost UniqueTechCastle-DE Kshatriyas (-25% food, Gurjaras only)
Other UniqueTechImperialDE Aznauri Cavalry (-15% population space, Georgians only)
Upgrades Light-cavalry-research Light Cavalry

Civilization bonuses[]

  • Bengalis AoE2 Bengalis: Scout Cavalry have +2 attack against Skirmishers.
  • Berbers AoE2 Berbers: Scout Cavalry are 15%/20% cheaper in the Castle/Imperial Age.
  • Bulgarians AoE2 Bulgarians: Blacksmith upgrades that benefit Scout Cavalry cost -50% food.
  • Burmese AoE2 Burmese: Researching Devotion and Faith is 50% cheaper.
  • Burgundians AoE2 Burgundians: Researching Husbandry and upgrading to Light Cavalry is 50% cheaper.
  • Celts AoE2 Celts: Scout Cavalry can convert herdable animals even if enemy units are next to them.
  • Chinese AoE2 Chinese: Technologies that benefit Scout Cavalry are 5%/10%/15% cheaper in the Feudal/Castle/Imperial Age.
  • Cumans AoE2 Cumans: Scout Cavalry move 5%/10%/15% faster in the Feudal/Castle/Imperial Ages.
  • Franks AoE2 Franks: Scout Cavalry have +20% hit points starting in the Feudal Age.
  • Georgians AoE2 Georgians: Scout Cavalry regenerate 5/10/15 hit points per minute in the Feudal/Castle/Imperial Age. Scout Cavalry receive -20% (-40% instead of -25%) damage on higher elevations.
  • Gurjaras AoE2 Gurjaras: Scout Cavalry deal +20%/+30%/+40% bonus damage in the Feudal/Castle/Imperial Age.[note 1]
  • Magyars AoE2 Magyars: Forging, Iron Casting, and Blast Furnace are free. Scout Cavalry are 15% cheaper.
  • Mongols AoE2 Mongols: Scout Cavalry have +20%/+30% hit points in the Castle/Imperial Age.
  • Sicilians AoE2 Sicilians: Scout Cavalry take -33% bonus damage.
  • Spanish AoE2 Spanish: Blacksmith upgrades that benefit Scout Cavalry cost no gold. Researching technologies that benefit Scout Cavalry provides 20 gold each.
  • Tatars AoE2 Tatars: Scout Cavalry deal +20% damage (+50% instead of +25%) from elevations.
  • Teutons AoE2 Teutons: Scout Cavalry gain +1/+2 melee armor in the Castle/Imperial Age.
  • Turks AoE2 Turks: The Light Cavalry upgrade is free. Scout Cavalry gain +1 pierce armor.
  • Vietnamese AoE2 Vietnamese: Conscription is free.

Team bonuses[]


AoE2-DLCicon-0 The Age of Kings[]

  • Scout Cavalry have a conversion resistance level of 3.
  • Scout Cavalry always have 3 attack.

AoE2-DLCicon-1 The Conquerors[]

  • Scout Cavalry have a conversion resistance level of 8.
  • Scout Cavalry receive an attack bonus of +6 against Monks.
  • With patch 1.0b, Scout Cavalry gain +2 attack automatically upon reaching the Feudal Age.
  • Heresy introduced.
  • Bloodlines introduced.
  • Franks AoE2 Franks: Scout Cavalry are generic.

AoE2-DLCicon-2 The Forgotten[]

AoE2-DLCicon-3 The African Kingdoms[]

  • Berbers AoE2 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 AoE2 Franks: Scout Cavalry benefit from the civilization bonus and have +20% HP.

AoE2-DLCicon-4 Rise of the Rajas[]

AoEIIDE icon Definitive Edition[]

  • Bulgarians AoE2 Bulgarians: With update 42848, Blacksmith upgrades that benefit Scout Cavalry cost -50% food.
  • Bulgarians (team bonus): Initially, Blacksmiths work 50% faster. With update 42848, Blacksmiths work 80% faster.
  • Burmese AoE2 Burmese: With update 37650, Manipur Cavalry gives Scout Cavalry +6 attack against standard buildings and no damage against buildings.
  • Cumans AoE2 Cumans: Initially, Scout Cavalry move 10% faster. With update 34055, the bonus was staggered to 5%/10%/15% in the Feudal/Castle/Imperial Age and Cumans lost access to Husbandry.
  • Franks AoE2 Franks: Cavalry +20% HP bonus only available from the Feudal Age, so the Scout Cavalry get normal HP in the Dark Age.
  • Indians AoE2 Indians: With update 42848, Scout Cavalry have +1/+2 pierce armor in the Castle/Imperial Age. Indians lose access to Plate Barding Armor.
  • Lithuanians AoE2 Lithuanians: Initially, Scout Cavalry gained +1 attack for each garrisoned Relic, up to +5. With update 34055, this bonus no longer affects Scout Cavalry.
  • Portuguese AoE2 Portuguese: With update 42848, technologies are researched 30% faster.
  • Teutons AoE2 Teutons: With update 36906, Stable units get +1/+2 melee armor in the Castle/Imperial Age.
  • Turks AoE2 Turks: With update 42848, Scout Cavalry have +1 pierce armor.

AoE2Icon-LordsWest Lords of the West[]

  • Sicilians AoE2 Sicilians: Scout Cavalry resist 50% bonus damage.

Dawn of the Dukes icon Dawn of the Dukes[]

AoE2Icon-DynastiesIndia Dynasties of India[]

  • Gurjaras AoE2 Gurjaras: Initially, mounted units had +50% bonus damage, so their Scout Cavalry had additional +3 attack vs Monks. With update 66692, the bonus was reduced to +40%, so their Scout Cavalry have additional +2 attack vs Monks. With update 73855, the bonus was reduced to +20%/+30% in the Feudal/Castle Age, so the additional bonus in the Feudal Age is reduced to +1 attack vs Monks.
  • Sicilians AoE2 Sicilians: With update 66692, Scout Cavalry resist 33% bonus damage.
  • Bengalis AoE2 Bengalis: With update 81058, Scout Cavalry get +2 attack against Skirmishers.

AoE2Icon-MountainRoyals The Mountain Royals[]


There is one hero in the game with the appearance of a Scout Cavalry:


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.


  • 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.
  • His icon shows him holding his sword in his left hand, while he holds it in his right hand in-game.
  • 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 and with a Teuton ally is the hardest unit to be converted.




  1. Meaning they get +1 attack against Monks in the Feudal Age and +2 in the Castle/Imperial Age.
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Steppelancericon Steppe Lancer · Elitesteppelancericon Elite Steppe Lancer
Xolotlicon Xolotl Warrior
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SiegeBattering ram aoe2DE Battering Ram · Capped ram aoe2DE Capped Ram · Siege ram aoe2DE Siege Ram
Mangonel aoe2DE Mangonel · Onager aoe2DE Onager · Siege onager aoe2DE Siege Onager
Scorpion aoe2DE Scorpion · Heavyscorpion aoe2DE Heavy Scorpion
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AoE2 Dromon Dromon
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