The Shock Rider functions as a lesser version of the Hussar. They are available starting in the Commerce Age, have high speed and damage, but lack melee multipliers. Shock Riders are effective against ranged infantry like the Skirmisher and small groups of artillery, but they can be taken down by heavy infantry and ranged cavalry units.
Compared with Hussars, Shock Riders have less hit points and attack, slightly less Line of Sight and cost wood instead of coin, but they have higher speed and a reduced food cost. Additionally, Shock Riders resistboth melee and ranged attacks, which makes them slightly more durable against units like the Pikeman or Musketeer in melee combat.
Shock Riders benefit from the Valor Promotion, which increases their hit points and Rate of Fire for each defeated enemy military unit. For the first defeated unit, they get +15% hit points and -10% Rate of Fire; +30% hit points and -20% Rate of Fire for the second defeated unit; +45% hit point and -30% Rate of Fire for the third defeated unit.
Lance Charge (automatically activated when attacking with a cooldown of 60 seconds): The Shock Rider charges at the enemy with his lance, which deals 37.5 damage (56.25 against Infantry, 25.125 against Heavy infantry, 50.25 against Hand cavalry and 45 against Coyote Runners), has a range of 2 and an AOE of 3.
Attack 3Ne uzimajte zarobljenike! - Take no prisoners!
The Shock Rider receives its name from shock tactics. These consisted of cavalry units, generally armed with lances, galloping at full speed against enemy formations.
The Shock Rider is based on Eastern European hussars. Historically, hussars originated as mercenary units from the Balkan region of Europe, and they were adopted by most of the European armies as light cavalry units based on the Hungarian hussars.
Lithuania and Poland made use of these light cavalry units in the early 16th century, until their adoption in 1570, when they were transformed into heavy shock cavalry units, also known as Winged Hussars.
The House of Jagiellon ruled Poland and much of the surrounding territories during the 14th-16th centuries. During the 15th century, Central and Eastern European states began to make use of Balkan cavalry auxiliaries in larger quantities following the example of the Hungarian monarch Matthias Corvinus (15th century), whose Huszars were of such repute that they directly influenced the predecessors of the Winged Hussars in Poland. Generally wielding lances and shields, these cavalry were famed for their intrepid bravery, versatility, and efficiency on the battlefield, whether they were used in opening shock charges or in clever tactical maneuvers.