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This article is about the unit in Age of Empires II HD: The African Kingdoms. For the unit in Age of Empires III, see Shotel Warrior (Age of Empires III).

Ethiopian unique infantry with high attack and fast training speed. Fast-moving.
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The Shotel Warrior is the unique unit of the Ethiopians in Age of Empires II HD: The African Kingdoms. It is a quick and frail infantry unit with a very high attack and quick creation speed.

Shotel Warriors can be upgraded to Elite Shotel Warriors in the Imperial Age.


Shotel Warriors excel at raiding because of their high damage and movement speed, and they can serve as a last minute defense due to their quick creation speed. They train very quickly when upgraded to elite.

They are extremely effective at picking off Villagers, needing only two strikes to kill them in the Imperial Age, a feat few other melee units can boast. They also raid buildings quite effectively, although they should not take on defensive structures. If uncontested, a quickly-made group of them can destroy a Town Center in seconds.

Shotel Warriors are very squishy, with the Elite version providing only 1 pierce armor and 5 HP. Consequently, they die quickly to anything that has a fair amount of damage output such as Paladins, Champions, or Arbalesters in large numbers. Figuratively speaking, Shotel Warriors are glass cannons; kill easily but die easily.

Still, in the early Castle Age they can be valuable when the player decides to place an offensive Castle because they can easily fend off enemy rams, thereby guaranteeing the Castle to stand. In open battles, Shotel Warriors are effective against siege units and Monks due to their high movement speed and attack.

Once Royal Heirs is researched, they become resistant to mounted units' attack. This can compensate for the main weakness of Shotel Warriors when fighting against mounted units, increasing their survivability enough to win a pitched battle that might lose without the technology.

Given the Ethiopian siege might, it is also a sound strategy to garrison groups of Shotel Warriors inside rams before sending them towards the enemy. Provided the enemy leans more towards archers and uses Castles and towers for protection, or that the rams themselves are adequately upgraded and escorted, large armies of the Warriors can be transported without much hassle into the heart of an enemy town where they can unload and cause major damage. The rams also serve as additional building destroyers during a siege.

The use of Shotel Warriors is situational as they demand a fair amount of gold, but still less than Knights or Archers. In general, the Shotel Warrior is mostly meant to be used as a raiding unit, and a Shotel Warrior rush is a somewhat a better alternative to the Knight rush since a group of Shotel Warriors is more cost-effective than Knights for raiding enemy villages due to their high mobility and much higher attack (in conjunction with Arson) than Knights. In addition, the Ethiopians lack key important upgrades for their cavalry such as Bloodlines, Plate Barding Armor, and the Paladin upgrade, making the Ethiopian Knight rush far weaker than other civilizations' Knight rushes such as the Berbers, Huns, and the Franks. However, given the Ethiopians' strong economic bonuses with the free Pikeman upgrade in addition to their free food and gold whenever they age up, they have better alternative rushing strategies than Shotel Warriors or their below average Knight rush (such as a Feudal/Castle Age Archer rush).

Further statistics[]

As Shotel Warriors are unique to the Ethiopians, only technologies that are available to them are shown in the following table:

Strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Buildings, Villagers, Elite Skirmishers, Pikemen, Eagle Warriors, Light Cavalry, Monks
Weak vs. Foot archers, Scorpions, Hand Cannoneers, Janissaries, heavy infantry
Attack Forging aoe2de Forging (+1)
IronCastingDE Iron Casting (+1)
BlastFurnaceDE Blast Furnace (+2)
ArsonDE Arson (+2 attack against standard buildings)
Armor ScaleMailArmorDE Scale Mail Armor (+1/+1)
ChainMailArmorDE Chain Mail Armor (+1/+1)
PlateMailArmorDE Plate Mail Armor (+1/+2)
Damage resistance UniqueTechCastle-DE Royal Heirs (-3 from mounted units)
Conversion resistance Devotion icon AoE2DE Devotion (+1 min, +1 max)
FaithDE Faith (+4 min, +4 max)
HeresyDE Heresy (die upon getting converted)
Movement speed SquiresDE Squires (+10%)
Creation speed ConscriptionDE Conscription (+33%)
UniqueTechCastle-DE Kasbah (+25%, with a Berber ally only)
Team bonuses
Conversion resistance Teutons AoE2 Teutons (+3 min, +1 max)
Line of Sight Armenians AoE2 Armenians (+2)


AoE2-DLCicon-3 The African Kingdoms[]

  • Initially, Shotel Warriors have +2 (+3 for Elite) attack against standard buildings. With patch 4.8, that bonus was reduced to +1 for Elite (0 for non-Elite).
  • The Shotel Warrior costs 50 food, 35 gold.
  • Non-Elite Shotel Warriors have 40 hit points.
  • The Elite Shotel Warrior upgrade costs 1,200 food, 550 gold.
  • Elite Shotel Warriors take 8 seconds to train.

AoEIIDE icon Definitive Edition[]

Dawn of the Dukes icon Dawn of the Dukes[]

  • With update 56005, non-Elite Shotel Warriors have 45 hit points and the Elite Shotel Warrior upgrade costs 900 food, 450 gold.

AoE2Icon-DynastiesIndia Dynasties of India[]

  • With update 81058, Royal Heirs effect changed to Shotel Warriors receiving -3 damage from mounted units.
  • With update 81058, Elite Shotel Warriors take 4 seconds to train.


There is one hero in the game with the appearance of a Shotel Warrior:


  • The Elite Shotel Warrior has 18 attack and 22 with all upgrades, more than any other infantry unit. It also has the second highest unranged base attack overall and the second with all upgrades tied with Elite Leitis with all 4 relics collected, only the Elite War Elephant has a more powerful attack (20 and 24 with all upgrades).
  • Elite Shotel Warriors are the fastest training unit in the game, only taking 4 seconds to train. With Conscription researched, the training time is reduced to 3 seconds.
  • Shotel Warriors, Karambit Warriors (who are also the second fastest training unit after Shotel Warriors), and Warrior Priests are the only units in the game that attack with dual-wielded weapons. Gbetos and Chakram Throwers dual-wield weapons, but use only one hand while attacking.
  • Historically, users of the Shotel were called "Shotelai" (a name properly displayed in certain localizations of the game, such as the Spanish version).


The shotel is a sickle-shaped sword which originated in Ethiopia. Its unique curved design allows the user to reach around a shield and wound the enemy's vital body parts. Against cavalry, the shotel could be used to hook and pull the warrior off the horse.


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ReligiousMonk aoe2DE Monk
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Eaglescout aoe2DE Eagle Scout · Eaglewarrior aoe2DE Eagle Warrior · EliteEaglewarrior aoe2DE Elite Eagle Warrior
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Skirmisher aoe2DE Skirmisher · Elite skirmisher aoe2DE Elite Skirmisher
Hand cannoneer aoe2DE Hand Cannoneer
Cavalryarcher aoe2DE Cavalry Archer · Heavycavalryarcher aoe2de Heavy Cavalry Archer
Aoe2de DOI elephant archer icon Elephant Archer · ElephantArcherIcon-DE Elite Elephant Archer
CavalryScoutcavalry aoe2DE Scout Cavalry · Lightcavalry aoe2DE Light Cavalry · Hussar aoe2DE Hussar
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Steppelancericon Steppe Lancer · Elitesteppelancericon Elite Steppe Lancer
Xolotlicon Xolotl Warrior
AoE2DE Armored Elephant icon Armored Elephant · AoE2DE Siege Elephant icon Siege Elephant
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
Bombard cannon aoe2DE Bombard Cannon
Trebuchet aoe2DE Trebuchet
Petard aoe2DE Petard
Siegetower aoe2DE Siege Tower
War shipTransportship aoe2DE Transport Ship
Galley aoe2DE Galley · War galley aoe2DE War Galley · Galleon aoe2DE Galleon
Fire galley aoe2DE Fire Galley · Fireship aoe2DE Fire Ship · Fastfireship aoe2DE Fast Fire Ship
Demoraft aoe2DE Demolition Raft · Demoship aoe2DE Demolition Ship · Heavydemoship aoe2de Heavy Demolition Ship
Cannon galleon aoe2DE Cannon Galleon · Elite cannon galleon aoe2de Elite Cannon Galleon
AoE2 Dromon Dromon
ReligiousMissionaryIcon-DE Missionary · AoE2 WarriorPriest Warrior Priest
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