"Indian hand cavalry that rides a camel. Good against archers, skirmishers, and artillery."

In-game description

The Sowar is an Indian heavy cavalry unit in Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties. It brandishes a sharp spear from atop a camel.

Overview Edit

Sowar is especially good against light infantry (like archers and Skirmishers). Its speed is the Sowar’s greatest asset, it has a very high speed even when compared to other cavalry units which enables it to cover great distances in a short duration.

The Sowar loses to heavy infantry and other cavalry due to the fact that it has a lower base damage than most cavalry units but its damage increases dramatically with the very first upgrade making its damage greater than many cavalry units.

The Sowar gains an attack bonus against light infantry, and has two colonial upgrade cards increasing this attack bonus, and increasing its base attack by a massive 30%, making the Sowar potentially the most cost effective Colonial Age cavalry unit for countering light infantry. It is also very fast, making it easier and more effective at micromanaging, and a strong raider.

Upgrades Edit

Age Improvement Cost Effect
Ages fortress
Disciplined cavalry
Disciplined Sowar
200 wood, 100 coin Upgrades Sowars to Disciplined (+20% hit points and attack)
Ages industrial
Honored cavalry
Honored Sowar
600 wood, 600 coin Upgrades Sowars to Honored (+30% hit points and attack); requires Disciplined Sowar
Ages imperial
Exalted cavalry
Exalted Sowar
1500 wood, 1500 coin Upgrades Sowars to Exalted (+50% hit points and attack); requires Honored Sowar

Mansabdar SowarEdit

"Inspires all nearby Sowars. Indian hand cavalry that rides a camel. Good against archers, skirmishers, and artillery."

In-game description

The Mansabdar Sowar is a much stronger version of the Sowar and can be trained from the Charminar Gate for twice the cost and population. Just like the other Mansabdar units, the Mansabdar Sowar inspires all nearby Sowars, boosting their hit points and attack.


Ability Effect
Imperial service
Imperial Service
The Mansabdar Sowar increases the hit points and attack of Sowars in a radius of 24 around him by 10%

Home City Cards Edit

As the Sowar is exclusive to the Indians, only other civilizations' TEAM cards that affects them are listed here.

Trivia Edit

  • The Sowar is the only camelry unit in the entire Age of Empires series that doesn´t deal bonus damage to cavalry.

History Edit

"In Persian, the word “sowar” literally means “the one who rides.” During the British East India Company’s occupation of the Indian subcontinent, “sowar” was used in reference to native cavalry units in the Company’s employ. These mounted soldiers were considered the equivalent of sepoy infantry soldiers, and they were often utilized as escorts and guards."

Gallery Edit