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Indian hand cavalry that rides a camel. Good against archers, skirmishers, and artillery.
—In-game description

The Sowar is a melee heavy cavalry unit in Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties that is unique to the Indians and can be trained at Caravanserai and Galleon, as well as the Agra Fort wonder once it is upgraded to Delhi Gate. It brandishes a thin spear from atop a camel.

Overview[]

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 both reinforce a battle and retreat from unfavorable engagements swiftly.

The Sowar does not perform well against heavy infantry and other cavalry due to the fact that it has a lower base damage than most cavalry units.

Although the Sowar starts out as a mediocre cavalry unit, it excels at killing Light Infantry once Home City cards are sent to upgrade them. One of the cards increases their attack bonus versus Light Infantry, and the others increase its base attack by a massive 45%. It does about 72.5 damage to Shock Infantry with all of these upgrades, making the Sowar potentially among the most cost-effective cavalry unit for countering Light Infantry in the Commerce Age. It is also very fast, making it easier to retreat or to catch other units.

Mansabdar Sowar[]

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 stronger version of the Sowar that can be trained from the Charminar Gate wonder or shipped from the Home City as part of Sowar Regiment. As a Mansabdar unit, the Mansabdar Sowar has twice the hit points of a Sowar and Imperial Service that increases the hit points and attack of nearby Sowars, but are two times more expensive.

Special ability[]

  • Imperial service Imperial Service (passive): The Mansabdar Sowar increases the hit points and attack of Sowars in a radius of 24 around him by 10%.

Upgrades[]

Age Upgrade Cost Effect
Age III tech tree aoe3
Disciplined cavalry Disciplined Sowar 200 wood
100 coin
Upgrades Sowars and Mansabdar Sowar to Disciplined (+20% hit points and attack)
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
Honored cavalry Honored Sowar 600 wood
600 coin
Upgrades Sowars and Mansabdar Sowar to Honored (+30% hit points and attack); requires Disciplined Sowar
Imperial Age
Exalted cavalry Exalted Sowar 1,500 wood
1,500 coin
Upgrades Sowars and Mansabdar Sowar to Exalted (+50% hit points and attack); requires Honored Sowar

Further statistics[]

As (Mansabdar) Sowars are unique to the Indians, only technologies that they have access to are shown in the following table:

Unit strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Infantry, artillery
Weak vs. Heavy infantry, light ranged cavalry, ranged shock infantry
Improvements
Hit points Comanche Horse Breeding Comanche Horse Breeding (+10%)
Cree Tanning Cree Tanning (+5%)
Navajo Weaving Navajo Weaving (+5%)
Tar kilns Tar Kilns (+5%)
Attack Yoga Yoga (+5%)
Wind horses Wind Horses (-10% Rate of Fire)
Resistance Sudanese quilted armor Sudanese Quilted Armor (+10% hand resistance)
Pancerni Pancerni (+10% ranged resistance)
Speed Apache Endurance Apache Endurance (+5%)
Comanche Mustangs Comanche Mustangs (+5%)
Wind horses Wind Horses (+0.5)
Train time Cheyenne Horse Trading Cheyenne Horse Trading (-40%)
Quechuan Diet Quechuan Diet (-15%)
Immigrants Immigrants (-10%)
Shaman drums Shaman Drums (-10%)
Cost Mapuche Ad-mapu Mapuche Ad-mapu (-10% coin cost)
Golden liberty Golden Liberty (-5% coin cost)
Other Merritocracy Meritocracy (-20% upgrade cost)

Home City Cards[]

As (Mansabdar) Sowars are unique to the Indians, only their cards and other civilizations' TEAM cards are shown in the following tables:

Click for a list of Home City Cards related to the (Mansabdar) Sowar
Some cards are highlighted with:
Green TEAM Shipment that is sent to each player in a team
Blue Shipment that arrives fast (5 seconds)

French[]

Card Description Age
French Home City 2 (Hand Cavalry Attack) TEAM Hand Cavalry Attack Hand cavalry and hand shock infantry get +15% attack
Age II tech tree aoe3

Germans[]

Card Description Age
German Home City 2 (Cavalry Attack) TEAM Cavalry Attack Heavy cavalry, light ranged cavalry, and shock infantry get +10% attack; Germans-only heavy cavalry, light cavalry, and shock infantry get +15% attack instead
Age III tech tree aoe3
  • "TEAM Cavalry Attack" does not stack with the Italian "TEAM Cavalry Attack" card.

Indians[]

Card Description Age
Dravidian martial arts Dravidian Martial Arts All units get +15% hand attack; Rajputs get +20% hand attack instead; +1 Hindu Villager
Age II tech tree aoe3
Indian Home City 2 (4 Sowar) 4 Sowars Ships 4 Sowars; +1 Hindu Villager
Age II tech tree aoe3
Indian Home City 2 (6 Sowar) 6 Sowars Ships 6 Sowars; +1 Hindu Villager
Age III tech tree aoe3
Indian Home City 2 (Sowar Regiment) Sowar Regiment Ships 8 Sowars and 1 Mansabdar Sowar; +1 Hindu Villager
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
British Home City 2 (Cavalry Damage) Camel Attack Camels get +30% attack; +1 Hindu Villager
Age II tech tree aoe3
Indian Home City 2 (Desert Terror) Desert Terror Sowars get +0.5 attack multiplier against infantry and -0.1 against heavy infantry; Zamburaks get +0.5 attack multiplier against heavy cavalry and hand shock infantry; +1 Hindu Villager
Age II tech tree aoe3
Shivajis tactics TEAM Shivaji's Tactics All units get +5% hit points and attack
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
Spanish Home City 3 (Riding School) Riding School Cavalry train time -40%; +1 Hindu Villager
Age II tech tree aoe3
Indian Home City 3 (Foreign Trading Companies) Foreign Trading Companies Gives a trickle of 0.75 export/sec.; banner army cost -15% export; Indian units cost +2.5% (Hindu Villagers, Fishing Boats, and Sacred Cows cost +5% instead); +1 Hindu Villager
Age III tech tree aoe3
Indian Home City 2(Grazing) Grazing Camels generate 0.05 food/sec.; Brahmins and elephants generate 0.1 wood/sec.; Sacred Cows generate 0.075 coin/sec.; +1 Hindu Villager
Age II tech tree aoe3
East india company British East India Company Sepoys, Gurkhas, and Sowars get +10% hit points and attack; +1 Hindu Villager
Age III tech tree aoe3

Italians[]

Card Description Age
German Home City 2 (Cavalry Attack) TEAM Cavalry Attack Heavy cavalry, light ranged cavalry, and shock infantry get +10% attack; Italians-only heavy cavalry, light cavalry, and shock infantry get +15% attack instead
Age III tech tree aoe3
  • "TEAM Cavalry Attack" does not stack with the German "TEAM Cavalry Attack" card.

Japanese[]

Card Description Age
Japanese Home City 3 (Cheaper Unit Upgrades) TEAM Sengoku Unit upgrades cost -20%
Age IV tech tree aoe 3

Lakota[]

Card Description Age
Sioux Home City 2 (Mustangs) TEAM Mustangs Cavalry and shock infantry cost -10%
Age III tech tree aoe3

Maltese[]

Card Description Age
Maltese Home City 2 (TEAM Knights of the Round Table) TEAM Knights of the Round Table Ships 1 Hospitaller for each Town Center owned by the player; all units get +2% hit points
Age I tech tree aoe3

Mexicans[]

Card Description Age
Mexican Home City 2 (TEAM Mariachi) TEAM Mariachi For the next 30 seconds, military buildings work 400% faster and units get +10% speed
Age I tech tree aoe3

Russians[]

Card Description Age
Russian Home City 2 (Cavalry Scout) TEAM Kamchatka Expeditions Cavalry and shock infantry get +10% hit points and +4 Line of Sight
Age I tech tree aoe3

Spanish[]

Card Description Age
Spanish Home City 3 (Inquisition) TEAM Spanish Inquisition Ships 1 Inquisitor; all units get +10 Line of Sight
Age II tech tree aoe3

French[]

Card Description Age HC level
French Home City 2 (Hand Cavalry Attack) TEAM Hand Cavalry Attack Heavy cavalry and Coyote Runners get +15% attack
Age II tech tree aoe3
10

Germans[]

Card Description Age HC level
German Home City 2 (Cavalry Attack) TEAM Cavalry Attack Heavy cavalry, light ranged cavalry, and shock infantry get +15% attack
Age II tech tree aoe3
10

Indians[]

Card Description Age HC level
Dravidian martial arts Dravidian Martial Arts All units get +15% hand attack; +1 Villager
Age II tech tree aoe3
40
Shivajis tactics TEAM Shivaji's Tactics All units get +5% hit points and attack
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
25
Indian Home City 2 (4 Sowar) 4 Sowars Ships 4 Sowars; +1 Villager
Age II tech tree aoe3
1
Indian Home City 2 (6 Sowar) 6 Sowars Ships 6 Sowars; +1 Villager
Age III tech tree aoe3
10
Indian Home City 2 (Sowar Regiment) Sowar Regiment Ships 8 Sowars and 1 Mansabdar Sowar; +1 Villager
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
25
Indian Home City 2 (Camel Attack) Camel Attack Camels get +30% attack; +1 Villager
Age II tech tree aoe3
10
Indian Home City 2 (Desert Terror) Desert Terror Sowars get +0.5 attack multiplier against infantry and -0.1 against heavy infantry; Zamburaks get +0.5 attack multiplier against heavy cavalry and hand shock infantry; +1 Villager
Age II tech tree aoe3
10
Shivajis tactics TEAM Shivaji's Tactics All units get +5% hit points and attack
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
25
Spanish Home City 3 (Riding School) Riding School Cavalry train time -40%; +1 Villager
Age II tech tree aoe3
10
Indian Home City 2(Grazing) Grazing Camels generate 0.05 food/sec.; Brahmins and elephants generate 0.1 wood/sec.; +1 Villager
Age II tech tree aoe3
40
East india company British East India Company Sepoys, Gurkhas, and Sowars get +10% hit points and attack; +1 Villager
Age III tech tree aoe3
25

Japanese[]

Card Description Age HC level
Japanese Home City 3 (Cheaper Unit Upgrades) TEAM Cheaper Unit Upgrades Unit upgrades cost -20%
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
1

Russians[]

Card Description Age HC level
Russian Home City 2 (Cavalry Scout) TEAM Cavalry Scouts Cavalry and shock infantry get +10% hit points and +4 Line of Sight
Age I tech tree aoe3
1

Spanish[]

Card Description Age HC level
Spanish Home City 3 (Inquisition) TEAM Inquisition All units get +10 Line of Sight
Age I tech tree aoe3
10

Changelog[]

3ADIcon48px The Asian Dynasties[]

  • Sowars and Mansabdar Sowars have a ×1.5 multiplier against infantry and a ×0.67 multiplier against Heavy infantry.
  • The Desert Terror Home City Card gives -0.17× multiplier against heavy infantry.
  • Mansabdar Sowars cost 4 population.

Age3DE Icon Definitive Edition[]

  • Sowars and Mansabdar Sowars have a ×2.0 multiplier against infantry and a ×0.5 multiplier against heavy infantry.
  • The Desert Terror Home City Card gives -0.1× multiplier against heavy infantry and +0.5× against all infantry, making the Sowar's damage ×2.5 versus all infantry and ×2.5 (×0.4) = ×1.0 against heavy infantry.
  • With update 20322, Mansabdar Sowars cost 2 population.

Trivia[]

  • The Sowar is the only camel unit in the entire Age of Empires series that doesn´t deal bonus damage to any mounted units.
  • The Sowar's unit portrait resembles the Honored/Exalted Sowar model.

History[]

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.

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