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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 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 light 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.

Upgrades[]

Age Upgrade Cost Effect
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Disciplined cavalry.png Disciplined Sowar 200 wood,
100 coin
Upgrades Sowars to Disciplined (+20% hit points and attack)
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Honored cavalry.png Honored Sowar 600 wood,
600 coin
Upgrades Sowars to Honored (+30% hit points and attack); requires Disciplined Sowar
Imperial Age
Exalted cavalry.png Exalted Sowar 1,500 wood,
1,500 coin
Upgrades Sowars to Exalted (+50% hit points and attack); requires Honored Sowar

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

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. Ranged infantry, artillery
Weak vs. Heavy infantry, cavalry
Improvements
Hit points Comanche Horse Breeding.png Comanche Horse Breeding (+10%)
Cree Tanning.png Cree Tanning (+5%)
Navajo Weaving.png Navajo Weaving (+5%)
Attack Yoga.png Yoga (+5%)
Speed Comanche Mustangs.png Comanche Mustangs (+10%)
Apache Endurance.png Apache Endurance (+5%)
Creation speed Cheyenne Horse Trading.png Cheyenne Horse Trading (-25%)
Inca Chaquis Messengers.png Quechuan Diet (-25%)
Train cost Mapuche Ad-mapu.png Mapuche Ad-mapu (-10% coin cost)
Other Merritocracy.png 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:

Changelog[]

The Asian Dynasties[]

  • Sowars and Mansabdar Sowars have a x1.5 multiplier against infantry and a x0.67 multiplier against Heavy infantry.
  • The Desert Terror Home City Card gives -0.17x multiplier against heavy infantry.
  • Mansabdar Sowars cost 4 population.

Definitive Edition[]

  • Sowars and Mansabdar Sowars have a x2.0 multiplier against infantry and a x0.5 multiplier against heavy infantry.
  • The Desert Terror Home City Card gives -0.1x multiplier against heavy infantry and +0.5x against all infantry, making the Sowar's damage x2.5 versus all infantry and x2.5 (x0.4) = x1.0 versus 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.

Gallery[]

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