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  This article is about the unit in Age of Empires III. For the technology in Age of Empires II HD: The Forgotten, see Sipahi.

Powerful cavalry available only from the Home City.
—In-game description

The Spahi is a melee heavy cavalry in Age of Empires III that is unique to the Ottomans and can only be shipped from the Home City. It is tied with the Mahout Lancer as the strongest melee cavalry unit in the game.

Overview[edit | edit source]

The Spahi are effective against enemy light infantry and artillery, but can be countered by heavy infantry and some counter cavalry units. The Spahi fights with a mace, and deals damage over a certain area rather than a single unit. It is considered one of the most effective units in the game and can even defeat Cuirassiers in melee combat.

Spahi have a special trait; like the Explorer and his dog, they can regenerate hit points, allowing them to last longer in a game. The player can have a maximum of 43 Spahi (3 with The Grand Vizier politician at the Industrial Age and 40 shipped from the Home City – 22 in the Industrial Age and 18 in the Imperial Age).

Upgrades[edit | edit source]

The Spahi is automatically upgraded in Industrial Age and Imperial Age. Unlike other units, however, their name is not changed to reflect this.

Industrial age up.png +30% hit points and attack
Imperial age up.png +50% hit points and attack

Further statistics[edit | edit source]

Unit strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Ranged infantry, light infantry, artillery
Weak vs. Heavy infantry, light cavalry
Improvements
Hit points Cavalry Cuirass.png Cavalry Cuirass (+10%)
Horsemanship.png Horsemanship (+10%, Sioux only)
Comanche Horse Breeding.png Comanche Horse Breeding (+10%)
Cree Tanning.png Cree Tanning (+5%)
Navajo Weaving.png Navajo Weaving (+5%)
Attack Pillage.png Pillage (+25% siege attack)
Bonepipe Armor.png Bonepipe Armor (+1.0x multiplier vs. artillery, Sioux only)
Yoga.png Yoga (+5%)
Sight Town Watch.png Town Watch (+2)
Speed Comanche Mustangs.png Comanche Mustangs (+10%)
Apache Endurance.png Apache Endurance (+5%)
Penalties Coffee Trade.png Coffee Trade (-10% speed, Dutch only)

Home City Cards[edit | edit source]

Changelog[edit | edit source]

Age of Empires III[edit | edit source]

  • Spahis have a ranged resistance of 10%.

Definitive Edition[edit | edit source]

  • Spahis now have a ranged resistance of 20%.
  • Fixed a bug which causes Spahis shipped to non-Ottoman players (through "TEAM 4 Spahis") to not be automatically upgraded in Industrial and Imperial Ages.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Spahi is the Western rendition of Ottoman Turkish sipahi, which itself was borrowed from Persian sepâhi.
  • Prior to release, Spahi were originally the unique Ottoman variant of the European Hussar.

History[edit | edit source]

The Spahis were cavalry for two different nations. Their name derives from a Persian word for soldier, "sipahi." They were elite cavalry in the Ottoman army, performing much the same duties as the janissaries, only mounted. There were more spahi than any other cavalry in the Ottoman army. They were also Algerian cavalrymen that fought for the French in Africa. These cavalrymen revolted when the French wanted them to leave Africa to aid France in the Franco-Prussian wars.

Mounted soldiers, they wore baggy pants and riding boots. Long, heavy cloaks, turned out to show the lining, draped them shoulder to calf, and they covered their heads with turbans. Armed chiefly with swords, they also carried firearms and spears.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

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