Cavalry Archer
AgeCastle Age
Trained atArchery Range
TypeArcher + Cavalry
Cost40 Wood,
70 Gold
Upgraded FromN/A
Upgraded ToHeavy Cavalry Archer
Cost to Upgrade900 Food
500 Gold
The Cavalry Archer is a archer cavalry unit which is featured in Age of Empires II. Their high speed and ranged attack make them excellent harrassers, a hit-and-runner and a good counter for infantry units. With enough micromanagement, a small force of cavalry archers can take out whole contigents of foot-soldiers. However, they are hindered somewhat by their slow rate of fire. Also, though they are trained at the archery range, they are still affected by the attack bonus of anti-cavalry units such as Pikemen and Mamelukes.

The Conquerors ChangesEdit

Cavalry Archers lose 0.03 speed and gain 2 damage against Spearmen.

History Edit

Archers mounted on horses originated in ancient times on the great plains of Asia and continued to make up the bulk of the armies from this region throughout the Middle Ages. The Mongol armies that conquered most of Asia, the Middle East, and much of Europe were predominately cavalry archers. For the time they were a unique combination of firepower and speed. They could cross almost any kind of terrain quickly, strike unexpectedly, and withdraw if necessary before heavy cavalry or infantry units could react. The Mongols especially mastered the tactics of hitting, running, and ambushing, avoiding hand-to-hand fighting until the enemy was completely demoralized. Cavalry archers were most effective on open ground with plenty of maneuvering room. They were least effective against fortified positions that could not be starved out and required a hand-to-hand assault.

Unit Evolution: Cavalry Archer
Cavalry Archer --> Heavy Cavalry Archer

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