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The Cavalry is a Mounted unit available in the Industrial Era.

Overview

By the end of the 19th century, European and American cavalrymen were armed with repeating rifles, small, reliable weapons holding 5-15 rounds which were accurate up to perhaps 500 yards, as well as pistols and swords. Because their equipment was so much lighter than that encumbering earlier lancers and knights, they were much faster and could ride a good deal farther than their predecessors. While the cavalry charge of old might still occur under very favorable conditions, the infantry's increased accuracy and rate of fire made that maneuver extremely dangerous. When facing infantry units the cavalry usually dismounted to fight, with one soldier holding four horses a distance to the rear while his three comrades traded shots with the enemy.

Strategy

The Cavalry is the strongest mounted unit in the game; depending much more on mobility and their short rifles, they are devastating against melee, ranged, and siege units, but less effective against other mounted units. Use them to destroy Musketmen and then break through the enemy's lines with their ability to move after attacking. Cavalry are quite vulnerable to the mounted-unit-killing Lancer.

Unique Unit Replacements

Icon Unit Civilization Abilities
AbrantineDetachment
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Abrantine Detachment
Portugal (Pombal)
  • Starts with Alpine Training and the unique promotion Scorched Earth, which causes enemy units who end their turn on a nearby pillaged tile to take damage.
Acacaraya
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Aca Caraya
Paraguay (Gaspar Rodriguez)
  • While inside Paraguayan territory:
    • May attack twice per turn.
    • Ignores terrain cost.
Berbercavalry
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Berber Cavalry
Morocco (Ahmad al-Mansur)
  • Combat bonus on Desert or in Moroccan territory.
Chevauleger
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Chevau-Léger
France (Napoleon)

(When Louis XIV's France is installed)

  • Combat bonus vs Mounted and Siege units.
  • Extra combat strength when damaged.
Comancherider
Comancheriders
Comanche Riders
The Shoshone (Pocatello)
  • 12.5% cheaper to produce.
  • +1 Movement.
Cossack
Cossack-0
Cossack
Russia (Catherine)
  • Combat bonus vs damaged units.
LSCuirassier
UnitAlphaLSFrenchCui
Cuirassier
France (Napoleon)

(When LastSword's Revision is activated)

  • Starts with the Blitz Promotion.
  • +33% Strength Combat Strength on the second attack of its turn.
Deathsheadhussar
Unitflag deathsheadhussar
Death's Head Hussar
Prussia (Frederick)
  • Passively deals damage to adjacent units.
  • Ignores enemy zones of control.
Hussar
Hussar-0
Dragoon
Austria (Maria Theresa)

(When Stephen I's Hungary is installed)

  • Earns promotions quickly.
  • Combat bonus vs Mounted units.
  • +1 Tourism for every 2 levels when garrisoned after Radio.
  • Never obsolete.
Gaucho
Unitflag gaucho
Gaucho
Argentina (Eva Perón)
  • Can withdraw from Melee attacks.
  • May build Pastures and Farms.
Hungarianhussar
Unitflag hungaryhussar
Hussar
Austria (Maria Theresa)

Hungary (Stephen I)

  • Combat bonus when flanking.
  • Extra sight.
  • +1 Movement.
Jezailchi
Jezailchi Afghanistan (Ahmad Shah Durrani)
  • -4 Strength Combat Strength.
  • +1 Range.
  • +34 Ranged Strength.
  • +20% Attack in Hills.
  • +10% Strength Combat Strength in Friendly Territory.
Legionaryuhlan
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Legionary Uhlan
Poland (Pilsudski)
  • Becomes stronger in later eras.
  • After kills, may attack again and deals extra damage.
Lisowczyk
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Lisowczyk
Poland (Sigismund III)
  • +1 Moves Movement.
  • No Gold Maintenance Cost.
  • Heals 50HP from Pillaging (though does not gain Gold Gold).
Ranger
Ranger Texas (Sam Houston)
  • Earns Culture and Golden Age points from kills.
  • Receives defensive terrain bonuses.
RoughRider
Rough Ranger America (Teddy Roosevelt)
  • -4 Strength Combat Strength.
  • Begins with Survivalism I.
  • Ignores terrain costs when moving, when beginning outside your borders.

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