Sarmatian RidersLight cavalrymen who like to get up close and brutal with their enemies.
Far from being simple, ignorant barbarians, the various steppe tribes had a great cultural wealth. Living in an area stretching from the Caspian Sea to the northern shores of the Black Sea; the Greeks called them 'Scythians' and the Persians 'Saka', while a western group became known as the Sarmatians. Wearing trousers marked them as barbarians as far as the Greeks were concerned, before their tall, pointed caps and swarthy appearances were even considered. Looks apart, they were, however, exceptional horsemen, highly-skilled with composite-recurve bows and deadly hand-to-hand fighters. Grave goods suggest that Scythian women were as warlike as their men, and probably fought alongside them in battle. This may well be the origin of the Greek myths of Amazon warrior women.
Unit NameSarmatian Riders
Main Unit KeySte_Sarmatian_Riders
Land Unit KeySte_Sarmatian_Riders
Naval Unit Keybarbarian_transport
Custom Battle Cost340
├ Melee Weaponrome_celtic_spear_cav
├ Melee Damage Base20
├ Melee Damage Ap7
├ Armour PiercingNo
├ Bonus vs. Large10
├ Bonus vs Elephants10
└ Bonus vs Infantry0
├ Base Defence11
└ Shield Defence40
├ Armour Defence10
└ Shield Armour5
├ Man Entityrome_infantry_light
├ Man Health40
├ Bonus Hit Points10
├ Mount Entityrome_horse_light
└ Mount Health25
Reduces the effectiveness against mounted units of any nearby enemies for an extended time.
Bonus vs cavalry, bonus vs elephants, bracing
- Hide (forest)
This unit can hide in forests until enemy units get too close.
- Resistant to Cold
This unit tires less quickly in snow.
Strengths & WeaknessesTransport
- Very poor hull strength
- Very slow speed
- Weak ramming
- Average attack
- Weak defence
- Low damage but average armour penetration
- Poor morale