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Auxiliary Cavalry Antony's Rivals (Imperator Augustus)Antony's Rivals (Imperator Augustus) Melee Cavalry

Auxiliary Cavalry

Skilled in close-combat, these cavalrymen are also well protected.

The thureos, a large oval-shaped shield, became common throughout the Hellenistic world from the 3rd century BC. Made from wood covered in hide, it differed from the earlier Greek hoplon in having a central handgrip, which was protected by a vertical spine running the length of the shield. This in turn could be further reinforced by the addition of a wide metal strip that protected the grip and the user’s hand. Inspired by the sub-rectangular and oval shields of the Celts, possibly through contact with the migrating Galatians, its usage seems to have spread through the Illyrian and Thracian tribes before it was adopted by the Greeks. Although large, the thureos was light in comparison to the traditional hoplon, and was adopted by heavily-armoured peltasts. Named after their shields, 'thureophoroi' could fight as common peltasts, skirmishing with javelins, but could also form up with their larger shields and longer spears in a similar fashion to a phalanx. The versatile and useful design of the thureos meant it was used by many armies, including the auxiliaries and cavalry of the later Roman Legions.

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Auxiliary Cavalry

Unit Name

Auxiliary Cavalry

Main Unit Key

Aux_Cav

Land Unit Key

Aux_Cav

Naval Unit Key

pel_transport

Soldiers

80

Category

Cavalry

Class

Melee Cavalry

Custom Battle Cost

800

Recruitment Cost

800

Upkeep Cost

140

Melee Attack

40

Weapon Damage

25

├ Melee Weapon

rome_spear_cav

├ Melee Damage Base

20

├ Melee Damage Ap

5

├ Armour Piercing

No

├ Bonus vs. Large

15

├ Bonus vs Elephants

15

└ Bonus vs Infantry

0

Charge Bonus

37

Melee Defence

37

├ Base Defence

17

├ Shield

cavalry

└ Shield Defence

20

Armour

70

├ Armour

mail

├ Armour Defence

40

└ Shield Armour

30

Health

85

├ Man Entity

rome_infantry_heavy

├ Man Health

40

├ Bonus Hit Points

10

├ Mount

rome_horse_spear_shield_h

├ Mount Entity

rome_horse_heavy

└ Mount Health

35

Base Morale

55

Abilities

Auxiliary Cavalry
  • Flying Wedge
    The unit moves into a flying wedge-shaped attack formation.
    Charge bonus, melee attack
    Acceleration, melee defence

Attributes

  • Disciplined
    This unit does not suffer a morale penalty when the general dies. It can also rally after routing more often.
  • Hide (forest)
    This unit can hide in forests until enemy units get too close.

Strengths & Weaknesses

Transport
  • Very poor hull strength
  • Very slow speed
  • Weak ramming
Auxiliary Cavalry
  • Good attack
  • Average defence
  • Low damage but average armour penetration
  • Average morale
Requires Buildings
Auxiliary Cavalry Lv. 0 Auxiliary Barracks
Auxiliary Barracks
(rome_military_aux_3)
Level 2
Auxiliary Garrison
Auxiliary Garrison
(rome_military_aux_4)
Level 3