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Socii Equites Extraordinarii

These heavy cavalry give excellent account of themselves in close-combat.

The equites extraordinarii were drawn from amongst the Socii, allied non-citizens who provided most of the early Republic's cavalry. Up to a third of allied cavalry could be selected to join the equites extraordinarii. As there were typically two or three times the number of Socii than Roman cavalry, a consular army of two Legions could have some 1,800 Socii cavalry, of which at least 600 would be considered part of the elite equites extraordinarii. By tradition, Roman cavalry was habitually deployed on the right flank, while the equites extraordinarii were sent to the left. This imbalance was famously exploited by Hannibal at the Battle of Cannae in 216BC, when the Carthaginian cavalry under Hasdrubal routed the weaker Roman cavalry while the crack Numidian light cavalry waylaid their Socii allies, such was the difference in troop quality. Following the Marian Reforms, and the Allied Wars of 90-88BC, the Socii were reduced to nothing; as full citizens they were absorbed by the regular Roman Legions.

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Socii Equites Extraordinarii

Unit Name

Socii Equites Extraordinarii

Main Unit Key

Aux_Ita_Socii_Equites_Extraordinarii

Land Unit Key

Aux_Ita_Socii_Equites_Extraordinarii

Naval Unit Key

pel_transport

Soldiers

80

Category

Cavalry

Class

Shock Cavalry

Custom Battle Cost

840

Recruitment Cost

840

Upkeep Cost

140

Melee Attack

34

Weapon Damage

25

├ Melee Weapon

rome_lance

├ Melee Damage Base

14

├ Melee Damage Ap

11

├ Armour Piercing

No

├ Bonus vs. Large

10

├ Bonus vs Elephants

10

└ Bonus vs Infantry

0

Charge Bonus

57

Melee Defence

11

├ Base Defence

11

├ Shield

none

└ Shield Defence

0

Armour

60

├ Armour

bronze

├ Armour Defence

60

└ Shield Armour

0

Health

100

├ Man Entity

rome_infantry_very_heavy

├ Man Health

45

├ Bonus Hit Points

20

├ Mount

rome_hellenic_horse_lance_vh

├ Mount Entity

rome_horse_very_heavy_shock

└ Mount Health

35

Base Morale

55

Abilities

No Ability

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
Socii Equites Extraordinarii
  • Very good charge
  • Low damage but average armour penetration
  • Weak in prolonged melee
  • Good morale
Recuitment Requirement
Unit Resouces Auxilia_Italian
Requires Buildings
Socii Equites Extraordinarii Lv. 0 Auxiliary Barracks
Auxiliary Barracks
(rome_military_aux_3)
Level 2
Auxiliary Garrison
Auxiliary Garrison
(rome_military_aux_4)
Level 3
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