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Praetorian Cavalry

An elite heavy cavalry bodyguard, capable of a decisive charge.

The word 'praetorian' comes from the elite guards of the Praetor, the commanding general. Founded in the 6th century BC, the cohors praetoria consisted of the hand-picked infantry or cavalry who guarded their general and his command tent. At first, they were recruited exclusively from among Roman citizens, but later other Latin peoples were allowed to join. The praetorians enjoyed prestigious status in the Roman army and, when Augustus came to power, they were the only soldiers allowed inside Rome. Augustus anticipated that they could be used politically as well as militarily, something of a gamble for the new Emperor, as he was keen to assert the Republican nature of his regime. Barracked just outside Rome, the praetorians were charged with keeping order during all public events. Later, as the Imperial bodyguard, they served in military campaigns only when the Emperor himself was present. This happened frequently as later Emperors emerged from the ranks of the army during the 1st century AD.

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Praetorian Cavalry

Unit Name

Praetorian Cavalry

Main Unit Key

Rom_Praetorian_Cav

Land Unit Key

Rom_Praetorian_Cav

Naval Unit Key

pel_transport

Soldiers

80

Category

Cavalry

Class

Melee Cavalry

Custom Battle Cost

1250

Recruitment Cost

1250

Upkeep Cost

200

Melee Attack

49

Weapon Damage

29

├ Melee Weapon

rome_spear_cav_elite

├ Melee Damage Base

24

├ Melee Damage Ap

5

├ Armour Piercing

No

├ Bonus vs. Large

15

├ Bonus vs Elephants

15

└ Bonus vs Infantry

0

Charge Bonus

42

Melee Defence

42

├ Base Defence

22

├ Shield

cavalry

└ Shield Defence

20

Armour

70

├ Armour

mail

├ Armour Defence

40

└ Shield Armour

30

Health

105

├ Man Entity

rome_infantry_very_heavy

├ Man Health

45

├ Bonus Hit Points

20

├ Mount

rome_horse_spear_shield_vh

├ Mount Entity

rome_horse_very_heavy

└ Mount Health

40

Base Morale

70

Abilities

Praetorian Cavalry
  • Cavalry Testudo
    The unit raises their shields and turns towards the aggressor.
    Protection against missiles
    Can't move
  • 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.
  • Encourage
    This unit provides a morale bonus to nearby allies.
  • 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
Praetorian Cavalry
  • Very good attack
  • Average defence
  • Low damage but average armour penetration
  • Good morale
Requires Buildings
Praetorian Cavalry Lv. 0 Legionary Barracks
Legionary Barracks
(rome_military_main_4)
Level 3