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Yari Cavalry

Each yari cavalry samurai is armed with a long spear that makes him particularly deadly when swiftly charging into combat.

Yari cavalry focus all the power of their fearsome charge into the points of the long spears they carry as they smash into enemy cavalry and infantry alike. Their high morale spurs them into battle and keeps them from routing, even when engaged in melee, where their spears are at a disadvantage. Yari cavalry are best used to attack the rear or flanks of infantry to avoid spear counter-attacks and getting caught in messy, close-quarters fighting. Their amazing speed over the ground makes this entirely possible, as they can rarely be caught even by other cavalry units.

During the Sengoku Jidai, the spear and sword superseded the bow as the weapons of choice for samurai cavalry. Despite a long tradition of mounted archery, a bow could not be used in melee, leaving cavalry archers vulnerable to counter-attacks by foot soldiers. Spears, on the other hand, could be used to break enemy defences in a full charge, or used in quick, slashing strokes whilst in close combat. Swords could be used to cut an enemy down, but obviously lacked the range of a bow, or spear. However, if a samurai was wealthy enough, he would have an attendant to carry and hand him his bow, spear or sword, depending on the situation and personal preference.

Yari Cavalry

Unit Name

Yari Cavalry

Unit Key

Cav_Spear_Yari_Cavalry

Soldiers

80

Category

Cavalry

Class

Spear Cavalry

Multiplayer Cost

850

└ Multiplayer Limit

0

Recruitment Cost

800

├ Recruitment Turns

2

└ Unit Limit

0

Unkeep Cost

200

Melee Attack

5

└ Melee Weapon

spear

Charge Bonus

25

Bonus vs Cavalry

15

Melee Defence

1

Armour

4

Horse Mode

shogun_horse_samurai

└ Mount Armour

4

Morale

10

Abilities

  • Wedge Formation Wedge Formation
    Trained to charge in a wedge formation in order to better penetrate enemy formations

Strengths & Weaknesses

  • Fast and very good charge.
  • Good against other cavalry.
  • Weak in prolonged melee.
  • Vulnerable to yari and naginata units in melee.