Kappadokioi Xistophoroi(Cappadocian Lancers)
Long spears give these cavalrymen a fearsome charge.
Developed from the cavalry skills of their ancestors, the steppe lancers of the Scythian, or Saka, tribes and the Sarmatians were a type of heavy cavalry comparable to their Hellenic counterparts. They wore scale armour to protect themselves and their mounts, and used a long lance known as a kontos. This enabled them to deliver devastating charges in a fashion comparable to the Alexandrian Companion cavalry. The scale armour was made from horn, or later metal, and allowed the wearers to run down their western counterparts. They were still vulnerable to dense pike or spear-armed formations. Archery provided a solution: sustained volleys from skirmishing foot and horse archers were used to thin and spread out the enemy. At the Battle of Carrhae in 53BC, the tightly-packed Roman infantry were forced to spread out by Parthian archers, which enabled their cataphracts to charge and break an overconfident Roman force four times their number.
Unit NameKappadokioi Xistophoroi
Main Unit KeyAOR_29_Cappadocian_Lancers
Land Unit KeyAOR_29_Cappadocian_Lancers
Naval Unit Keybarbarian_transport
Custom Battle Cost2243
├ Melee Weaponalance3
├ Weapon Damage9
├ Weapon Deadliness0
├ Armour PiercingYes
├ Bonus vs. Cavalry0
├ Bonus vs. Elephants0
└ Bonus vs Infantry2
├ Base Defence32
└ Shield Defence16
├ Armour Defence20
└ Shield Armour0
├ Man Entityheavy_medium
├ Man Health20
├ Bonus Hit Points0
├ Mount Entityrome_horse_very_heavy_shock
└ Mount Health0
- Stamina (low)
Governs how fast the unit tires and restores fatigue, and is dependent on type of unit, weight and approach to combat.
- Flying Wedge
The unit assumes a wedge formation that increases charge speed and bonus
- Fire Whilst Moving
This unit can fire when mounted and moving.
- 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
- Very good charge
- Low damage but average armour penetration
- Weak in prolonged melee
- Good morale
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