Equites Catafractarii BodyguardHeavily-armed and armoured horsemen are a terrifying enemy to face.
Having faced the deadly Parthian cataphracts at Carrhae, come off worse, and then struggled against the awesome crushing strength of the Sarmatian lancers, it wasn't long before the Roman army was tailoring its own cavalry to match, despite resisting the idea for some time. Gradually, Rome began to integrate its own versions, the catafractarii and clibinarii, into the Legions. They were probably first fielded during the reign of the Emperor Hadrian, as an auxiliary force of Gauls and Pannonians. However, despite their general success, it was the 4th century AD before catafractarii became a permanent addition to the ranks, possibly due to Macrinus' catastrophic defeat at Nisibis in AD217, by the Parthians. Covered head-to-foot in scale or mail armour, and armed with lances, it is clear that the 'iron horsemen' were the forerunners to the more familiar knights of the Medieval age.
Unit NameEquites Catafractarii Bodyguard
Main Unit Key3c_Rom_Equites_Catafractarii_commander
Land Unit Key3c_Rom_Equites_Catafractarii_comm
Naval Unit Key3c_pel_transport
Custom Battle Cost1180
├ Melee Weaponrome_lance
├ Melee Damage Base14
├ Melee Damage Ap11
├ Armour PiercingNo
├ Bonus vs. Large10
├ Bonus vs Elephants10
└ Bonus vs Infantry0
├ Base Defence22
└ Shield Defence10
├ Armour Defence90
└ Shield Armour5
├ Man Entityrome_infantry_very_heavy
├ Man Health45
├ Bonus Hit Points15
├ Mount Entityrome_horse_very_heavy
└ Mount Health40
AbilitiesEquites Catafractarii Bodyguard
- Flying Wedge
The unit moves into a flying wedge-shaped attack formation.
Charge bonus, melee attack
Acceleration, melee defence
Charges are more effective for an extended time.
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 & WeaknessesTransport
- Very poor hull strength
- Very slow speed
- Weak ramming
- Very good charge
- Low damage but average armour penetration
- Heavily armoured
- Slowest cavalry
- Good morale