Royal Horse ArchersThere are few more terrifying sights in battle than Scythian archers, ready to shoot.
Far from being simple, ignorant barbarians, the various steppe tribes had a great cultural wealth. Living in an area stretching from the Caspian Sea to the northern shores of the Black Sea; the Greeks called them 'Scythians' and the Persians 'Saka', while a western group became known as the Sarmatians. Wearing trousers marked them as barbarians as far as the Greeks were concerned, before their tall, pointed caps and swarthy appearances were even considered. Looks apart, they were, however, exceptional horsemen, highly-skilled with composite-recurve bows and deadly hand-to-hand fighters. Grave goods suggest that Scythian women were as warlike as their men, and probably fought alongside them in battle. This may well be the origin of the Greek myths of Amazon warrior women.
Unit NameRoyal Horse Archers
Main Unit KeySte_Royal_Horse_Archers
Land Unit KeySte_Royal_Horse_Archers
Naval Unit Keybarbarian_transport
Custom Battle Cost1000
├ Missile Weaponrome_composite_bow_horse
├ Missile Damage36
├ Missile Ap Damage4
└ Base Reload Time12
Shots Per Minute7
├ Melee Weaponrome_steppe_sword
├ Melee Damage Base30
├ Melee Damage Ap4
├ Armour PiercingNo
├ Bonus vs. Large0
├ Bonus vs Elephants0
└ Bonus vs Infantry0
├ Base Defence22
└ Shield Defence0
├ Armour Defence60
└ Shield Armour0
├ Man Entityrome_infantry_heavy
├ Man Health40
├ Bonus Hit Points20
├ Mount Entityrome_horse_very_heavy_missile
└ Mount Health35
AbilitiesRoyal Horse Archers
- Cantabrian Circle
The unit fires whilst riding in a circle.
Harder to hit, reload skill
- Precision Shot
Improved missile weapon damage for an extended period.
- Resistant to Fatigue
Fatigue has less of an effect on this unit.
- Hide (forest)
This unit can hide in forests until enemy units get too close.
- Fire Whilst Moving
This unit can fire when mounted and moving.
- Parthian Shot
This unit can fire all around and not just in-front of itself.
- Resistant to Cold
This unit tires less quickly in snow.
Strengths & WeaknessesTransport
- Very poor hull strength
- Very slow speed
- Weak ramming
- Long range
- Fast rate of fire
- Fast moving
- Good damage but low armour penetration
- Very weak in melee
- Poor morale