Scythian Royal HorseIf a Scythian has a horse between his knees and a lance in his fist, he will prevail!
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 NameScythian Royal Horse
Main Unit KeySte_Scythian_Royal_Horse
Land Unit KeySte_Scythian_Royal_Horse
Naval Unit Keybarbarian_transport_small
Custom Battle Cost1200
├ Melee Weaponrome_spear_cav_elite
├ Melee Damage Base24
├ Melee Damage Ap5
├ Armour PiercingNo
├ Bonus vs. Large15
├ Bonus vs Elephants15
└ Bonus vs Infantry0
├ Base Defence23
└ Shield Defence15
├ Armour Defence60
└ Shield Armour35
├ Man Entityrome_infantry_very_heavy
├ Man Health45
├ Bonus Hit Points20
├ Mount Entityrome_horse_very_heavy
└ Mount Health40
AbilitiesScythian Royal Horse
Reduces the effectiveness against mounted units of any nearby enemies for an extended time.
Bonus vs cavalry, bonus vs elephants, bracing
This unit provides a morale bonus to nearby allies.
- 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 & WeaknessesLight Transport
- Very poor hull strength
- Very slow speed
- Weak ramming
- Very good attack
- Average defence
- Low damage but average armour penetration
- Good morale