(Hellenistic Reformed Javelin Cavalry)
Aspidophoroi icon
Unit type Javelin Cavalry
Base cost 40 Food Food, 60 Wealth Wealth, 20 Timber Timber
Ramping cost 4 Wealth Wealth, 1 Timber Timber
Creation time 20 seconds
Hit points 185
Line of sight 8
Movement speed 38
Attack strength 37
Attack range 0-7
Armour 11
Population cost 1 Population Population
Created at Stable
Prerequisites Level 1 Reforms
Upgrades from none
Upgrades to none
Available to Macedonians

These cavalrymen may fight with javelins but they certainly aren't a skirmishing unit. The Aspidophoroi are professional soldiers who throw heavy javelins, wear armour and carry large shields. This makes them highly damaging against melee infantry and civilians, and able to last longer against a melee. However, they still share the same vulnerabilities as other ranged cavalry against melee cavalry, and they will be cut down by spearmen if they are allowed to get too close.


Historically, the Aspidophoroi were a unique type of cavalry adopted by the Hellenistic successor states who combined skirmishing with melee combat. They would first throw their javelins to soften up the enemy formation, and after they used them all, they would then close in with their swords and provide support to the shock cavalry. They were never used enough though to be a particularly decisive force.


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