Equites Alares
(Roman Reformed Sword Cavalry)
Equites alares icon
Unit type Sword Cavalry
Base cost 60 Food Food, 40 Wealth Wealth, 20 Metal Metal
Ramping cost 2 Wealth Wealth
Creation time 18.6 seconds
Hit points 250
Line of sight 13
Movement speed 38
Attack strength 26
Attack range 0-0
Armour 11
Population cost 1 Population Population
Created at Stable
Prerequisites Level 2 Reforms
Upgrades from Equites Reformati
Upgrades to none
Available to Romans

The equites alares are an expensive force of medium cavalrymen, highly capable of both skirmishing and shock actions. These men are not Romans - they are Gauls and Iberians, recruited into Roman service as auxiliaries. They are vastly superior to the earlier equites, though their armour remains of a similar quality.


Historically, as the equites became more of a political and economical force than a military one, foreign auxiliaries completely replaced the italic cavalry of the late Republican army. These cavalry auxiliaries were recruited from numerous peoples, most notably the Iberians, Gauls, Germans and Thracians.


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