| Equites Speculatores|
(Roman Reformed Javelin Cavalry)
|Unit type||Javelin Cavalry|
|Base cost||40 Food, 80 Wealth, 20 Timber|
|Ramping cost||4 Wealth, 1 Timber|
|Creation time||24.2 seconds|
|Line of sight||15|
|Population cost||1 Population|
|Prerequisites||Level 2 Reforms|
The equites speculatores ("scout cavalry") are lightly armoured cavalrymen ideal for skirmishing. These men are not Roman, but are Germanic tribesmen recruited into Roman service as auxiliaries. Armed with javelins, they can attack from a safe distance and then quickly withdraw before the enemies come too close.
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.