(Successor Elite Shock Cavalry)
|Unit type||Shock Cavalry|
|Base cost||160 Food, 220 Wealth, 180 Metal|
|Ramping cost||11 Wealth|
|Creation time||48 seconds|
|Line of sight||4|
|Population cost||1 Population|
|Created at||Meeting House|
|Upgrades to|| Hetairoi Kataphraktoi (Seleucids, Bosporans)|
Hiera Ile (Macedonians)
Basilike Ile (Ptolemaic Egyptians)
The Hetairoi are elite shock cavalry available to the Hellenistic successor states. They have very high levels of health and they wear the best armour available, allowing them to engage in prolonged melee, and their devastating attack will ensure that they come out on top against most other units. They are costly and time-consuming to train, but this is more than matched their dramatic impact on the battlefield.
Historically, the Hetairoi were the cavalry bodyguard of the Diadochi kings. They were originally introduced by Philip II of Macedon and played an important role during Alexander the Great's extensive conquests. However, the Hetairoi in this original form were never given the same importance under the Hellenistic successor states due to the increased emphasis on pike warfare.