(Hellenistic Reformed Sword Cavalry)
Lonchophoroi icon
Unit type Sword Cavalry
Base cost 60 Food Food, 60 Wealth Wealth, 30 Metal Metal
Ramping cost 3 Wealth Wealth
Creation time 25.9 seconds
Hit points 270
Line of sight 9
Movement speed 38
Attack strength 28
Attack range 0-0
Armour 13
Population cost 1 Population Population
Created at Stable
Prerequisites Level 1 Reforms
Upgrades from none
Upgrades to none
Available to Macedonians
Ptolemaic Egyptians

The Lonchophoroi are heavy cavalry with extended staying power in a melee. Armed with a kopis sword and well protected by a helmet, greaves, linothorax and large shield, they aren't as damaging as shock cavalry but they have more health, greater mobility and are cheaper. Also, they are more effective against other cavalry, though they should not be expected to come off on top against any elite units.


The lonchos (λογχος) was a variant of the xyston. It was probably shorter and one-handed, because of the use of a an aspis at the same time, which while not packing as much punch as the xyston, afforded slightly more protection for the horseman — a feature that was ideal for those enlisted in the role of medium melee cavalry.

Historically, the Lonchophoroi (or "lonchos-bearers") were introduced and used extensively by the Hellenistic successor states. These noblemen were used to support the shock cavalry in the melee that resulted after the main charge.



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