Qeshate haGamla
(Camel Archer)
Camelarcher RKC ico
Unit type
Base cost 30 Food Food, 20 Wealth Wealth, 10 Timber Timber
Ramping cost 1 Wealth Wealth, 1 Timber Timber
Creation time 11.9 seconds
Hit points 105
Line of sight 11
Movement speed 41
Attack strength 25
Attack range 4-9
Armour 2
Population cost 1 Population Population
Created at Stable
Prerequisites none
Upgrades from none
Upgrades to none
Available to Sabaeans

Combining the reach of archers with the hardiness of camels, the Qeshate haGamla is one of the signature units of the Sabaean Arab civilisation. It may not be as effective as other cavalry units, owing to its slower gait, but what it loses in mobility, it makes up in lethality — Qeshate haGamla are dangerous, especially when pitted against melee units. The ability to resist melee attacks from horse cavalry means that if used against non-cav civs like the Romans or the Greek factions, Qeshate haGamla can prove to be highly dangerous units.

Against factions with good light missile cavalry, however, they are far less effective. The most proficient counters for these monsters will always be ranged units, especially light cavalry because of their lack of mobility. Equally to note is that like all cavalry archer units, they have a blind spot to their right so if you are using javelin cavalry to attack them, try to attack them from the right if they are moving. Still, because they are fairly cheap as cavalry units go, Qeshate haGamla are ideal units for Sabaean players on tight budgets, otherwise you are better off buying missile infantry, or saving up for the more efficient Seregelānān light charioteers.


Despite being slower and much less temperate than horses, camels had their uses. The first was their durability — on the march, camels can store all the fat and moisture that they will ever need in the hump on their body. The second was that their scent often spooked horses, which was both a blessing and a curse for the military-minded — it caused problems for enemies on horseback, but it could also cause problems if handling baggage, and keeping an army of camels and horses apart could sometimes pose problems. The earliest known instance of tactical exploitation of a camel's scent dates back from the conquest of Lydia by Persia, where the Persian Shah Cyrus deployed a detachment of camelry to spook his enemy's cavalry. When desert warfare experts were required, camel-riding nomads could be recruited as mercenaries, as was done in the wastes north of China, or in the arid sands of Africa and the Middle East.


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