|Introduced In||The African Kingdoms|
|Training Time||21 seconds|
|Hit Points||60, 65 (Elite)|
|Attack||7, 8 (Elite) pierce|
|Attack Bonuses|| +4, +6 (Elite) vs Cavalry Archer|
+2 vs Ram
+1 vs Spearman
|Rate of Fire||2.03|
|Melee Armor||0, 1 (Elite)|
|Armor Classes|| Archer|
Cavalry Archer (+2 (Elite))
Camel (+1, +2 (Elite))
|Line of Sight||5|
|Upgrades To||Elite Camel Archer|
|Upgrade Cost||1000 Wood, 500 Gold|
|Upgrade Time||45 seconds|
"Berber unique unit. Cavalry archer with an attack bonus vs. cavalry archers."—Age of Empires II description
Camel Archers can be upgraded to Elite Camel Archers in the Imperial Age.
The Camel Archer fits nicely in the cavalry based army of the Berbers. Due to their high attack and speed, they can support the heavy cavalry (Cavalier and Heavy Camel) against all kinds of ranged units and are also a good choice if enemy Halberdiers overwhelm the army, since they can perform hit-and-run tactics against them. As far as utility is concerned, they are a versatile unit, as apart from being a hard counter against other mounted archers, they can also serve as a solid anti-infantry unit, and even directly engage against most foot archers.
Camel Archers are quite tough for a cavalry archer, boasting good HP, regeneration (with Maghrabi Camels), and more endurance against common vulnerabilities of cavalry, because they do not take damage from anti-cavalry attacks. That makes especially Camels and Mamelukes struggle against them. Apart from that, their armor bonus also somewhat diminishes the effectiveness of cavalry archer counters, such as Genitours and Genoese Crossbowmen, though Skirmishers and Genitours remain highly cost-effective against them (see Counters).
It should also be noted that thanks to Kasbah and Conscription, Camel Archers train in only 11 seconds, much faster than a generic Heavy Cavalry Archer. They are a better alternative to Cavalry Archers in almost any way, save for cost and the fact they are not available at Archery Ranges.
It is noteworthy that the Berbers lack Parthian Tactics, which makes their post-imperial Camel Archers slightly less resilient against most attacks, while also causing less damage against Spearmen than fully upgraded Heavy Cavalry Archers. However, they generally fare better against units with high anti-cavalry attack bonuses, like the Heavy Camel, thanks to being in the camel armor class and having slightly higher hit points. They also have a lower frame delay, making them more effective in hit-and-run tactics.
Genitours receive bonus damage from Camel Archers and lose in one-on-one combat, but are still cost effective when used against them. In fact, they are a good choice, because they can retreat if melee cavalry arrives to support the Camel Archers (as opposed to Skirmishers).
Despite having their anti-camel bonus nullified, Eagle Warriors remain a decent choice against Camel Archers, as they have good pierce armor and more speed than Huskarls and Halberdiers, coupled with a reliable attack.
Comparison to the Mangudai Edit
- The attack and range are the same, but the attack rate of the Mangudai is higher, so the output damage of the Mangudai is higher. Also, the Mangudai gets an attack bonus of +2 against Pikemen because of Parthian Tactics.
- The Camel Archer holds an advantage of +5 hit points, can regenerate, and has one more pierce armor.
- The Mangudai is slightly faster.
- The Camel Archer is cheaper by 5 wood and gold. Its Elite upgrade is also cheaper.
- The Mangudai holds an attack bonus against siege weapons, the Camel Archer against Cavalry Archers.
- All in all, the Mangudai is faster and holds a stronger attack, but the Camel Archer is more durable because of the slightly higher hit points and the regeneration ability.
- In one-on-one combat, the Camel Archer easily wins.
- (from patch 4.8 on) Camel Archers are classified as camels and cavalry archers, whereas the Mangudai are considered cavalry and cavalry archers, as far as armor class is concerned.
Further Statistics Edit
As Camel Archers are unique to the Berbers, only technologies that are available to them are shown in the following table:
|Unit Strengths and Weaknesses|
|Strong vs.||Slow non-ranged units, Cavalry Archers, Mangudai|
|Weak vs.||Huskarls, Skirmishers, Eagle Warriors, Mangonels|
|Attack||Fletching, Bodkin Arrow, Bracer, Chemistry|
|Range||Fletching, Bodkin Arrow, Bracer|
|Firing Rate||Thumb Ring|
|Accuracy||Thumb Ring, Ballistics|
|Armor||Padded Archer Armor, Leather Archer Armor, Ring Archer Armor|
|Conversion Defense||Faith, Heresy|
|Creation Speed||Conscription, Kasbah|
|Other||Maghrabi Camels (gives regeneration ability)|
|Upgrades||Camel Archers can be upgraded to Elite Camel Archers|
Team Bonuses Edit
- A team containing Berbers: With Kasbah researched, Camel Archers are created and upgraded 25% faster, and Conscription, Kasbah, and Maghrabi Camels are researched 25% faster.
- A team containing Britons: Researching Thumb Ring is 20% faster.
- A team containing Huns: Researching Bloodlines and Husbandry is 20% faster.
- A team containing Indians: Camel Archers have +5 attack against buildings.
- A team containing Malians: Researching Chemistry and Ballistics is 80% faster.
- A team containing Teutons: Camel Archers are more resistant to conversion.
The African Kingdoms Edit
- Camel Archers have +1 attack against infantry.
- Berbers: Initially cannot research Ring Archer Armor. With patch 4.8, it was added to their technology tree.
Rise of the Rajas Edit
- With patch 5.3, Camel Archers no longer have an attack bonus against infantry.
- Although the technology tree states that the Elite Camel Archer upgrade costs food and gold, it actually costs wood and gold.
Historically, the Berbers were well-known for raiding deserts. They rode camels because they were ideal for moving quickly in the sand. Using bows while riding camels would immensely help with raiding.