This article is about the unit in Age of Empires. For the related unit in Age of Empires II, see Camel.
Camel Rider
AgeBronze Age
Trained atStable
Cost70 Food,
60 Gold
Rate of FireFast
The Camel Rider is a fast anti-cavalry unit that is featured in Age of Empires: The Rise of Rome.

Civilizations Edit

Almost every civilization is able to create Camel Riders, with the exception of the Greeks, Yamato, Choson, Romans, and Macedonians.


Camel Riders receive a +8 attack bonus against Cavalry and Horse Archers, and +4 against Chariots, but does not deal bonus damage against infantry. Because of their otherwise weak attack and lack of armor, they are basically only useful against cavalry in the Bronze Age. Beyond the Bronze Age, Camel Riders are no longer the best option as an anti-cavalry unit since a fully upgraded Cataphract can take down a Camel Rider. Thus, the best unit to counter cavalry during Iron Age would be by War Elephants and Centurions.

However, camel riders are faster than and remain more than a match for a fully upgraded Heavy Cavalry in Iron Age, and can easily dispense with Horse Archers and Heavy Horse Archers.


Tool Age Edit

Bronze Age Edit

Iron Age Edit

History Edit

"The camel was adopted for military use at a very early date, perhaps before the horse in the Middle East. Camels were particularly useful for moving quickly across the desert wastes and favored by small raiding parties. They were also used in battle by desert civilizations such as the Assyrians. Riders fought with spears and swords. Like light cavalry, they could take part in the pursuit of a beaten army. They were also useful against cavalry because horses were unaccustomed to the camels’ odor and often refused to come near them."

The Rise of Rome manual

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