|This article is about the unit in Age of Empires. For the similar unit in Age of Empires II, see Cataphract (Age of Empires II).|
|Rate of Fire||Fast|
|Upgraded From||Heavy Cavalry|
- Metalworking: Increases attack by 2 points.
- Scale Armor: Increases armor by 2 points.
- Nobility: Increases hit points by 15%.
|Cavalry → Heavy Cavalry → Cataphract|
The cataphract is an uncommon unit, and only these civilizations can train them:
- Macedonians: Cataphracts have +2 line of sight and are four times resistant to conversion.
- Yamato: Cataphracts cost 25% less resources.
While a somewhat handy unit just by itself, the cost of the upgrade is so ridiculously high that many players find it pointless to research, as it generally does not pay off. In Death Matches Cataphracts are considered to be a good way for non-chariot civilizations to take on Catapults.
The cataphract was an improvement on ancient heavy cavalry represented by Alexander the Great’s Companions. The Companions wore only helmets, greaves, and cuirass (breastplate). Cataphracts wore chain mail that covered more of the body and often armored their horses partially also. This gave greater protection against arrows and hand-to-hand weapons. Cataphracts were very expensive to equip, however, and appeared in the armies of only the most warlike and wealthy cultures.
|Age of Empires Units|
|Age of Empires|
|Priest · Villager · Trade Boat · Merchant Ship · Fishing Boat · Fishing Ship · Light Transport · Heavy Transport|
|Infantry||Clubman · Axeman · Short Swordsman · Broad Swordsman · Long Swordsmen · Legion · Bowman · Improved Bowman · Composite Bowman · Hoplite · Phalanx · Centurion|
|Cavalry||Scout · Cavalry · Heavy Cavalry · Cataphract · Chariot · Chariot Archer · Elephant Archer · Horse Archer · Heavy Horse Archer · War Elephant|
|Siege Weapons||Stone Thrower · Catapult · Heavy Catapult · Ballista · Helepolis|
|Navy||Scout Ship · War Galley · Trireme · Catapult Trireme · Juggernaut|
|The Rise of Rome|
|Armored Elephant · Camel Rider · Fire Galley · Scythe Chariot · Slinger|