This article is about the Chinese unit in Age of Mythology: Tale of the Dragon. For other units of the same name, see Cataphract.
Cataphract (Chinese)
Civilization Chinese
Age/God Heroic Age
Unit Type Cavalry
Cost 70 food
50 gold
Population 2
Attack Hack Pierce Crush
7 - -
Hit Points 120
Armour Hack Pierce Crush
35% 20% 99%
Speed 5.0 feet/second
Line of Sight 12 feet
Train at Stable
Train Time 15 seconds

The Cataphract is heavy cavalry unit available to the Chinese Age of Mythology: Tale of the Dragon. It is unique among other cavalry units as it is effective against infantry units.

Attack Bonus Edit

  • Infantry x3.0

Strengths and Weaknesses Edit

Strong against
  • Infantry
  • Archers
  • Siege Weapons
Weak against
  • Anti-Cavalry Infantry (Less of a threat than normally)
  • Anti-Cavalry Cavalry

God Bonuses and Upgrades Edit

General Edit

Nü Wa reduces Food and Gold cost by 10%

Strategy Edit

At first sight it's easy to dismiss this unit's utility, as it's speed is mediocre for a cavalryman, while also having the lowest attack of Heroic Age cavalry, lower even than the Raiding Cavalry's. It also costs much gold.

However, certain quirks compensate for its seemingly unremarkable stats, making this unit one of the most cost-efficient cavalry. To begin, they have the most hack armor out of cavalry, which combined with their neat HP, can make them hard to tackle with some anti-cavalry, such as Hoplites, especially in late stages, as with Dragon Scales, their hack armor exceedes 50%, making them take approximately half damage from all melee attacks. One can also choose Chongli's Stirrup instead, granting a substantial +25% HP rise, that still manages to make Cataphracts a hard-to-beat unit.

Also, they are the only Cavalry Units to counter Infantry Units, as they have a bonus against them; this combined with their high hack armor, low population cost and still neat speed means they are an excellent counter against enemy Infantry, including units such as Hoplites and Ulfsarks, while also being a threat to enemy archers. Of course, anti-cavalry cavalry, such as Camelry are a formidable counter, as well as massed archers, so it is highly recommended to accompagny Cataphracts with Mounted Archers and War Chariots, to assist against cavalry and archers respectively.

History Edit

"The Shi Jing first mentions armored horses in the 10th century BC, but heavy cavalry hit their peak in China during the Han Dynasty. These heavy shock cavalry used long lances to shred through more poorly equipped mass-infantry formations made up of peasants wielding cheap axes and spears. They are among the first truly professional soldiers in Chinese history."

In-game history section

Gallery Edit

Age of Mythology military units
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Siege weapon AoMCatapultIcon Petrobolos  · Helepolisicon Helepolis
Naval vessel Triremeicon Trireme  · Pentekontericon Pentekonter  · Juggernauticon Juggernaut
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Archer Aomslingericon Slinger  · AoMChariotArcherIcon Chariot Archer
Cavalry AoMCamelryIcon Camelry  · Aomwarelephanticon War Elephant  · AoMMercenaryCavalryIcon Mercenary Cavalry
Siege weapon AoMCatapultIcon Catapult  · Aomsiegetowericon Siege Tower
Naval vessel Kebeniticon Kebenit  · Ramminggalleyicon Ramming Galley  · Warbargeicon War Barge
Norse Infantry Ulfsarkicon Ulfsark  · Aomthrowingaxemenicon Throwing Axeman  · Aomhuskarlicon Huskarl
Archer Bogsveigir icon Bogsveigir
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Siege weapon Portableramicon Portable Ram  · Ballistaicon Ballista
Naval vessel Longboaticon Longboat  · Drakkaricon Drakkar  · AoMDragonshipIcon Dragon Ship
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Archer Arcus icon Arcus  · Turmaicon Turma
Cavalry Contarius icon Contarius
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Naval vessel AoMBiremeIcon Bireme  · Atlanteanfireshipicon Fireship  · Siegebiremeicon Siege Bireme
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Archer Chu Ko Nu Icon Chu Ko Nu  · Mounted Archer Icon Mounted Archer
Cavalry CataphractIcon Cataphract  · General Icon General  · Scout Cavalry Icon Scout Cavalry  · War Chariot Icon War Chariot
Siege weapon Fire Lance Icon Fire Lance  · Sitting Tiger Icon Sitting Tiger
Naval vessel Junk Icon Junk  · Fire Ship Chinese Icon Fire Ship  · Siege Junk Icon Siege Junk