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Unit Info
Type Cavalry
Introduced In KingsIcon The Age of Kings
Civilization See description
Age Imperial-age-research Imperial Age
Trained At Stable-logo Stable
Training Time 30 seconds
Training Cost
Food 60
Gold 75
Hit Points 120
Attack 12 melee
Rate of Fire 1.83
Melee Armor 2
Pierce Armor 2
Armor Classes Cavalry
Speed 1.35
Line of Sight 4
Unit Evolution
Upgraded From KnightIcon Knight
Upgrades To PaladinIcon Paladin
Upgrade Cost Paladin-research 1300 Food, 750 Gold
Upgrade Time 170 seconds

"Stronger than Knight. Fast and heavy cavalry."

Age of Empires II description

The Cavalier is a heavy cavalry unit in Age of Empires II that can be trained at the Stable once the Imperial Age is reached.

Cavaliers are available to all civilizations except for the Aztecs, Incas, Indians, Mayans, and Saracens.


The Cavalier is a heavy, strong, but quick cavalry unit. It is more powerful than the former Knights, and it is even more effective at destroying siege units and archers.

Very few civilizations have access to its upgrade, the Paladin, so Cavaliers form their main heavy cavalry force. They are still suspect to some critical weaknesses such as Camels, Pikemen, and Monks, but already outclass most other units even without their final upgrade.

Further StatisticsEdit

Unit Strengths and Weaknesses
Strong vs. Infantry, archers, Villagers, siege weapons, Cavalry Archers, Light Cavalry
Weak vs. Boyars, Pikemen, Kamayuks, Berserks, Genoese Crossbowmen, Teutonic Knights, Mamelukes, Camels, Monks, War Elephants
Hit Points Bloodlines
Attack Forging, Iron Casting, Blast Furnace, Farimba (Malians only), Manipur Cavalry (Burmese only, adds attack bonus against buildings)
Armor Scale Barding Armor, Chain Barding Armor, Plate Barding Armor
Speed Husbandry
Conversion Defense Faith, Heresy
Creation Speed Conscription, Chivalry (Franks only)
Upgrades Cavaliers can be upgraded to Paladins

Civilization Bonuses Edit

Team Bonuses Edit

Changelog Edit

The Conquerors Edit

The Forgotten Edit

Trivia Edit

  • The Knight line is one of only four units in the game without any attack bonus (the other being the Militia, the Boyar, and the Turtle Ship).
  • In terms of attack (19), the Malian Cavalier outclasses a Paladin and is the second strongest non-unique cavalry unit in the game (only beaten by the Elite Battle Elephant (20)) and the third strongest overall, only beaten by the War Elephant (24).

History Edit

There was a hierarchy among knights based on feudal rank and fighting prowess. A lowly knight might achieve great social standing through battlefield commendation, tournament victory, or marriage. Elite knights were made members of important orders, like the Order of the Garter or of the Golden Fleece. Such elite men were known as chevaliers or cavaliers. The first cavaliers were selected for their political power and fighting prowess. As the centuries passed, the orders became more of a social elite.

Gallery Edit

Unit Evolution: Knight

KnightIcon Knight --> CavalierIcon Cavalier --> PaladinIcon Paladin

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