|Cost||70 Food |
|Line of Sight||10 meters|
|Train at||Military Barracks|
|Train Time||17 seconds|
The Contarius is a Heroic Age Atlantean cavalry unit. The Contarius is the mainline Atlantean heavy close combat cavalry unit. It is hard-hitting, relatively fast and expensive. It is effective against archers like the Toxotes and siege weapons like the Portable Ram. It is weak against infantry and counter cavalry.
The Contarius is a fast unit which can often be quickly deployed behind enemy lines to quickly eliminate archers and siege weapons before retreating back inside the base before the enemy has time to respond with infantry. Unfortunately their high population value of three, costliness, and lack of versatility means they can only be deployed in small numbers, as a support unit. They also make for effective raiders due to their high speed and large attack. If Theia is worshiped their attack can be as high as 20, the largest attack of any human soldier. They also become effective against buildings making them even more viable as raiders. Upgrading them to Heroes makes them more effective in combat, granting an attack bonus against Myth Units and increasing their resistance to infantry. However it is expensive and increase its population space to four, making it even more difficult to field a large number.
The Contarius is expensive and powerful. They are well armored against most attacks and have the speed to be strong against archers. They are weaker against infantry.
Early Atlantean soldiers tamed and rode the wild horses that roamed across their island. These mounted soldiers were very successful in Atlantis's early conquests. But as Atlantis grew, farmland overtook wilderness and grazing became scarce. Cavalry all but disappeared from Atlantean tactics. Only an elite few rode horses into combat. Atlantean generals beaten in battle surrender their precious horses as a sign of defeat.