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This article is about the unit in Age of Empires II HD: The Forgotten. For the unit in Age of Empires, see Elephant Archer (Age of Empires).
Elephant Archer
ElephantArcherIcon
Unit Information
Type Cavalry, Archer
Introduced In ForgottenIcon The Forgotten
Civilization ForgottenIcon Indians
Age Castle-age-reseach Castle Age
Trained At Castle-logo Castle
Training Time 25 seconds
Training Cost
Food 100
Gold 80
Statistics
Hit Points 280, 330 (Elite)
Attack 6, 7 (Elite) pierce
Attack Bonuses +3, +4 (Elite) vs Stone Defense
+3, +4 (Elite) vs Standard Building
Rate of Fire 2.5
Frame Delay 4
Range 4
Accuracy 100%
Projectile Speed 7
Melee Armor 0
Pierce Armor 3
Armor Classes Archer (-2)
Cavalry Archer
Cavalry
War Elephant
Unique Unit
Speed 0.8
Line of Sight 7
Unit Evolution
Upgrades To ElephantArcherIcon Elite Elephant Archer
Upgrade Cost Elite-unique-research 1000 Food, 800 Gold
Upgrade Time 60 seconds

"Indian unique unit. Heavy mounted archer."

Age of Empires II description

The Elephant Archer is the first unique unit of the Indians in Age of Empires II HD: The Forgotten. It is a heavy cavalry archer with low speed but very high hit points.

Elephant Archers can be upgraded to Elite Elephant Archers in the Imperial Age.

Tactics Edit

Elephant Archers have high HP and pierce armor, and deal the same amount of damage as Cavalry Archers, but with a lower Rate of Fire. Like all Elephants, Elephant Archers move quite slowly, even more so than foot archers, but they are still faster than War Elephants.

Elephant Archers have more HP than any other Archer in the game, including the War Wagon. They pack the durability of a War Elephant into a powerful package with the range and attack of a Cavalry Archer. Their extremely high HP and pierce armor makes the Elephant Archer function much like a mobile Tower with the advantage that they can be healed by Monks.

Because of their high pierce armor, they are also good as an anti-archer unit. However, as elephants they are extremely vulnerable to Pikemen. Unlike most other archers, they are quite good at destroying buildings.

Even though Elephant Archers fare far better against enemy Monks than Persian War Elephants do due to their range, they still struggle against Monks. Like the Persians, the Indians also lack Heresy, a circumstance that furthers that issue.

While Elephant Archers might look strong at first glance, they are a highly situational and rarely used unit (in one on one games). This has three main reasons:

  • They are hard to mass, due to their high cost and the fact that they can only be trained at the Castle, and archers are at their best in large numbers.
  • Their low speed takes away the main advantage of other cavalry archers, being able to outmaneuver slower units like infantry or Elite Skirmishers. Once Halberdiers can come close they shred Elephant Archers, and the slow Elephant has little means to escape.
  • They have many vulnerabilities, due to them being in a total of five armor classes, the most of any unit in the game. This gives the opponent a wide array of units they can use against the Elephant Archer, depending on their civilization's strengths and overall game plan.

Further statistics Edit

As Elephant Archers are unique to the Indians, only technologies that are available to them are shown in the following table:

Unit Strengths and Weaknesses
Strong vs. Slow non-ranged units, archers, buildings
Weak vs. Pikemen, Kamayuks, Berserks, Genoese Crossbowmen, Huskarls, Mamelukes, Camels, Skirmishers, Eagle Warriors, Samurai, Monks
Upgrades
Hit points Bloodlines Bloodlines (+20)
Attack Fletching Fletching (+1)
Bodkinarrow Bodkin Arrow (+1)
Bracer Bracer (+1)
Chemistry Chemistry (+1)
Parthian-Tactics Parthian Tactics (+2 attack against Spearmen)
Range Fletching Fletching (+1)
Bodkinarrow Bodkin Arrow (+1)
Bracer Bracer (+1)
Firing Rate Thumb Ring Thumb Ring (+18%)
Accuracy Ballistics Ballistics (hit moving targets)
Armor Paddedarcherarmor Padded Archer Armor (+1/+1)
Leatherarcherarmor Leather Archer Armor (+1/+1)
Ringarcherarmor Ring Archer Armor (+1/+2)
Parthian-Tactics Parthian Tactics (+1/+2)
Speed Husbandry Husbandry (+10%)
Conversion defense Faith Faith
Creation speed Conscription Conscription (+33%)
Upgrades Elephant Archers can be upgraded to Elite Elephant Archers

Team bonuses Edit

Changelog Edit

The Forgotten Edit

  • Elephant Archers cost 110F/80G.
  • The upgrade to Elite Elephant Archer costs 1200F/800G.
  • Elephant Archers have 250 HP (350 for Elite).
  • Elephant Archers have 4 pierce armor.

The African Kingdoms Edit

  • Elephant Archers now cost 100F/80G.
  • The upgrade to Elite Elephant Archer now costs 1000F/800G.
  • Elephant Archers now have 280 HP (330 for Elite).
  • Elephant Archers now have 3 pierce armor.
  • Indians: Get Ring Archer Armor.

Trivia Edit

  • The Elephant Archer has the most armor classes of any unit in the game, at five.
  • In the mod version Age of Empires II: The Forgotten Empires and the retail version Age of Empires II HD: The Forgotten, up to patch 3.4, the Elephant Archer was represented by an Age of Empires Composite Bowman mounted atop a War Elephant. The Elephant Archer got redesigned in patch 3.5. Further redesigns were made in patch 3.6.

History Edit

Ancient Indians were the first people who tame elephants, roughly around 4,000 years ago in Indus valley for agricultural purpose. The first military application of elephants dates from around 1100 BC and is mentioned in several Sanskrit hymns. War elephants were used either to charge and trample enemy troops directly, or to carry archers and spear throwers who can attack from the top. Elephant's sheer height and mass offered considerable protection for their riders.[1]

Gallery Edit

References Edit

  1. http://www.hellenicaworld.com/Greece/LX/en/WarElephant.html

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