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The Elmeti is an Italian heavy cavalry mercenary unit that excels against enemy infantry and is available at the Saloon in Age of Empires III: The WarChiefs.

Overview Edit

The Elmeti has lower base damage than other cavalry, such as the Hackapell and the Stradiot, but it has a large attack bonus against infantry. It can kill most infantry in just one hit, and if there are many, the Elemeti can devastate an army of enemy infantry. Despite having a multiplier against heavy infantry, they must be used with caution and should not be pitched against an army of heavy infantry, because the heavy infantry are much cheaper and more expendable so will likely outnumber the Elmeti. Heavy infantry are reasonably effective against Elmeti, especially by the Industrial Age when Elmeti are available. Elmeti should not be fielded against enemy cavalry as they are inferior in direct battle.

Usage Edit

With a 1,000 hit points and a very high attack of 120 against infantry, players should use Elmeti as they would use (Jat) Lancers. Despite their low speed, they massacre nearly everything that gets in their way, and players should produce them instead of Hussars if possible. Available by shipment in the Industrial Age, six of them can greatly influence a battle. Although they are tough, Agents/Assassins/Spies or any type of cavalry will kill them with relative ease.

The Elmeti is more powerful and slower than other typical lancer units. Compared to the Dog Soldier, it is much slower and has less attack but is more powerful versus infantry and is more durable. Compared to the mass-produced Spanish Lancer, the Elmeti surpasses them in all aspects except for speed. Compared to the Jat Lancer, it is much better, considering their similar price. The Elmeti has higher stats in every category than the Jat Lancer except for 10% less resistance and 1.0 less speed.

In-game dialogue language Edit

Elmeti speak Italian.

  • (yes)
  • Pronto (Ready)
  • Lo farò (I'll do it)
  • Sto per farlo (I will do it)
  • Comando? (Order?)
  • Alla battaglia! (To the battle!)
  • Vado all'attacco! (I go to the attack!)

History Edit

"The Elmeti were non-noble knights of Italy. Their name is derived form the Italian term for helmet, referring to the headgear they wore along with their finely crafted plate armor. The Elmeti fought in a series of skirmishes between Italy and other European states during the latter half of the fifteenth century. One key battle occurred in 1487 at Ponte di Crevola, where the Milanese army, led by Trivulzio, defeated Swiss forces in a battle that foreshadowed nearly a half century of further European encroaches into Italy - a period now known as the Italian Wars."

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