|First Appearance||The Asian Dynasties|
|Cost||250 Food |
|Age Available||Fortress Age|
|Base Hit Points||667|
|Resists||20% vs. Ranged|
|Melee Multipliers||x2.75 Melee Cavalry|
x0.5 vs. Villager
|Range Multipliers||x2.75 Melee Cavalry|
x2.0 vs. Coyote Runner
x0.5 vs. Villager
|R.O.F.||1.5 / 3.0 (Ranged and Siege)|
Howdah pack the toughness of a War Elephant with an extremely powerful ranged attack able to kill a unit in only a few shots. Howdah has a large amount of hit points, and a huge ranged attack. They can kill a Cavalry unit in only a few shots, and are incredibly durable, but they are very slow for ranged cavalry units, and are hard to micromanage, balancing out their incredible military power. The Howdah is an excellent counter to Hand Cavalry and Artillery, and does well against most units, although they should stay out of melee combat with Heavy Infantry, and should usually stay away from ranged infantry altogether. The Howdah also has a quite high siege attack for a ranged Cavalry unit, and a group of them can do a fairly good job of taking out buildings.
A howdah, or houdah, also known as hathi howdah, is a carriage which is positioned on the back of an elephant, or occasionally some other animal such as camels, used most often in the past to carry wealthy people or for use in hunting or warfare. It was also a symbol of wealth for the owner, and as a result was decorated with expensive gems.
In battle, elephants with ornate howdahs act as standard bearers, visual representation of the army's might. More importantly, they provided a relatively safe location from which ranged units could gain a more expansive view of the battlefield and fire on their enemy from above. From this elevated vantage point, they could choose their targets more effectively.