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Karambit Warrior
Karambitwarrioricon
Unit Information
Type Infantry
Introduced In RajaIcon Rise of the Rajas
Civilization RajaIcon Malay
Age Castle-age-reseach Castle Age
Trained At Castle-logo Castle
Training Time 6 seconds
Training Cost
Food 25
Gold 10
Statistics
Hit Points 30, 40 (Elite)
Attack 6, 8 (Elite) melee
Attack Bonuses +2 vs Eagle Warrior
+1 (Elite) vs Standard Building
Rate of Fire 2.03
Melee Armor 0, 1 (Elite)
Pierce Armor 1
Armor Classes Infantry
Unique Unit
Speed 1.2
Line of Sight 3
Unit Evolution
Upgrades To Karambitwarrioricon Elite Karambit Warrior
Upgrade Cost Elite-unique-research 900 Food, 600 Gold
Upgrade Time 40 seconds

"Malay unique unit. Cheap and weak infantry unit that only takes half a population spot."

Age of Empires II description

The Karambit Warrior is the unique unit of the Malay in Age of Empires II HD: Rise of the Rajas. It is a very cheap, quick, and frail infantry unit that only takes up half a population spot.

Karambit Warriors can be upgraded to Elite Karambit Warriors in the Imperial Age.

Tactics Edit

Karambit Warriors are the prime example of "quantity over quality". They are very cheap and only take half population space per unit. Furthermore, they move faster than most other infantry. They should always be used in swarm to balance the fact that they have very low HP. However, because they still cost gold, it is inadvisable to mass Karambit Warriors without correct purpose and proper micromanagement. For example, they shouldn't be used against a group of units with ranged attack or bonus damage against infantry. While spammable, they are by no means expendable, as unlike Shotel Warriors they have poor attack and even lower HP than them, while costing half the gold a Militia-line unit costs (though the Elite version's armor is surprisingly neat for such an infantry unit).

Karambit Warriors are an excellent choice for a raiding tactic. A group of Karambit Warriors can be sent into an unprotected enemy base, kill some of their Villagers or destroy some of their important buildings, and then retreat quickly when enemy troops arrive. When sending them into an enemy base, the player has to make sure there are no defensive buildings, ranged units, or cavalry around because Karambit Warriors die very quickly when hit. As far as this tactic is concerned, it is interesting to note that as a Karambit Warrior is affected by Arson and also boasts a +1 attack bonus against buildings, and Karambit Warriors can easily envelop structures with sheer numbers, and inflict "death of a thousand cuts" destruction on enemy buildings, preferably away from defensive structures. Gold-free Long Swordsmen and cheaper Battle Elephants (depending on many factors, such as the stage of the game and available resources) can further assist in wreaking as much havoc as possible, as they have superior stats and attack bonuses against buildings.

Karambit Warriors also work well as emergency reinforcement. They are created very fast and can be massed in a very short time. That means if the player's base is attacked with Rams or Trebuchets and there are no other military units around to defend the base, the player can simply train a small number of Karambit Warriors and then send them to destroy the invading siege units. Against Onagers or Scorpions, a group of Karambit Warriors should be sent in staggered or flank formation to reduce the splash damage taken.

Similarly, a swarm of Karambits, utilizing their great speed and numbers can envelop some stronger units such as Boyars (but War Elephants and Cataphracts will crush them easily, thanks to trample damage and anti-infantry attack bonuses, respectively) in order to constrict their movement and prevent them from engaging more important units, such as Bombard Cannons. Combined with archers, this tactic can cause disproportionate damage to expensive-but-mighty units that can otherwise spell trouble.

Other potential uses in a game include distraction and Ram-filling. In the first case, somewhat similar to the raiding tactic described above, the player can utilize large groups of Karambits and probably Light Cavalry (despite Malay cavalry being the worst) to harass an unguarded enemy position (preferably one with many Villagers), in order to invoke a panicked reaction from another player, due to their numbers, and make them do a wrong move (e.g. an army that would strike a nearby ally could be forced to withdraw).

In the second case, Karambits can quickly fill Rams and save time needed for preparing a siege, or even provide a well-played Castle Age Ram rush.

Further statistics Edit

As Karambit Warriors are unique to the Malay, only technologies that are available to them are shown in the following table:

Unit Strengths and Weaknesses
Strong vs. Skirmishers, Halberdiers, Eagle Warriors, Rams
Weak vs. Archers, Jaguar Warriors, Hand Cannoneers, Conquistadors, Slingers, Boyars, Cataphracts, Samurai, Berserks, Teutonic Knights
Upgrades
Attack Forging Forging (+1)
Ironcasting Iron Casting (+1)
Blastfurnace Blast Furnace (+2)
Arson Arson (+2 attack against standard buildings)
Armor Scalemailarmor Scale Mail Armor (+1/+1)
Chainmailarmor Chain Mail Armor (+1/+1)
Platemailarmor Plate Mail Armor (+1/+2)
Speed Squires Squires (+10%)
Sight Tracking Tracking (+2)
Conversion defense Faith Faith
Heresy Heresy
Creation speed Conscription Conscription (+33%)
Upgrades Karambit Warriors can be upgraded to Elite Karambit Warriors

Team bonuses Edit

Changelog Edit

Rise of the Rajas Edit

  • Initially, Elite Karambit Warriors have 2 pierce armor. With patch 5.3, their pierce armor is reduced to 1.
  • Non-Elite Karambit Warriors initially have 5 base attack. With patch 5.5, they now have an attack of 6.

Trivia Edit

  • With 6 seconds, Karambit Warriors have the shortest base creation time of all units.
  • Karambit Warriors are the cheapest of all units (in terms of raw resources), costing only 35 resources.
  • Karambit Warriors are the only units to take up only half a population spot and are in fact the only units to take up a different number than exactly 1.
  • With 30, the Karambit Warrior (non-Elite) has the fewest hit points of all military units, tied only with the Archer, the Skirmisher, and the Gbeto.
  • Karambit and Shotel Warriors are the only units in the game that handle two weapons at the same time.
  • The unit is holding the Karambit in hammer grip, which is the wrong grip for traditional warriors. In traditional martial arts, the blade is located to the bottom of the fist, curving forwards but occasionally backwards.
  • The karambit displayed in the game is about as large as human forearm. In real life, however, karambit is actually much smaller and only about as large as human palm.

History Edit

Karambit or kerambit is a curved-shaped knife of Indonesian origin. According to local folklores, the design of karambit was inspired from tiger claw. Originally designed for hunting and agricultural purpose, the karambit was later weaponized. The karambit's unique design allows its user to change fighting ranges without body movement and deliver multiple strikes with only one arm movement.[1]

Gallery Edit

References Edit

  1. http://www.karambit.com/faq/

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