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Keshik
Keshik Icon
First AppearanceThe Asian Dynasties
Light Cavalry
Cost115 FoodIcon food
Age AvailableAges colonial Colonial Age
BuildingWar Academy/Castle
Base Hit Points110
Pop. Use1
Speed7.25
LOS15
Resists30% vs. Ranged
Melee Damage8
Melee Multipliersx3.0 vs. Cavalry
x2.5 vs. Coyote Runner
Range Damage8
Range Multipliersx3.0 vs. Cavalry
x2.5 vs. Coyote Runner
x0.5 vs. Villager
Range12
Siege Damage5
Siege Range6
R.O.F.1.5 / 4.0 (Ranged/Siege)
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The Keshik is a Mongolian archer cavalry unit available for the Chinese in Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties.

OverviewEdit

Keshiks are a part of the Ming Army which is trained from the War Academy, and Mongolian Army from the Castle. The Keshik is a ranged cavalry unit, so it is very fast, outrunning hand cavalry and infantry units, and counters cannons and hand cavalry. The Keshik is by far the weakest ranged cavalry unit, but also the cheapest not to mention the second best hitter/ pop slot at range cavalry unit in this game after Zamburak. They can also be sent with the Beiyang Army home city shipment.

Make sure the Keshik stay away from Heavy Cavalry attacks, due to the lower hit points. Nevertheless, the Keshik is one of the hardest hitter of ranged cavalry thanks to faster fire rate compared to Dragoons, and they take only one population slot, while Dragoons and Cavalry Archers take two.

Upgrades Edit

The overall stats for Keshik can be improved by sending improvement-based shipments.

Disciplined KeshikEdit

Disciplined Keshik is the first upgrade for the Keshik. It is available for 50 CoinIcon coin and 100 WoodResources wood once Fortress Age is reached.

Hit Points: +20% (132)
Hand Attack: +20% (9)
Ranged Attack: +20% (9)
Siege Attack: +20% (6)

Honored KeshikEdit

Honored Keshik is the second upgrade for the Keshik. It is available for 300 CoinIcon coin and 300 WoodResources wood once Industrial Age is reached.

Hit Points: +30% (165)
Hand Attack: +30% (12)
Ranged Attack: +30% (12)
Siege Attack: +30% (7)

Exalted KeshikEdit

Exalted Keshik is the third upgrade for the Keshik. It is available for 750 CoinIcon coin and 750 WoodResources wood once Imperial Age is reached.

Hit Points: +50% (220)
Hand Attack: +50% (16)
Ranged Attack: +50% (16)
Siege Attack: +50% (10)

History Edit

"The mounted archers of the Mongolian Empire, the largest contiguous empire in human history, were feared for their mastery of the composite bow and their use of unpredictable light cavalry tactics. Using composite bows fashioned from a combination of materials, such as wood and animal bone, and held together with an animal hide adhesive, the keshik horsemen could fire arrows up to a range greater than 1,000 feet. They often carried two bows, one for short-range attacks and the other for distance volleys, and their quivers could contain a variety of different arrows for different purposes, including incendiary arrows, armor-piercing arrows, and whistling arrows to startle enemy units and throw them into a panic.

The keshik were renowned for their ability to maneuver and shoot while on horseback, often turning a full 360 degrees to aim and fire on an enemy target. Charging the enemy in a traditional crescent formation, they would attempt to flank and surround the enemy. If this tactic failed, they would quickly pull back, often feigning retreat in an effort to lure their enemy into a trap.

More than simple warriors, the keshik were an elite imperial guard created by Genghis Khan himself, a fierce fighting force that began with the 1,000 warriors of his personal guard and grew to an army numbering 10,000 men. During wartime, the keshik were under direct control of the emperor who only rode to war with the keshik at his side. As a royal guard, the keshik’s peacetime activities were mostly administrative. They supervised palace staff, cared for the equine, and maintained careful care of weapons and other supplies.
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