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.
- 9 Keshiks (Fortress Age)
- 15 Keshiks (Industrial Age)
- 8 Keshiks (Industrial Age). Can be sent infinite times.
- Beiyang Army (Ships 8 Steppe Riders and 8 Keshiks and upgrades them to Disciplined if not already researched). Costs 1000 Food.
- Mongolian Scourge (Adds 1x multiplier against heavy cavalry and Coyote Runners)
- Manchu Combat (Keshik hit points increased by 15%)
- Western Reforms (Keshik damage increased by 8% and hit points by 8%)
- Hit Points: +20% (132)
- Hand Attack: +20% (9)
- Ranged Attack: +20% (9)
- Siege Attack: +20% (6)
- Hit Points: +30% (165)
- Hand Attack: +30% (12)
- Ranged Attack: +30% (12)
- Siege Attack: +30% (7)
- Hit Points: +50% (220)
- Hand Attack: +50% (16)
- Ranged Attack: +50% (16)
- Siege Attack: +50% (10)
"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."