|First Appearance||The Asian Dynasties|
|Cost||400 Food |
|Age Available||Fortress Age|
|Base Hit Points||917|
|Resists||30% vs. Ranged|
|Melee Multipliers||x2.0 vs. Infantry|
x0.5 vs. Heavy Infantry
x0.5 vs. Villager
|R.O.F.||1.5 / 3.0 (Siege)|
The Mahout Lancer and Mahout Mansabdar are Indian units that cost considerable resources and population, but have a high hand attack with good area effect, and a huge number of hit points. Unlike the elephant cavalry in Age of Empires II, they are not slow. They have the same speed as some other heavy cavalry units, which is faster than infantry. The only drawback is it high cost and population slots but if used properly it can be very cost effective. Mansabdar units trained at the Charminar Gate also boost the attack and hit points of other similar nearby units (Mahout Only) by 10%, this aura is very weak in comparison to Unction for any players wishing to use aura effects.
- Note: Elephant population can be decreased by a single point through use of the card "Professional Handlers". However this only reduces Mansabdar population cost to 13 instead of 12.
The Mahout Lancer is a durable heavy cavalry unit that is good against Light Infantry and Artillery, it should be used as a normal Heavy Cavalry unit. Like all the lancer cavalry unit it also have a bonus against infantry units but not that effective against Heavy Infantry in melee and Light Cavalry units, but it can slay many before dying. The Indian 2 and 3 Mahout Lancer cards available in Fortress Age may be worth adding to a deck of cards.
- Note: Trample Mode does nothing except slow the unit down, it does not increase Area or reduce damage. It is entirely useless.
Elephant warfare first started in India. There is uncertainty as to when elephant warfare first began. The earliest Indian Vedic hymns, the Rigveda, dating from the late 2nd and early 1st millennium BC, make reference to the use of elephants for transport - especially Indra and his divine white elephant, Airavata - but make no reference to the use of elephants in war, focusing instead on Indra's role in leading horse cavalry. The later stories of the Mahabharata and the Ramayana, dating from around the 4th century BC, do however mention elephant warfare, suggesting its introduction during the intervening period. The ancient Indian kings certainly valued the elephant in war, some stating that "an army without elephants is as despicable as a forest without a lion, a kingdom without a king or as valor unaided by weapons."