|This article is about the Indian heavy cavalry unit. For other units called Lancer, see Lancer (disambiguation).|
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 its 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.
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 units it also has a bonus against infantry units. It is not as effective against heavy infantry in melee and light cavalry units, but it can slay many before dying. The Indian Two and Three Mahout Lancer cards available in Fortress Age may be worth adding to a deck of cards. They also have elephant combats cards that increase hit points and damage.
- Note: Trample Mode does nothing except slow the unit down, it does not increase Area or reduce damage. It is entirely useless.
The overall stats for Mahout Lancer can be improved by sending improvement-based shipments. A default Mahout Lancer has already acquired the stats of a disciplined soldier with +20% stats, hence when trained, the unit is called "Disciplined Mahout".
- Hit Points: +20% (1100)
- Hand Attack: +20% (33)
- Siege Attack: +20% (120)
Honored Mahout Edit
- Hit Points: +30% (1375)
- Hand Attack: +30% (42)
- Siege Attack: +30% (150)
Exalted Mahout Edit
- Hit Points: +50% (1834)
- Hand Attack: +50% (56)
- Siege Attack: +50% (200)
Mansabdar Mahout Edit
The Mansabdar Mahout is a much stronger version of the Mahout Lancer and can be trained from the Charminar Gate for twice the cost and population of its base unit. Just like the other Mansabdar units, the Mansabdar Mahout inspires all nearby Mahout Lancers giving them a boost of Hit points, speed, and attack.
"Mahout is the traditional name for one who trains and handles a domesticated elephant, a practice that has occurred for more than 3,000 years. In Hindu culture, elephants were highly respected as a manifestation of the elephant god Ganesh, the god of good luck. Having elephants participate in a festival or procession was required for every celebratory occasion, and being the mahout who cared for a great elephant on such an occasion was a great honor.
Often considered the natural predecessor of the modern-day tank, the elephant brought many unique elements to its role as a battlefield unit. Early successes had more to do with surprise and intimidation than battlefield effectiveness. Enemy horses or camels, whether frightened by the beast’s smell, or overwhelmed by its sheer size, proved powerless against the elephant. It trampled oncoming waves of infantry and knocked riders from their mounts, scattering ranks and causing general confusion. It had a similar effect on the human enemy, terrifying many men to the point of panic. Yet, as armies became more accustomed to fighting elephants in battle, the methods of how to defeat them became evident.
The most famous event involving a triumph over elephants occurred in 1398, when the Mongol conqueror Timur invaded India to overthrow the Delhi Sultanate. At a loss for how to fight back against the Indian’s elephants, Timur prayed to Allah for guidance. Then, according to legend, he attached straw to the backs of the camels in his army and sent them out to fight. When the camels neared the elephants, Timur had his men ignite the straw. The sight of the stampeding, flaming camels spooked the elephants so badly that they ended up crushing many Indian troops in their rush to escape."