|First Appearance||Age of Empires III|
|Age Available||Fortress Age|
|Base Hit Points||750|
|Resists||10% vs. Ranged|
|R.O.F.||1.5 / 3.0 (Siege)|
The Spahi are only available from the Home City. They are effective against enemy Light Infantry and Artillery, but can be countered by normal infantry and some counter cavalry units. The Spahi fights with a mace, and deals damage over a certain area rather than a single unit. It is considered one of the most effective units in the game and can even defeat Cuirassiers in melee combat. Also unlike most units they can regenerate hitpoints like the Explorer which allows them to last longer in battles without support units.
Unfortunately this unit is limited as it only can be sent from the Home City and cannot be trained like regular units so cannot be massed easily.
The spahis were originally founded during the reign of Murad I and using the devshirmeh system, were originally recruited like the sultan's Janissaries. The Spahi's ranks were only chosen from among the ethnic Ottomans who owned land within the imperial borders.
The duties of the Spahis included riding with the sultan on parades and as a mounted bodyguard. Also in times of peace, they were also responsible for the collection of taxes and training of mounted forces.