|First Appearance||The Asian Dynasties|
|Age Available||Colonial Age|
|Base Hit Points||150|
|Resists||30% vs. Ranged|
|Melee Multipliers||x2.0 Infantry|
x0.5 vs. Heavy Infantry
The Steppe Rider is a cavalry unit that has a fairly low attack and hit points, but it is cheap, and can be fielded in large numbers. It has a high multiplier against Light Infantry, making it even more effective against units like Skirmishers and Crossbowmen than normal hand cavalry such as the Hussar. It is also classified as Siege Unit, giving it good resistance to building fire. The Steppe Rider can be shipped from the Home City, or trained at the War Academy as a standard Banner Army. It is not used as much in the Industrial Age as the Chinese have other hand cavalry units that become available to them at that time. Combined together with Keshik as the Beiyang Army will make this army strong against archers, Skirmishers, and Settlers while at the same time present the Steppe Rider from other heavy cavalry charge because of Keshik attack.
The Steppe Rider is better compared to the Iron Flail in killing archers, Skirmishers and Settlers. They only have 1 population slot, compared to the Iron Flail's 2, this means that more Steppe Riders can be created compared to the Iron Flail. Iron Flails defeat Steppe Riders one on one. The only thing that makes an Iron Flail better than two Steppe Riders is if Forbidden Army armor card is chosen. This card increases the hit points of Iron Flails and Meteor Hammers as well as their armor.