Mercenary Cavalry

Mercenary Cavalry

Weekly Wages
72-38 denars
Upgrades To...
Upgrade Cost
Exp For Kill
? xp
Ransom Value
204 denars

Mercenary Cavalry are the highest-tier cavalry troops available in the mercenary troop tree. They are upgraded from Mercenary Horsemen. Mercenary Cavalry are often found in taverns.


Mercenary Cavalry's fighting ability is generally held to be comparable to (or slightly weaker than) Vaegir Knights, despite being top-tier soldiers. Therefore, many players consider these mercenaries not worth their higher wages, although their relative abundance can be enticing. That they can be used as pit-stop fill-ins for missing cavalry in one's army is also beneficial, and they do this job well enough.

Although Mercenary Cavalry are fairly well armored, they wear hide boots and no gloves. This does make them much more vulnerable than knights in combat because, as they are mounted troops, most attacks will hit their legs rather than their body. However, their body armor does compensate slightly for this (extending below the waist and so giving them additional leg armor).

They are armed with lances and either a bastard sword or a standard sword in combination with a heater shield. Their horses are either Hunters or War Horses, making them slightly more vulnerable than knights while being slightly more maneuverable and generally faster.

Mercenary Cavalry are good for beginning to mid-level players who require escorts with decent power, as these units are very powerful. It is rather easy to amass a large force of them, as they are relatively abundant. They are faster than other top-tier cavalry, and when unhorsed, they still match up to high-tier infantry. They are great for filling missing places for heavy cavalry, and can hold their own against high-tier cavalry. Unfortunately, Mercenary Cavalry are no match for most factions' top tier cavalry, and in single combat Sarranid Mamlukes and Swadian Knights will make short work of them. They have been known to defeat Khergit Lancers and, in groups of two or three, can overpower the Knights and Mamlukes mentioned above.

Ultimately, it is up to the player whether to spend their money on these troops. They are expensive and not overwhelmingly effective but they can give a good account of themselves against low or mid-tier infantry, and as long as they do not stop charging can even defeat top-tier infantry. Like all mercenaries, their main strength is that they can be hired combat-ready instead of requiring training like faction troops. Picking up a squad of them early is the fastest way to protect the player from bandits without sacrificing mobility, provided that the player can get enough money to hire them and pay their wages.

Stats and equipmentEdit

Note: Troops have a set of default stats; at the beginning of a new game, these stats are randomly adjusted for each type of troop. The following is the default set for this troop as seen within the game code and may not reflect the specific stats you will see during actual gameplay. For more information, see Troop stats.

Mercenary Cavalry - Default Stats and Equipment
Stat Points
Level 25
Strength 7
Agility 5
Intelligence 4
Charisma 4
Health 50
Kettle Hat, Mail Coif, Flat Topped Helmet, Helmet with Neckguard
Body Armor
Cuir Bouilli, Banded Armor
Hide Boots
Skill Points
Ironflesh 4
Power Strike 4
Power Throw 0
Power Draw 0
Weapon Master 0
Shield 5
Athletics 0
Riding 5
Horse Archery 0
Looting 0
Trainer 0
Tracking 0
Tactics 0
Path-finding 0
Spotting 0
Inventory Management 2
Wound Treatment 0
Surgery 0
First Aid 0
Engineer 0
Persuasion 0
Prisoner Management 1
Leadership 1
Trade 2
Weapon Type Points
One Handed Weapons 130
Two Handed Weapons 130
Polearms 130
Archery 130
Crossbows 130
Throwing 130
Melee Weapons
Heavy Lance, Bastard Sword, Sword
Ranged Weapons
Heater Shield
War Horse, Hunter
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