Horse Archer
AgeIron Age
Trained atArchery Range
Cost50 Food,
70 Gold
Horse Archers are ranged cavalry units that are featured in Age of Empires.


The Horse Archer is a fast ranged cavalry that can be made during the Iron Age in the Archery Range.

The Horse Archer is fairly expensive, but they have a strong attack and a long range and are one of the best units of the Iron Age. Because of their high speed and good attack strength, these units are one of the top units in guerilla warfare. Although a horse archer has lower hit points than an Elephant Archer, experienced players often favor them over their elephant counterpart due to its ability to outrun most units in the game. The Horse Archer is able to upgrade to a more powerful Heavy Horse Archer.


Tool Age

Bronze Age

  • Scale Armor: for archers increases armour by 2.
  • Artisanship: increases range by 1.
  • Nobility: increases hit points by 15%.

Iron Age

Civilization Bonuses

  • Assyrian Horse Archer has a +40% fire rate.
  • Yamato Horse Archers are 25% cheaper, they cost 37 food and 52 gold.
  • Horse Archer is not available for Egyptians, Greeks, Minoans, Phoenicians and Romans.


The Horse Archer was the replacement for the Chariot Archers on the ancient battlefields during the Dark Ages. Two of the ranged cavalry had the firepower of one Chariot Archer and they could move faster on the battlefield and

Horse archers can be deadly if used properly in large numbers.

the loss was only one horse and the archer while the Chariot Archer lost both and a chariot.

Soon the Horse Archers use got limited when the Greeks made the Companion cavalry, heavy infantry, and skirmish troops. The Chinese also built the Great Wall to protect themselves against these cavalry and other armies.

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