Belongs to Russia
Type Missile Cavalry
Weapon(s) Musket; Sword
Ammunition 10
Soldiers in each unit 45
Melee Attack 9
Charge bonus 13
Defense skill 7
Morale 6
Range 70
Accuracy 35
Reloading 15
Tech requirement Carbines
Produced from Governor's Mansion
Special abilities Can hide in woodland
  • Can Fire from Horseback
  • Paths seldom trod
  • Good stamina
  • Resistant to cold fatigue
Cost 940
Upkeep 280
Turns to Train 1
Unit Cap None
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Cossacks are a type of missile cavalry in Empire: Total War.


They are organised into large hosts, each under the leadership of an ataman, or chief. Within each host, smaller Cossack bands fight as separate units. Traditionally, Cossacks are cavalrymen without peer, as might be expected of a steppe people, but they are equally adept at fighting on foot. They are personally brave, even headstrong, in the presence of enemies, something that can make them too eager to get into the fight.

Historically, Russians and other Eastern Europeans have had an ambiguous relationship with the Cossacks. There is admiration for their fighting qualities, yet a certain wariness of their wild nature. This has not stopped them being used as irregular troops by many nations. Even as late as the Second World War entire Cossack divisions were used by the Soviet Army, and then by the Germans who invaded Russia. Those Cossacks who served with the Germans (there were Cossack Waffen-SS divisions) were either killed in combat or captured and sent to die in labour camps.

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