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Dragoons
Colonial Dragoons
Belongs to Most European Factions
Type Mounted Infantry
Weapon(s) Musket with shortened barrels
Ammunition 15
Soldiers in each unit 60
Melee Attack 7
Charge bonus 10
Defense skill 6
Morale 6
Range 70
Accuracy 40
Reloading 25
Tech requirement Carbines
Produced from Army Encampment
Special abilities ­
  • Can hide in woodland
  • Garrison policing bonus
Cost 1040
Upkeep 310
Turns to Train 1
Unit Cap None
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Dragoons are a type of mounted infantry in Empire: Total War.

DescriptionEdit

Despite appearances, dragoons are not really cavalry but mounted line infantry, riding into a battle then fighting on foot.

Horses give mobility, not shock value in combat. Dragoons do not charge home, but ride to critical spots on a battlefield where infantry firepower is needed. They carry smoothbore, muzzle-loading muskets with shortened barrels (to make reloading easier) originally called "dragons", or dragoons; over time, this name transferred to the men.

Dragoons are also useful for riot control and civil suppression ("dragooning" is to bully people into a course of action). Their usefulness as infantry and "cheap" cavalry means that they put down all kinds of trouble, as cutting down civilians is beneath the dignity of proper cavalry regiments.

Historically, dragoons slowly became cavalry soldiers like any other, and stopped fighting as mounted infantry, although many regiments did retain the name. The cavalry had always regarded them as (lower paid) social inferiors, and the infantry had resented them as not being proper footsloggers, so the dragoons welcomed their new acceptability.

General InformationEdit

Dragoons can fight with equal competence on foot and on horseback, using their carbines and sabers to cut down their enemies. As horsemen, dragoons are light cavalry, capable of defeating routing or wavering enemies, using their mobility to flank and smash their enemy. On foot, they act as a small detachment of line infantry, although they are no match for dedicated line regiments.

Dragoons are highly versatile units. The mobility of dragoons allow them to flank enemies, take ground, or to screen larger movements. On maps with commanding central high ground, they can rush forward, dismount, and hold the ground long enough for regular infantry to advance. And should the situation go against them, they can remount and escape. They can also be used to lay ambushes or flank enemy forces, dismounting and engaging with their carbines. Their mounted and dismounted stamina are calculated separately, so if they're exhausted whilst mounted, they'll be fresh when dismounted (assuming they haven't already fought when dismounted) and vice versa, their horses will also recover stamina whilst dismounted, and the men will recover stamina whilst mounted.

Dragoons benefit greatly from advanced training centers, gaining up to four chevrons of experience upon recruitment.

Unfortunately, dragoons are inferior dedicated heavy cavalry or even light cavalry in a melee; they lack the stamina of dedicated light cavalry, and they are not as capable in terms of shooting, durability or melee capabilities as most infantry. Dragoons are largely supplanted by Light Dragoons, which can fire without having to dismount while having no significant disadvantages to regular dragoons.

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Dismounted Dragoons
Infantry
Line Infantry 1st Delaware2nd New York33rd FootAfrican Native InfantryBargir InfantryBulkeley's RegimentColonial Line InfantryCompany InfantryHessian Line InfantryIrish BrigadeIsarelysKing's Royal Regiment of New YorkLine InfantryNizam-I Cedit InfantryRégiments ÉtrangersRoyal Deux-Ponts RegimentScotsSikh MusketeersSuperior Line InfantrySwiss Infantry
Militia Colonial Militia (Grand Campaign)Colonial Militia (Road to Independence)ConscriptsCossack InfantryDahomey AmazonsDesert WarriorsFellahin MusketeersHindu MusketeersJamestown SettlersJohn Smith's BandMilitiaMinutemenPalestinian AuxiliariesPioneer MilitiaQizilbashi MusketeersSepoys
Grenadiers Beylik Janissary GrenadiersCemaat Janissary GrenadiersGrenadiersGrenadiers (Prussia)Grenadiers (Russia)Grenadiers (Spain)Guard GrenadiersHand Mortar CompanyHessian GrenadiersHungarian GrenadiersJanissary Hand Mortar BölükRoyal Welch Fusiliers
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Elite Infantry 1st MarylandBeylik Janissary MusketeersBlue GuardCairo JanissariesColdstream GuardsGuardias de InfanteriaGuardsHolland GuardInfanterie Petit-VieuxInfanterie VieuxLife GuardLife Guards of FootMaison du RoiMedicine MenRepublican GuardRoyal EcossaisSiemenovski Foot GuardsSwiss GuardThe Black WatchUS MarinesWalloon GuardsWarrior SocietyWinnebago Warriors
Melee Infantry Barbary PiratesBashi-BazouksBlackfoot Blood WarriorsBuccaneersCemaat JanissariesClansmenDervishesFellahinGhoorkasGorodskiye StreltsyHindu WarriorsIslamic SwordsmenNative American WarriorsNative Warrior AuxiliaryOjibwa WarriorsPetun Wolf WarriorsPikemenPowhatan WarriorsSikh WarriorsZamindari Pikemen
Mobs Armed PeasantryBhumiya BowmenBhumiya LevyFirelock Armed CitizenryFirelock Armed PopulaceLandless RabbleMusellimsNative American TribesmenPirate MobSemenysTufangis
Mounted Infantry 2nd Continental Light DragoonsBrunswick DragoonsCheyenne Dog SoldiersColonial DragoonsDragoonsLee's LegionLibyan KulogluLight DragoonsMounted Nizam-I CeditPioneer RaidersTarleton's Light Dragoons
Cavalry
Early Cavalry Company CavalryCossack Ataman CavalryHakkapeliitaProvincial CavalryRegiment of Horse
Light Cavalry 2nd HussarsBarawardiChasseurs à ChevalColonial Light CavalryDeath's Head HussarsHungarian HussarsHussarsMamelukesPoligarWallachian Boyars
Heavy Cavalry AhadisChief's BodyguardCircassian Armoured CavalryCuirassiersGarde du CorpGarde du Corps (France)Garde du Corps (Prussia)Garde à ChevalGeneral's Bodyguard (Eastern)General's Bodyguard (Indian)General's Bodyguard (Western)Guardias de CorpsHeavy CavalryHorse Guards (Great Britain)Horse Guards (United Provinces)Life GuardsLife Guards of HorseRajput ZamindarWinged Hussars
Lance Cavalry Bargir LancersBosniaksChevaux-légersEast India Company LancersNative American LancersNative Indian CavalryNative LancersPulaski's LegionSilladar LancersSipahisUhlans
Mounted Infantry and Missile Cavalry 2nd Continental Light DragoonsApache Mescalero WarriorsBrunswick DragoonsCarabineersCheyenne Dog SoldiersColonial DragoonsComanche Mounted WarriorsCreek Horse RidersCrow Horse WarriorsDeli HorsemenDragoonsKalmuksLee's LegionLibyan KulogluLight DragoonsMounted Nizam-I CeditMounted Tribal AuxiliaryMounted Tribal GunnersNavajo Scout WarriorsOjibwa Horse WarriorsOnondaga Fire KeepersPindari HorsemenPioneer RaidersQizilbashi CavalryTarleton's Light DragoonsTatarsZamindari Horsemen
Other Cavalry Camel NomadsElephant MusketeersShaturnal Camel GunnersWar Elephants

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