Native Indian Cavalry
Native Indian Cavalry
Belongs to Great Britain
Type Melee Cavalry
Weapon(s) Lance
Soldiers in each unit 45
Melee Attack 9
Charge bonus 21
Defense skill 13
Morale 8
Tech requirement None; can access formations with research
Produced from Military Academy
Special abilities ­
  • Can hide in woodland
  • Resistant to heat fatigue
  • Diamond formation
  • Wedge formation
Cost 1020
Upkeep 300
Turns to Train 1
Unit Cap None
Euro native company cavalry

Native Indian Cavalry are a type of melee cavalry in Empire: Total War.


Sipahis are superb horsemen and their ornate lances are deadly when brought to bear at the charge.

Though prematurely abandoned by many European armies, the lance remains a formidable weapon when used at the charge, concentrating the weight of horse and rider into a single needle-sharp point. The lance has retained its popularity in India, a centre of excellence with the weapon.

The term ‘sipahi’ has its roots in ancient Persian where it means simply ‘army’. In common with cavalry formations the world over, sipahis have an air of high status and their elaborate arms, mounts and armour underline the fact that they are not mere foot-sloggers. A general who can call on them knows that once battle is joined, the shock of their charge, skilfully applied, can swiftly destroy all but the most resolute and disciplined enemy.

General InformationEdit

Although Native Indian Cavalry have rather low charging bonus for a lancer-type cavalry, they are still adequate for such purposes and possess fairly decent attack and defence skills, allowing them to survive in a prolonged melee.

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