|Belongs to||Maratha Confederacy|
|Soldiers in each unit||45|
|Produced from||Zamindar's Court|
|Cost||920 SP/530 MP|
|Turns to Train||1|
These unruly bands of sabre-armed cavalry have a cruel reputation, and are experts in ambushes and skirmishing.
The Pindari are irregular force of men from many lands and social classes, united only by the fact that they are all Pindari. With an elected leadership and a disdain for military convention, they are not an easy force to control, but allowed to do a little looting, they can be a useful force of skirmishers.
Originally attached to the Maratha armies, these men were forced to turn to banditry for any kind of proper income. Not surprisingly, this proved to be more profitable and safer than large scale battle, and the Pindari have specialised in raiding ever since. If they must fight, though, they will, and with considerable skill.
These cavalry are highly useful in india due to their speed and ability to fire whilst moving and on horseback. They tire very slowly, and require roughly a minute to go from very tired to fresh, meaning they are able to easily outrun elephants and camels. This, combined with their guns means they can deal with melee infantry relatively easily, moving in, firing a shot then running away, and eventually chasing them down in melee when they break.
Equally, their speed means they can quickly charge in to attack camels and elephants, then escape before the terrifying unit penalty properly kicks in. To top it all off, these units are also able to hide in light scrub, making them one of the very few cavalry (about 5 max.) capable of doing this, making them excellent stealth troops in single player.
Finally, because of their speed, guns and stealth, these units can quickly rack up kills and in turn experience boosting their melee stats and accuracy.
Pindari Horsemen have a few disadvantages. Their melee stats are poor compared to most other cavalry, and they fare poorly in prolonged melee battle. In addition, their European counterparts, Light Dragoons, have 33% more men per regiment with no obvious drawbacks.