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Rajput Zamindar
Rajput Zamindar
Belongs to Maratha Confederacy
Type Melee Cavalry
Weapon(s) Sword
Soldiers in each unit 45
Melee Attack 21
Charge bonus 15
Defense skill 16
Morale 12
Tech requirement None; can utilize Wedge Formation and Diamond Formation
Produced from Army Staff College
Special abilities None
Cost 1360 SP/1000 MP
Upkeep 340
Turns to Train 2
Unit Cap None

Rajput Zamindar are a type of melee cavalry in Empire: Total War. They are available with the Elite Units of the East DLC, to the Maratha Confederacy.


These heavy cavalry are armoured from head to toe in mail and plate, giving them a terrific shock value as they charge home.

An elite force, the zamindars are not particularly swift, but they are intimidating. Any foe that gets into close combat with them may suffer a severe mauling, and they can simply ride over lighter cavalry, disorganised troops or infantry that has not formed square. They are., however, vulnerable to artillery bombardment and disciplined musketry; it would be wasteful indeed to commit them against infantry in square.

The zamindars were originally a class of almost-feudal tax farmers: men empowered to collect taxes from the peasantry. From being tax farmers, the zamindars slowly accumulated all the responsibilities and power of lesser aristocracy or gentry. The title itself is a Persian borrowing and means "landholder". The zamindars kept their holdings as long as taxes were forthcoming. Over the years, they became actual landowners, and gradually assumed military responsibilities as well. Some of these could be deferred by sending money, but it was also expected that these gentlemen should fight as irregulars for their overlords. The zamindar tax system survived even in areas ruled by Europeans; there was a "change of management" and a change to where the tax revenues were sent, but that was all.

General InformationEdit

Rajput Zamindars are heavy cavalry for the Maratha Confederacy. Considering that their cavalry roster is made largely of light cavalry and lancers, this is a powerful addition.


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Elite Units of the East artwork

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