Horde troops

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For Horse Lords.pngnomads, Horde Troops are the replacement for Retinues. Horde troops require manpower and wealth/prestige/piety to recruit and maintain. When freshly recruited, every horde troop regiment starts at half strength (125 troops), unlike retinues. Also, horde troops reinforce at a faster rate than retinues (10% maximum).

Horde troops are primarily cavalry, and the nomadic capital has several buildings which increases their effectiveness.

Light Cavalry from prestige are worse than those purchased with wealth. This encourages the player to use the latter and not the prestige based troops. However, note that nomads' wealth income is usually limited at the start of the game. Since patch 3.00, nomads can also recruit horde troops using piety. This is the only way to get other troops types such as Archers, Heavy Infantry or Pikemen in any significant numbers.

Horde troops also do not suffer from "out of supply" attrition; this is to compliment certain nomad CBs which can target non-bordering realms.

Reinforcement[edit]

A purchased regiment starts out with 125 men and gradually reinforces up to full capacity. If the horde takes casualties, each regiment will reinforce continually until they are back to full strength.

If a ruler cannot afford the (sometimes steep) cost, reinforcement can be halved or stopped completely on the retinue tab of the Military Window:

  • Military reinforce max.png normal reinforcement rate: 10% per month.
  • Military reinforce half.png half reinforcement rate: 5% per month.
  • Military reinforce min.png no reinforcement.

At 10% per month, regiments nominally takes 5 months to fill from the time they are newly recruited. It may be slightly faster due to rounding.

List of Horde troops[edit]

All unit types require 250 manpower per horde.

Type Composition Initial cost Monthly Upkeep Capital requirement Uniques effects
Light Rider
Light cavalry.png
250
25 Icon prestige.png 0.06 Icon prestige.png
  • +50% Light Cavalry Defensive
  • -30% Light Cavalry Offensive
Maurauder
Light cavalry.png Horse archers.png
225 25
50 Icon prestige.png 0.06 Icon prestige.png
  • +50% Light Cavalry Defensive
  • -30% Light Cavalry Offensive
  • +25% Horse Archers Offensive
  • +50% Horse archers Defensive
Skirmish Cavalry
Light cavalry.png Horse archers.png
200 50
75 Icon prestige.png 0.06 Icon prestige.png
  • +50% Light Cavalry Defensive
  • -30% Light Cavalry Offensive
  • +25% Horse Archers Offensive
  • +50% Horse archers Defensive
Light Horse Archer
Light cavalry.png Horse archers.png
150 100
50 Icon wealth.png 0.04 Icon wealth.png
  • +75% Light Cavalry Defensive
  • +50% Horse Archers Offensive
  • +75% Horse archers Defensive
Light Vanguard
Light cavalry.png Heavy cavalry.png
200 50
100 Icon wealth.png 0.04 Icon wealth.png
  • +50% Light Cavalry Defensive
  • +25% Light Cavalry Offensive
  • +25% Knights Defensive
Heavy Vanguard
Light cavalry.png Heavy cavalry.png
100 150
150 Icon wealth.png 0.06 Icon wealth.png
  • +50% Light Cavalry Defensive
  • +25% Light Cavalry Offensive
  • +25% Knights Defensive
Horse Archer
Horse archers.png
250
150 Icon wealth.png 0.05 Icon wealth.png
  • +75% Horse Archers Offensive
  • +100% Horse Archers Defensive
Riders of the Open Sky
Light cavalry.png Horse archers.png
125 125
50 Piety.png 0.04 Piety.png Religion: Pagan Group
  • +50% Light Cavalry Defensive
  • -30% Light Cavalry Offensive
  • +25% Horse Archers Offensive
  • +50% Horse Archers Defensive
Bolghar Auxiliaries
Archers.png Horse archers.png
125 125
50 Piety.png 0.04 Piety.png Religion: Muslim Group
  • +25% Archers Offensive
  • +50% Archers Defensive
  • +25% Horse Archers Offensive
  • +50% Horse Archers Defensive
Keraite Auxiliaries
Pikemen.png Horse archers.png
125 125
75 Piety.png 0.04 Piety.png Religion: Christian Group
  • +25% Pikemen Defensive
  • +25% Horse Archers Offensive
  • +50% Horse Archers Defensive
Parthian Auxiliaries
Heavy infantry.png Horse archers.png
125 125
75 Piety.png 0.04 Piety.png Religion: Zoroastrian Group
  • +25% Heavy Infantry Defensive
  • +25% Horse Archers Offensive
  • +50% Horse Archers Defensive
Khazarian Auxiliaries
Heavy infantry.png Light cavalry.png
125 125
50 Piety.png 0.04 Piety.png Religion: Jewish Group
  • +25% Heavy Infantry Defensive
  • +75% Light Cavalry Defensive
Khitan Auxiliaries
Light infantry.png Light cavalry.png
125 125
50 Piety.png 0.04 Piety.png Religion: Indian Group
  • +25% Light Infantry Offensive
  • +50% Light Infantry Defensive
  • +50% Light Cavalry Defensive
  • -30% Light Cavalry Offensive
Lancer
Heavy cavalry.png
250
250 Icon wealth.png 0.24 Icon wealth.png

South or Western Europe

  • +25% Knights Offensive
  • -25% Knights Defensive
Camel Cavalry
Light cavalry.png Camel cavalry.png
100 150
250 Icon wealth.png 0.15 Icon wealth.png

Desert terrain

  • +25% Light Cavalry Offensive
  • +50% Light Cavalry Defensive
  • +25% Camel Cavalry Offensive
  • +50% Camel Cavalry Defensive
Elephant Cavalry
Light cavalry.png War elephants.png
200 50
250 Icon wealth.png 0.26 Icon wealth.png

Indian region

  • +25% Light Cavalry Offensive
  • +50% Light Cavalry Defensive
  • +25% War Elephants Morale