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Horde troops

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 complement certain nomad CBs which can target non-bordering realms.

ReinforcementEdit

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:

  •   normal reinforcement rate: 10% per month.
  •   half reinforcement rate: 5% per month.
  •   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 troopsEdit

All unit types require 250 manpower   per horde.

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

South or Western Europe

  • +25% Knights Offensive
  • -25% Knights Defensive
Camel Cavalry
   
100 150
250   0.15  

Desert terrain

  • +25% Light Cavalry Offensive
  • +50% Light Cavalry Defensive
  • +25% Camel Cavalry Offensive
  • +50% Camel Cavalry Defensive
Elephant Cavalry
   
200 50
250   0.26  

Indian region

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