Conquering the world on horseback is easy; it is dismounting and governing that is hard. — Genghis Khan

Noyan: Vital statistics

Unit type

Super ranged medium cavalry

Trained At

Nobles' Court

Damage and weapon type

Strong; arrow



Production cost

  • Pop Cost: 1
  • Resource cost: 60 Log; 40Coin
  • Ramp cost: 1 Log; 1Coin


  • Medium
  • Low LOS

Unit creation and movement speed

  • Movement Speed: Fast
  • Creation speed: Slow

Unit health

Medium HP

Technological Requirements


  • Monarchia

Available To


Of higher rank than the Keshig and Tarkhan castes in Mongol society are the Noyan — the governors and commanders of Mongol forces. The Noyan distinguishes itself as being one of the few "Chivalric Order" units capable of boosting the attack and/or defence of nearby friendlies, and can also attack like a cavalry archer. Noyans, however, are hard to come by — they are costlier and train far more slowly, meaning that you can't really have a whole army of Noyans. The best way to use them would be the same way you would use Christian Chivalric Orders — as the leaders and escorts of your armies to improve their capabilities in the field. Furthermore, Noyan can be recruited only from the Nobles' Court, so it will take some time for you to raise these men to lead your armies to glory.

The success of the Mongol empire did not lie in strength of number nor in the courage and brutality of its fighting men. Rather, it relied on its leaders' political astuteness and superb organisational abilities. Genghis Khan initated sweeping reforms, including meritocracy: promotion was based on merit, and not by birthright, which was the custom in many cultures in the world at the time. Iron discipline brutally implemented without discrimination also guaranteed that the Mongols, consisting mostly of tribesmen on horseback, could also execute well-choreographed manoeuvres, which allowed them to defeat even numerically superior foes.

Unit summaryEdit

  • Medium cavalry, capable of launching devastating ranged attacks and boosting the power of its subordinates' attacks.

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