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al diu werlt diu strîtet her
wir sîn an der rehten ger.
reht ist daz er uns gewer

— Walther von der Vogelweide, Palästinalied

Reichsritter: Vital statistics
Ritter

Unit type

Heavy cavalry

Built/trained at

Stable

Damage and weapon type

  • Very good, mace and sword
  • Bonus damage against light units

Armour

  • Steel-skinned
  • Defensive bonus against gunpowder infantry

Production cost

  • Pop cost: 1
  • Resource cost: 90 Ore; 80Coin
  • Ramp cost: 2 Ore; 2Coin

Range

  • Melee
  • Mediocre LOS

Unit move and creation speed

  • Unit movement speed: rather slow
  • Creation speed: rather slow

Unit HP

Very high

Technological requirements

Foundry: —

  • Ore3 Ore
  • Logo3 Supply

Upgrade of Knight

Factions available

Towards the 16th century, Europe experienced what could best be described as a "mini-Industrial Revolution" in which after almost a hiatus of 1,000 years, the production of steel sheets was regained by European societies. Whether this was due to introduction of new methods from Asia or from rediscovery of old methods remains to be discovered, but one thing is certain: it led to the improvement of personal armour. In Germany, there arose a style of armour, the product thereof which was called "Gotischer Plattenpanzer", or "Gothic armour". incorporating ridges and fluting in the armour reminiscent of Gothic architecture (and how it got its name). Gothic armour was revolutionary in its own day: it not only gave comprehensive protection to the wearer, but was flexible enough which granted better mobility to fighters encased in such a suit of armour.

As a result, Reichsrittern are highly prized fighters, albeit having a higher research time due to the highly complicated nature of crafting the armour for such knights. Still, you can be assured of your thalers' worth as these units smash into your opponent with all the hitting force of a sledghammer, and moreso against gunpowder units. As heavy cavalry units go, their strength (and cost) are second only to the Italian mercenary Elmetti, who (surprisingly) have the same armament of the Ritter.

Unit summaryEdit

  • Unique heavy cavalry unit with faster production time and better armour, but longer research.
  • Bulletproof — As the Reichsritter is a unique heavy cavalry unit, it takes reduced damage from non-naval gunpowder units, making it useful for hunting down enemy gunners.

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