The warriors of Duke Álmos were much encouraged and they at once sounded on all sides the trumpets of war, and both lines of foes came together and they began to fight each other fiercely, and many Ruthenes and Cumans were slain.

— Gesta Hungarorum

Várispán Lancer: Vital statistics

Unit type

Heavy cavalry

Built/trained at


Damage and weapon type

Very high; lance



Production cost

  • Pop cost: 1
  • Resource cost: 60Ore, 50Coin,
  • Ramp cost: 1Ore, 1Coin


  • Melee
  • Medium LOS

Unit move and creation speed

  • Unit movement speed: quite fast
  • Creation speed: slow

Unit HP

Somewhat high

Technological requirements

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Unlike most of Europe, Hungary was a fairly unified state, with the king exercising absolute power and the nobles entrenched fully as part of the royal bureaucracy. The Várispánok were gentry and military commanders of garrisons throughout the kingdom, and were based around the many fortresses during the Arpadian era.

As descendents of the Magyar Noblemen, Várispán Lancers still carry on the role of shock troops capable of causing great damage on the first blow. Although they don't have as many hitpoints as the heavier run-of-the-mill knight, their intense attack should serve well enough in destroying what heavy cavalry does best — routing more lightly equipped opponents and fleeing infantry. Thus, in hammer-and-anvil strikes and pursuit they are king, but they perform atrociously in frontal attacks on more heavily armoured foes.

Unit summaryEdit

  • Heavy cavalry, with a more powerful attack than a knight, but with poor hitpoint score.
  • He Who Liveth By The Sword ... — Várispán Lancers have devastating punching power to plow through hails of arrows, but not a wall of determined pointy objects. Thus while they are most effective against enemy archers and infantry, their worst enemy will forever be pikemen.

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