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Ghoorkas (ETW Unit)

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Ghoorkas (ETW Unit)
Class Melee Infantry
Unit Size 200
Weaponry Swords
Melee Attack
Ranged Attack
Charge Bonus
Region Kashmir
Recruitment Cost 920
Upkeep Cost 230
Turns to Build
Unit Limit
Building Requirements Governor's Residence
Technology Requirements None
  • Resistant to heat fatigue
  • Can hide in woodland
  • Can hide in light scrub

  • Ghoorkas thumb.png Recruited by colonial powers, these indigenous Indian infantry are renowned for their loyalty and resilience.


    These indigenous troops formed hugely effective regiments when used by the European East India companies. They were acclimatised to India with a resilience and endurance that put Europeans to shame. In combat, they typically display unwavering bravery and a tenacious determination.

    Often recruited from barren or mountainous regions, these men are tough and hard working. Loyal without question, their familiarity with local culture allowed Europeans to fight insurgencies and unrest with understanding as well as brute force.

    The Sepoys of the British East India Company were typical in that they had native and European officers. “Natives” never commanded Company battalions, but their opinions were always sought by the better sort of European officer. The Ghoorkas were a special case, because Nepal was never colonized, but a treaty was made between the company and the native king.


    Ghoorkas are devastating, specialized melee infantry. Thanks to their superior numbers, morale, and melee statistics, they can defeat nearly every other individual regiment in a pitched battle. Their complete lack of a ranged attack, however, means that they are vulnerable to massed musket fire and artillery, although their high morale and numbers generally means enough of them survive the initial volleys to wreak havoc in the enemy lines.


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