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Kataphractoi (M2TW Unit)

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Kataphractoi (M2TW Unit)
Kataphractoi info.png
Class Heavy Cavalry
Unit Size 32
  • Lance
  • Mace
  • Morale 9
    Melee Attack 10
    Ranged Attack NA
    Defence 5
    Charge Bonus V6
    Accuracy NA
    Range NA
    Ammunition NA
    Region Global
    Recruitment Cost 790
    Upkeep Cost 250
    Turns to Build 1
    Unit Limit 4
    Building Requirements
  • King's Stables
  • Technology Requirements None
  • Can formed charge
  • Can withdraw
  • Hardy
  • Hide forest
  • Sea faring
  • Kataphractoi thumbnail.png Very heavily armoured and equipped with a lance and mace, although somewhat outdated they are still formidable troops.


    The Kataphractoi trace their origins back to Roman times and are recruited from amongst the middle classes, providing the Byzantine army with a force of well trained and disciplined cavalry units. Exceptionally well protected and riding armoured horses, they are unworried by the arrows of their opponents. Although slightly old fashioned, with their lances and maces they are still formidable fighters on the battlefield.


    Anyone who has played Rome: Total War will remember the Kataphractoi quite well as the elite cavalry available to Parthia. In M2TW though, Kataphractoi are a unique unit available to the Byzantine Empire. They are well armoured and have high attack and charge stats. Though a tad inferior to the Latinkon, Kataphractoi do have armour piercing maces as well as an armoured horse, though it can prove a disadvantage when attempting to catch fleeing cavalry units as the armour slows down the horse as well as reduces its stamina. The Kataphractoi are superior in dealing with heavily armoured troops but should not be used to fight cavalry as per the reason above. Like all cavalry units, the Kataphractoi should keep away from spears at all cost.


    • The Byzantium Empire Thumbnail.png The Byzantine Empire
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