For the similar Napoleon: Total War unit, see Guard Horse Artillery.

18-lber Horse Guard Artillery
18-lber Horse Guard Artillery
Belongs to France
Type Horse Artillery
Guns 3
Firepower 33
Range 400
Accuracy 65
Reload 50
Morale 7
Tech requirement None
Produced from Engineer School
Shot Types Round Shot, Canister Shot, Shrapnel Shot
Cost 1160 SP/
Upkeep 290
Turns to Train 2
Unit Cap 4

18-lber Horse Guard Artillery icon
18-lber Horse Guard Artillery is a type of horse artillery in Empire: Total War. They are exclusively fielded by France.


Intended to keep with rapidly-advancing mounted forces, horse artillery batteries have a touch of "cavalry dash" about them.

Horse artillery units are distinguished from other types of artillery forces because everyone rides into battle; drivers ride the horses, while gun crews are often given seats on the gun limbers. The cannon assigned to horse artillery units usually fire relatively small calibre rounds although, as always, the weight of the shot is used to designate different horse artillery types. The weight of fire is considered to be less important than the speed with which it can be moved to a firing position, deployed, and then removed to a new site. This is what gives horse artillery its appeal to generals: the ability to rapidly give fire almost from anywhere on the battlefield. Horse artillery can be used as a flexible reserve, or to exploit a weakness in an enemy line.

Historically, in many countries horse artillery developed a cavalry-like air of being an elite force. This attitude is entirely understandable. Dragging heavy artillery pieces across country at the gallop is an inherently dangerous thing to do, even without people shooting at you!

General InformationEdit

Possessing far better firepower, reloading skill, accuracy and morale than 6-lber Horse Artillery, 18-lbers are easily the best horse artillery in the game, and are an excellent upgrade that are conversely hindered by their cost, regiment limit, and training time.

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