Barbarian Cavalry (Germans)
German Barbarian Cavalry
Appears in Rome: Total War
Belongs to Germans
Type Light Cavalry
Weapon(s) Spear
Soldiers in each unit 54
Attack skill 8
Charge bonus 7
Hitpoints 1
Armor 3
Defense skill 3
Shield bonus 4
Special abilities Combat bonus in snow; Can form wedge; May charge without orders; Fast moving
Cost 400
Upkeep 90

Barbarian cavalry are lightly armoured and carry spears and shields. They are best used as scouts and in pursuit of fleeing enemies, and ride sturdy, sure-footed ponies with a good turn of speed. Like many barbarian warriors, however, they can lack battle-discipline and be over-keen to enter battle against worthy opponents. Honour and standing come from fighting, and sometimes the urge for glory overwhelms good sense! These men are all good fighters, but find organised, formal warfare goes against the grain. They are unlikely to be very effective against steady infantry unless attacking from an unexpected direction.