Barbarian Noble Cavalry (Germans)
German Barbarian Noble Cavalry
Appears in Rome: Total War
Belongs to Germans
Type Heavy cavalry
Weapon(s) Spear
Soldiers in each unit 54
Attack skill 9
Charge bonus 7
Hitpoints 1
Armor 6
Defense skill 5
Shield bonus 4
Special abilities Combat bonus in snow; Can form wedge; May charge without orders; Good morale
Cost 600
Upkeep 160

Noble cavalry are an elite in society as well as war, and fight bravely to justify their status. This can lead them to be headstrong, and difficult to restrain before a fight, as personal glory gained in battle is the only true measure of nobility. Their war gear of spears, shields and good chainmail is the very finest that can be provided.

They are the best used to break weakened enemy formations, fight against other cavalry and pursue fleeing enemies. While they are brave men and superb horsemen, they lack the cohesion of more "civilized" cavalry, and may not be as effective in a hand-to-hand fight. Shock and initial impact are their main weapons.