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Colonial Dragoons
Colonial Dragoons
Appears in Empire: Total War
Belongs to Most Western factions
Type Mounted Infantry
Weapon(s) Carbine
Ammunition 15
Soldiers in each unit 20/40/60/80
Melee Attack 7
Charge bonus 10
Defense skill 6
Morale 5
Range 70 (only when dismounted)
Accuracy 40
Reloading 25
Tech requirement Carbines
Produced from Army Encampment
Special abilities
  • Can dismount
  • Can hide in woodland
  • Garrison policing bonus
  • Grappling Hooks
  • Resistant to heat fatigue
Cost 950
Upkeep 280
Turns to Train 1
Unit Cap None
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Colonial Dragoons are a type of mounted infantry in Empire: Total War.

DescriptionEdit

Despite appearances, the colonial dragoons are not really cavalry but mounted line infantry, riding into a battle then fighting on foot.

Horses give mobility, not shock value in combat. Colonial dragoons do not charge home, but ride to critical spots on a battlefield where infantry firepower is needed. They carry smoothbore, muzzle-loading muskets with shortened barrels (to make reloading easier) originally called “dragons” or dragoons; over time, this name transferred to the men. Colonial dragoons are also useful for riot control and civil suppression (“dragooning” is to bully people into a course of action). Their usefulness as infantry and “cheap” cavalry means that they can put down all kinds of trouble, as cutting down dissented natives is beneath the dignity of proper cavalry regiments.

Historically, dragoons slowly became cavalry soldiers like any other, and stopped fighting as mounted infantry, although many regiments did retain the name. The cavalry had always regarded them as (lower paid) social inferiors, and the infantry had resented them as not being proper footsloggers, so the dragoons welcomed their new acceptability.

General InformationEdit

Colonial Dragoons are nearly identical to Dragoons. They only difference is that whereas Dragoons are recruited in Europe, Colonial Dragoons are recruited in the Americas and India. They are numerous, cheap early game cavalry, and can double as infantry to provide extra firepower. As with the other dragoon variants, however, they are neither as numerous as Line Infantry nor are they as powerful as dedicated melee cavalry.

Unlike their non-colonial counterparts, Colonial Dragoons do not get a boost in manpower when recruited by Denmark, Norway, or Sweden.

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