Equites Auxilia (Eastern Roman Empire)
Equites Auxilia (ERE)
Appears in Rome: Total War: Barbarian Invasion
Type Light Cavalry
Weapon(s) Spear
Attack skill 6
Charge bonus 5
Hitpoints 1
Armor 5
Defense skill 7
Shield bonus 4
Special abilities Can Swim; Can form Wedge; Fast Moving

Equites Auxilia are light cavalrymen, used as a screening force for the infantry of the Roman army and in scouting duties.


The auxilia units of the Roman Empire were reorganised during the reforms carried out by Constantine and Diocletian over the previous century. Units were made smaller and "handier", and mixed auxilia forces of infantry and cavalry were abandoned completely. They are not particularly heavy armoured and are not expected to do more than drive off light and missile troops in battle - they would certainly suffer against heavy cavalry forces or spearmen, for example. That said, the equites auxilia are more suited to fighting alongside the field armies of comitatenses rather than used as garrison troops with the limitanei