Not to be confused with General's Bodyguard (Western) or General's Bodyguard (Indian) or Chief's Bodyguard.

General's Bodyguard (Eastern) Icon
General's Bodyguard (Eastern)
General's Bodyguard (Eastern)
Belongs to All Middle-Eastern factions
Type Melee Cavalry
Weapon(s) Sword
Soldiers in each unit 8/16/24/32
Melee Attack 9
Charge bonus 14
Defense skill 11
Morale 10
Tech requirement None
Produced from Military Academy or none
Special abilities
  • Can rally routing comrades
  • Inspires nearby units
  • Resistant to heat fatigue
Cost 1290
Upkeep 320
Turns to Train 1 or none
Unit Cap None

The General's Bodyguard is a type of heavy cavalry in Empire: Total War.


These tough warriors and soldiers have only one task: keeping their commander alive and well in the swirling chaos of battle.

A general can only do his duty properly if these men keep rough and unpleasant fellows from interrupting his calm deliberations about how to kill as many of the enemy as possible for as little loss as possible.

Only the most loyal and fiercest fighters are assigned to a general’s bodyguard. Good manners are a bonus, of course, but a strong sword arm and a deadly aim are more use! Their equipment is generally of the finest quality, and their pay is often supplemented from the general’s own pocket: they have a sound financial interest in keeping him alive, as well as their honour in carrying out a duty successfully!

General InformationEdit

The eastern General's Bodyguard carries out the exact same role as the Western General's Bodyguard, although they have slightly higher defence and has resistance to heat fatigue. On the other hand they cost a lot more when trained from a building and far more in unit upkeep, making the Western version a far better value for money. Like other generals, they may either be recruited from a recruitment center in a major city, or directly created in an army. While the latter process is faster, it tends to result in generals with fewer desirable traits. 

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