The Royal Companion is the level 2 standard Greek unique Heavy Cavalry unit unlocked in the Classical Age. Its predecessor is the Companion, and it can be upgraded to the Heavy Royal Companion. It is researched in a level 4 blacksmith. It replaces the cataphract.
General Information Edit
- Royal Companions are front runners among all troops, with a great deal of hitpoints, they can endure more than any other troop. For their strength in taking damage, they do sheer damage themselves and cannot win battles unless they are supported by stronger troops.
- As a Greek unique unit, the Royal Companion has more 10% more health than standard heavy cavalry and 25% more damage.
- The Royal Companion is one of the strongest units in the game; as well as the strongest heavy cavalry.
Historical Description Edit
"The Royal Companions were the premier Macedonian cavalry unit. Commanded by Alexander himself and composed of Alexander's most trusted friends and soldiers, this was perhaps the deadliest single cavalry unit in the ancient world. In battle Alexander led this unit in a wedge formation with himself at the pointy end and thus the first to smash into the enemy. Chosen Companions also formed the elite guard of the king (Somatophylakes)."
Attacking Strategies Edit
- Royal Companions have a lot of health but are slow and have low attack power, so use them in groups.
- Royal companions are weak against many defenses grouped together.
- Due to their high health, royal companions can be use as meat shields to protect infantry from the defenses.
- Ballista Towers can destroy royal companions easily like all heavy cavalry. If you can, try swarming it with heavy infantry or ranged infantry to destroy it quick enough since the ballista tower is slow.
- When pushing for trophies, you would need to destroy the Town Center. In many bases, the town center would be in the center of the base. First, train up an army of royal companions and a wall miner. When attacking, deploy a wall miner and wait until it destroys the necessary walls, then deploy all your royal companions in the areas which the Town Center is more close to. If there are a few defenses blocking the way, destroy them. Then rally your royal companions to destroy the Town Center.
- Royal Companions would ignore defensive troops and would pursue their targets which are defensive buildings. However, if a defensive troop attacks the royal companion, the royal companion will attack back until the defensive troop is killed; thus making the royal companion distracted. Try to use and deploy ranged infantry such as archers or heavy infantry such as phalanxes after deploying the royal companions to eliminate the defensive troops.
Defending Strategies Edit
- Royal Companions are a good alliance troop due to its high health; making it longer to kill them. However, they take up 6 space in the alliance gate so it cannot be used in a level 1 Alliance Gate in the Iron Age (which can only hold 3 spaces) until it is upgraded to level 2 which is available in the Classical Age.
- Historically, Companions wore Boeotian helmets rather than the Galea helmet (a Roman helmet) they wear in the game. They also wore a bronze muscle cuirass, linothorax (linen upper body armor), and shoulder guards.
- Historically, Companions didn't use shields.
- The shield they carry has a lambda sign (which represented Sparta), stamped on it. Historically though, Sparta didn't use cavalry.
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