The Barbarian Horse Archer is a slower, weaker counterpart of the Scythians' Saka Horse Archer, and spawns only from outposts near Horses. It has the ability to attack without provoking a counterattack, but is otherwise a minimal threat. As a ranged cavalry unit, it suffers additional damage from the attacks of anti-cavalry units such as Spearmen and Pikemen, and will quickly perish when surrounded and attacked by these units. Cities with even the most primitive defenses will also be able to repel Barbarian Horse Archers with ease.
Tools for subsistence could also be weapons of war. Many hunting groups would move between raiding and hunting as a way of life – trading when they could, finding food where they could, and taking from their neighbors when they had the opportunity. While the horse archer’s composite bow (a blend of wood and bone) was unapparelled when it came to putting firepower into a small device, foot-based archers could use a variety of different weapons. East African nomads’ arrows, for instance, were cruelly barbed – all the better to allow poisoned tips more time to deliver their payload. North American groups, too, fought back (at least at first) against European settlers (and each other) using bows as a principal weapon.