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Used against archers, weak against pikemen.

The Knight is replaced by the following unique unit:

The following units can be upgraded to Knight:


Knights are the strongest pre-gunpowder unit in the game and are quite effective until Grenadiers and Cannon begin appearing.

Pre-gunpowder, they are vulnerable to Spearmen and Pikemen, which get a big bonus against mounted units.

Civilopedia entry[]

Knights were heavily armored, mounted men-at-arms found primarily in medieval Europe. Like the samurai of ancient Japan, knights followed a strict code that covered their behavior both in battle and in their personal pursuits. Fighting astride powerful horses, armored knights had a distinct advantage over enemies on foot and remained the dominant force on the battlefield when battles were fought primarily hand-to-hand. Occasionally, brilliant infantry tactics allowed knights to be outmaneuvered, but it wasn't until the development of gunpowder that knights were rendered obsolete.