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The Oromo Cavalry is a unique light cavalry unit of the Ethiopian civilization in Civilization VI.

In the Gathering Storm expansion, the Oromo Cavalry replaces the Courser and requires 10 Horses Horses to train.

  • Common abilities:
  • Special abilities:
  • Special traits:
    • Higher Sight Sight (3 vs. 2).
    • Higher Strength Combat Strength (48 vs. 46).

Strategy[]

Not exactly the most memorable or flashy unique unit, the Oromo Cavalry is the most "quiet" piece in the Ethiopian arsenal. It is only slightly stronger than the standard Courser, with a conditional Strength Combat Strength bonus from Menelik II's ability. However, it does have better maneuverability in hilly terrain and higher Sight Sight than a regular Courser. Coupled with the fact that this is a light cavalry unit, it shines brighter working as a scout for imminent threats approaching your border, or as a "spotter" (i.e. a unit that works solely to provide vision and intel on the enemy's army) and pillager in aggressive conquest, rather than a true militaristic unit. Overall, even when Ethiopia can compete well on the domination path thanks to their outstandingly high Faith Faith generation and Theocracy or the Grand Master's Chapel, it is definitely not because of this unit. The Oromo Cavalry is not crucial in any Ethiopian strategy; you can rely exclusively on Knights to defend or conquer if you have more abundant Iron Iron than Horses Horses and there are not any major consequences for that.

Civilopedia entry[]

The word “Oromo” refers to the dominant ethnic group in Ethiopia, making up about a third of the total population. The Oromo at times had their own kingdom, language and religion (although in present-day Ethiopia they are evenly split between Muslims and Christians). During the First Italo-Ethiopian War, when Italy attempted to seize Ethiopia as a colonial possession, the Ethiopian emperor Menelik used Oromo cavalrymen to devastating effect, especially in the decisive Battle of Adwa.

The Oromo cavalry were not true cavalry, but mounted infantrymen, meaning that they did not fire weapons from horseback, but would gallop towards the Italians, dismount, and then fire. With their lion’s-mane headdresses and fierce reputation, they became one of the most feared military units of the era. During the Italian invasion, a rumor spread around the Italian camps that Oromo cavalry (whom the Italians called “Galla” – a word that was seen as offensive by the Oromo) would castrate the bodies of enemies that held weapons – a rumor that caused many Italians to toss aside their guns the moment that the Oromo began their charge. Italian soldiers reported their compatriots turning their guns on themselves rather than facing the Oromo. One report depicts a lone Italian survivor of an Oromo attack, dazed out of his mind, unable to say anything but “Galla cavalry. Galla cavalry. Horror. Horror.”

Gallery[]

Related achievements[]

Battle of Adwa
Battle of Adwa
Defeat an Infantry unit whose capital is on another continent with an Oromo Cavalry.
The Battle of Adwa in 1896 was a decisive Ethiopian victory over Italy that allowed Ethiopia to maintain its independence for another 40 years, unlike the rest of Africa.
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Land military

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Naval military

Aircraft CarrierBattleship (Minas Geraes) • Caravel (Nau1) • DestroyerFrigate (De Zeven Provincien R&F-Only.pngJong1) • Galley (Bireme GS-Only.pngViking Longship) • IroncladMissile CruiserNuclear SubmarinePrivateer (Barbary Corsair GS-Only.pngSea DogQuadrireme (Dromon1) • Submarine (U-Boat)

Aircraft

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Support

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Religious

ApostleGuruInquisitorMissionary

See also Great PeopleHeroes
1 Requires a DLC2 Apocalypse mode only • 3 Secret Societies mode only • 4 Heroes & Legends mode only • 5 Zombie Defense mode only

R&F-Only.png Added in the Rise and Fall expansion pack.
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