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The War Chariot is the unique unit of the Egyptian civilization.

Strategy[]

Compared to the standard Chariot it replaces, the War Chariot has +1 strength and is immune to first strikes.

The War Chariot is the most effective pre-Medieval unit at taking down Axemen, and provides a fast, effective defense. Aside from that, due to their fast speed and immunity to first strikes, War Chariots are often used in early-game rushes, or even in fake rushes to force opponents into a defensive move.

Civilopedia entry[]

The chariot was the earliest means of transportation in combat other than man's own powers of locomotion. The earliest known chariots, shown in Sumerian depictions from about 2500 BC, were not true chariots but four-wheeled carts with solid wooden wheels, heavy and cumbersome and lacking a pivoting front axle. The Hyksos apparently introduced the Assyrian chariot into Egypt shortly thereafter, where it was perfected for transportation and warfare. Within 500 years, Egyptian, Hittite and Palestinian chariots were extraordinarily light and maneuverable vehicles, the wheels and tires in particular exhibiting great sophistication in design and fabrication. Egyptian war chariots were drawn by either two or three horses, which were harnessed by means of chest girths secured by a pole and a yoke.

The decline of the war chariot by the end of the 2nd millennium BC was probably related to the spread of iron weaponry, but it was surely related also to the breeding of horses with sufficient strength and stamina to carry an armed man into battle. Armed horsemen replaced the chariot in most Mediterranean civilizations. The use of chariots in war lingered in areas of slower technological advance, but in classical Egypt they were retained mainly for ceremonial functions.

Civilization IV Units [edit]
Land Anti-TankB Archer (BowmanB Skirmisher) Artillery Axeman (Dog SoldierB Phalanx VultureB) Cannon Catapult (HwachaW) Cavalry (Cossack) Chariot (Immortal War Chariot) Crossbowman (Cho-Ko-Nu) CuirassierB (Conquistador) Explorer Grenadier Gunship Horse Archer (Keshik Numidian CavalryW) Infantry Knight (Camel Archer CataphractB) Longbowman Maceman (BerserkerW Samurai) Machine Gun Marine (Navy SEAL) Mechanized Infantry Mobile ArtilleryB Mobile SAMB Modern Armor Musketman (JanissaryW Musketeer Oromo WarriorB) ParatrooperB Pikeman (LandsknechtB) Rifleman (Redcoat) SAM Infantry Scout Spearman (HolkanB ImpiW) Swordsman (Gallic WarriorW Jaguar Praetorian) Tank (Panzer) TrebuchetW War Elephant (Ballista ElephantB) Warrior (Quechua)
Naval Attack SubmarineB Battleship Caravel (CarrackB) Carrier Destroyer Frigate Galleon (East IndiamanB) Galley Ironclad Missile CruiserB PrivateerB Ship of the LineB Stealth DestroyerB Submarine Transport TriremeW
Air AirshipB Bomber Fighter Guided MissileB ICBM Jet Fighter Stealth Bomber Tactical NukeB
Civilian Corporate ExecutiveB Missionary Settler Spy Work Boat Worker (Fast Worker)
Great People Great Artist Great Engineer Great GeneralW Great Merchant Great Prophet Great Scientist Great SpyB
W Added in Warlords B Added in Beyond the Sword
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