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The Winged Hussar is a unique heavy cavalry unit of the Polish civilization in Civilization VI. It is unlocked through the Mercenaries civic.

  • Attributes:
    • Pushes back enemies if it does more damage than it takes when attacking. Defenders that cannot move back take additional damage.
    • Ignores enemy Zone of Control.


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Historical Context

Polish military reforms of the late 1570s gave birth to the winged hussars, a fearsome heavy cavalry force who would enjoy their elite status for the next two centuries. Rather than fielding cavalry comprised of foreign mercenaries, Transylvanian prince Stephen Bathory (also Grand Duke of Lithuania, King-by-right-of-his-wife of Poland, and collector of increasingly impressive titles) filled the ranks of the winged hussars with Polish nobility and their retinues. The famed "wings" were wooden frames with feathers attached, borne on a rider's back to clearly distinguish them. It was said the distinctive sound of the wings startled enemy horses and demoralized enemy soldiers with an "evil hiss"—by novelists of later centuries, who likely romanticized a ceremonial accessory. Far less contentious a question are the lances, sabers, and pistols the winged hussars brought to the battlefield, which no doubt startled enemy horses and demoralized enemy soldiers.


Winged Hussar concept art (Civ6)
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