In terms of cavalry troops, they can be separated between melee, archers, and throwing units. Each have their use on the battlefield, with melee units holding the advantage when it comes to cavalry charges of most troops on the battlefield, particularly archers and light infantry, while horse archers can be used to harass almost any other unit type. In terms of throwing cavalry, these can be used to counter powerful horse archers, as they tend to have heavier armour and can move quickly to take out horse archers, the most experienced of which tend to be slightly weaker in their defences. Most of the best cavalry units are recruited outside of the main troop trees.

Melee Horses

Imperial Elite Cataphract

These units benefit from having some of the best heavy armour for any melee horse unit. In addition, they use maces which provide devastating blunt damage to other heavily armoured troops, at the expense of reach. However they can use a lance (which cannot be couched) for better reach when necessary.

One Handed Two Handed Polearm Bow Crossbow Throwing Riding Athletics
200 60 260 60 25 45 200 60
Vlandian Banner Knight

The Vlandian Banner Knight has slightly less armour than the Imperial Elite Cataphract, but they do have the ability to couch their lances, providing them with superior damage when charging. This allows them to kill almost any unit in the game with one hit. They also have slightly better one-handed damage than the Cataphract, making them more effective on foot during sieges.

One Handed Two Handed Polearm Bow Crossbow Throwing Riding Athletics
220 60 260 25 60 30 200 60

Note: For a quick route to recruiting Vlandian Banner Knights, you can train them in two steps from bandit Highwayman > Vlandian Champion > Vlandian Banner Knight.

Horse Archers

Khuzait Khan’s Guard

These units are the most powerful and versatile archers in the game. They deal the most damage with a bow while also having high skill with a polearm when melee combat becomes necessary. They use a glaive for their polearm, which can cut through multiple enemies at once and kill most units in one hit.

One Handed Two Handed Polearm Bow Crossbow Throwing Riding Athletics
60 60 220 260 25 30 200 60
Imperial Bucellarii

The stats on these horse archers make them much worse than the Khuzait Khan’s Guard at first glance, and they are certainly weaker in most situations. However, they do have better heavy armour which ensures that they can survive longer on the battlefield when outnumbered, allowing them to make multiple charges while risking incoming projectiles. In addition, they have decent stats in melee combat and athletics which makes them useful for sieges.

One Handed Two Handed Polearm Bow Crossbow Throwing Riding Athletics
130 40 60 130 60 40 120 100

Throwing Cavalry

In terms of throwing cavalry, while they may not be the first pick for an army focused on cavalry use, they can be useful as shock troops which can chase down enemy horse archers and utilise their superior heavy armour to break through enemy lines. Of these troop types, the Sturgian Horse Raider provides the most ammunition, with two packs of javelins available at the start of each battle. However, the Aserai Vanguard Faris is far more versatile, with a good set of stats in both throwing and melee combat, making them useful both in the field and during sieges.

Aserai Vanguard Faris
One Handed Two Handed Polearm Bow Crossbow Throwing Riding Athletics
170 60 200 65 20 140 170 90

Note: The best way to find and recruit most of these cavalry units which don’t belong to official troop trees is by searching for settlements which have individuals who are landowners and whose power rating is ‘Powerful’. You can check these properties by hovering over the avatar for each notable in a particular settlement. You can also convert experienced bandit troops into specialised troops once you have the level 125 Leadership perk ‘Disciplinarian’.

Guide Information

  • Publisher
    TaleWorlds Entertainment
  • Platforms
    PC, Steam
  • Genre
    Action RPG, Sandbox
  • Guide Release
    23 April 2020
  • Last Updated
    14 October 2020
    Version History
  • Guide Author
    Scott Peers

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The empire of Calradia is plagued by inner conflict, tearing the structure of the old order as new lines are drawn on the map. The chaos creates a dangerous world, with opportunities to capitalise on the uncertainty of the future. Control trade routes to manipulate production and distribution of resources, join factions to gain renown and influence world politics, or create your own clan to build a world of your own. Whatever path you choose, this guide will help you to understand the intricacies of the Bannerlord economy, combat, factions, skills and perks, tactics, troop types, character builds, smithing system, quests, and much more to ensure that you are never left wondering what to do next, or how you might go about doing it.

  • Guide to quests for each region, includes main quests and side quests
  • Guide to combat system, includes basic and advanced techniques for different weapons
  • Guide to combat tactics, includes how to organise troops on the battlefield and simulation battles
  • Guide to attribute, skill, and perk systems, includes recommended perks for each character build
  • Guide to companion system, includes where to find the best companions and how to get the most out of them
  • Guide to the economy system, includes detailed description of trade system and each method for gaining wealth

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