After dominating the battlefield for hundreds of years, war chariots were eventually displaced by cavalry units that were considered to be more mobile and agile. Yet Egypt’s War Chariots are still Elite units that can turn the momentum of any battle. Their reinforced armor and weaponized chariots gives them an edge in close combat while their archers can hit enemy units from a distance. More importantly, chariots can be extremely effective against infantry units as they maul them down and break their lines.

In the Conqueror: The Empire Rises, Chariots can be recruited for 3 gold and provide +2 strength in battle. More importantly, they gain a +1 strength when engaged against infantry units.

Due to their effectiveness against infantry units, Chariots are best deployed against armies containing infantry units. Alternatively, they can be deployed against lightly guarded enemy territories (often with 1 infantry unit) to derive the enemy of their food supply or small forts. Finally, the chariots can be recruited early in the game to allow Egypt to take control of the strategically important territories of Asia Minor, Palestina and Syria before the Greeks and Persians do so respectively.

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It was a sight to behold; a sight that would make men tremble. The wild beasts of Africa, towering over the battlefield, almost blocking the sun, rampaged towards the roman infantry and cavalry units that lay in front of them. Romans fled, others were trampled, and some fell to the arrows of the archers perched on top of the beasts known as warrior elephants. There was nothing that could stand toe to toe with them as they wreaked havoc among enemy lines, allowing the Carthagians to take advantage of the disorganized Romans and catch them unprepared.

In Conqueror: The Empire Rises, the legendary Carthagian War Elephants will make their way into the battlefield, providing Carthage with the most powerful unit of the game. With a land strength of +4 and a cost of 4 gold only, these units are bound to even the odds against Carthage’s powerful enemies. In terms of strategies, it may be best to concentrate them on campaigns that are targeting defensive strongholds or capitals so they may negate the defender’s advantage. Just ensure your Warrior Elephant is not caught in battle at sea for they are weaker there (+2 strength) and can be destroyed before they reach enemy shores

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Metals clash, footsteps rumble, and men flee the battlefield. The Greek war machine has arrived, chewing up its enemies and marching on with the sole aim of conquering the world. At the heart of this beast is the legendary Macedonian Phalanx; closely knit, highly drilled, well armored, and equipped with long vicious spears. These men absorbed the enemy punishment then steamrolled their foes with ease.

But Alexander’s elite units are not the phalanx. Rather, they are the companion cavalry that accompanied him on the battlefield. These brave and talented horsemen wreaked havoc on enemy lines, stalking them, encircling them, and dealing the final blow. They would even gallop across the battlefield and slay enemy commanders, demoralizing their opponents.

In Conqueror: The Empire Rises (our new working title), Greece can deploy companion cavalry for a cost of 3 gold. These elite units have a total strength of +3, making them the second strongest Elite units in the game (stay tuned for part 4 to find out which unit is the strongest).

It may be best to recruit these units early on and sprint towards Asia Minor to capture it before the Persians or Egyptians do so themselves. Alternatively, the companion cavalry can fall back to their capital (giving the capital a total defensive strength of +7), allowing the rest of your army to roam free without the worry of other players attacking you in your flank.

How would you use these legendary units? Share your thoughts below!

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