The Knight is the fast unit of High Middle Ages. It has moderate damage and defense. It is effective against the ranged unit class but is vulnerable against the light class.

Compared to the Heavy Cavalry of the previous age, Knights gain +4 attack, +4 defense, as well as a nice movement boost of +2. As a result, for the first time, fast units have a higher defense than same age light units.

It is worth noting that at this point, Fast units start becoming a decent unit for stats. They have enough attack and defense to be used regularly. They also have a special ability, Chivalry, which gives them a +3 boost in both Attack and Defense only if it is the only unit with Chivalry (i.e. Knight and Heavy Knight) in army.

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Six slightly damaged knights gathered into a triangle


Knights should be used singularly in battles, to allow for Chivalry to take effect. Having multiple Knights requires all but one Knight to die before Chivalry takes effect.

The Knight does great damage against ranged units such as the Crossbowman, but is easily killed by Berserkers. The Knight is also somewhat weak against Heavy Infantry.

Knights should be used to charge into enemy lines and kill ranged and artillery units.

Against Same Age Units

Light UnitsBerserker

The Berserker can easily take down Knights, while Knights struggle to do high damage against them. Knights should avoid combat against enemy Berserkers unless they are finishing off a wounded Berserker, or if there are no ranged or artillery units to attack.

Ranged Units Crossbowman

Knights are very effective against the Crossbowman. The high movement speed allows them to reach the other side of the map in two turns, which means Crossbowmen cannot take full advantage of their ranged attack. The defense points against ranged units allows Knights to take multiple hits.

Heavy Units Heavy Infantry

Knights are not the best choice to attack Heavy Infantry, due to the high defense that Heavy Infantry has. The Crossbowman is almost always a better choice to fight armies with Heavy Infantry. However, if needed, the Knight can attack and damage Heavy Infantry.

Artillery Units Trebuchet

Knights are very effective against the Trebucket. Their high movement speed allows Knights to easily reach Trebuckets and do massive damage. Meanwhile, Trebuckets struggle to do meaningful damage to Knights.


Knights were men who were granted knighthood after many years of training. They were generally born into nobility, and had to progress from page to squire before finally becoming eligible to becoming a knight at the age of 21. Knights in the Middle Ages wore full chain, and later plate armor. They were trained on horseback riding and a variety of weapons. Eventually, armored cavalry and knights were made obsolete with gunpowder weapons, where a soldier trained in weeks on a firearm could bring down a knight who spent years in training. However, the chivalrous code that knights followed still continues in some knighthoods to this day.



Three Knights

Other Military Units

Military Units
All Ages Heavy Units Color GuardLight Units Military DrummerLight Units RogueFast Units/Heavy Units Champion
Stone Age Light Units Clubman
Bronze Age Light Units SpearfighterHeavy Units WarriorFast Units Horseman
Ranged Units SlingerArtillery Units Stone Thrower
Iron Age Light Units SoldierHeavy Units LegionnaireFast Units Mounted Warrior
Ranged Units ArcherArtillery Units Ballista
Early Middle Ages Light Units MercenaryHeavy Units Armored InfantryHeavy Units BarbarianFast Units Heavy Cavalry
Ranged Units Mounted ArcherRanged Units Barbarian SlingerArtillery Units Catapult
High Middle Ages Light Units BerserkerHeavy Units Heavy InfantryFast Units Knight
Ranged Units CrossbowmanArtillery Units Trebuchet
Late Middle Ages Light Units Great Sword WarriorHeavy Units Imperial GuardFast Units Heavy Knight
Ranged Units Longbow ArcherArtillery Units Cannon
Colonial Age Light Units RangerHeavy Units GrenadierFast Units Dragoon
Ranged Units MusketeerArtillery Units Field Gun
Industrial Age Light Units Jaeger InfantryLight Units Brave WarriorHeavy Units HowitzerFast Units Lancer
Ranged Units RiflemanRanged Units Mounted BraveArtillery Units Breech Loader
Progressive Era Light Units ConscriptHeavy Units TankFast Units Armored Car
Ranged Units SniperArtillery Units Rapid Fire Cannon
Modern Era Light Units Bazooka TeamHeavy Units Battle TankFast Units Mechanized Infantry
Ranged Units ParatrooperArtillery Units Mechanized Artillery
Postmodern Era Light Units CommandoHeavy Units Universal TankFast Units IFV
Ranged Units MG TeamArtillery Units Rocket Artillery
Contemporary Era Light Units Strike TeamHeavy Units Assault TankFast Units Attack Helicopter
Ranged Units Anti-Aircraft VehicleArtillery Units Missile Artillery
Tomorrow Era Light Units Ultra APHeavy Units Stealth TankFast Units Combat Drone
Ranged Units Anti-Materiel SniperArtillery Units Microwave Blaster
Future Era Light Units Exoskeleton SoldierHeavy Units Hover TankFast Units Drone Swarm
Ranged Units Satellite SpotterArtillery Units Rail Gun
Arctic Future Light Units Dragon DroneHeavy Units Battle FortressHeavy Units Behemoth
Fast Units Recon RaiderRanged Units Surrogate SoldierArtillery Units Plasma Artillery
Oceanic Future Light Units MantaLight Units ScimitarHeavy Units C.R.A.B. MechHeavy Units Octopod
Fast Units Hydroelectric EelFast Units GlidersRanged Units Sub CruiserRanged Units Nautilus
Artillery Units TurturretArtillery Units Medusa
Virtual Future Light Units Augmented SamuraiRanged Units NinjaArtillery Units Rocket TroopHeavy Units Ronin BotFast Units Warrior Monk
Space Age Mars Light Units Space MarineRanged Units Tesla WalkerArtillery Units SniperbotHeavy Units Steel WardenFast Units Sentinel
Space Age Asteroid Belt Light Units Drill RangerRanged Units Nail StormArtillery Units B.E.L.T.Heavy Units ShredderFast Units Hover Hammer

Legend: Light Units= Light Unit Class Heavy Units= Heavy Unit Class Fast Units= Fast Unit Class Ranged Units= Ranged Unit Class Artillery Units= Artillery Unit Class

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