The Lancer is the fast unit of Industrial Age. It is recruited in the Lancer Stables. The Lancer was originally the fastest unit in the game. Continuing the trend of previous fast units, It does not receive any terrain bonuses. Compared to the Dragoon of the previous age, the Lancer has the same defense and a good boost in damage. At this point, the Lancer is the only melee unit in Industrial Age, but it does have the highest base defense, even more than the heavy unit of the age. It is effective against ranged units but vulnerable to light units. This is the last fast unit with the "classic" weaknesses and strengths, as the Progressive Era revamps combat entirely. On the Progressive Era battlefield, the Lancer cannot travel through barbed wire or over trenches, greatly limiting its movement.


The Lancer is very effective against the ranged unit of the age, the Rifleman, being able to kill it in two hits. It also works adequately well against the heavy unit of the age, the Howitzer. It takes minimal damage from artillery units. It is best used to rush enemy ranged units and take them out. However, the fact that it is the only melee unit of the age gives it a slight disadvantage in range.

Against Same Age Units

Light UnitJaeger Infantry

The Lancer is very weak against the Jaeger Infantry. Jaeger Infantry also have the "Stealth" ability, which allows it to hide in forests. However, this does not affect the Lancer because it is a melee unit. Lancers are at a big disadvantage due to Jaeger Infantry having a long range. Also, since the Lancer has the exact same defense as the fast unit of the previous age, it will take more damage even with the decreased damage of the Jaeger Infantry compared to the Ranger of the Colonial Age.

Ranged UnitRifleman

The Lancer is strong against the Rifleman. The added defense bonus against the Rifleman means it would take three or more shots for a Rifleman to kill a Lancer. However, it should be noted that the Rifleman has a very long range, and so it can hit the Lancer from a long distance away. Since the Lancer does have a high movement speed however, it can easily reach the Rifleman and kill it in two hits.

Heavy UnitHowitzer

The Lancer works well against the Howitzer. The Howitzer has only moderate defense compared to heavy units of previous ages, so the increased attack of the Lancer allows it to do good damage against the Howitzer. However, the Howitzer does have the "Blast" ability, which means it does full damage when the Lancer attacks it, resulting in potentially high damage.

Artillery UnitBreech Loader

Breech Loaders do very little damage to Lancers. Lancers are the best choice if attacking an army with many Breech Loaders. Due to the somewhat high defense of the Lancer and the low attack values of the Breech Loader, the Lancer can easily reach the Breech Loader without taking significant damage.


Two Lancers on a Progressive Era battlefield

Other Military Units

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

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