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Appears in Empire: Total War
Region of recruitment Army Staff College
Upkeep 320
Combat statistics
Type Heavy Calvalry
Weapon type Sabre
Defensive skill: 12
Melee weapon(s) Sabre

Cuirassiers were mounted cavalry soldiers equipped with armour and firearms, first appearing in late 15th-century Europe. They were the successors of the medieval armoured knights. Cuirassiers were produced as a result of armoured cavalry and adopted the use of pistols as their primary weapon. In the later 17th century, the cuirassier lost his limb armour and subsequently employed only the cuirass, and sometimes a helmet. Cuirassiers achieved increased prominence during the Napoleonic Wars and were last fielded in the opening stages of World War I. Cuirassiers continue to be employed as ceremonial troops by a number of countries.


Cuirassiers are heavy cavalry who still wear armour, who rely on the shock of impact to defeat their enemies. Cuirassiers are best used to wear down the enemy with constant charges. Although they do not possess the enormous charge that the Winged Hussars do, they do posses superior melee attack and defence stats. They are probably one of the best all round cavalry available. Like most cavalry after prolonged exposure to infantry the Cuirassiers will rout. Players should use them to flank enemy infantry, dealing the most damage. Like all cavalry they should be kept away from stakes or pikemen at all costs.


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