Hakkapeliitta (Civ5)

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Hakkapeliitta (Civ5)

Mounted unit of the Renaissance era
The Swedish unique unit. (Replaces Lancer)
Game speed
Quick - Regular - Epic - Marathon
20xProduction5 185
20xStrength5 25
20xMovement5 4
20xRangedStrength5 None
Technology Metallurgy (Civ5) Metallurgy
Resource Horses (Civ5) Horses
Upgrades to Anti-tank gun (Civ5) Anti-tank gun
  • No defensive bonuses
  • Can move after attacking
  • Penalty attacking cities
  • Transfer movement to General
  • Great General combat bonus +15%

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Game InfoEdit

Unique mounted unit of the Swedish civilization. Replaces the Lancer. Requires Horses.

  • Common traits:
    • Can move after attacking
    • No defensive terrain bonuses
    • Combat penalty vs cities (-33%)
  • Special traits:
    • Formation I promotion
    • Transfers movement to General
    • Great General combat bonus +15%
    • Combat penalty on defense


Hakkapeliitta are the elite mounted units of the late Renaissance Swedish army, specialized in working with Great Generals. The Great General receives the movement allowance of the Hakkapeliitta if they start the turn stacked. In addition, the Hakkapeliitta receive a 15% combat bonus when stacked with a Great General, which is cumulative with the normal Great General Combat bonus. Stack a Great General with them whenever possible!

Historical InfoEdit

The snowy North is their fatherland; there, their heart crackles on the stormy beach. The Hakkapeliitta were a division of Finnish light cavalrymen employed by King Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden during the Thirty Years' War. They were highly trained, and excelled at raiding, spying, lightning-quick attacks, and most especially, charging. Attacking at full gallop, the Hakkapeliitta would fire pistol shots as they approached the enemy lines, drawing their sword once the horse made contact. The small, sturdy, and powerful horses ridden in the Hakkapeliitta were some of the founding members the modern Finnhorse breed, the national horse of Finland.


  • During the time that the Hakkapeliitta were being employed, Finland was the eastern half of the Swedish Kingdom.
  • The name "Hakkapeliitta" comes from their warshout, "Hakkaa päälle" in Finnish, which (fluently translated) in English would be "Strike them down", that they shouted as they charged towards the enemy.

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