Hakkapeliitta (Civ5)

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Game InfoEdit

Unique mounted unit of the Swedish civilization. Replaces the Lancer. Requires 20xHorse5 Horses.

  • Common abilities:
    • Formation I promotion
    • Can Move After Attacking
    • Penalty Attacking Cities (33)
    • No Defensive Terrain Bonuses
  • Special abilities:
    • Transfer Movement to General (Great General moves at rate of this unit if they start the turn stacked.)
    • Great General Combat Bonus (+15%)


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.
  • Their name derives from their Finnish war cry, "hakkaa päälle," which translates to "attack them" or literally "hack on."

Related achievements

Steam achievement Lion of the North (Civ5)
Lion of the North
As Sweden, start a turn with your great general stacked with a Hakkapeliitta.

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