Mounted unit of the Renaissance era
The Swedish unique unit. (Replaces Lancer)
Quick - Regular - Epic - Marathon
|Upgrades to||Anti-tank gun|
- 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!
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 "Hakkaa päälle" - which, fluently translated from Finnish to English, would be "Strike them down" - the battle cry that they shouted as they charged towards the enemy.