Mandekalu Cavalry (Civ5)

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Game InfoEdit

The Songhai civilization's unique mounted unit. Replaces the Knight. Requires 20xHorse5 Horses.

  • Common abilities:
    • Can Move After Attacking
    • No Defensive Terrain Bonuses
  • Special traits:
    • No Penalty Attacking Cities
    • Less 20xProduction5 Production cost (110 vs. 120)


The Mandekalu Cavalry is very similar to the normal Knight, with the exception of the penalty against cities, which is removed. It also requires less production to build. Thus, the Songhai civilization is able to stage lightning assaults against cities during the Medieval Era, which are very difficult to counter. Explore the enemy's weak spots, attacking the cities he isn't defending, using the superior speed of the Mandekalu Cavalry - he won't have time to react!

Historical InfoEdit

Like their northern counterparts, Muslim armies also contained heavy cavalry units, similar in form and function to European knights. Like the Europeans, the Muslim knights too were from the upper reaches of society, possessing the best arms, armor and horses. The armor might be modified to reflect the differences in climate – even the most noble knight would quickly roast if wearing plate armor in a Middle East summer – but it still gave them a great advantage over other units on the battlefield. Historical accounts admit that Muslim knights were generally a match for their European opponents.

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