I have Saka Horse Archers. I now have the Stirrups tech and have made a Knight. However I do not have the option to upgrade Saka Horse Archers or Horsemen to Knights.

Why not? Am I missing something?

They are light cavalry - but this is not in wikipedia. What am I missing?


The next upgrade for horsemen is the cavalry from the industrial era.

Saka horse archers are actually classified as a ranged unit, not a cavalry unit at all. They also skip the upgrade to crossbowman and upgrade directly to field cannons, meaning they'll be pretty useless during the medieval/renaissance era.

You can check which class a unit belongs to and what it upgrades to on its civilopedia page.

  • thx - they weren't too bad as they were such veterans at that point they had 2 attacks & the Scythian heal after killing the opponent unique. I now have a lot of field cannons ;) – niico Nov 21 '16 at 15:32

Knights are not light cavalry they are heavy cavalry. Chariots or War carts can upgrade to Knights but Horsemen cannot.

  • thanks - is there a visual guide to all of this that you've seen? I think I may also need 2 sources of horses to do certain upgrades too (or an encampment)? – niico Nov 19 '16 at 19:05
  • There's short descriptions of the units that do say light cavalry or heavy cavalry. I think this description shows up when hovering over the unit in the build menu. – mmatthews Nov 21 '16 at 20:11

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