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“These heavily-armored units will attack defensive buildings, distracting them at close range while your other troops do the damage.”

Cataphract is a level 2 standard Heavy Cavalry unit unlocked in Classical Age. Its predecessor is Horseman and can be upgraded to Knight. It is researched in level 4 Blacksmith.

General Information[]

The Cataphract is the armored front runners among all troops. Its default behavior is to seek and destroy defenses. After all the defense buildings are destroyed the Cataphract will behave like a heavy infantry troop. With a large amount of hitpoints, it can endure more than any other troop of its age, as well as dealing a lot of damage before falling. However, its disadvantages include its low damage and is easily killed by Ballista Towers, Cannon Towers or Anti-Tank Guns.

Historical Description[]

A Cataphract was a form of armored heavy cavalry used in ancient warfare by a number of peoples in Europe, Asia and North Africa. Historically, the Cataphract was a very heavily armored horseman, with both the rider and mount steed draped from head to toe in scale armor, while typically wielding a kontos or lance as their weapon.

Historical Description in Dominations:

Cataphracts were pre-Feudal heavy cavalry, employed by ancient cultures from the Parthians to the Romans to the Byzantines. Both horse and rider were clad in scale armor, and the rider carried some form of spear or lance. Though less powerful than the later knights, cataphracts were extremely effective at breaking infantry units in battle.


Attacking Strategies[]

  • The Cataphract has a lot of health but is slow and has low attack power, so use it in groups
  • The Cataphract is weak against many defenses grouped together
  • When pushing for trophies, you would need to destroy the Town Center or City Center. In many bases, the town center would be in the center of the base. First, train up an army of Cataphract and a Wall Breacher. When attacking, deploy your Wall Breacher and wait till it destroys the necessary walls. Then, deploy all your Cataphract units in the areas which the City Center is more close to. If there are a few defenses blocking the way, destroy them. Then rally your units to destroy the Town Center or City Center
  • The Cataphract would ignore defensive troops and would pursue their targets which are defensive buildings. However, if a defensive troop attacks it, the Cataphract will attack back until the defensive troop is killed; thus making it distracted. Try to use and deploy Ranged Infantry or Heavy Infantry after deploying the units to eliminate the defensive troops

Defensive Strategies[]

  • The Cataphract is a good alliance troop due to its high health; making it longer to kill them
  • Cataphract units are spawned by Stable or Tank Depot. With their high health, they are good to slow down the enemies advance
  • The Reinforcements technology in the Library spawns Main the units in the forest and they attack troops of the attacker