Cairo Janissaries (ETW unit)

Cairo Janissaries
Cairo Janissaries
Category: Infantry
Class: Elite Infantry
Men: 40 / 80 / 120 / 160
Range: 70
Accuracy: 45
Reloading skill: 45
Ammunition: 15
Melee attack: 11
Charge bonus: 12
Defence: 12
Morale: 8
Turns to train: 1
Recruitment cost: 1190
Upkeep cost: 290
Building (minimum level)
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Military Academy

Cairo janissaries are recruited from among the children of janissary families, which gives them a sense of camaraderie and superiority.

They are armed with muskets and swords, making them equally useful in the firing line or in melee. They are, however, vulnerable to cavalry as their training does not include formal drills to form square for protection. They do not wear armour, despite appearing rather old-fashioned compared to european troops.

Janissaries were always an elite group within the Ottoman military, although by the end of the eighteenth century they were no longer necessarily numbered among the best soldiers in the world. Originally, janissaries had been recruited from among Christian boy children within Ottoman lands, as troops under the direct control of the Sultan and as a counter to his more powerful vassals. The practice of taking children in this way was gradually abandoned, and by the 18th Century the janissaries were a power in their own right. The Cairo janissaries were almost exclusively recruited from among Arabic Egyptians. Turkish members of the larger corps did their best to make sure that the janissaries, and their own families, gained and kept control of the plum jobs within the Ottoman administration. As a result, they ceased to be a purely military force and became a highly conservative group, determined to fight any reform within the Empire that reduced their influence.


Can guard
Can hide in light scrub
Can hide in woodland
Grappling hooks
Inspires nearby units
Resistant to heat fatigue
Resistant to morale shocks

Available for:

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Ottoman Empire

Unit is available when controlling the region of Cairo.


This unit is part of the Elite Units of the East DLC.

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