Colonial Dragoons (ETW unit)

Colonial Dragoons
Colonial Dragoons
Category: Cavalry
Class: Dragoons
Men: 20 / 40 / 60 / 80
Range: 70
Accuracy: 40
Reloading skill: 25
Ammunition: 15
Melee attack: 7
Charge bonus: 10
Defence: 6
Morale: 6
Turns to train: 1
Recruitment cost: 1040
Upkeep cost: 310
Building (minimum level)
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Army Encampment
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Military Governor's Encampment

Despite appearances, dragoons are not really cavalry but mounted line infantry, riding into a battle then fighting on foot.

Horses give mobility, not shock value in combat. Dragoons do not charge home, but ride to critical spots on a battlefield where infantry firepower is needed. They carry smoothbore, muzzle-loading muskets with shortened barrels (to make reloading easier) originally called “dragons” or dragoons; over time, this name transferred to the men.

Dragoons are also useful for riot control and civil suppression (“dragooning” is to bully people into a course of action). Their usefulness as infantry and “cheap” cavalry means that they can put down all kinds of trouble, as cutting down civilians is beneath the dignity of proper cavalry regiments.

Historically, dragoons slowly became cavalry soldiers like any other, and stopped fighting as mounted infantry, although many regiments did retain the name. The cavalry had always regarded them as (lower paid) social inferiors, and the infantry had resented them as not being proper footsloggers, so the dragoons welcomed their new acceptability.


Can dismount
Can hide in woodland
Garrison policing bonus
Grappling hooks
Resistant to heat fatigue

Technological abilities

Fire by rank
Wedge formation
Diamond formation

Available for:

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Austria France Great Britain Poland-Lithuania Prussia
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Russia Spain Sweden United Provinces

Unit is available when holding a region in the colonies.

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