The Rider is a mounted melee unit unlocked by the Riding technology. The Rider has more movement but lower defence than a Warrior. In addition, the Rider has the escape skill, which allows it to move after attacking. Therefore, the Rider can be used in hit-and-run warfare.

The Oumaji tribe starts the game with a Rider. The Aquarion tribe has the Amphibian in place of the Rider.

Strengths and Weaknesses

Strengths:

  • Riders are good for early-game exploration and expansion. With their increased movement, they can quickly cover large distances and retreat after attacking if necessary.
  • Riders can exploit their escape skill to capture any open enemy cities.
  • Riders are very strong when used in combination with Roads.

Weakness:

Trivia

  • A comparison between native and mind-bended Aquarion mounted units

    Aquarion Riders, obtained by converting an enemy Rider with a Mind Bender, are slightly larger than Amphibians.
  • Examples of effective use of Riders include this video of a Perfection game by Tupp and this video of a multiplayer game by Unwise.

Gallery

Units
Land units: Warrior, Rider, Archer, Swordman, Catapult, Knight, Defender, Mind Bender, Nature Bunny
Naval units: Boat, Ship, Battleship
Super units: Giant, Crab, Dragon, Gaami
Aquarion units: Amphibian, Tridention
∑∫ỹriȱŋ units: Polytaur, Navalon
Polaris units: Mooni, Battle Sled, Ice Fortress, Ice Archer
Removed units: Scout, Guard Tower
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