okay i’ll give you a legit argument.
It has more health, armor, and attack then a frankish paladin.
which means that when you are fighting against any other melee unit, they are already going to trade better then a Frank Paladin Would.
Against archers they have more health and armor, which means they survive longer, and since they have more attack, they kill archers faster as well. this all means they are taking more favorable trades against both range and melee units.
How is that not a buff?
It’s not a buff because they’re will be more slow than the cavalry, pike man can destroy them, cavalry who are more fast than them cast and where their cost will be less cheaper can beat them, their attack speed who is slow don’t make them really good against archer.
let me ask you this - if we added knights to Indians (as is) would it be a buff?
Yes and No, for example, they could add a malus for Knights units from indians and it add > more strategy in a way, like maybe a new cavalry for india but more weaker than the original.
except here is the difference - you are also giving it more health and attack to boot. so it’s got teuton melee armor, lithuanian attack (with relics), and more health then a frank paladin. how is that not a buff?
It’s not a buff because the price will be very high, this unit will be like a siege unit, with high cost, and the slowest cavalry.
first of all, Indians use camels, not Elephants, for most their fighting.
and yet in early castle age they don’t have the bulky power of the knight to take on feudal trash the way other civs do so giving them knights means that in early castle age they can more cost effectively remove feudal armies from the map. furthermore, knights would be better against archers then camels are. which is a buff to them in castle age.
Ok yeah i see the logic, but add Gendarmes knowing their cost, the fact that they are 30-40% slower than a normal calvary unit, and their slowest attack speed make them quite weak, you can counter them, but their advantages will be really good if you use them correclty in strategy.