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Conquering the world on horseback is easy; it is dismounting and governing that is hard. — Genghis Khan

In game[edit]

Noyan ico.png
Noyan— Vital statistics

Medium cavalry, capable of launching devastating ranged attacks and boosting the power of its subordinates' attacks.

Prereq: Build time HP LOS Attack Attack speed Movement
Upgrades from
Monarchy Politics
100 10 20 1.69s

Steppe Nomad

Cost Created from Armour Weapon range Specialty
Base Ramp Pop
Timber: 60;
Wealth.jpg: 40
Timber: 1;
Wealth.jpg: 4

nobles' Court

3 0–7

Can attack enemies to the left while moving.


Overall strategy[edit]

Of higher rank than the Keshig and Tarkhan castes in Mongol society are the Noyan — the governors and commanders of Mongol forces. The Noyan distinguishes itself as being one of the few "Chivalric Order" units capable of boosting the attack and/or defence of nearby friendlies, and can also attack like a cavalry archer. Noyans, however, are hard to come by — they are costlier and train far more slowly, meaning that you can't really have a whole army of Noyans. The best way to use them would be the same way you would use Christian Chivalric Orders — as the leaders and escorts of your armies to improve their capabilities in the field. Furthermore, Noyan can be recruited only from the Nobles' Court, so it will take some time for you to raise these men to lead your armies to glory.

Unit summary[edit]

  • Born to Lead — While being crack missile cavalry units, Noyans also are capable of boosting the attack and/or defence of nearby friendly units.
  • Noyans are costly, and also can be trained only at a Nobles' Court, so use them as escort duty, not offensive manoeuvres.


The success of the Mongol empire did not lie in strength of number nor in the courage and brutality of its fighting men. Rather, it relied on its leaders' political astuteness and superb organisational abilities. Genghis Khan initated sweeping reforms, including meritocracy: promotion was based on merit, and not by birthright, which was the custom in many cultures in the world at the time. Iron discipline brutally implemented without discrimination also guaranteed that the Mongols, consisting mostly of tribesmen on horseback, could also execute well-choreographed manoeuvres, which allowed them to defeat even numerically superior foes.