Ellyrian Reaver Archers is a High Elves cavalry unit in Total War: Warhammer II. These archers take aim at the enemies of the Elven kingdom, harassing with arrows whilst screening their allies.
To this day, Ellyrian Reavers form a deadly part of Ulthuan's armies. They rove the wild lands of Ellyrion, slaying the monstrous beasts that leave the borders of the Annulii and seek to rampage through the Inner Kingdoms. Many a cockatrice or chimera has been laid low by the well-placed arrows or spear thrusts of the noble youths, and many more Dark Elves have had their cruel raids cut short. Indeed, such pride do the Ellyrian Reavers take in their skills that many of the young nobles keep a tally of slain foes. When the sun sets and set fighting ceases, he whose spear has felled the greatest numbers of enemies is granted the honour of carrying the regiment's standard into the next battle. However, he who slays the mightiest opponent receives Kurnous' favour; when next he rides to war he will do so as one of Kurnous' Harbingers, blessed with peerless aim by the wild God of the Hunt.
- ↑ Fire whilst moving: This unit can fire while on the move.
- ↑ Vanguard Deployment: This unit can deploy in an expanded deployment area, allowing it to start the battle within striking distance of the enemy - or somewhere unexpected.
- ↑ Very Fast: This unit can run circles around most other units, taunting and harrassing the enemy or evading its missile fire.
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Trading some charge bonus and melee defense for the ability to shoot their enemies from a safe distance, Ellyrian Reaver Archers perform much the same function as their bowless variant: harassing archers, disrupting artillery and chasing down fleeing enemy units. As with normal Reavers, useful in the early game but the longer the campaign goes on the more you will probably find yourself wanting some heavier shock cavalry.