The Ruiter is a heavy cavalry unit available to Guelders and Friesland. It has an attack bonus vs. infantry and also has armor against anticavalry units. Though the ruiter is the Guelder unique unit,it is also available to Friesland as a mercenary. Guelders can upgrade the Ruiter to the Wapentuer.
Type: Knightly Cavalry Available to: Guelders, Friesland (with Fetkeapers)
Trained at: Castle
Cost: 70 Food, 75 Florins
Armor/Pierce Armor: 2/1
Special: +9 vs. infantry, 12 armor vs. anticavalry units.
Upgrades to: Wapentuer (Guelders only)
Upgrade century: 15th
Upgrade cost: 1200 Food, 800 Florins
Eventhough, the Ruiter has an attack bonus against infantry, it is still expensive and more of a trooper, than a heavy cavalry unit. Therefore, it should not be used carelessly, especially against ranged pikemen.
However, if you play as Friesland, these Mercenaries come in handy especially when your infantry has to face Danish Livgardes.
The people of Guelders were a warlike people. Stemming from a highly agricultural area, with however its fair share of small cities, many people had mounts and the money to afford the necessary equipment. The Dukes of Guelders fought in various theatres, undertaking the popular "Prusade" (crusade to pagan Prussia) during the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. However, the Gelderlanders saw most practice at home, in a variety of civil wars or small-scale border wars against Brabant.