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Ranged cavalry. Good against cavalry.
—In-game description

The Apache Cavalry is a ranged cavalry native warrior in Age of Empires III: The WarChiefs that can be trained at a Trading Post built on an Apache settlement.


The Apache Cavalry play similarly to Dragoons in that they are ranged gunpowder cavalry strong against other cavalry.

Once Apache Raiders is researched, they gain extra damage against Villagers as well, making them effective at disrupting an enemy economy or killing Villagers that stray too far. As with most cavalry they are weak against heavy infantry.


Age Upgrade Cost Effect
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Native Warrior Societies.png Apache Warrior Societies 200 wood,
150 coin
Upgrades Apache Cavalry to Elite (+25% hit points and attack)
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Champion Natives.png Champion Apache 400 wood,
300 coin
Upgrades Apache Cavalry to Champion (+40% hit points and attack); requires Apache Warrior Societies
Imperial Age
Legendary natives.png Legendary Native Warriors
Exalted natives.png Exalted Natives
1,500 food,
1,500 wood
Upgrades native warriors to Legendary/Exalted (+50% hit points and attack)
The Legendary Native Warriors improvement is available in the Capitol for European civilizations and in the Town Center for Native American and Asian (as Exalted Natives) civilizations.

Further statistics[]

Unit strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Heavy cavalry, Shock Infantry, villagers (with Apache Raiders)
Weak vs. Heavy infantry, light cavalry, artillery
Hit points Horsemanship.png Horsemanship (+10%, Lakota only)
Comanche Horse Breeding.png Comanche Horse Breeding (+10%)
Navajo Weaving.png Navajo Weaving (+5%)
Attack Ranged Cavalry Caracole.png Ranged Cavalry Caracole (+10%)
Bonepipe Armor.png Bonepipe Armor (+1.0x multiplier vs. artillery, Lakota only)
Apache Raiders.png Apache Raiders (+2.0x multiplier vs. villagers)
Range Ranged Cavalry Caracole.png Ranged Cavalry Caracole (+2)
Sight Town Watch.png Town Watch (+2)
Ranged Cavalry Caracole.png Ranged Cavalry Caracole (+2)
Speed Comanche Mustangs.png Comanche Mustangs (+10%)
Apache Endurance.png Apache Endurance (+5%)
Creation speed Mass Cavalry.png Mass Cavalry (-50%)
Penalties Coffee Trade.png Coffee Trade (-10% speed, Dutch only)

Home City Cards[]


The WarChiefs[]

  • Apache Cavalry has a build limit of 8 and trains in 30 seconds.

Definitive Edition[]

  • Apache Cavalry has a build limit of 9, trains in 40 seconds and has a ×1.5 multiplier against artillery.

In-game dialogue[]

Main article: Apache#In-game_dialogue


The tribal people known by the name “Apache” inhabited the American Southwest, from at least the sixteenth century until today. “Apache” is probably derived from the Zuni word “apachu” meaning enemy.

The historic Apache were known as primarily a nomadic people who lived as hunters-gatherers. They kept few possessions and didn’t settle in one location for long. Apache life centered around a matriarchal culture, with the family its core unit.

The Apache nation consisted of several loosely-knit tribes, including the Mescaleros, Chiricahua, and Coyoteros. The warriors of these groups were famed for their bravery and cunning. The U.S. Army considered the Apache as one of their most difficult opponents during the entire period known as the Indian Wars. Even though their numbers were relatively small, the Apache proved an extremely tough and difficult foe.