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Skirmisher trained to move fast. Sounds a bugle after defeating an enemy to stun foes and boost ally speed.
—In-game description

The Bersagliere (plural Bersaglieri) is a ranged gunpowder infantry in Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition - Knights of the Mediterranean that is unique to the Italians.


The Bersagliere is a ranged infantry unit that replaces the Skirmisher for the Italians. It is effective against heavy infantry and light cavalry, but vulnerable against cavalry and artillery.

Compared with Skirmishers, Bersaglieri have less melee attack, -10% ranged resistance, a slightly increased coin cost and training time, but move faster, have a slightly higher ranged attack, and deals ×3 additional damage against light cavalry. However, they are not available until the Industrial Age, which means that players must develop a "Fast Industrial Age" strategy in order to age up in early-game matches.

Due to their increased movement speed, Bersaglieri can perform hit-and-run tactics more easily than other long-ranged infantry and retreat faster if the enemy outnumbers them. But even being faster than many infantry units, hand cavalry like the Hussar is able to reach and take them down more easily, and artillery units like the Falconet can defeat Bersaglieri if they are within their range.

Bersaglieri can perform a better role countering heavy infantry than Pavisiers, although it is recommended to build an Arsenal and research Counter Infantry Rifling for an effective increased attack against these units. While Pavisiers get different resistances from each stance, Bersaglieri prove to be useful support units thanks to their Bugle Call ability, which increases the speed of nearby units after they defeat an enemy unit.

Special abilities[]

  • Passive bugle call.png Bugle Call: The Bersagliere sounds a bugle after defeating an enemy, stunning the next infantry or cavalry unit for 3.5 seconds, and boosts in +2.5% the ally units' speed for 4 seconds in an AOE of 25.


Although not available then, the Bersagliere automatically upgrades to the Veteran level in the Fortress Age, giving it +20% hit points and attack. It starts at Guard level in the Industrial Age, giving it +30% hit points and attack.

Age Upgrade Cost Effect
Imperial Age
Imperial infantry.png Imperial Bersaglieri 1,500 wood
1,500 coin
Imperial upgrade for Bersaglieri (+50% hit points and attack)

Further statistics[]

As Bersaglieri are unique to the Italians, only technologies that they have access to are shown in the following table:

Unit strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Heavy infantry, light cavalry, ranged shock infantry
Weak vs. Heavy cavalry, Shock Infantry, counter-skirmishers, artillery
Hit points Flint lock.png Flint Lock (+10%)
Cree Tanning.png Cree Tanning (+10%)
Navajo Weaving.png Navajo Weaving (+5%)
Tar kilns.png Tar Kilns (+5%)
Attack Counter Infantry Rifling.png Counter Infantry Rifling (+1.0× multiplier vs. heavy infatry)
Paper cartridge.png Paper Cartridge (+15%)
Yoga.png Yoga (+5%)
Smokeless Powder.png Smokeless Powder (+10%)
Clenched Fist.png Clenched Fist (+30% melee attack)
Somali jile daggers.png Somali Jile Daggers (-35% melee attack ROF)
Armatoloi.png Armatoloi (+5%)
Kalthoff repeaters.png Kalthoff Repeaters (+0.1× multiplier vs. light infantry)
Armor Somali oryx shields.png Somali Oryx Hide Shields (additional +10% melee/ranged resistance)
Range Schutzenfest.png Schützenfest (+1)
Speed Military Drummers.png Military Drummers (+10%)
Quechuan Mountaineering.png Quechuan Mountaineering (+10%)
Apache Endurance.png Apache Endurance (+5%)
Akan Drums.png Akan Fontomfrom (+5%)
Sight Town Watch.png Town Watch (+2)
Creation speed Standing Army.png Standing Army (-25%)
Quechuan Diet.png Quechuan Diet (-15%)
Akan Drums.png Akan Fontomfrom (-25%)
Train cost Mapuche Ad-mapu.png Mapuche Ad-mapu (-10% coin)
Golden liberty.png Golden Liberty (-5% coin)
Other Merritocracy.png Meritocracy (-20% upgrade cost)

Home City Cards[]

As Bersaglieri are unique to the Italians, only their cards and other civilizations' TEAM cards are shown in the following tables:

  • Green: TEAM Shipment that is sent to each player in a team
  • Purple: Shipment that can be sent an INFINITE number of times


Card Description Age HC level
Dutch Home City 2 (Infantry Hitpoints).png TEAM Infantry Hitpoints Infantry get +15% hit points
Age II tech tree aoe3.png


Card Description Age
Ethiopian Home City 2 (TEAM Coffee Consumption).png TEAM Coffee Consumption Ranged Infantry get +5% speed
Age IV tech tree aoe 3.png


Card Description Age HC level
French Home City 2 (Ranged Infantry Attack).png TEAM Ranged Infantry Attack Ranged Infantry get +15% attack
Age III tech tree aoe3.png
French Home City 2 (Early Skirmishers).png TEAM House of Bonaparte Skirmishers, Cassadores, Forest Prowlers, Wakina Rifles, Sharpshooters, Neftenyas, Imperial Army, and Territorial Army can be trained in the Commerce Age; Bersaglieri can be trained in the Fortress Age; Longbowman, Strelet, Otontin Slinger, Gurkha, Yumi Archer, Jungle Bowman, Leather Cannon, Desert Archer, and Jaeger train time -20%
Age I tech tree aoe3.png


Card Description Age HC level
Iroquois Home City 2 (Scout Infantry).png TEAM Scout Infantry Infantry get +8 LOS
Age II tech tree aoe3.png


Card Description Age
Inca Home City 2 (TEAM Inca Bridges).png TEAM Inca Bridges Infantry and civilian units get +5% speed; +1 Chasqui
Age I tech tree aoe3.png


Card Description Age HC level
Shivajis tactics.png TEAM Shivaji's Tactics All units get +5% hit points and attack
Age IV tech tree aoe 3.png


Card Description Age
Italian Home City 2 (12 Bersaglieri).png 12 Bersaglieri Ships 12 Bersaglieri
Age IV tech tree aoe 3.png
Italian Home City 2 (8 Bersaglieri INF).png 8 Bersaglieri Ships 8 Bersaglieri
Age IV tech tree aoe 3.png
Italian Home City 2 (Alpini).png Alpini Bersaglieri get +15% attack and now prioritize their ranged attacks on Heavy Infantry and Light Cavalry
Age IV tech tree aoe 3.png
Italian Home City 2 (Red Shirts).png Redshirts Musketeers, Bersaglieri, Papal Zouaves and Schiavoni get +15% attack
Age IV tech tree aoe 3.png
Iroquois Home City 2 (Infantry Hitpoints).png Infantry Hitpoints Infantry get +15% hit points
Age II tech tree aoe3.png
Italian Home City 2 (Schiavoni Swords).png Schiavoni Swords All cavalry and infantry get +15% hand attack
Age II tech tree aoe3.png


Card Description Age HC level
Japanese Home City 3 (Cheaper Unit Upgrades).png TEAM Sengoku Unit upgrades cost -20%
Age IV tech tree aoe 3.png


Card Description Age
Maltese Home City 2 (TEAM Knights of the Round Table).png TEAM Knights of the Round Table Ships 1 Hospitaller for each Center owned by the player; increases all unit hit points by 2%
Age I tech tree aoe3.png


Card Description Age HC level
Portuguese Home City 2 (Gunpowder Infantry Hitpoints).png TEAM Gunpowder Infantry Hitpoints Gunpowder Infantry get +15% hit points
Age III tech tree aoe3.png


Card Description Age HC level
Spanish Home City 3 (Inquisition).png TEAM Inquisition All units get +10 LOS
Age I tech tree aoe3.png



The Bersaglieri (sg. Bersagliere) were created in 1836 as mobile shock troops adept at skirmishing with enemy lines. Initially created by the Kingdom of Sardinia in the absence of a proper cavalry force, they distinguished themselves sufficiently to earn themselves a role in the Piedmontese army and, later, that of the unified Kingdom of Italy. Known for their speed, physical fitness, and distinct uniform of black coats and wide-brimmed hats, the Bersaglieri served as an elite force in the Italian military well into the 20th century.


See also[]

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