This article is about the Age of Empires III mercenary unit. For the cheat unit in Age of Empires, see Black Rider (Age of Empires).
"Heavily armed German mercenary cavalry armed with pistols."
In-game description

The Black Rider is a mercenary light cavalry in Age of Empires III. The Black Rider fights on horseback, wearing black armor, and wields powerful handguns.

Overview Edit

The Black Rider is a swift unit with a reasonable long range attack which can also take a lot of hits due to their substantial armor. Like its basic version, the Dragoon, the Black Rider is a type of ranged counter-cavalry unit. It is also good for killing enemy Artillery. With 12 Missionaries (Japanese ally), Unction, all attack improvement upgrades and cards (German and Indian allies), the Spanish German Black Rider is the ranged cavalry with the highest ranged attack, 100.32.

Further statistics Edit

Unit strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Heavy cavalry, light infantry, artillery
Weak vs. Heavy infantry, ranged infantry, light cavalry
Hit points Comanche Horse Breeding Comanche Horse Breeding (+10%)
Cree Tanning Cree Tanning (+5%)
Navajo Weaving Navajo Weaving (+5%)
Attack Counter Infantry Rifling Customized Merc Weapons (+30%, John Black's Mercenaries only)
Ranged Cavalry Caracole Ranged Cavalry Caracole (+10%)
Yoga Yoga (+5%)
Smokeless Powder Smokeless Powder (+30% siege attack)
Range Ranged Cavalry Caracole Ranged Cavalry Caracole (+2)
Sight Town Watch Town Watch (+2)
Ranged Cavalry Caracole Ranged Cavalry Caracole (+2)
Speed Comanche Mustangs Comanche Mustangs (+10%)
Apache Endurance Apache Endurance (+5%)
Creation speed Mass Cavalry Mass Cavalry (-50%)
Cheyenne Horse Trading Cheyenne Horse Trading (-25%)
Inca Chaquis Messengers Incan Chasquis Messengers (-25%)
Train cost Mapuche Ad-mapu Mapuche Ad-mapu (-10% coin cost)
Other Order of the Tower and Sword Order of the Tower and the Sword (ships 11 Black Riders, Portuguese only)
Penalties Coffee Trade Coffee Trade (-10% speed, Dutch only)

Home City Cards Edit

In-game dialogue Edit

Main article: Germans#In-game dialogue
  • Ja? (Yes?)
  • Bereit! (Ready!)
  • Auftrag? (Order?)
  • Jawohl! (Yes!)
  • Verstanden! (Understood!)
  • Wird erledigt! (It will be done!)
  • Angriff! (Attack!)
  • In den Kampf! (Into the fight!)

History Edit

"Black Riders were also known as "devil riders" because of the blackened armor they wore. They first appeared in Germany in the sixteenth century. The Riders developed a special tactic known as "caracole," which allowed them to effectively bombard infantry units with constant weapons fire. In caracole, cavalry units created a tight formation. The units in front fired their weapons, and then quickly charged to the back to reload. The units that were just behind them fired immediately after the first row charged backwards to reload."

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