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

The Bow Rider is a light ranged cavalry in Age of Empires III: The WarChiefs that is unique to the Lakota and can be trained at the Corral.

Overview[]

The Bow Rider is best used against heavy cavalry units as a group of them should easily take down an enemy's group of heavy cavalry. They can also be used to fend off Heavy Infantry due to their good resistance toward hand damage and high speed.

Bow Riders can be trained at the Corral, at the Commerce Age, unlike other similar units. This encourages Rushing, despite their high food cost. It is highly recommended to accompany Bow Riders with the Lakota War Chief, as he provides a speed bonus that allows them to outrun most enemy units.

A severe drawback of this unit is that there are no shipments of Bow Riders available to a Lakota player, unlike Axe Riders and Rifle Riders. This, combined with their high food cost, means that they require close micromanagement; they shouldn't be sent into groups of enemies without a specific purpose.

While the Bow Rider is light cavalry, it does not benefit from the "TEAM House of Aviz" card, which reduces the train time of Commerce Age light cavalry and enables Fortress Age light cavalry to be trained in the Commerce Age.

Upgrades[]

Age Upgrade Cost Effect
Age III tech tree aoe3
Elite cavalry Elite Bow Riders 200 wood
100 coin
Upgrades Bow Riders to Elite (+25% hit points and attack, and +0.5 multiplier vs. artillery)
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
Champion cavalry Champion Bow Riders 400 wood
200 coin
Upgrades Bow Riders to Champion (+25% hit points and attack); requires Elite Bow Riders
Imperial Age
Legendary cavalry Legendary Bow Riders 1,500 wood
1,500 coin
Upgrades Bow Riders to Legendary (+50% hit points and attack); requires Champion Bow Riders

Further statistics[]

As Bow Riders are unique to the Lakota, only technologies that they have access to are shown in the following table:

Unit strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Heavy cavalry, hand shock infantry, artillery
Weak vs. Heavy infantry, light infantry
Improvements
Hit points Comanche Horse Breeding Comanche Horse Breeding (+10%)
Cree Tanning Cree Tanning (+5%)
Navajo Weaving Navajo Weaving (+5%)
Tar kilns Tar Kilns (+5%)
Attack Seminole Bowyer Seminole Bowyer (+15%)
Carib Kasiri Beer Carib Kasiri Beer (+10%)
Ranged Cavalry Caracole Ranged Cavalry Caracole (+10%)
Tupi Poison Arrow Frogs Tupi Poison Arrow Frogs (+10%)
Yoga Yoga (+5%)
Wind horses Wind Horses (-10% Rate of Fire)
Battle Anger Battle Anger (+2.0 multiplier vs. artillery)
Carib Garifuna Drums Carib Garifuna Drums (+1.0 multiplier vs. villagers)
Horsemanship Horsemanship (+1.0 multiplier vs. Walls)
Resistance Sudanese quilted armor Sudanese Quilted Armor (+10% hand resistance)
Bonepipe Armor Bonepipe Armor (+10% siege resistance)
Range Ranged Cavalry Caracole Ranged Cavalry Caracole (+2)
Sarmatism Sarmatism (+1)
Line of Sight Ranged Cavalry Caracole Ranged Cavalry Caracole (+2)
Sarmatism Sarmatism (+1)
Speed Apache Endurance Apache Endurance (+5%)
Comanche Mustangs Comanche Mustangs (+5%)
Wind horses Wind Horses (+0.5)
Train time Cheyenne Horse Trading Cheyenne Horse Trading (-40%)
Horsemanship Horsemanship (-33%)
Quechuan Diet Quechuan Diet (-15%)
Shaman drums Shaman Drums (-10%)
Cost Mapuche Ad-mapu Mapuche Ad-mapu (-10% coin cost)
Golden liberty Golden Liberty (-5% coin cost)
Other Merritocracy Meritocracy (-20% upgrade cost)

Home City Cards[]

As Bow Riders are unique to the Lakota, only their cards and other civilizations' TEAM cards are shown in the following tables:

Click for a list of Home City Cards related to the Bow Rider
Some cards are highlighted with:
Green TEAM Shipment that is sent to each player in a team
Blue Shipment that arrives fast (5 seconds)

Germans[]

Card Description Age
German Home City 2 (Cavalry Attack) TEAM Cavalry Attack Heavy cavalry, light ranged cavalry, and shock infantry get +10% attack; Germans-only heavy cavalry, light cavalry, and shock infantry get +15% attack instead
Age III tech tree aoe3
  • "TEAM Cavalry Attack" does not stack with the Italian "TEAM Cavalry Attack" card.

Indians[]

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

Italians[]

Card Description Age
German Home City 2 (Cavalry Attack) TEAM Cavalry Attack Heavy cavalry, light ranged cavalry, and shock infantry get +10% attack; Italians-only heavy cavalry, light cavalry, and shock infantry get +15% attack instead
Age III tech tree aoe3
  • "TEAM Cavalry Attack" does not stack with the German "TEAM Cavalry Attack" card.

Japanese[]

Card Description Age
Japanese Home City 3 (Cheaper Unit Upgrades) TEAM Sengoku Unit upgrades cost -20%
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
1

Lakota[]

Card Description Age
Lakota Home City 2 (Akichita) Akichita All Lakota warriors get +20% hit points, but get reduced multipliers against Villagers; Tashunke Prowlers get -0.75×; Cetan Bowmen, Club Warriors, Wakina Rifles, Axe Riders, and Tokala Soldiers get -0.33×; Bow Riders and Rifle Riders get -0.25×
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
British Home City 2 (Cavalry Damage) Cavalry Damage Cavalry get +15% attack
Age II tech tree aoe3
British Home City 2 (Cavalry Combat) Cavalry Combat Cavalry get +15% hit points and attack
Age III tech tree aoe3
Sioux Home City 2 (Mustangs) TEAM Mustangs Cavalry and shock infantry cost -10%
Age III tech tree aoe3
Winter counts Winter Counts Training units grants +40% XP and constructing buildings grants +20% XP
Age IV tech tree aoe 3

Maltese[]

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

Mexicans[]

Card Description Age
Mexican Home City 2 (TEAM Mariachi) TEAM Mariachi For the next 30 seconds, military buildings work 400% faster and units get +10% speed
Age I tech tree aoe3

Russians[]

Card Description Age
Russian Home City 2 (Cavalry Scout) TEAM Kamchatka Expeditions Cavalry and shock infantry get +10% hit points and +4 Line of Sight
Age I tech tree aoe3

Spanish[]

Card Description Age
Spanish Home City 3 (Inquisition) TEAM Spanish Inquisition Ships 1 Inquisitor; all units get +10 Line of Sight
Age II tech tree aoe3

Germans[]

Card Description Age HC level
German Home City 2 (Cavalry Attack) TEAM Cavalry Attack Heavy cavalry, light ranged cavalry, and shock infantry get +15% attack
Age II tech tree aoe3
10

Indians[]

Card Description Age HC level
Shivajis tactics TEAM Shivaji's Tactics All units get +5% hit points and attack
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
25

Japanese[]

Card Description Age HC level
Japanese Home City 3 (Cheaper Unit Upgrades) TEAM Cheaper Unit Upgrades Unit upgrades cost -20%
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
1

Russians[]

Card Description Age HC level
Russian Home City 2 (Cavalry Scout) TEAM Cavalry Scouts Cavalry and shock infantry get +10% hit points and +4 Line of Sight
Age I tech tree aoe3
1

Sioux[]

Card Description Age HC level
British Home City 2 (Cavalry Damage) Cavalry Damage Cavalry get +15% attack
Age II tech tree aoe3
10
British Home City 2 (Cavalry Hitpoints) Cavalry Hitpoints Cavalry get +15% hit points
Age II tech tree aoe3
10
British Home City 2 (Cavalry Combat) Cavalry Combat Cavalry get +15% hit points and attack
Age III tech tree aoe3
25
Mustangs Mustangs Cavalry cost -10%
Age III tech tree aoe3
10
Spanish Home City 3 (Riding School) Riding School Cavalry train time -40%
Age II tech tree aoe3
10

Spanish[]

Card Description Age HC level
Spanish Home City 3 (Inquisition) TEAM Inquisition All units get +10 Line of Sight
Age I tech tree aoe3
10

Changelog[]

3WCIcon48px The WarChiefs[]

Age3DE Icon Definitive Edition[]

  • Bow Riders have 225 hit points.

Age3DE Icon Knights of the Mediterranean[]

  • With update 13.12327, Bow Riders have a ×1.5 hand, ranged and siege multipliers against artillery, ×1.5 siege multiplier against Shrines and ×0.5 against Walls, the Elite Bow Rider upgrade gives +0.5 multiplier against artillery and, although it is not listed in the patch notes, his portrait has been updated.
  • With update 13.18214, Bow Riders have a ×0.75 ranged multiplier against villager.
  • With update 14.3853, Bow Riders have a ×0.5 ranged multiplier against villager and a ×1.5 siege multiplier against resource enclosures.

History[]

When forced west by the encroachment of the European colonists, the Lakota adapted to a wide-ranging, nomadic lifestyle - aided primarily by their mastery of the horse. The Lakota were known as expert horsemen and horse breeders. They developed extremely sophisticated riding tactics. When in battle, they would wrap their legs about their horse's upper body and lean over to the side opposite their foes - taking aim from beneath the horse's neck and using the animal for cover.
—In-game history section

Gallery[]

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