"A big rodent."—In-game description
Capybaras are huntable animals in Age of Empires III that appear on tropical maps like Orinoco and Amazonia. They provide a decent supply of Food early in the game but are later replaced by Mills due to the depletion of wildlife. Each Capybara yields 400 food.
Capybaras are also used as ammunition for Mediocre Bombard unit.
"Scientific Name: Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris
Approx. Size: 4 ft. long, 80 lb.
Diet: Grasses, bark, river plants
The name capybara is a Tupi-Guarani word that means "grass eater." The capybara is the largest living rodent. It has sparse, bristly fur and partially webbed feet. They are excellent swimmers and can even sleep underwater, so long as their noses are above the surface. They live in herds that keep to riverbanks and water, hiding from predators by swimming away when they can. Catholic settlers in South America found the capybara and wondered if it was permissible to eat the strange water-loving animal during Lent (a time when no meat can be eaten, but fish is acceptable). The Church, fearing the loss of such distant and endangered followers, classified the capybara as a fish, a decision that has never been reversed."
|Animals in Age of Empires III|
|Friendly huntables||Bighorn Sheep · Bison · Capybara · Caribou · Deer · Elephant · Elk · Giant Salamander · Guanaco · Ibex · Marco Polo Sheep · Moose · Musk Deer · Musk Ox · Nilgai · Pronghorn · Rhea · Saiga · Serow · Tapir · Turkey|
|Treasure Guardians||Alligator · Black Bear · Black Panther · Cougar · Coyote · Grizzly Bear · Jaguar · Lion · Lion-Tailed Macaque · Monitor Lizard · Orangutan · Panda · Polar Bear · Rhinoceros · Snow Leopard · Snow Monkey · Tibetan Macaque · Tiger · White Tiger · Wolf|
|Marine Guardians||Great White Shark · Orca|
|Fish||Bass · Carp · Catfish · Cod · Mahi-mahi · Mola Mola · Salmon · Sardines · Squid · Tarpon · Tuna|
|Whales||Beluga Whale · Humpback Whale · Minke Whale|
|Herdables||Cow · Goat · Llama · Sheep · Water Buffalo · Yak|