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Ranged light cavalry equipped with a carbine repeater. Good against Heavy Cavalry and Artillery.
—In-game description

The Carbine Cavalry is a gunpowder light cavalry in Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition that is unique to the United States and can be trained at the Stable, Fort and Steamer. It replaces the Dragoon for the United States.



The Carbine Cavalry starts at the Veteran level, giving them +20% hit points and attack.

Age Upgrade Cost Effect
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Guard cavalry.png Guard Carbine Cavalry 600 wood,
600 coin
Upgrades Carbine Cavalry to Guard (+30% hit points and attack) +1 range
Imperial Age
Imperial cavalry.png Imperial Carbine Cavalry 1,500 wood,
1,500 coin
Upgrades Carbine Cavalry to Imperial (+50% hit points and attack); requires Guard Carbine Cavalry

Further statistics[]

As Carbine Cavalry are unique to the United States, only technologies that they have access to are shown in the following tables:

Unit strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Heavy cavalry, light infantry, artillery
Weak vs. Heavy infantry, ranged infantry, light cavalry
Hit points Comanche Horse Breeding.png Comanche Horse Breeding (+10%)
Cree Tanning.png Cree Tanning (+5%)
Navajo Weaving.png Navajo Weaving (+5%)
Attack Ranged Cavalry Caracole.png Ranged Cavalry Caracole (+10%)
Yoga.png Yoga (+5%)
Smokeless Powder.png Smokeless Powder (+30% siege attack)
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 (-35%)
Cheyenne Horse Trading.png Cheyenne Horse Trading (-25%)
Inca Chaquis Messengers.png Quechuan Diet (-25%)
Train cost Mapuche Ad-mapu.png Mapuche Ad-mapu (-10% coin cost)
Other Merritocracy.png Meritocracy (-20% upgrade cost)

Home City Cards[]

As Carbine Cavalry are unique to the United States, only their cards and other civilizations' TEAM cards are shown in the following tables:


Definitive Edition[]

The African Royals[]

  • With update 50830, Carbine Cavalry have 14 range and 2.25 ranged Rate of Fire.


  • In its unit portrait, the Carabine Cavalry is armed with what appears to be a Spencer carbine.


As early modern warfare transitioned into an age where firearms dominated the battlefield, cavalry units felt the need to adapt in kind. While long, muzzle-loading rifles could not be used effectively from horseback, a variant -- the carbine -- soon developed. Carbines were shorter and easier to reload than rifles, making them far more practical, and were adopted with enthusiasm by the US Cavalry. This weapon was far more effective than the pistols used by European dragoons and highly useful for the open terrains on which they were usually used. During the late 19th century, more advanced carbines were developed, such as Spencers and Winchesters, whose breech-loading and lever-action mechanisms allowed quick reloading and rapid firing, a deadly combination.