Short-ranged missile unit that fires poison darts. Good against infantry.
—In-game description
Elite Carib blowgunner that can be quickly trained.
—Carib Ambusher in-game description

The Carib Blowgunner is a ranged infantry native warrior in Age of Empires III that can be trained at a Trading Post built at a Carib settlement.

A variant of the Blowgunner, Carib Ambusher, can be trained by hero units once Carib Ambush Party is researched. Aside from having a faster train time and slightly lower train limit, it is statistically identical to the Carib Blowgunner.

Overview[edit | edit source]

Carib Blowgunners and Ambushers excel at killing villagers in the Commerce Age even without Carib Garifuna Drums. They inflict three more damage than Crossbowmen and have more hit points than Crossbowmen or Musketeers. Their ranged resistance is less than that of a Crossbowman, but the 60 extra hit points more than make up for this fact by allowing them to be more durable than Crossbowmen (especially against Outposts) at the same cost as a Musketeer (100 resources total, but they don't require Coin so it can still be stockpiled for Fortress Age or used to research the Carib Garifuna Drums improvement). The fact the Ambushers can be replaced at the Explorer's location after bypassing enemy defenses makes them quite flexible as raid units.

Carib Ambushers train twice as fast as Blowgunners, three times faster than most European units and four times faster than all Commere Age cavalry as well. Only Town Centers with bunkered Villagers, massed Outposts (focus fire), large armies, melee cavalry and Longbowmen (their range is the key factor) can threaten a party of ambushers with total annihilation in the Commerce Age despite careful management of the units.

Upgrades[edit | edit source]

Age Upgrade Cost Effect
Ages fortress.jpg
Native Warrior Societies.png Carib Warrior Societies 200 wood,
150 coin
Upgrades Carib Blowgunners and Ambushers to Elite (+25% hit points and attack)
Ages industrial.jpg
Champion Natives.png Champion Carib 400 wood,
300 coin
Upgrades Carib Blowgunners and Ambushers to Champion (+40% hit points and attack); requires Carib Warrior Societies
Carib Ceremonial Feast.png Carib Ceremonial Feast 400 wood,
400 coin
Upgrades Carib Blowgunners and Ambushers to Feast Warriors (+50% hit points); requires Champion Carib
Imperial Age
Legendary natives.png Legendary Native Warriors
Exalted natives.png Exalted Natives
1,500 food,
1,500 wood
Upgrades native warriors to Legendary/Exalted (+50% hit points and attack)
The Legendary Native Warriors improvement is available in the Capitol for European civilizations and in the Town Center for Native American and Asian (as Exalted Natives) civilizations.

Further statistics[edit | edit source]

Unit strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Heavy infantry, light cavalry, Eagle Runner Knights
Weak vs. Heavy cavalry, Coyote Runners, artillery
Hit points Infantry Breastplate.png Infantry Breastplate (+10%)
Thin Red Line.png Thin Red Line (+20%, British only)
Cree Tanning.png Cree Tanning (+5%)
Navajo Weaving.png Navajo Weaving (+5%)
Attack Carib Kasiri Beer.png Carib Kasiri Beer (+10%)
Carib Garifuna Drums.png Carib Garifuna Drums (+1.0x multiplier vs. villagers)
Iroquois lacrosse.png Iroquois Lacrosse (+10%, vanilla Age of Empires III only)
Seminole Bowyer.png Seminole Bowyer (+25%)
Tupi Poison Arrow Frogs.png Tupi Poison Arrow Frogs (+10%)
Yoga.png Yoga (+5%)
Clenched Fist.png Clenched Fist (+30% melee attack)
Speed Military Drummers.png Military Drummers (+10%)
Tillys Discipline.png Tilly's Discipline (+20%, Germans only)
Cherokee War Dance.png Cherokee War Dance (+20%)
Inca Road-building.png Incan Road-building (+20%)
Apache Endurance.png Apache Endurance (+5%)
Sight Town Watch.png Town Watch (+2)
Creation speed Standing Army.png Standing Army (-25%)
Penalties Thin Red Line.png Thin Red Line (-25% speed, British only)
Coffee Trade.png Coffee Trade (-10% speed, Dutch only)
Tillys Discipline.png Tilly's Discipline (+10% cost, Germans only)

Home City Cards[edit | edit source]

Changelog[edit | edit source]

Age of Empires III[edit | edit source]

  • Carib Blowgunners have 4.5 speed, train in 20 seconds, and a x2.0 multiplier against heavy infantry and light cavalry.

Definitive Edition[edit | edit source]

  • Carib Blowgunners have 5.0 speed, train in 30 seconds, and a x1.5 multiplier against infantry.

In-game dialogue[edit | edit source]

Main article: Carib#In-game_dialogue

History[edit | edit source]

The Carib of the Lesser Antilles were warlike, skillfully navigating the waters of the Caribbean in canoes to raid other settlements - native and later, European - for women and food. Men and women spoke different languages, the men Carib and the women Arawak. It is thought that the Carib came from the northern coast of South America and drove off or killed the Arawak-speaking men, taking their women as wife-slaves.
Carib warriors fought primarily with bows and blowguns. Their dress was minimal, primarily elaborate loincloths and necklaces for both men and women.

Outlaw Blowgunner[edit | edit source]

The Outlaw Blowgunner is a treasure guardian version of the Carib Blowgunner. They yield more hit points and speed as well as dealing a much higher ranged attack. Their melee damage however is significantly lower and it is recommended to defeat them with melee combat. The Outlaw Blowgunner also lacks the multipliers against heavy infantry and light cavalry and other units. They are found in maps set in Central and South America such as Amazonia, Yucatán, Araucania, and others.

Unlike the Carib Blowgunner, who has long, black hair, the Outlaw Blowgunner is bald.

History[edit | edit source]

Blowguns, or blowpipes, are common hunting tools for native tribes inhabiting the rain forests of the Amazon and southern Central America. They are extremely accurate, though not particularly strong as weapons. Without poisons they are capable of taking down only very small prey, such as birds and tiny mammals. Curare is a famous dart poison that can be extracted from the roots, sprouts, and bark of a number of plants.
Curare relaxes muscles and kills when it relaxes the muscles that control breathing. Tiny animals can die in a matter of seconds, larger animals a couple of minutes, and humans in an hour or so. The relaxation is temporary, and a victim who receives artificial respiration for the duration of the poison's effects may survive. The brightly colored poison dart frog is the source of one of the most deadly toxins known. Hunters roast these frogs to harvest their poisons. Not all poison dart frogs are poisonous and the toxins they secrete may actually be related to a diet of insects that eat toxic plants and pass the toxins on to the frogs. Poison dart frogs in captivity, fed a steady diet of 'clean' insects, have eventually lost their toxins and become safe to handle.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

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