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Skirmisher with low hitpoints, but a strong attack. Good against infantry.
—In-game description

The Cassador (plural Cassadores) is a ranged gunpowder infantry in Age of Empires III that is unique to the Portuguese, which replaces the Skirmisher, and can be trained at the Barracks, Fort, and Galleon once the Fortress Age is reached.


Similar to the Skirmisher, the Cassador is strong against heavy infantry and light cavalry but weak against melee cavalry and artillery.

Cassadores have less health compared to the Skirmisher, but more than the Strelet. This weakness is compensated with a higher speed and 45% ranged resistance (the highest out of any ranged infantry).

Although unlocked in the Fortress Age, a Portuguese player allied with a French player who has sent the "TEAM Early Skirmisher" Home City Card can train Cassadores in the Commerce Age. Like Skirmishers, Cassadores are at their base level and automatically upgrade into Veteran status upon reaching the Fortress Age.


The Cassador starts at the Veteran level, but without the increased hit points and attack.

If they are made available in the Commerce Age with the "TEAM Early Skirmishers" card, Cassadores will be automatically upgraded to Veteran once the player reaches the Fortress Age.

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

Further statistics[]

As Cassadores are unique to the Portuguese, only technologies that they have access to are shown in the following table:

Unit strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Heavy infantry, light cavalry, Eagle Runner Knights
Weak vs. Heavy cavalry, Coyote Runners, artillery
Hit points Flint lock.png Flint Lock (+10%)
Cree Tanning.png Cree Tanning (+5%)
Navajo Weaving.png Navajo Weaving (+5%)
Attack Counter Infantry Rifling.png Counter Infantry Rifling (+1.0x multiplier vs. heavy infantry)
Paper cartridge.png Paper Cartridge (+15%)
Iroquois lacrosse.png Iroquois Lacrosse (+10%, vanilla Age of Empires III only)
Yoga.png Yoga (+5%)
Smokeless Powder.png Smokeless Powder (+30% siege attack)
Clenched Fist.png Clenched Fist (+30% melee attack)
Speed Military Drummers.png Military Drummers (+10%)
Inca Road-building.png Quechuan Mountaineering (+20%)
Apache Endurance.png Apache Endurance (+5%)
Sight Town Watch.png Town Watch (+2)
Creation speed Standing Army.png Standing Army (-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 Cassadores are unique to the Portuguese, only their cards and other civilizations' TEAM cards that are shown on the following tables:


Age of Empires III[]

  • Cassadors have 17 ranged attack, 105 hit points, and 50% ranged resistance.

Definitive Edition[]

  • Cassadors now have 18 ranged attack, 110 hit points, and 45% ranged resistance.
  • With update 23511, the Cassador is tagged as Rifle Infantry.


  • The game files list the Cassador as Cacadore. This may be because the correct spelling in Portuguese is Caçador, which is pronounced like Cassador.
    • The Caçador is the Portuguese Word for "Hunter", and is historically comparable to the German Jaeger, as the latter is also German for "Hunter" with both fulfiling the role of light ranged infantry.


The Cassador (also Cazador) was a Portuguese light infantry during the Napoleonic era. The name comes from the Portuguese word for hunter. They formed batallions consisting of five companies, four companies of Cassadores and one company of elite tiradores.

Cassadores in the nineteenth century wore brown uniforms and were armed with muskets or rifles. They carried brown backpacks and gray blankets. They wore stovepipe shako hats with prominent green plumes on the front.
—In-game history section