"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 Barracks, Fort, and Galleon once the Fortress Age is reached.
Cassadores have less health compared to the Skirmisher, but more than the Strelet. This weakness is compensated with a 50% ranged resistance (the highest out of any ranged infantry).
Although unlocked at the Fortress Age, a Portuguese player allied with a French player who has sent the TEAM Early Skirmisher card can train Cassadores in the Colonial Age. Like Skirmishers, Cassadores are at their base level and automatically upgrade into Veteran status upon reaching the Fortress Age.
The Cassador starts at Veteran, although it does not get extra hit points and attack.
|Guard Cassadores||600 wood,|
|Upgrades Cassadores to Guard (+30% hit points and attack)|
|Imperial Cassadores||1,500 wood,|
|Upgrades Cassadores to Imperial (+50% hit points and attack); requires Guard Cassadores|
Further statistics Edit
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 (+10%)|
Cree Tanning (+5%)
Navajo Weaving (+5%)
|Attack|| Counter Infantry Rifling (+1.0x multiplier vs. heavy infantry)|
Paper Cartridge (+15%)
Iroquois Lacrosse (+10%, vanilla Age of Empires III only)
Smokeless Powder (+30% siege attack)
Clenched Fist (+30% melee attack)
|Speed|| Military Drummers (+10%)|
Incan Road-building (+20%)
Apache Endurance (+5%)
|Sight||Town Watch (+2)|
|Creation speed|| Standing Army (-25%)|
Incan Chasquis Messengers (-25%)
|Train cost||Mapuche Ad-mapu (-10% coin cost)|
|Other||Meritocracy (-20% upgrade cost)|
Home City Cards Edit
As Cassadores are unique to the Portuguese, only their cards and other civilizations' TEAM cards that are shown on the following tables:
|Click for a list of Home City Cards related to the Cassador|
Green: TEAM Shipment that is sent to each player in a team
- 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 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