|This article is about the unit in Age of Empires III. For the similar unit in Age of Empires II, see Cavalry Archer (Age of Empires II).|
"Ranged cavalry. Good against cavalry."—In-game description
Cavalry Archers do considerably less damage than a Dragoon but attack faster, they resist 30% melee damage as well as having more hit points, so they are more capable of fighting against hand infantry and can take some of them down with them, though it is still not recommended to attack any hand infantry with them. They have multipliers against artillery, as well as cavalry, and paired with their high hit points, they can easily take down most cannons. Normally ranged cavalry do half damage to villagers, but the Ottomans' Irregulars Home City Card allow them to gain an attack bonus against villagers making them an effective unit for slowing down the enemy's economy. They can also be used to lure enemies into a trap using guerilla tactics.
The Cavalry Archer is automatically upgraded to Veteran (+20% hit points and attack) at the Fortress Age.
|Guard Cavalry Archers||600 wood,|
|Upgrades Cavalry Archers to Guard (+30% hit points and attack)|
|Imperial Cavalry Archers||1,500 wood,|
|Upgrades Cavalry Archers to Imperial (+50% hit points and attack); requires Guard Cavalry Archers|
|Tartar Loyalists||1,000 wood,|
|Upgrades Cavalry Archers to Tartar Cavalry Archers (Guard Cavalry Archer with +10% hit points and attack)|
|Imperial Tartar Loyalists||1,500 wood,|
|Upgrades Tartar Cavalry Archers to Imperial Tartar Loyalists (+50% hit points and attack); requires Tartar Loyalists|
Civilization differences Edit
- As seen above, the Russians can upgrade Cavalry Archers to Royal Guard and Imperial Guard levels.
Further statistics Edit
|Unit strengths and weaknesses|
|Strong vs.||Heavy cavalry, light infantry, artillery|
|Weak vs.||Heavy infantry, ranged infantry, light cavalry|
|Hit points|| Comanche Horse Breeding (+10%)|
Cree Tanning (+5%)
Navajo Weaving (+5%)
|Attack|| Ranged Cavalry Caracole (+10%)|
Carib Kasiri Beer (+10%)
Carib Garifuna Drums (+1.0x multiplier vs. villagers)
Seminole Bowyer (+25%)
Tupi Poison Arrow Frogs (+10%)
|Range||Ranged Cavalry Caracole (+2)|
|Sight|| Town Watch (+2)|
Ranged Cavalry Caracole (+2)
|Speed|| Comanche Mustangs (+10%)|
Apache Endurance (+5%)
|Creation speed|| Mass Cavalry (-50%)|
Cheyenne Horse Trading (-25%)
Incan Chasquis Messengers (-25%)
|Train cost||Mapuche Ad-mapu (-10% coin cost)|
|Other|| Westernization (grants Veteran upgrade, Russians only)|
Petrine Reforms (grants Royal Guard upgrade, Russians only)
Meritocracy (-20% upgrade cost)
Home City Cards Edit
|Click for a list of Home City Cards related to the Cavalry Archer|
- Russian Royal Guard Cavalry Archers are named after the Tatar people (also known as Tartar, after the Tartary region where the Tatars came from) who are renowned for their fierce horse archers.
- The Loyalist part of their upgrade's name refers to the Golden Horde from which the majority of Tatar khanates later conquered by the Russian Empire originates, as the in-game history section states.
"Nomadic cavalry archers roamed with their herds in eastern and southern Russia. They raided, traveled, and conquered into what would become Russia and eastern Europe. The Europeans called these fierce cavalrymen the Tartars, though the Tartars were only one of a conglomeration of many distinct nomadic tribes and people. Their colorful tents earned them a more poetic name, the "Golden Horde." The Golden Horde, united under Tokhtamysh, sacked Moscow, but was soon wracked by a civil war that splintered the Horde into several Khanates. The new Russian nation of Tsar Ivan the Terrible, allied with some of the splinter groups, while the Ottoman Empire under Mehmed II allied with others.
Cavalry Archers wore light clothes - baggy pants, vests, long coats, and furred hats. Blue and red were popular colors, and embroidery a popular decoration to garments. Soldiers carried a variety of arms, primarily bows, but also swords, spears, and later, firearms. Though the Tartars are most commonly thought of as cavalry, they were competent infantry as well."