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).
The Cavalry Archer is a ranged counter-cavalry unit in in Age of Empires III, only available to the Russians and Ottomans.

Overview Edit

Cavalry Archers function similarly to Dragoons, but have slower speed than their counterpart unit. Cavalry Archers can be trained from the Stable in the Fortress Age. The Russians have the Tartar upgrade, making cavalry archers more effective.

Cavalry archers do considerably less damage than a Dragoon but attack faster, they resist 30% melee damage as well as having more HP, 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 cannon. Normally ranged cavalry do half damage to villagers, but with the Irregulars upgrade they 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.


Cavalry Archers can be upgraded into a Guard Cavalry Archer and an Imperial Cavalry Archer depending on the age reached. They can further be improved with home city shipments, minor civilization upgrades, unique Church upgrades and Arsenal upgrades.

Hit Points: 318
Ranged Attack: 9
Siege Attack: 15

Tartar Cavalry Archer are the first available upgrade for the Cavalry Archer and further increase hit points and attack by 10% once researched. The upgrade is available at the Stable once the Industrial Age is reached.

Hit Points: 424
Ranged Attack: 20
Siege Attack: 10
Cost: 1000 woodResources wood and 1000 coinIcon coin

Imperial Tartar Loyalists have the highest amount of hit points and attack. Once researched, the attack and hit points increase by 50%. The upgrade is available at the Stable once the Imperial Age is reached.

Hit Points: 556
Ranged Attack: 27
Siege Attack: 16
Cost: 1500 woodResources wood and 1500 coinIcon coin

History Edit

"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.

Shipments Edit

This is a list of shipments that benefit Cavalry Archers in anyway.

Gallery Edit

Trivia Edit

  • Russian Royal Guard Cavalry Archers are named after the Tartary region.