|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.||”|
The Cavalry Archer is a mounted archer in Age of Empires III that replaces the Dragoon for the Ottomans and Russians. It can be trained at the Stable, Fort, and Galleon upon reaching the Fortress Age.
Cavalry Archers are a cheaper version of Dragoons, costing far less coin, and only slightly more food. They deal only slightly more than half the damage of a Dragoon per shot, but fire twice as fast, making their damage per second higher, despite their lower cost. They also move slower than a Dragoon and have a 0.61 second animation delay compared to the 0.43 of a Dragoon, meaning they are significantly less effective at hit-and-run tactics. They resist 30% melee damage as well as having more hit points, so they are more capable of fighting against some hand infantry and can take some of them down with them, though it is still not recommended to attack any hand infantry with them. The higher DPS and hit points, and high melee resist, also mean that they are much better at tanking hand cavalry attacks. They have multipliers against artillery, as well as heavy cavalry, and paired with their high hit points, they can easily take down artillery. Normally ranged cavalry do half damage to villagers, but the Ottomans' Irregulars Home City Card allow them to gain an attack bonus against villagers instead, 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 starts at the Veteran level, giving them +20% hit points and attack.
If they are made available in the Commerce Age with the "TEAM Early Dragoons" Home City Card, Cavalry Archers will be automatically upgraded to Veteran once the player reaches the Fortress Age.
|Guard Cavalry Archers||600 wood,
|Upgrade Cavalry Archers to Guard (+30% hit points and attack)|
|Tatar Loyalists||1,000 wood,
|Upgrade Cavalry Archers to Tatar Cavalry Archers (Guard Cavalry Archer with +10% hit points and attack)|
|Imperial Cavalry Archers||1,500 wood,
|Upgrade Cavalry Archers to Imperial (+50% hit points and attack); requires Guard Cavalry Archers|
|Imperial Tatar Loyalists||Upgrade Tatar Cavalry Archers to Imperial Tatars (+50% hit points and attack); requires Tatar Loyalists|
- As seen above, the Russians can upgrade Cavalry Archers to Royal Guard and Imperial Guard.
Wallachian Horse Archer
Wallachian Horse Archers can be obtained by sending the namesake Home City Card after revolting to Romania, where a Wallachian Horse spawns on every Outpost or Blockhouse that had been built by the player and all existing Cavalry Archers will be upgraded to Wallachian Horse Archers.
|Unit strengths and weaknesses|
|Strong vs.||Heavy cavalry, Shock 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 (+ )
Tupi Poison Arrow Frogs (+10%)
Somali Jile Daggers (-35% melee attack ROF)
|Armor||Sudanese Quilted Armor (+10% melee resistance)|
|Range||Ranged Cavalry Caracole (+2)|
|Sight|| Town Watch (+2)|
Ranged Cavalry Caracole (+2)
|Speed|| Comanche Mustangs (+10%)|
Apache Endurance (+5%)
|Creation speed|| Mass Cavalry (- )|
Cheyenne Horse Trading (-25%)
Quechuan Diet (-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
- Click for a list of Home City Cards related to the Cavalry Archer
- Green: TEAM Shipment that is sent to each player in a team
- Purple: Shipment that can be sent an INFINITE number of times
|5 Cavalry Archers||Ships 5 Cavalry Archers||1|
|8 Cavalry Archers||Ships 8 Cavalry Archers||1|
|9 Cavalry Archers||Ships 9 Cavalry Archers||10|
|Cavalry Combat||Cavalry get +15% hit points and attack||10|
|Riding School||Cavalry train time -40%||10|
- Since the Cavalry Archer is only available to Ottomans and Russians, all of the cards shown above are only relevant to them.
|TEAM Cavalry Attack||Heavy Cavalry, Light Cavalry, and Shock Infantry get +15% attack||10|
|TEAM Shivaji's Tactics||All units get +5% hit points and attack||25|
|TEAM Cheaper Unit Upgrades||Unit upgrades cost -20%||1|
|Irregulars||Light Cavalry get +1.0× multiplier against Villager||25|
|TEAM Early Dragoons||Dragoons, Cavalry Archers, Ruyters, Musket Riders, Rifle Riders, Yabusame, and Carbine Cavalry available from the Commerce Age; Eagle Runner Knight, Zamburak, Ming Army, Bolas Warrior, and Black Rider train time -15%; Mongolian Army train time -7%||1|
|Wallachian Horse Archers||Each Outpost/Blockhouse spawns a Wallachian Horse Archer (Cavalry Archer with +33% ROF and +10% speed but -33% hit points); +1 Outpost/Blockhouse Wagon; Outpost/Blockhouse build limit +1|
|7 Cavalry Archers||Ships 7 Cavalry Archers||10|
|TEAM Cavalry Scouts||Cavalry and Shock Infantry get +10% hit points and +4 LOS||1|
|TEAM Inquisition||All units get +10 LOS||10|
|TEAM Ranged Cavalry Combat||Ranged Cavalry and Eagle Runner Knights get +5% speed and +1 LOS and range|
Age of Empires III
- Cavalry Archers have a ×1.75 ranged multiplier against Coyote Runners.
- Cavalry Archers have a ×2.25 ranged multiplier against Coyote Runners.
The African Royals
- With update 43871, the Cavalry Archer portrait has been updated to align with his in-game appearance.
- Cavalry Archers originally cost less population than Dragoons. This can be seen in this unit's History menu section.
- Russian Royal Guard Cavalry Archers are named after the Tatars who are renowned for their fierce horse archers.
|“||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.