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The Cobra Car (formerly known as Shelby Cobra, simply titled COBRA in the original game) is a cheat unit in Age of Empires II. It is an AC Cobra that fires rounds of bullets at its targets. It is also available in the Scenario Editor.


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Rather than utilizing explosive weapons in combat like its predecessor, the Cobra behaves much like a very rapidly-firing Hand Cannoneer. However, the Cobra has a tendency to harm friendly units caught within its blast radius.

The Cobra has a very impressive range of 10 that can hardly be matched by any other ranged attacker in the game, allowing it to pummel incoming hostiles with ease, though Towers, Castles or British Longbowmen can outrange it. Still, due to its high hit points, armor, and damage output, the Cobra Car easily mows down armies of Longbowmen.

A fatal weakness of Cobras is their poor AI, relying heavily on proper and constant micromanagement in order to protect them from damage and destruction during a raid, not from the enemy but from themselves. For some reason, shots fired from the Cobras can deal high damage towards friendlies who wander into their line of fire (including other Cobras). Because of this, clusters of these cars huddling up trying to tear down a fortified structure such as a Castle or Wonder can accidentally fire over and destroy each other's very quickly.

Further statistics[]

Due to the Shelby Cobra being classified as a siege weapon, all technologies that enhance Siege Workshop units also benefits this unit. However, despite being also a gunpowder unit, it is not affected by unique technologies and civilization bonuses that benefit gunpowder units.

Hit points Unique-tech-imperial.jpg Furor Celtica (+40%, Celts only)
Attack SiegeEngineersDE.png Siege Engineers (+20% attack against buildings)
Unique-tech-imperial.jpg Torsion Engines (increases blast damage radius, Ethiopians only)
Range SiegeEngineersDE.png Siege Engineers (+1)
Armor CastleAgeUnique.png Ironclad (+4/+0, Teutons only)
Movement Speed Unique-tech-imperial.jpg Drill (+50%, Mongols only)
Conversion defense FaithDE.png Faith
HeresyDE.png Heresy

In-game dialogue[]

When selected
  • Vrooom!
When ordered to move
  • Vrooaaahh!
When ordered to stop / attack / change stance
  • Vrooaaahh!


  • With a speed of 4.5, the Cobra Car is the second fastest unit behind the VMDL.
  • Before The Forgotten, the Shelby Cobra was always blue regardless of the player color.
  • Before The Forgotten, the Shelby Cobra used the Mangonel icon. The name was changed to Cobra Car with The Forgotten, when the unit also got its new name and was included in the Scenario Editor.
  • If the car was behind objects (before The Forgotten) it would not display its outlines.
  • As a siege weapon, the Cobra Car can be repaired by Villagers (and costs no resources).