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A dangerous outlaw on horseback.
—In-game description

The Comanchero is an outlaw in Age of Empires III: The WarChiefs available on the Alaska, Andes, Araucania, Baja California, California, Great Lakes, Great Plains, Mexico, Northwest Territory, Painted Desert, Pampas, Patagonia, Saguenay, Sonora, Texas, Yucatán, and Yukon maps.


The Comanchero is a mounted outlaw with a pistol. At 120 coin and 7 population (5 with the "Dance Hall" or "Atonement" Home City Card), it is the most expensive outlaw unit. Compared to standard Dragoons, which share the similar multipliers, Comancheros are slightly more durable, but have less firepower. Like other outlaws, Comancheros are most useful in the Commerce Age and depreciate in value as the game progresses, as upgraded standard light cavalry (and proper mercenaries) will outclass them.

The Lakota are the only civilization to have the option of shipping them from the Home City. However, Comancheros are not useful for raiding due to their reductive multiplier; therefore, a regular shipment of 4 Axe Riders will likely have a greater effect on the game, or even coin shipments to train Bow Riders, which have no such penalty against villagers.

In the Definitive Edition, certain revolutionary nations have access to modified Comancheros. All of them can build Livestock Pens, train Cows, and gather food from livestock. They can be trained at not only the Tavern, but also Stables, Forts, and Galleons for different amounts of food (instead of 120 coin) and use up 1 population.

Further statistics[]

Unit strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Heavy cavalry, artillery
Weak vs. Heavy infantry, ranged infantry, light cavalry
Hit points Horsemanship.png Horsemanship (+10%, Lakota only)
Comanche Horse Breeding.png Comanche Horse Breeding (+10%)
Cree Tanning.png Cree Tanning (+5%)
Navajo Weaving.png Navajo Weaving (+5%)
Folk Heroes.png Folk Heroes (+20%, Europeans only)
Atonement.png Compunction (+35%, Asians only)
Attack Ranged Cavalry Caracole.png Ranged Cavalry Caracole (+10%)
Bonepipe Armor.png Bonepipe Armor (+1.0x multiplier vs. artillery, Lakota only)
Smokeless Powder.png Smokeless Powder (+30% siege attack)
Folk Heroes.png Folk Heroes (+20%, Europeans only)
Atonement.png Compunction (+35%, Asians only)
Range Ranged Cavalry Caracole.png Ranged Cavalry Caracole (+2)
Sight Town Watch.png Town Watch (+2)
Ranged Cavalry Caracole.png Ranged Cavalry Caracole (+2)
Speed Comanche Mustangs.png Comanche Mustangs (+10%)
Apache Endurance.png Apache Endurance (+5%)
Creation speed Mass Cavalry.png Mass Cavalry (-50%)
Folk Heroes.png Folk Heroes (-50%, Europeans only)
Cheyenne Horse Trading.png Cheyenne Horse Trading (-25%)
Inca Chaquis Messengers.png Quechuan Diet (-25%)
Train cost Mapuche Ad-mapu.png Mapuche Ad-mapu (-10% coin cost)
Penalties Coffee Trade.png Coffee Trade (-10% speed, Dutch only)

Home City Cards[]

Bandit Rider[]

The Bandit Rider (Outlaw Rider before update 38254) is the Treasure Guardian version of the Comanchero, usually found in large or resourceful treasures. The Bandit Rider has much higher hit points but more vulnerable to cavalry and artillery. However, they are better at dealing with villagers, so they are recommended to be used in raiding.

Spanish and Portuguese can get 10 Bandit Riders along with Bandit Gunslingers through revolution by selecting Miguel Hidalgo. If one has a War Chief, one should not use it on him for fighting other treasure guardians, but use him as ranged cavalry.


The term "outlaw" is derived from a Scandinavian designation for the worst sort of criminal imaginable - one who lived outside the protections of the law and should be killed on sight. The gun-slinging, horse-riding, bandana-wearing outlaw of the American frontier is a common image. One such outlaw, Jesse James, used his knowledge of guerilla tactics in warfare to execute a series of bank robberies. He and his brothers lived a life of crime for decades, before James was killed by one of his own gang members when his bounty grew too high to resist.


Age of Empires III[]

  • The Outlaw Rider is tagged as cavalry.
  • Comancheros cost 7 population, have 16 ranged damage and 30% ranged resistance.

Definitive Edition[]

  • The Outlaw Rider no longer is tagged as cavalry.
  • With update 23511, Comancheros cost 6 population, have 19 ranged damage and 20% ranged resistance, are tagged as outlaw and can be trained by Native Americans in the Fortress Age at the Native Embassy.

The African Royals[]

  • With update 38254, the Outlaw Rider was renamed to Bandit Rider.

In-game dialogue[]

Before update 23511[]

The Comanchero, as well as Pistolero and Renegado, speak in Western American English using Sheriff Billy Holme's dialogue files before the Definitive Edition, while the Outlaw Rider speaks Spanish using the Spanish Mortar's dialogue files.

  • Select 1 Yeah?
  • Select 2 I'm ready
  • Select 3 Whatcha need?
  • Move 1 Sure thing
  • Move 2 Alright
  • Move 3 Okay
  • Attack 1 You got it!
  • Attack 2 I'll get 'em!
  • Attack 3 Right

After update 23511[]

After update 23511 and introduction of the United States major civilization the Comanchero speaks Spanish using the Spanish Hussar's dialogue files. The exception for this is the United States's units (major and scenario) that continue to use Sheriff Billy Holme's dialogue files before the Definitive Edition
The Outlaw Rider (Bandit Rider after update 38254) continues to use Spanish Mortar's dialogue files.


  • The Comanchero, Bandit Rider and most revolutionary variants, appear to use a muzzle-loading pistol, as one can see the hand movement at the muzzle of the gun after a shot, not like the other outlaws units (despite the weapon in their portrait and in-game model resembling a revolver rather than a muzzle-loading pistol).
  • The hand attack of the Comanchero unexpectedly shows the siege damage symbol instead of the usual hand attack symbol to denote the damage inflicted using melee attacks.
  • Argentinian, Gran Colombian, Peruvian, and American Comancheros' names reflect the fact that cowboys in the Old West are the equivalent of gauchos in Argentina, llaneros in Venezuela and Colombia, and morochucos in Peru; horsemen who tends to cattle.


The name “comanchero” refers to those non-Indians, especially the Spanish, who traded with the Comanches of New Mexico. During the late 1800s in the U.S. Southwest, comancheros inhabited a shadowy world of commerce between dealers of guns, ammunition, and other forbidden commodities with the local Native Americans. Even though the Sioux, Apache, and other Native Americans were quite often provided firearms by the U.S. military, a significant black market emerged that the comancheros were more than happy to exploit.