A dangerous outlaw on horseback.
—In-game description

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

Overview[edit | edit source]

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 Colonial 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:

Further statistics[edit | edit source]

Unit strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Heavy cavalry, artillery
Weak vs. Heavy infantry, ranged infantry, light cavalry
Improvements
Hit points Horsemanship.png Horsemanship (+10%, Sioux only)
Comanche Horse Breeding.png Comanche Horse Breeding (+10%)
Cree Tanning.png Cree Tanning (+5%)
Navajo Weaving.png Navajo Weaving (+5%)
Dance Hall.png Wild West (+35%, 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, Sioux only)
Smokeless Powder.png Smokeless Powder (+30% siege attack)
Dance Hall.png Wild West (+35%, 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%)
Cheyenne Horse Trading.png Cheyenne Horse Trading (-25%)
Inca Chaquis Messengers.png Incan Chasquis Messengers (-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[edit | edit source]

Outlaw Rider[edit | edit source]

The Outlaw Rider is the treasure guardian version of the Comanchero, usually found in large or resourceful treasures. The Outlaw 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 Outlaw Riders along with Outlaw Pistoleros through revolution by selecting 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.

History[edit | edit source]

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.

In-game dialogue[edit | edit source]

The Comanchero speaks in Western American English, which is shared with Renegados, Pistoleros, and Sheriff Billy Holme, while the Outlaw Rider reuses the Spanish Mortar's dialogues.

  • Hi
  • Whatcha need?
  • Yeah
  • I'm ready
  • Okay
  • Sure thing
  • Right!
  • You got it!
  • I'll get 'em!

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The Comanchero and the Outlaw Rider appears 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, Mexican, Peruvian, and American Comancheros' names reflect the fact that cowboys in the Old West are the equivalent of gauchos in Argentina, vaqueros and charros in Mexico, and morochucos in Peru; horsemen who tends to cattle.

History[edit | edit source]

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.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

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