Info icon.png
This article is about the unit in Age of Empires III. For the unit in Age of Empires II: The Conquerors, see Conquistador (Age of Empires II).

European adventurer armed with a gun and riding horseback. Good against cavalry.
—In-game description

The Conquistador is a ranged cavalry native warrior in Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties that can be trained at a Trading Post built on a Jesuit Mission settlement.

Overview[edit | edit source]

Upgrades[edit | edit source]

Age Upgrade Cost Effect
Ages fortress.jpg
Disciplined natives.png Veteran Conquistador 200 wood,
150 coin
Upgrades Conquistadors to Veteran (+25% hit points and attack)
Ages industrial.jpg
Honered natives.png Guard Conquistador 400 wood,
300 coin
Upgrades Conquistadors to Guard (+40% hit points and attack); requires Veteran Conquistador
Imperial Age
Legendary natives.png Legendary Native Warriors
Exalted natives.png Exalted Natives
1,500 food,
1,500 wood
Upgrades native warriors to Legendary/Exalted (+50% hit points and attack)
The Legendary Native Warriors improvement is available in the Capitol for European civilizations and in the Town Center for Native American and Asian (as Exalted Natives) civilizations.

Further statistics[edit | edit source]

Unit strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Heavy cavalry, Coyote Runners, artillery
Weak vs. Heavy infantry, light cavalry
Improvements
Hit points Horsemanship.png Horsemanship (+10%, Sioux 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)
Range Ranged Cavalry Caracole.png Ranged Cavalry Caracole (+2)
Sight Town Watch.png Town Watch (+2)
Ranged Cavalry Caracole.png Ranged Cavalry Caracole (+2)
Creation speed Mass Cavalry.png Mass Cavalry (-50%)
Other Merritocracy.png Meritocracy (-20% upgrade cost)
Penalties Coffee Trade.png Coffee Trade (-10% speed, Dutch only)

Home City Cards[edit | edit source]

In-game dialogue[edit | edit source]

Main article: Spanish (Age of Empires III)#In-game dialogue
  • (Yes)
  • Preparado (Ready)
  • ¿Qué me ordena? (What is my order?)
  • Lo haré (I’ll do it)
  • Voy a hacerlo (I’m going to do it)
  • ¡Al ataque! (Attack!)
  • ¡A las armas! (To arms!)

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • There is an alternate, unused variant of the Conquistador labeled as ypNatMercConquistador in the game files, which has a larger train limit of 24 and takes more damage from Spies and Ninja. The NatMerc label was used for native warriors shipped from the Home City, so the Conquistador is probably intended to be able to be shipped from the Home City.
  • Despite being categorized as native Asians, Jesuits are of European origin. As such, the Conquistador is the only Native Warrior that can be upgraded to Veteran, Guard, and Imperial instead of Elite/Disciplined, Champion/Honored, or Legendary/Exalted.

History[edit | edit source]

Conquistadors were Spanish adventurers of the early sixteenth century who explored and conquered much of Central and South America for the Spanish Empire. Their journeys were not created or funded by the empire, but rather individual expeditions funded by merchants, and often with the primary goals of exploring, looting, and spreading Christianity to the indigenous peoples.

While many of the most famous conquistadors sought treasures located only in legend, such as the Seven Cities of Gold or the Fountain of Youth, others claimed important firsts for European explorers of the era. Vasco Nunez de Balboa and his men crossed Central America and were the first Europeans to see the Pacific Ocean.

Fifty years of exploration and exploitation in the Americas increased the wealth and expanded the territory of the Spanish Empire, but at much cost to the Native populations. In 1521, Hernan Cortes captured Tenochtitlan, the capital of the Aztec Empire, and in the 1530s, Francisco Pizarro conquered the Inca Empire in Peru. Even with the destruction of these great civilizations, Native resistance to the foreign invaders continued for many years.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

See also[edit | edit source]

Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.