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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.


The Conquistador is a light cavalry that is very similar to the European Dragoon. It is cheaper than a Dragoon, but possesses less hit points and slightly less attack. Due to its availability in the earlier age, it can prove to be advantageous to the civilizations that lack a light ranged cavalry in the Commerce Age.

This unit is a straight nod to the Spanish unique unit of the same name from Age of Empires II: The Conquerors.


Age Upgrade Cost Effect
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Disciplined natives.png Veteran Conquistador 200 wood,
150 coin
Upgrades Conquistadors to Veteran (+25% hit points and attack)
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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[]

Unit strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Heavy cavalry, Coyote Runners, artillery
Weak vs. Heavy infantry, light cavalry
Hit points Horsemanship.png Horsemanship (+10%, Lakota 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)
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[]


The Asian Dynasties[]

  • Conquistadors have 17 ranged attack and a training time of 30 seconds.

Definitive Edition[]

  • Conquistadors have 19 ranged attack and a training time of 35 seconds.

In-game dialogue[]

The Conquistador speaks Spanish using the Rodelero's dialogue files.


  • 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.


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.


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