The Cossack is a Russian cavalry unit in Age of Empires III and first available at the Stable once the Colonial Age is reached.


The Cossack functions as the Russian version of the Hussar. Although they are somewhat weaker than Hussars, they are cheaper, faster and only occupy one slot of population. This means that they can be produced in large numbers compared to most other cavalry, which take up two slots of population and good as raiding cavalry. With the proper cards and upgrades, an almost colossal army of Cossacks can be used to overwhelm opponents. An effective method of using them is to raid enemy Settlers and as a counter to enemy hand cavalry, as they can defeat even some of the best heavy cavalry when fully upgraded, due to their massive numbers. Only a mass of heavy infantry or ranged cavalry such as bow riders or cavalry archers can stand up against them. They are also very efficient if used against light infantry and artillery.

When training Cossacks it is a good idea to train a complementary unit, preferably one with range, than can soften up enemy units before the Cossacks get close. Strelets and/or Cavalry Archers can be used with Cossacks to counter heavy infantry and other cavalry, and to assist in the destruction of buildings, a Russian player can mix in some Oprichniks.


The Cossack can be upgraded to higher levels after the Colonial Age. They can be upgraded to Veteran, Guard or Imperial levels at the Stable depending on what age the player is in. Once Fortress Age is reached, the player can research Cavalry Cuirass from the Arsenal.

Veteran Cossacks

Veteran Cossacks are slighly better than ordinary Cossacks with higher hit points and better attack. Veteran Cossacks have the lowest rank but are the first major upgrade. They are available for 200 woodResources wood and 200 coinIcon coin at the Stable once Fortress Age is reached.

Hit Points: 270
Siege Attack: 18
Hand Attack: 31

Guard Cossack

Guard Cossacks are better than Veteran Cossacks in terms of hit points and the amount of damage they inflict. The upgrade is available at the Stable for 600 woodResources wood and 600 coinIcon coin once Industrial Age is reached.

Hit Points: 337
Siege Attack: 22
Hand Attack: 39

Imperial Cossack

The Imperial Cossack is the final and strongest form of the Cossack and is the successor of the Guard Cossack. Imperial Cossacks have double the amount of hit points and deals double the damage compared to an ordinary Cossack. The upgrade is available at the Stable for 1500 woodResources wood and 1500 coinIcon coin once the Imperial Age is reached.

Hit Points: 450
Siege Attack: 30
Hand Attack: 52


This is a list of shipments that benefit Cossacks in any way.


"The Cossacks fled a life of poverty and serfdom in Moscow to settle as a free people on the frontiers of Imperial Russia, where they became legendary and feared horsemen. Every man rode and fought; the Cossacks did not have an army, they were an army. The Russian government understood the value of having these very territorial, independent warriors as a buffer to invasion and established an alliance with them, giving the Cossacks land and property.

The Cossacks wore furred caps, long overcoats, loose trousers, and tall boots. They carried lances, sabers, short pikes, and muskets.


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