Skirmishers armed with rifles (Skirmishers, Abus Guns, Cassadores, Jaegers, Strelets, Cherokee, Cree) do more damage to heavy infantry (Musketeers, Halberdiers, etc.)
—In-game description

Counter Infantry Rifling is a technology in Age of Empires III that can be researched by European civilizations at the Arsenal; Iroquois and Sioux can also research it at the Longhouse and the Teepee respectively once the New Ways Home City Card has been sent. Once researched, it increases the attack multiplier of Skirmishers and Skirmisher-like units (Abus Guns, Cassadores, Strelets, Cherokee Riflemen, Cree Trackers, Klamath Riflemen, Navajo Riflemen, and Jaeger) against heavy infantry by 1.0x.

Use cases[edit | edit source]

Counter Infantry Rifling is especially useful for civilizations that have Royal Guard upgrades for their Skirmishers (Germans and French), or those that have a unique replacement for Skirmishers (Abus Guns and Cassadores). It helps them counter heavy infantry even more effectively without improving their general stats.

Changelog[edit | edit source]

Definitive Edition[edit | edit source]

  • Counter infantry Rifling no longer affects Navajo Riflemen,
  • Counter infantry Rifling affects the Pirate's ranged attack when enabled by the Letter of Marque card.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Even though the Indians do not have access to Country Infantry Rifling, Gurkhas gets a +1 attack bonus multiplier with their first upgrade.
  • Even though Abus Guns are technically not a rifle, they benefit from Counter Infantry Rifling, most likely for game balancing.
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