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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; Haudenosaunee and Lakota 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[]

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.


The WarChiefs[]

Definitive Edition[]

  • Counter Infantry Rifling no longer affects Navajo Riflemen.
  • Counter Infantry Rifling now properly affects Renegados and Thuggees.
  • Counter Infantry Rifling affects the Pirate's ranged attack when enabled by the Letter of Marque card.
  • With Update 23511, Nizam Fusiliers are affected by Counter Infantry Rifling when in Volley Mode.


  • Even though the Indians and Chinese do not have access to Country Infantry Rifling, Gurkhas and Arquebusiers get a +1 attack bonus multiplier vs Heavy infantry by shipping specific Home City Cards, achieving the similar effect as Counter Infantry Rifling.
  • Even though Abus Guns are technically not a rifle, they benefit from Counter Infantry Rifling, most likely for game balancing.