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This article is about the the outlaw trainable at the Saloon of the United States civilization. For the similar outlaw from the United States revolution, see Cowboy (revolution).

A dangerous outlaw on horseback.
—In-game description

The Cowboy is an outlaw in Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition that replaces the Comanchero for the United States. Unlike the Comanchero, the Cowboy is available on all maps.

Overview[]

Special ability[]

  • Bull's Eye.png Bull's Eye (automatically activated when attacking with a cooldown of 40 seconds): Fires a single shot from a rifle, which deals 48 damage (96 against Heavy Cavalry, 77 against Shock Infantry, 72 against Artillery, 24 against Villager) and has a maximum range of 16.

Further statistics[]

As Cowboys are unique to the United States, only technologies that they have access to are shown in the following table:

Unit strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Heavy cavalry, artillery
Weak vs. Heavy infantry, ranged infantry, light cavalry
Improvements
Hit points Comanche Horse Breeding.png Comanche Horse Breeding (+10%)
Cree Tanning.png Cree Tanning (+5%)
Navajo Weaving.png Navajo Weaving (+5%)
Dance Hall.png Wild West (+20%)
Peacemakers.png Peacemakers (+30%)
Attack Ranged Cavalry Caracole.png Ranged Cavalry Caracole (+10%)
Smokeless Powder.png Smokeless Powder (+30% siege attack)
Dance Hall.png Wild West (+20%)
Peacemakers.png Peacemakers (+30%)
Range Ranged Cavalry Caracole.png Ranged Cavalry Caracole (+2)
Sight Town Watch.png Town Watch (+2)
Ranged Cavalry Caracole.png Ranged Cavalry Caracole (+2)
Speed Comanche Mustangs.png Comanche Mustangs (+10%)
Apache Endurance.png Apache Endurance (+5%)
Creation speed Mass Cavalry.png Mass Cavalry (-50%)
Dance Hall.png Wild West (-50%)
Cheyenne Horse Trading.png Cheyenne Horse Trading (-25%)
Inca Chaquis Messengers.png Quechuan Diet (-25%)
Train cost Mapuche Ad-mapu.png Mapuche Ad-mapu (-10% coin cost)
Other Refreshing Beverages.png Refreshing Beverages (Bull's Eye cooldown -30%)

Home City Cards[]

As Cowboys are unique to the United States, only their cards and other civilizations' TEAM cards are shown in the following tables:

Changelog[]

Definitive Edition[]

  • Cowboys take 6 population.
  • Cowboys cost 120 coin, and the Bull's Eye ability has a cooldown of 30 seconds and a range of 18.

The African Royals[]

  • With update 50830, Cowboys take 5 population.
  • With update 61213, Cowboys cost 140 coin, and the Bull's Eye ability has a cooldown of 40 seconds and a range of 16.

History[]

As the United States expanded its territory westward during the 19th century, vast tracts of land were coveted by entrepreneurs, pastoralists, and criminals for business prospecting, cattle ranching, and the nefarious activities that a region with a minimal presence of law enforcement agents permitted. Burgeoning towns sprung up by water supplies, trade routes, arable land, and gold deposits. In this lawless world, gangs and vigilantes ruled the roost. The exploits of groups such as the Reno and Hole in the Wall Gangs and heroes (or antiheroes) such as Wyatt Earp, Butch Cassidy, and the Sundance Kid, are immortalized in the modern genre of “Western” films, capitalizing on the allure of an open, irregular climate far from the normalcy of more “civilized” urban life.

Gallery[]

See also[]

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