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

Outlaw armed with a revolver who can gather from livestock and build Livestock Pens.
—In-game description

The Cowboy is a revolutionary outlaw in Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition that is unique to revolutionary United States.


All Comancheros will be upgraded to Cowboys once the namesake Home City Card has been sent. Compared to Comancheros, Cowboys have the following differences:

Further statistics[]

As Cowboys are unique to the revolutionary United States, only technologies that their base European civilizations 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
Hit points Folk Heroes.png Folk Heroes (+20%)
Comanche Horse Breeding.png Comanche Horse Breeding (+10%)
Cree Tanning.png Cree Tanning (+5%)
Navajo Weaving.png Navajo Weaving (+5%)
Attack Folk Heroes.png Folk Heroes (+20%)
Ranged Cavalry Caracole.png Ranged Cavalry Caracole (+10%)
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)
Speed Comanche Mustangs.png Comanche Mustangs (+10%)
Apache Endurance.png Apache Endurance (+5%)
Creation speed Mass Cavalry.png Mass Cavalry (-35%)
Folk Heroes.png Folk Heroes (-50%)
Cheyenne Horse Trading.png Cheyenne Horse Trading (-25%)
Inca Chaquis Messengers.png Quechuan Diet (-25%)

Home City Cards[]

As Cowboys are unique to the revolutionary United States, only their base European civilizations' cards and other civilizations' TEAM cards are shown in the following tables (for the base civilization, non-TEAM cards will only be applied if they are sent before revolting):


Definitive Edition[]

In-game dialogue[]

The Cowboy speaks in Western American English using Sheriff Billy Holme's dialogue files before the Definitive Edition.


  • While the Cowboy is often referred to and treated as a distinct unit unique to revolutionary United States, the game's data files reveal that it is actually a Comanchero with different name and modified stats/abilities.
    • For this reason, the Cowboy reuses the Comanchero's in-game history text.