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Fast light ranged cavalry that performs well against all units. Counters Heavy Cavalry in hand combat. Benefits from promotions.
—In-game description

The Crabat is a European outlaw in Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition - Knights of the Mediterranean. It is available on the Anatolia, Balkan Mountains, Baltic Sea, Black Forest, Bohemia, Budapest, Danish Straits, Hungarian Plains, Italy, Rhine, Saxony and Wallachia maps.

Overview[]

Crabats are outlaws that perform the role of improved Dragoons. They have more hit points, ranged resistance, slightly higher melee attack, and deal almost twice the ranged attack of Dragoons, but their range is lower, and they lack ranged attack multipliers against cavalry and Shock Infantry. Instead, Crabats have higher melee multipliers against these units, but in exchange, they lack multipliers against artillery in melee and ranged combat.

As an outlaw, it has a reduced coin cost, but takes more population spaces. Due to their increased ranged attack, Crabats prove to be useful against almost all units. However, players tend to prefer standard ranged cavalry which use less population spaces.

Crabats benefit from the Valor Promotion, which increases their hit points and attack speed for each enemy military unit they defeat, up to a maximum of three units. They get +15% hit points and -10% Rate of Fire for the first defeated enemy unit; +30% hit points and -20% Rate of Fire for the second one; +45% hit points and -30% Rate of Fire for the third defeated enemy unit.

Since update 13.9057, Crabats can be obtained after revolting to Hungary or Romania, as these nations grant access to the "12 Crabats" shipment, which also enables their creation at the Tavern, Stable, Fort, Galleon, and Outpost (Blockhouse for the Russians).

Strategy[]

Further statistics[]

Unit strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Heavy cavalry, Shock Infantry, 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 (+10%)
Navajo Weaving.png Navajo Weaving (+5%)
Tar kilns.png Tar Kilns (+5%)
Atonement.png Compunction (+20%; Asians only)
Folk Heroes.png Folk Heroes (+20%; Europeans only)
Attack Ranged Cavalry Caracole.png Ranged Cavalry Caracole (+10%)
Smokeless Powder.png Smokeless Powder (+10%)
Wind horses.png Wind Horses (-10% ROF)
Yoga.png Yoga (+5%)
Atonement.png Compunction (+20%; Asians only)
Folk Heroes.png Folk Heroes (+20%; Europeans only)
Armor Sudanese quilted armor.png Sudanese Quilted Armor (+10% melee resistance)
Range Ranged Cavalry Caracole.png Ranged Cavalry Caracole (+2)
Speed Comanche Mustangs.png Comanche Mustangs (+5%)
Apache Endurance.png Apache Endurance (+5%)
Wind horses.png Wind Horses (+0.5)
Sight Town Watch.png Town Watch (+2)
Ranged Cavalry Caracole.png Ranged Cavalry Caracole (+2)
Creation speed Mass Cavalry.png Mass Cavalry (-35%)
Terror Charge.png Terror Charge (-20%; Indians only)
Cheyenne Horse Trading.png Cheyenne Horse Trading (-40%)
Quechuan Diet.png Quechuan Diet (-10%)
Philhellenism.png Philhellenism (-10%)
Shaman drums.png Shaman Drums (-10%)
Train cost Mapuche Ad-mapu.png Mapuche Ad-mapu (-10% coin cost)
Golden liberty.png Golden Liberty (-5% coin cost)
Philhellenism.png Philhellenism (-10%)
Penalties Coffee Trade.png Coffee Trade (-10% speed; Dutch only)

Home City Cards[]

  • Green: TEAM Shipment that is sent to each player in a team
  • Blue: Shipment that arrives fast (5 seconds)

All[]

Card Description Age HC level
British Home City 2 (Cavalry Combat).png Cavalry Combat Cavalry get +15% hit points and attack
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10
Spanish Home City 3 (Riding School).png Riding School Cavalry train time -40%
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10
The Cavalry Combat card is available to Dutch, French Italians, Ottomans, and Russians.
The Riding School card is not available to Chinese, Japanese, Maltese, and Spanish.

Asians[]

Card Description Age HC level
Atonement.png Atonement The Monastery can train Iron Troopers/Jat Lancers/Yojimbo and outlaws use -2 population (also +1 Villager for the Indians)
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10

Chinese[]

Card Description Age HC level
Western reforms.png Western Reforms All units get +8% hit points and attack
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40
Acupuncture aoe3.png Acupuncture Unit train time -20%
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10

Europeans[]

Card Description Age HC level
Theaters.png Theaters Upgrades the Tavern to the Theater which can train Ronin and outlaws use -2 population
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10

Germans[]

Card Description Age HC level
German Home City 2 (Cavalry Attack).png TEAM Cavalry Attack The player's Heavy cavalry, light cavalry, and Shock Infantry get +15% attack; allied cavalry and Shock Infantry get +10%
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10
German Home City 3 (Spanish Riding School).png Spanish Riding School Cavalry get +10% speed +4 Uhlans
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25

Indians[]

Card Description Age HC level
Dravidian martial arts.png Dravidian Martial Arts All units get +15% melee attack +1 Villager
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40
Shivajis tactics.png TEAM Shivaji's Tactics All units get +5% hit points and attack
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25

Italians[]

Card Description Age
Italian Home City 2 (Schiavoni Swords).png Schiavoni Swords All cavalry and infantry get +15% hand attack
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Italian Home City 5 (Croatian Company).png Croatian Company Ships 6 Crabats and 7 Schiavoni; costs 300 food, 300 wood, and 300 coin
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Japanese[]

Card Description Age HC level
Bakufu.png Bakufu Daimyo and Shogun Tokugawa get +10% speed, +20 LOS and train units 15% faster; Banner army train time -10%; Land military unit train time -20%
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25

Maltese[]

Card Description Age
Maltese Home City 2 (TEAM Knights of the Round Table).png TEAM Knights of the Round Table Ships 1 Hospitaller for each Center owned by the player; increases all unit hit points by 2%
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Mexicans[]

Card Description Age
Mexico card TEAM Mariachi.png TEAM Mariachi For the next 30 seconds, military buildings have their work rate increased by 400% and units have their speed increased by 10%
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Ottomans[]

Card Description Age HC level
Ottoman Home City 2 (Irregular).png Irregulars Light cavalry get +2.0x multiplier against villagers
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25

Revolution[]

Card Description Nation
Romania Home City (Crabats).png 12 Crabats Ships 12 Crabats and enables them to be trained at the Tavern, Stable, Fort, Galleon, Outposts and Blockhouses Hungary
Romania

Russians[]

Card Description Age HC level
Russian Home City 2 (Cavalry Scout).png TEAM Kamchatka Expeditions Cavalry and Shock Infantry get +10% hit points and +4 LOS
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1

Spanish[]

Card Description Age HC level
Mexico card Liberation March.png Liberation March Infantry, cavalry, and Shock Infantry get +5% speed and train time -35%
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N/A
Spanish Home City 3 (Inquisition).png TEAM Inquisition All units get +10 LOS
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10

Swedes[]

Card Description Age
Swedish Home City 2 (Ranged Cavalry Combat).png TEAM Ranged Cavalry Combat Ranged cavalry and Eagle Runner Knights get +5% speed and +1 LOS and range
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Changelog[]

Knights of the Mediterranean[]

  • Originally, Crabats cost 140 coin. With update 13.10442, they cost 150 coin.
  • Originally, Crabats had a melee damage of 24, a ×2.5 melee attack multiplier against Hand cavalry and no multipliers against Shock infantry. With update 13.10442, they have a melee damage of 12, a ×4.5 melee attack multiplier against Hand cavalry and a ×3.1 melee attack multiplier against Shock infantry.

In-game dialogue[]

The Crabat speaks Croatian, a Slavic language which is a standardized variety of the Serbo-Croatian pluricentric language, related to the Serbian, Bosnian and Montenegrin languages. This is also spoken by the Bosniak, Mounted Infantry, Pandour, Schiavone and Shock Rider.

History[]

During the European-Ottoman wars of the 16th century, light skirmishing cavalry from the Balkans began to cultivate a formidable reputation. By the 17th century, a particular variant of these, known as the Crabats (derived from the Slavic Croats), saw widespread action in conflicts across all of Europe, most prominently during the Thirty Years' War. Their combined use of sabres and pistols made them versatile combatants who could inflict serious damage in short and efficient intervals. Initially deployed by the Habsburg monarchy, Crabats would also form the basis of King Louis XIV of France's Royal Cravates. Crabats are particularly famous for their iconic knotted neck ties, from which the popular fashion item the cravat originates.

Gallery[]

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