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A dangerous Indian highwayman armed with a pistol.
—In-game description

The Dacoit is an Indian outlaw in Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties. It is available on the Deccan, Indochina, Himalayas, and Silk Road maps.


The Dacoit is quick and effective as a short-ranged infantry unit, with a good ranged attack and a decent melee attack. They are like the Musketeer in that they can easily kill cavalry and are well-rounded. They are like the Native Asian version of the Pistolero.

Further statistics[]

Unit strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Cavalry, light infantry, heavy infantry
Weak vs. Skirmishers, archers, artillery
Hit points Flint lock.png Flint Lock (+10%)
Thin Red Line.png Thin Red Line (+20%, British only)
Corselet.png Corselet (+25%, Spanish only)
Cree Tanning.png Cree Tanning (+5%)
Navajo Weaving.png Navajo Weaving (+5%)
Folk Heroes.png Folk Heroes (+20%, Europeans only)
Atonement.png Compunction (+35%, Asians only)
Attack Socket Bayonet.png Socket Bayonet (+20% melee attack)
Paper cartridge.png Paper Cartridge (+15%)
Yoga.png Yoga (+5%)
Smokeless Powder.png Smokeless Powder (+30% siege attack)
Clenched Fist.png Clenched Fist (+30% melee attack)
Folk Heroes.png Folk Heroes (+20%, Europeans only)
Atonement.png Compunction (+35%, Asians only)
Speed Military Drummers.png Military Drummers (+10%)
Tillys Discipline.png Tilly's Discipline (+20% speed, Germans only)
Inca Road-building.png Quechuan Mountaineering (+20%)
Apache Endurance.png Apache Endurance (+5%)
Sight Town Watch.png Town Watch (+2)
Creation speed Standing Army.png Standing Army (-25%)
Folk Heroes.png Folk Heroes (-50%, Europeans only)
Inca Chaquis Messengers.png Quechuan Diet (-25%)
Train cost Mapuche Ad-mapu.png Mapuche Ad-mapu (-10% coin cost)
Penalties Thin Red Line.png Thin Red Line (-25% speed, British only)
Coffee Trade.png Coffee Trade (-10% speed, Dutch only)
Tillys Discipline.png Tilly's Discipline (+10% cost, Germans only)
Corselet.png Corselet (-15% speed, Spanish only)

Home City Cards[]


Definitive Edition[]

Fugitive Dacoit[]

The Fugitive Dacoit is a Treasure Guardian version of the Dacoit. They yield more hit points and speed as well as deal the same ranged attack as a Dacoit. However, Fugitive Dacoit lack the melee multiplier against cavalry and light infantry. They can be found on maps such as Indochina, Himalayas, and Borneo.

In-game dialogue[]

Main article: Indians (Age of Empires III)#In-game dialogue
  • आदेश [Ādeś] (command)
  • तैयार [Taiyār] (ready)
  • हाँ? [Hān?] (yes?)
  • मैं जा रहा हूँ [Main jā rahā hūn] (I am going)
  • मैं करूँगा [Main karunga] (I will do it)
  • हाँ [Hān] (yes)
  • युद्ध करने के लिए [Yuddh karne ke liye] (to do war – To war/To battle)
  • हमला [Hamalā] (attack!)
  • हाँ! [Hāṃ!] (yes!)


  • They have no association with the Marathan Catamaran (which is an entirely separate unit despite the fact Dacoit appear to steer those vessels).
  • Although the Dacoit wields a sword in the icon and in his art shown in the history portrait, they only use a pistol just like the Pistolero.
  • Since update 23511, the Dacoit is tagged as Musket Infantry, but it does not wield a musket. The same occurs with the Bolas Warrior, the Gascenya, the Pistolero and the Tomahawk.


A dacoit is a bandit, or a devotee of the professions of robbery and extortion. The word “dacoit” is an anglicized version of the Hindi word “dakaethee,” meaning a local robber or thief.

Since the fourteenth century, dacoits held a position of prominence in rural Indian life. The most powerful became local warlords, holding great influence over local officials and politicians. They made money through ransoms and robberies, and by protecting members of their own castes against wandering bandits and rival dacoit. As payment, the villagers often sheltered the dacoit from the law.