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Secretive, skilled archer that can hit distant targets as well as shoot fast at short range. Good against infantry.
—In-game description

The Desert Archer is an outlaw archer in Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition - The African Royals that can be trained at the Watch Tower once the Commerce Age is reached.


Further statistics[]

Unit strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Heavy infantry, light cavalry
Weak vs. Heavy cavalry, Coyote Runners, artillery
Hit points Cree Tanning.png Cree Tanning (+5%)
Navajo Weaving.png Navajo Weaving (+5%)
Attack Carib Kasiri Beer.png Carib Kasiri Beer (+10%)
Carib Garifuna Drums.png Carib Garifuna Drums (+1.0x multiplier vs. villagers)
Seminole Bowyer.png Seminole Bowyer (+25%)
Tupi Poison Arrow Frogs.png Tupi Poison Arrow Frogs (+10%)
Yoga.png Yoga (+5%)
Clenched Fist.png Clenched Fist (+30% melee attack)
Armor Somali oryx shields.png Somali Oryx Hide Shields (additional 10% melee/ranged resistance)
Sudanese quilted armor.png Sudanese Quilted Armor (+10% melee resistance)
Speed Inca Road-building.png Quechuan Mountaineering (+20%)
Apache Endurance.png Apache Endurance (+5%)
Akan Drums.png Akan Fontomfrom (+5%)
Creation speed Inca Chaquis Messengers.png Quechuan Diet (-25%)
Train cost Mapuche Ad-mapu.png Mapuche Ad-mapu (-10% coin cost)

Home City Cards[]


The African Royals[]

  • Originally, Desert Archers cost 30 food, 70 coin, had a Long Range Attack range of 20 and a Short Range Attack range of 12. With update 43871, Desert Archers cost 30 food, 75 coin, have a Long Range Attack range of 22 and a Short Range Attack range of 16.

In-game dialogue[]

The Desert Archer speaks Arabic, reusing Saracens' military units' dialogue files from Age of Empires II.

  • Select 1 Na'am? (نعم؟) - Yes?
  • Select 2 Mosta'ed (مستعد) - I'm ready
  • Select 3 Amrok (أمرك) - Your order?
  • Move 1 Na'am (نعم) - Yes
  • Move 2 Sa af'al (سأفعل) - I will do it
  • Move 3 Hassanan (حسناً) - Okay
  • Attack 1 Hojoom! (!هجوم) - Attack!
  • Attack 2 Al quetal! (!القتال) - We'll fight!
  • Attack 3 Na'am! (!نعم) - Yes
  • Attack 4 Al hojoom! (!الهجوم) - We attack!


The deserts and plains of Africa played host to many nomadic and pastoralist groups. While some were largely peaceful, others practiced a far more predatory existence and raided rival groups and sedentary settlements to capture or extort resources.

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