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Plundering Desert Raider. Good against buildings.
—In-game description

The Desert Raider is a heavy cavalry outlaw in Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition - The African Royals that can be trained by African civilizations at the Watch Tower.


Further statistics[]

Unit strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Shock infantry, artillery, buildings
Weak vs. Heavy infantry
Hit points Comanche Horse Breeding.png Comanche Horse Breeding (+10%)
Cree Tanning.png Cree Tanning (+5%)
Navajo Weaving.png Navajo Weaving (+5%)
Attack Yoga.png Yoga (+5%)
Speed Comanche Mustangs.png Comanche Mustangs (+10%)
Apache Endurance.png Apache Endurance (+5%)
Creation speed 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)

Home City Cards[]


The African Royals[]

  • Originally, Desert Raiders cost 50 food, 100 coin, train in 20 seconds and had 20 siege damage. With hotfix 39346, Desert Raiders cost 50 food, 130 coin, train in 34 seconds and have 15 siege damage.

In-game dialogue[]

The Desert Raiders speaks Kabyle/Taqbaylit using dialogue files of the Berbers, specifically those of the Berber Camel Rider, which, in turn, are reused from Berbers' military units' dialogue files in Age of Empires II HD: The African Kingdoms.


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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