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Hardy javelin warrior equipped with a large shield. The shield grants different armor types when switching combat stances. Good against cavalry.
—In-game description

The Desert Warrior is a heavy infantry outlaw in Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition - The African Royals that can be trained by African civilizations at the Watch Tower once the Commerce Age is reached, and by European and Asian civilizations in African maps. It has different resistances depending upon stance.


Unit stance modifications[]

When Desert Warriors are assigned to different unit stances, their resistance changes:

  • Volley mode.png In the Volley Mode, they resist 20% vs. Ranged.
  • Stagger mode.png In the Stagger Mode, they resist 20% vs. Siege.
  • Melee mode icon.png In the Melee Mode, they resist 20% vs. Melee.
  • Defend mode.png In the Defend Mode, they resist 20% vs. Melee, 20% vs. Ranged, and 20% vs. Siege.
  • Stand ground.png In Stand Ground, they resist 20% vs. Melee, 20% vs. Ranged, and 20% vs. Siege.

Further statistics[]

Unit strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Cavalry, infantry
Weak vs. Skirmishers, archers, artillery
Hit points Cree Tanning.png Cree Tanning (+5%)
Navajo Weaving.png Navajo Weaving (+5%)
Attack Yoga.png Yoga (+5%)
Clenched Fist.png Clenched Fist (+25% 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 Warriors cost 30 food, 70 coin, had 150 hit points and 15 ranged attack damage. With update 43871, Desert Warriors cost 30 food, 75 coin, have 140 hit points and 14 ranged attack 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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