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Ranged cavalry. Good against cavalry.
—In-game description

The Dragoon is a gunpowder light ranged cavalry in Age of Empires III that can be trained at the Stable, Fort, and Galleon/Steamer upon reaching the Fortress Age.

Dragoons are available to the British, French, Italians, Mexicans, Portuguese and Spanish.

Overview[]

Dragoons are highly effective units, combining strong ranged damage and speed. Ranged damage allows them to scale well en masse, and maneuverability makes them very responsive as well as quite survivable. With care, these qualities allow the unit to be used offensively as well. However, as with most light ranged cavalry, their siege damage is very low.

Their stated role is as a ranged counter-cavalry cavalry unit, with multipliers against heavy cavalry and hand shock infantry. Furthermore they are 0.5 units faster than most melee cavalry and can effectively evade them when endangered. The main danger are Skirmishers and archers which deal extra damage to Dragoons. Musketeers also counter Dragoons; however, they are usually not as much of a threat as Skirmishers because of their much lower range. Dragoons also counter artillery, especially in melee mode, as they have a 2x multiplier against them. Despite their reduced damage against Settlers, due to their speed Dragoons are still decent raiders. The main disadvantages of the unit are their general expense and the requirement to have active micro control over them to take advantage of their mobility. Overall, Dragoons are a formidable unit.

If playing as the Portuguese, Dragoons are available in the Commerce Age if the "TEAM House of Aviz" Home City Card is sent. Portuguese Dragoons are also more useful than other civilizations as they can give them the advantage in range with the "Order of Aviz" card which increases their max range and LoS by 4. Portuguese Dragoons can be upgraded to Royal Guard (+10%) and have the "Dragoon Combat" card (+20% attack and hit points). The British have same stats increase (+30%), but need 3 cards: "Cavalry Damage", "Cavalry Hitpoints" and "Cavalry Combat". Spanish Dragoons have only the "Cavalry Combat" card (+15%) but with Unction, their damage is much higher compared to other civilizations. A fully upgraded Portuguese / British Dragoon will have 52.8 Ranged Damage and 460 HP, while Spanish Dragoons with Unction will have 60.5 Ranged Damage and 430 HP. This means that the Portuguese/British will deal 158.4 and Spanish 181.5 Damage to Heavy Cavalry. Dragoons are also good against heavy melee infantry by kiting, where Portuguese are the clear winner here. Skirmishers and archers can also be engaged if the Dragoons are put into melee mode; however, heavy cavalry would be much better for this task. If playing as the Mexicans, Dragoons are available in the Commerce Age if the "Queen's Dragoons" Home City Card is sent during the Exploration Age.

Upgrades[]

The Dragoon starts at the Veteran level, giving them +20% hit points and attack.

If they are made available in the Commerce Age with either the "TEAM House of Aviz" or "Queen's Dragoons" Home City Cards, Dragoons will be automatically upgraded to Veteran once the player reaches the Fortress Age.

Age Upgrade Cost Effect Civ.
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
Guard cavalry Guard Dragoons 600 wood
600 coin
Upgrades Dragoons to Guard (+30% hit points and attack)
Flag BritishDE
Flag FrenchDE
Italians
Flag MexicanDE
Spanish
Guard cavalry Legion Dragoons 850 wood
850 coin
Upgrades Dragoons to Legion Dragoons (Guard Dragoons with +10% hit points and attack)
Portuguese
Imperial Age
Imperial cavalry Imperial Dragoons 1,500 wood
1,500 coin
Upgrades Dragoons to Imperial (+50% hit points and attack); requires Guard Dragoons
Flag BritishDE
Flag FrenchDE
Italians
Flag MexicanDE
Spanish
Imperial cavalry Imperial Legion Dragoons Upgrades Legion Dragoons to Imperial Legion Dragoons (+50% hit points and attack); requires Legion Dragoons
Portuguese
Revolution
Imperial cavalry Imperial Counter Dragoons 750 wood
750 coin
Upgrades Counter Dragoons to Imperial Counter Dragoon (+50% hit points and attack); requires the "Armfelt's Autonomy" Home City Card
Finland flag revolt

Civilization differences[]

Variants[]

Ranged cavalry. Good against cavalry.
—In-game description

The Legion Dragoon (Jinete before the Definitive Edition) is a counterpart of the Dragoon, which starts with +10% hit points and attack.

Upgrades[]

The Legion Dragoon is automatically upgraded in the Fortress Age, Industrial Age, and Imperial Age:

  • Fortress age up +20% hit points and attack
  • Industrial age up +30% hit points and attack
  • Imperial age up +50% hit points and attack

Civilization differences[]

  • The Consulate Legion Dragoon count as a different unit. The United States, Haudenosaunee, Revolutionary Canada, and Revolutionary Argentina ships Consulate Guard Dragoon. The latter uses French Dragoon dialogue files and has a slower training speed.
  • The Indians and Japanese can get Legion Dragoon by allying with the Portuguese at the Consulate, which provides Portuguese Brigade (11 Legion Dragoons).
  • The Maltese can train Legion Dragoon named Order Dragoon at the Commandery, which have 20 XP train and kill bounty, 100 food, 100 coin cost and 41.8 seconds train time. Maltese Order Dragoons use the French Dragoon's dialogue files instead of the Portuguese Dragoon's dialogue files. Also, for the Maltese, The War Minister can ship 5 Order Dragoons.

Ranged cavalry. Good against cavalry.
—In-game description

The Counter Dragoon (Kalmuck before update 14.43676) is a counterpart of the Dragoon which starts with +10% hit points and attack, and have a ×1.2 attack multiplier against light ranged cavalry.

Upgrades[]

The Counter Dragoon is automatically upgraded in the Fortress Age, Industrial Age, and Imperial Age:

  • Fortress age up +20% hit points and attack
  • Industrial age up +30% hit points and attack
  • Imperial age up +50% hit points and attack

Civilization differences[]

Revolutionary[]

  • (Definitive Edition) Romania can get Counter Dragoons through the "Russian Expeditionary Army" Home City Card which ships 9 Counter Dragoons.

Ranged cavalry. Good against cavalry.
—In-game description

The Consulate Guard Dragoon is a counterpart of the Dragoon, which trains 65% slower. It uses the French Dragoon's dialogue files. For the United States, it starts with +10% hit points and attack.

Upgrades[]

The Consulate Guard Dragoon is automatically upgraded in the Fortress Age, Industrial Age, and Imperial Age:

  • Fortress age up +20% hit points and attack
  • Industrial age up +30% hit points and attack
  • Imperial age up +50% hit points and attack

Civilization differences[]

  • The Haudenosaunee can get Consulate Guard Dragoon through the "Canadian Loyalists" Home City Card, which ships 10 Consulate Guard Dragoon, and can be sent an infinite number of times.
  • The United States can get Consulate Guard Dragoon through the "Armand's Legion" Home City Card, which ships 10 Consulate Guard Dragoons, and allows them to be trained at Forts. Additionally, United States Forts can spawn Consulate Guard Dragoons in batches of 3 for free if the "Texas Forts" Home City Card is sent, but this takes 98 seconds.

Revolutionary[]

  • Argentina can get Consulate Guard Dragoons through the "San Martin" Home City Card, which ships 10 Consulate Guard Dragoons.
  • Canada has the "Canadian Loyalists" card with the same effect as described above.

Revolution variants[]

The Independence Dragoon is an upgrade of the Dragoon unique to Brazil, which uses a lance to attack in melee with greater attack but without damage multipliers.

Independence Dragoons can be obtained by sending the "Guard of Honor" Home City Card, which upgrades Dragoons to Guard, gives them a lance hand attack, allows the Royal Guard upgrade if the player revolts from the Portuguese, and allows them to be trained if the player revolts from the Dutch.

The Roșior Dragoon is an upgrade of the Dragoon unique to Romania, which get +15% attack and +10% speed, but -15% hit points.

As soon as the player revolts to Romania, a Roșior Dragoon will spawn on every Outpost/Blockhouse that had been built by the player, and more can be obtained through the "Roșior Dragoons" Home City Card.

Further statistics[]

Unit strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Heavy cavalry, hand shock infantry, artillery
Weak vs. Heavy infantry, light infantry, defensive buildings
Improvements
Hit points Comanche Horse Breeding Comanche Horse Breeding (+10%)
Cree Tanning Cree Tanning (+5%)
Navajo Weaving Navajo Weaving (+5%)
Tar kilns Tar Kilns (+5%)
Attack Ranged Cavalry Caracole Ranged Cavalry Caracole (+10%)
Smokeless Powder Smokeless Powder (+10%)
Yoga Yoga (+5%)
Wind horses Wind Horses (-10% Rate of Fire)
Carabinieri Carabinieri (-10% ranged Rate of Fire; Italians only)
Resistance Sudanese quilted armor Sudanese Quilted Armor (+10% hand resistance)
Range Ranged Cavalry Caracole Ranged Cavalry Caracole (+2)
Line of Sight Town Watch Town Watch (+3)
Ranged Cavalry Caracole Ranged Cavalry Caracole (+2)
Speed Apache Endurance Apache Endurance (+5%)
Comanche Mustangs Comanche Mustangs (+5%)
Wind horses Wind Horses (+0.5)
Train time Cheyenne Horse Trading Cheyenne Horse Trading (-40%)
Mass Cavalry Mass Cavalry (-35%)
Quechuan Diet Quechuan Diet (-15%)
Carabinieri Carabinieri (-10%; Italians only)
Immigrants Immigrants (-10%)
New Mexico Immigration New Mexico Immigration (-10%; United States only)
Shaman drums Shaman Drums (-10%)
Cost Mapuche Ad-mapu Mapuche Ad-mapu (-10% coin cost)
Golden liberty Golden Liberty (-5% coin cost)
Other St. Petersburg Dragoons St. Petersburg Dragoons (ships 9 Counter Dragoons and replaces all Cavalry Archer shipments in Home City with Counter Dragoons; Russians only)
Merritocracy Meritocracy (-20% upgrade cost)

Home City Cards[]

Click for a list of Home City Cards related to the Dragoon
Some cards are highlighted with:
Green TEAM Shipment that is sent to each player in a team
Purple Shipment that can be sent an INFINITE number of times
Red Shipment that can be sent twice
Blue Shipment that arrives fast (5 seconds)

All[]

Card Description Age
French Home City 2 (4 Dragoons) 4 Dragoons Ships 4 Dragoons
Age III tech tree aoe3
French Home City 2 (5 Dragoons) 5 Dragoons Ships 5 Dragoons
Age III tech tree aoe3
British Home City 2 (Cavalry Damage) Cavalry Damage Cavalry get +15% attack
Age II tech tree aoe3
British Home City 2 (Cavalry Hitpoints) Cavalry Hitpoints Cavalry get +15% hit points
Age II tech tree aoe3
British Home City 2 (Cavalry Combat) Cavalry Combat Cavalry get +15% hit points and attack
Age III tech tree aoe3
Mexican Home City 3 (Liberation March) Liberation March Infantry, cavalry, and shock infantry get +5% speed and -35% train time
Age III tech tree aoe3
Haudenosaunee Home City 5 (Canadian Loyalists) Canadian Loyalists Ships 10 Legion Dragoons; costs 1,000 food
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
  • "4 Dragoons" and "5 Dragoons" are available to the French, Mexicans, and Portuguese.
  • "Cavalry Damage" and "Cavalry Hitpoints" are available to the British and Haudenosaunee.
  • "Cavalry Combat" is available to the British, Dutch, French, Italians, Mexicans, Russians, and Spanish.
  • "Liberation March" is available to the Mexicans and Spanish.
  • "Canadian Loyalists" is available to the Haudenosaunee, and also British and French upon revolting to Canada.

Asians[]

Card Description Age
Good faith agreements Good Faith Agreements Consulate units' train time -50%; Consulate technologies' cost -40% (-300 export for Brigades) and research time -50% (except Brigades) (also +1 Villager for the Indians)
Age I tech tree aoe3

Chinese[]

Card Description Age
Western reforms Western Reforms All units get +8% hit points and attack
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
Acupuncture aoe3 Acupuncture All units' train time -20%, spawn time -5%
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
Banner school Banner School Banner army train time -30%; Summer Palace banner army spawn time -7%
Age II tech tree aoe3

Europeans[]

Card Description Age
French Home City 2 (6 Dragoons) 6 Dragoons Ships 6 Dragoons
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
French Home City 2 (8 Dragoons) 8 Dragoons Ships 8 Dragoons
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
Spanish Home City 3 (Riding School) Riding School Cavalry train time -40%
Age II tech tree aoe3
Argentina Home City (San Martin) San Martin Ships 13 Mounted Granaderos, 10 Legion Dragoons, and 1 San Martin; costs 1,000 coin
Revolution
Brazil Home City (Guard of Honor) Guard of Honor Upgrades Ruyters to Royal Guard (if not already); Ruyters get +200% hand attack but all hand attack multipliers removed; upgrades Dragoons to Independence Dragoons (Guard Dragoons with a lance hand attack); Independence Dragoons can be trained at Stables, Forts, and Fluyts (if revolting from the Dutch)
Revolution
Armfelt autonomy Armfelt's Autonomy Blockhouse build limit +4; enables Imperial upgrades for Caroleans, Hakkapelits, and Rekruts (as well as Counter Dragoons and Counter Jaegers, after sending "Grand Duchy of Finland" Home City Card) with -50% cost
Revolution
Finnish counter army Grand Duchy of Finland Enables Counter Dragoons and Counter Jaegers for training at Stables and Barracks or Blockhouses respectively
Revolution
Swedish Home City 2 (Finnhorses) Finnhorses Hussars, Hakkapelits, Cossacks, Dragoons, Oprichniks, and Cavalry Archers get +15% hit points
Revolution
Romania Home City (Rosior Dragoons) Roșior Dragoons All existing Outposts/Blockhouses spawn 1 Roșior Dragoon (Dragoon with -15% hit points, +15% attack, and +10% speed); Roșior Dragoons available at Forts; +1 Outpost/Blockhouse Wagon; Outpost/Blockhouse build limit +1
Revolution
South Africa Home City (Wagon Warfare) Wagon Warfare Replaces Dragoons with War Wagons at Stables, Forts and Galleons; upgrades War Wagons to Imperial; costs 1,000 wood
Revolution
South Africa Home City (Wanderlust) Wanderlust Land units get +5% hit points; land villagers and wagons get +5% speed
Revolution
United States Home City (Lee Continental Light Dragoons) Lee's Continental Light Dragoons Ships 12 Carbine Cavalry; turns all Dragoons into Carbine Cavalry; Carbine Cavalry replace Dragoons at Stables, Forts, and Galleons; upgrades Carbine Cavalry to Guard
Revolution
  • "6 Dragoons" and "8 Dragoons" are available to the French and Portuguese.
  • "Riding School" is not available to the Maltese and Spanish.
  • "San Martin" is available to the Germans, Italians, and Spanish upon revolting to Argentina.
  • "Guard of Honor" is available to the Dutch, Italians, and Portuguese upon revolting to Brazil.
  • "Armfelt's Autonomy", "Grand Duchy of Finland", and "Finnhorses" are available to the Russians and Swedes upon revolting to Finland.
  • "Roșior Dragoons" is available to the Ottomans and Russians upon revolting to Romania.
  • "Wagon Warfare" and "Wanderlust" are available to the British upon revolting to South Africa, and can be sent 3 times.
  • "Lee's Continental Light Dragoons" is available to the British, Dutch, French, Italians, and Swedes upon revolting to the United States.

French[]

Card Description Age
French Home City 2 (Thoroughbred) Thoroughbreds Cuirassiers, Hussars, and Dragoons cost -15%
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
Revolutionary French Home City (Horse Hunters) Horse Hunters Dragoons get +2.0 attack multiplier against heavy cavalry, +1.5 multiplier against hand shock infantry, and -20% train time
Revolution
Revolutionary French Home City (Grande Armee) Grande Armée Imperial upgrades for military units are available and cost -50%
Revolution

Germans[]

Card Description Age
German Home City 2 (Cavalry Attack) TEAM Cavalry Attack Heavy cavalry, light ranged cavalry, and shock infantry get +10% attack; Germans-only heavy cavalry, light cavalry, and shock infantry get +15% attack instead
Age III tech tree aoe3
German Home City 3 (Spanish Riding School) Spanish Riding School Cavalry get +10% speed; +4 Uhlans
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
  • "TEAM Cavalry Attack" does not stack with the Italian "TEAM Cavalry Attack" card.

Inca[]

Card Description Age
Inca Home City 2 (Road Building) Road Building Land military units get +10% speed
Age II tech tree aoe3
Revolution Tupac Rebellion Turns all villagers into Revolutionaries, Plumed Spearmen into Guard Musketeers, Chimu Runners into Guard Hussars, Jungle Bowmen into Guard Skirmishers, Bolas Warriors into Veteran Dragoons, Huaracas into Guard Grenadiers, and Macemen into Guard Soldados; costs 1,500 food, 1,500 wood, 1,500 coin
Age IV tech tree aoe 3

Indians[]

Card Description Age
Dravidian martial arts Dravidian Martial Arts All units get +15% hand attack; Rajputs get +20% hand attack instead; +1 Hindu Villager
Age II tech tree aoe3
Shivajis tactics TEAM Shivaji's Tactics All units get +5% hit points and attack
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
Indian Home City 3 (Foreign Trading Companies) Foreign Trading Companies Gives a trickle of 0.75 export; banner army cost -15% export; Indian units cost +2.5% (Villagers, Fishing Boats, and Sacred Cows cost +5% instead); +1 Hindu Villager
Age IV tech tree aoe 3

Italians[]

Card Description Age
German Home City 2 (Cavalry Attack) TEAM Cavalry Attack Heavy cavalry, light ranged cavalry, and shock infantry get +10% attack; Italians-only heavy cavalry, light cavalry, and shock infantry get +15% attack instead
Age III tech tree aoe3
Italian Home City 2 (Schiavoni Swords) Schiavoni Swords Infantry and cavalry get +15% hand attack
Age II tech tree aoe3
  • "TEAM Cavalry Attack" does not stack with the German "TEAM Cavalry Attack" card.

Japanese[]

Card Description Age
Japanese Home City 3 (Cheaper Unit Upgrades) TEAM Sengoku Unit upgrades cost -20%
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
Bakufu Bakufu Daimyo and Shogun Tokugawa get +5% speed, +10 Line of Sight and train units 15% faster; land military unit train time -20%, artillery and banner army train time -10% instead
Age III tech tree aoe3

Lakota[]

Card Description Age
Sioux Home City 2 (Mustangs) TEAM Mustangs Cavalry and shock infantry cost -10%
Age III tech tree aoe3

Maltese[]

Card Description Age
Maltese Home City 2 (TEAM Knights of the Round Table) TEAM Knights of the Round Table Ships 1 Hospitaller for each Town Center owned by the player; all units get +2% hit points
Age I tech tree aoe3
Maltese Home City 3 (Auberges) Auberges Commanderies now support 10 population; Order Units get -10% resources cost (rounded to 5, 10, or 15 less resources) and -10% train and kill bounty
Age II tech tree aoe3
Maltese Home City 3 (Squires) Squires Military buildings train and research work 80% faster, except Forts which train and research work 260% faster
Age III tech tree aoe3

Mexicans[]

Card Description Age
Mexican Home City 2 (Liberty Dragoon Regiment) Liberty Dragoon Regiment Ships 8 Dragoons and 1 Culverin
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
Mexico card Leather Soldiers Leather Soldiers Changes coin cost of Soldados, Salteadores, Chinacos, and Dragoons to wood on the first time, and vice-versa on the second time
Age III tech tree aoe3
Mexican Home City 2 (Queens Dragoons) Queen's Dragoons Dragoons get +10% attack and available from the Commerce Age
Age I tech tree aoe3
Mexico card Plan of Tacubaya Plan of Tacubaya [Plan] Turns all Soldados into Dragoons; Dragoons get +10% hit points; costs 250 food, 250 wood
Age II tech tree aoe3
Mexico card Plan of Casa Mata Plan of Casa Mata [Plan] Turns all Dragoons into Chinacos; hand cavalry get +5% speed; costs 250 food, 250 wood
Age III tech tree aoe3
Mexican Home City 2 (TEAM Mariachi) TEAM Mariachi For the next 30 seconds, military buildings work 400% faster and units get +10% speed
Age I tech tree aoe3
Federal card colegio de san nicolas Colegio de San Nicolás Ships 500 XP; units get +4 and buildings (except Walls) get +8 Line of Sight; sees what enemies can see for 20 seconds
Age II tech tree aoe3
Federal card national servant National Servant All units get +10% hit points; Padre healing 200% faster
Imperial Age
Central America Home City (Central American Cavalry) Central American Cavalry Upgrades Chinacos to Veteran (if not already); Dragoons available at Stable; costs 500 wood, 500 coin
Revolution

Portuguese[]

Card Description Age
Portuguese Home City 2 (Genitours) Order of Aviz Dragoons get +4 Line of Sight and range
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
Portuguese Home City 2 (Portuguese Expeditionary Force) Portuguese Expeditionary Force Ships 6 Cassadores and 6 Dragoons
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
Portuguese Home City 2 (Dragoon Combat) Dragoon Combat Dragoons get +20% hit points and attack
Age III tech tree aoe3
Portuguese Home City 2 (Early Dragoons) TEAM House of Aviz Dragoons, Ruyters, Cavalry Archers, Rifle Riders, Musket Riders, Yabusame, and Carbine Cavalry can be trained in the Commerce Age; Zamburak, Eagle Runner Knight, Bolas Warrior, Black Rider, and Ming Army train time -15%; Mongolian Army train time -7%
Age I tech tree aoe3

Russians[]

Card Description Age
Russian Home City 2 (Cavalry Scout) TEAM Kamchatka Expeditions Cavalry and shock infantry get +10% hit points and +4 Line of Sight
Age I tech tree aoe3
Portuguese Home City 2 (Dragoon Combat) Dragoon Combat Cavalry Archers can be trained in the Commerce Age and cost 55 wood instead of 60 coin; Dragoons get +20% hit points and attack
Age I tech tree aoe3
Russian Home City 2 (INF 7 Counter Dragoons1) 7 Counter Dragoons Ships 7 Counter Dragoons
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
Russian Home City 2 (5 Counter Dragoons) 5 Counter Dragoons Ships 5 Counter Dragoons
Age III tech tree aoe3
Russian Home City 2 (8 Counter Dragoons) 8 Counter Dragoons Ships 8 Counter Dragoons
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
Russian Home City 2 (9 Counter Dragoons) 9 Counter Dragoons Ships 9 Counter Dragoons
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
  • "Dragoon Combat", "7 Counter Dragoons", "5 Counter Dragoons", "8 Counter Dragoons", and "9 Counter Dragoons" replace "Landed Gentry", "7 Cavalry Archers", "5 Cavalry Archers", "8 Cavalry Archers", and "9 Cavalry Archers" respectively after researching St. Petersburg Dragoons technology.

Spanish[]

Card Description Age
Spanish Home City 3 (Inquisition) TEAM Spanish Inquisition Ships 1 Inquisitor; all units get +10 Line of Sight
Age II tech tree aoe3

United States[]

Card Description Age
US Home City 5 (Armand's Legion) Armand's Legion [Legion] Ships 10 Legion Dragoons; Legion Dragoons can be trained at Forts; costs 500 food, 500 wood
Age III tech tree aoe3
Federal card indiana mobilization Indiana Mobilization Ships 1 Carbine Cavalry for each shipment sent so far this game including this one; unit train time (except Heavy Cannons), technology research time, and age-up time -10%; costs 250 food, 250 wood
Age III tech tree aoe3
Federal card seminole ponies Seminole Ponies Ships 9 Hussars; hand cavalry get +15% hit points and attack, and +5% speed; cavalry train time -10%
Imperial Age
  • "Indiana Mobilization" is available upon selecting the Indiana Federal State.
  • "Seminole Ponies" is available upon selecting the Florida Federal State.

Asians[]

Card Description Age HC level
Good faith agreements Good Faith Agreements Consulate units' train time -50%; Consulate technologies' cost -40% (-400 export for Brigades) and research time -50% (except Brigades) (also +1 Villager for the Indians)
Age I tech tree aoe3
1

British[]

Card Description Age HC level
British Home City 2 (Cavalry Damage) Cavalry Damage Hussars and Dragoons get +15% attack
Age II tech tree aoe3
10
British Home City 2 (Cavalry Hitpoints) Cavalry Hitpoints Hussars and Dragoons get +15% hit points
Age II tech tree aoe3
10
British Home City 2 (Cavalry Combat) Cavalry Combat Hussars and Dragoons get +15% hit points and attack
Age III tech tree aoe3
10

Chinese[]

Card Description Age HC level
Western reforms Western Reforms All units get +8% hit points and attack
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
40
Acupuncture aoe3 Acupuncture All units' train time -20%
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
40
Banner school Banner School Banner army train time -30%; Summer Palace banner army spawn time -7%
Age II tech tree aoe3
10

Europeans[]

Card Description Age HC level
French Home City 2 (4 Dragoons) 4 Dragoons Ships 4 Dragoons
Age III tech tree aoe3
1
French Home City 2 (5 Dragoons) 5 Dragoons Ships 5 Dragoons
Age III tech tree aoe3
10
French Home City 2 (6 Dragoons) 6 Dragoons Ships 6 Dragoons
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
1
French Home City 2 (8 Dragoons) 8 Dragoons Ships 8 Dragoons
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
10
British Home City 2 (Cavalry Combat) Cavalry Combat Cavalry get +15% hit points and attack
Age III tech tree aoe3
10
Spanish Home City 3 (Riding School) Riding School Cavalry train time -40%
Age II tech tree aoe3
10
  • "4 Dragoons", "5 Dragoons", "6 Dragoons", and "8 Dragoons" are available to the French and Portuguese.
  • "Cavalry Combat" is available to the French and Russians.

Germans[]

Card Description Age HC level
German Home City 2 (Cavalry Attack) TEAM Cavalry Attack Heavy cavalry, light ranged cavalry, and shock infantry get +15% attack
Age II tech tree aoe3
10

Indians[]

Card Description Age HC level
Dravidian martial arts Dravidian Martial Arts All units get +15% hand attack; +1 Hindu Villager
Age II tech tree aoe3
40
Shivajis tactics TEAM Shivaji's Tactics All units get +5% hit points and attack
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
25

Japanese[]

Card Description Age HC level
Japanese Home City 3 (Cheaper Unit Upgrades) TEAM Cheaper Unit Upgrades Unit upgrades cost -20%
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
1

Portuguese[]

Card Description Age HC level
Portuguese Home City 2 (Genitours) Genitours Dragoons get +6 Line of Sight and range
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
40
Portuguese Home City 2 (Portuguese Expeditionary Force) Portuguese Expeditionary Force Ships 6 Cassadores and 6 Dragoons
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
25
Portuguese Home City 2 (Dragoon Combat) Dragoon Combat Dragoons get +20% hit points and attack; Hussars get +15% hit points and attack
Age III tech tree aoe3
10
Portuguese Home City 2 (Early Dragoons) TEAM Early Dragoons Dragoons, Ruyters, Cavalry Archers, Rifle Riders, Musket Riders, and Yabusame can be trained in the Commerce Age; Zamburak train time -15%; Ming Army and Mongolian Army train time -7%
Age I tech tree aoe3
1

Russians[]

Card Description Age HC level
Russian Home City 2 (Cavalry Scout) TEAM Cavalry Scouts Cavalry and shock infantry get +10% hit points and +4 Line of Sight
Age I tech tree aoe3
1

Spanish[]

Card Description Age HC level
Spanish Home City 3 (Inquisition) TEAM Inquisition All units get +10 Line of Sight
Age I tech tree aoe3
10

Changelog[]

3Icon48px Age of Empires III[]

  • Dragoons have 30% ranged resistance.

3WCIcon48px The WarChiefs[]

Age3DE Icon Definitive Edition[]

  • Dragoons now have 20% ranged resistance.
  • Dragoons now have a ×2.25 multiplier against hand shock infantry.

Age3DE Icon Knights of the Mediterranean[]

  • With update 14.43676, the Legion Dragoon upgrade received a new model.
  • Although not listed in the patch notes, with update 15.30007, the Counter Dragoon portrait was updated.

Trivia[]

  • Even though the Dragoon's icon shows a rifle, they use the dragon instead. However, in some early screenshots, the Dragoons used rifles.
  • Portuguese Royal Guard/Consulate Dragoons' name refers to the Portuguese Legion.
    • Before the Definitive Edition, they are named Jinete, which translates to "Rider" in Portuguese and is borrowed from the Spanish word which refers to the Genitour. The correct Portuguese form would be Ginete.
    • The Portuguese Legion is also referenced in the Portuguese Royal Guard/Consulate Musketeers' name in the Definitive Edition.
  • Russian Consulate Dragoons are likely a reference to the 1st Kalmyk Regiment who fought during the Napoleonic Wars.
  • The United States' ability to access Dragoons through the "Armand's Legion" Home City Card is a reference to Charles Armand Tuffin who is notable for his role during the American Revolutionary War and later the French Revolution, leading his own cavalry unit during the former.
  • Romanian Roșiori regiments which appeared by the second half of the 19th Century were primarily equipped with either sabres or lances, despite their in-game portrayal as a ranged cavalry unit equipped with a pistol.

History[]

Dragoons were a very flexible mounted infantry, using their horses to move swiftly, then often dismounting to fight on foot with carbines, pistols, and sabers. During the eighteenth century in Europe, military leaders maintained dozens of regiments of Dragoons, placing them in a fixed role as medium cavalry. In the Americas, Dragoons were used as both cavalry and infantry. They scouted, raided camps, screened armies, and protected the rear of retreats.

Dragoons wore tall helmets, often plumed, and carried a variety of arms. The carbines they used, called "dragons," gave the Dragoons their name. This short-barreled, smoothbore weapon had less range and power than a rifle and required that Dragoons be accompanied by infantrymen or dismounted Dragoons armed with longer-range firearms.

Gallery[]

See also[]

Military units in Age of Empires III
Common/shared units
3Icon48px Age of Empires IIIExplorer aoe3de Explorer · Militiaman de Militiaman · Crossbow aoe3de Crossbowman · Pikeman aoe3de Pikeman · Halberdier de Halberdier · Musketeer icon aoe3de Musketeer · Skirmisher aoe3de Skirmisher · Grenadier de Grenadier · Hussar aoe3de Hussar · Dragoon aoe3de Dragoon · Cavalry archer portrait aoe3de updated Cavalry Archer · Falconet aoe3de Falconet · Culverin icon aoe3de Culverin · Mortar de Mortar · Heavy cannon de Heavy Cannon · Caravel aoe3de Caravel · Galleon aoe3de Galleon · Frigate aoe3de Frigate · Monitor aoe3de Monitor
3WCIcon48px The WarChiefsWarrior de Warrior · Horse art de Horse Artillery · Petard aoe3de Petard · Spy aoe3de portrait updated Spy · Native canoe aoe3de Canoe · War canoe aoe3de War Canoe · Ironclad aoe3de Ironclad
Age3DE Icon Definitive Edition*Captured mortar aoe3de Captured Mortar · Sloop aoe3de Sloop · Steamer aoe3de Steamer · Battleship portrait Battleship
Age3DE Icon The African RoyalsLevied spearman portrait aoe3de Levied Spearman · Levied bowman portrait aoe3de Levied Bowman · Levied gunner portrait aoe3de Levied Gunner · Javelin rider aoe3de Javelin Rider · Desert warrior portrait aoe3de Desert Warrior · Desert archer portrait aoe3de Desert Archer · Desert raider portrait aoe3de Desert Raider · Battle canoe portrait aoe3de Battle Canoe · Cannon boat portrait aoe3de Cannon Boat
Unique units
Flag BritishDE BritishLongbow aoe3de Longbowman · Ranger portrait Ranger · Rocket de Rocket
Flag DutchDE DutchRuyter de Ruyter · Fluyt aoe3de Fluyt
Flag FrenchDE FrenchCuirassier de Cuirassier
Flag GermanDE GermansGermans landwehr portrait Landwehr · Doppel de Doppelsoldner · Uhlan portrait aoe3de updated Uhlan · War wagon de War Wagon
Flag OttomanDE OttomansOttomans bashibozuk portrait Bashibozuk · Janissary aoe3de Janissary · Ottomans azap portrait Azap · Nizam icon Nizam Fusilier · Ottomans deli portrait Deli · Ottomans abus gunner portrait Abus Gunner · Ottomans humbaraci portrait Humbaraci · Great bombard de Great Bombard · Spy ottoman portrait Muhbir · Spahi de Sipahi · Galley aoe3de Galley
Flag PortugueseDE PortugueseOrdinance rifleman portrait Ordinance Rifleman · Cacador de Cassador · Organ aoe3de Organ Gun
Flag RussianDE RussiansStrelet de Strelet · Russians rekrut portrait aoe3de Rekrut · Russians poruchik portrait aoe3de Poruchik · Cossack de Cossack · Oprichink de Oprichnik
Flag SpanishDE SpanishRandelero de Rodelero · Lancer portrait aoe3de updated Lancer
Flag AztecDE AztecsAztecChief AoE3DE Aztec War Chief · Eagle scout aoe3de Eagle Scout · Coyote runner aoe3de Coyote Runner · Otontin slinger Otontin Slinger · Puma spearman de Puma Spearman · Arrow knight de Arrow Knight · Eagle runner knight de Eagle Runner Knight · Jaguar prowl knight de Jaguar Prowl Knight · Warrior priest de Warrior Priest · Skull knight aoe3de Skull Knight · Tlaloc aoe3de Tlaloc Canoe
Flag IroquoisDE HaudenosauneeIro warchief aoe3de Haudenosaunee War Chief · Aenna de Aenna · Tomahawk de Tomahawk · Forest prowler de Forest Prowler · Kanya de Kanya Horseman · Musket rider de Musket Rider · Ram aoe3de Ram · Iro mantlet de Mantlet · Light cannon de Light Cannon
Flag SiouxDE LakotaSx warchief aoe3de Lakota War Chief · Cetan de Cetan Bowman · Club warrior de Club Warrior · Wakina de Wakina Rifle · Axe rider de Axe Rider · Bow rider de Bow Rider · Rifle rider de Rifle Rider · Tashunke de Tashunke Prowler · Tokala soldier portrait updated Tokala Soldier
Flag ChineseDE ChineseShaolin master aoe3de Shaolin Master · Shaolin monk aoe3de Disciple · Sentry cn jp de Sentry · Irregular cn jp de Irregular · Chu ko nu aoe3de Chu Ko Nu · Qiang pikeman de Qiang Pikeman · Changdao de Changdao Swordsman · Arquebusier de Arquebusier · Steppe rider de Steppe Rider · Keshik de Keshik · Iron flail de Iron Flail · Meteor hammer de Meteor Hammer · Flamethrower de Flamethrower · Hand mortar de Hand Mortar · Flying crow de Flying Crow · Fire ship aoe3de Fire Junk · War junk aoe3de War Junk · Fuchuan aoe3de Fuchuan
Flag IndianDE IndiansBrahminDE Brahmin · Sentry IN de Sentry · Irregular IN de Irregular · Rajput de Rajput · Sepoy de Sepoy · Gurkha de Gurkha · Urumi de Urumi Swordsman · Sowar de Sowar · Zamburak mansabdar de Zamburak · Mahout de Mahout Lancer · Howdah aoe3de Howdah · Flail elephant de Flail Elephant · Siege elephant de Siege Elephant
Flag JapaneseDE JapaneseIkkoIkkiDE Sohei Archer · Sentry cn jp de Sentry · Irregular cn jp de Irregular · Yumi archer de Yumi Archer · Ashigaru de Ashigaru Musketeer · Samurai aoe3de Samurai · Naginata de Naginata Rider · Yabusame de Yabusame · Flaming arrow aoe3de Flaming Arrow · Morutaru de Morutaru · Daimyo kiyomasa aoe3de Daimyo · Tokugawa aoe3de Shogun Tokugawa · Yamabushi aoe3de Yamabushi · Shinobi aoe3de Shinobi · Fune aoe3de Fune · Atakabune aoe3de Atakebune · Tekkousen aoe3de Tekkousen
Flag IncanDE IncaInca-war-chief-icon-aoe3 Inca War Chief · Chasqui-icon-aoe3 Chasqui · Jungle-bowman-icon-aoe3 Jungle Bowman · Plumed-spearman-icon-aoe3 Plumed Spearman · Chimu-runner-icon-aoe3 Chimu Runner · DE Bolas Warrior Icon Bolas Warrior · Huaraca-icon-aoe3 Huaraca · Inca Maceman Icon Maceman · Chincha raft aoe3de Chincha Raft
Flag SwedishDE SwedesCarolean Carolean · Hakkapelit-icon-aoe3 Hakkapelit · Leather-cannon-icon-aoe3 Leather Cannon
Flag American act3 aoe3de United StatesUs general aoe3de General · Us marine aoe3de Minuteman · State militia aoe3de State Militia · Regular aoe3de Regular · Sharpshooter icon aoe3 Sharpshooter · Carbine cavalry aoe3de Carbine Cavalry · Gatlin de Gatling Gun · Quaker gun icon Quaker Gun · Gunslinger aoe3de Gunslinger · Cowboy aoe3de Cowboy · Owlhoot aoe3de Owlhoot
Flag MexicanDE MexicansGeneral mx portrait General · Padre aoe3de portrait Padre · Insurgente portrait Insurgente · Soldado portrait Soldado · Emboscador portrait Salteador · Chinaco portrait Chinaco · Desperado portrait Desperado · Vaquero portrait Cuatrero · Bandido portrait Bandido
Flag Ethiopian aoe3de EthiopiansRas portrait aoe3de Ras · Oromo warrior portrait aoe3de Oromo Warrior · Gascenya portrait aoe3de Gascenya · Shotel warrior aoe3de Shotel Warrior · Neftenya portrait aoe3de Neftenya · Sebastopol mortar portrait aoe3de Sebastopol Mortar · War dhow portrait aoe3de War Dhow
Flag Hausa HausaEmir aoe3de portrait Emir · Fulani Fulani Archer · Raider aoe3de portrait Raider · Lifidi knight aoe3de portrait Lifidi Knight · Maigadi aoe3de portrait Maigadi · Xebec portrait aoe3de Xebec
Flag ItalianDE ItaliansItalians pavisier portrait Pavisier · Italians bersagliere portrait Bersagliere · Italians papal guard portrait Papal Guard · Italians schiavone portrait Schiavone · Italians papal lancer portrait Papal Lancer · Italians papal zouave portrait Papal Zouave · Italians papal bombard portrait Papal Bombard · Italians leonardo tank portrait Leonardo's Tank · Galleass portrait Galleass
Flag MalteseDE MalteseAlain icon aoe3de Grand Master · Hospitaller portrait Hospitaller · Maltese sentinel portrait Sentinel · Hoop thrower aoe3de Fire Thrower · Order galley portrait Order Galley · SPC Fire ship aoe3de Fire Ship
Revolution Revolution
Barbarystates rev barbary warrior portrait aoe3de updated Barbary Warrior · Bolivar icon aoe3de Bolivar · Californio portrait Californio · Cetbang aoe3de Cetbang Cannon · Oruc Reis Icon Corsair Captain · Berber arquebusier aoe3de Corsair Marksman · Cruzob avenger portrait Cruzob Avenger · Cruzob infantry portrait Cruzob Infantry · Comanchero icon aoe3de Cuerudo · Rev france eclaireur portrait aoe3de Eclaireur · Filibuster aoe3de Filibuster · Gatlin de Gatling Gun · Comanchero icon aoe3de Gaucho · Comanchero icon aoe3de Jagunço · Java spearman aoe3de Javanese Spearman · Comanchero icon aoe3de Llanero · Militia Officer portrait Militia Officer · Comanchero icon aoe3de Morochuco · Mounted Granadero Portrait Mounted Granadero · Colonial militia aoe3de Revolutionary · Us volunteer icon Revolutionary Sharpshooter · San martin portrait San Martin · Covered wagon aoe3de Trek Wagon
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