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A dangerous outlaw with a pistol.
—In-game description

The Gunslinger is an outlaw in Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition that replaces the Pistolero for the United States. Unlike the Pistolero, the Gunslinger is available on all maps.


Special ability[]

Quickdraw.png Quickdraw (automatically activated when attacking): The Gunslinger fires three shots in a quick succession by fanning his revolver's hammer.

Further statistics[]

As Gunslingers are unique to the United States, only technologies that they have access to are shown in the following table:

Unit strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Cavalry, light infantry, heavy infantry
Weak vs. Skirmishers, archers, artillery
Hit points Flint lock.png Flint Lock (+10%)
Cree Tanning.png Cree Tanning (+5%)
Navajo Weaving.png Navajo Weaving (+5%)
Dance Hall.png Wild West (+20%)
Peacemakers.png Peacemakers (+30%)
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)
Dance Hall.png Wild West (+20%)
Peacemakers.png Peacemakers (+30%)
Speed Military Drummers.png Military Drummers (+10%)
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%)
Dance Hall.png Wild West (-50%)
Inca Chaquis Messengers.png Quechuan Diet (-25%)
Train cost Mapuche Ad-mapu.png Mapuche Ad-mapu (-10% coin cost)
Other Refreshing Beverages.png Refreshing Beverages (Quickdraw cooldown -30%)

Home City Cards[]


Definitive Edition[]

  • Gunslingers cost 4 population.

The African Royals[]


On a dusty street, two steely eyed men grimly face one another. A moment of dread anticipation as a tumbleweed rolls past.. and then, two hands slap leather and pistols bark death. When the smoke passes, only one man still stands.

The mythos of the American Old West would not be nearly so compelling without its archetypal protagonist: the gunslinger (or pistolero). Their names have become the stuff of legend: Wild Bill Hickok, Billy the Kid, Wyatt Earp and his gun fight at the OK Corral.

But the reality of a gunfight is never quite as dramatic as depicted. The epic mano-a-mano showdown in the street is more a fixture of Hollywood than history. Most fights resembled drunken brawls, often involving fists and blades rather than bullets. And while some of the most famous gunslingers did meet their makers through showdown or ambush, many others simply passed away after living out their days recounting tall tales of improbable glory.