—In-game description

The Harquebusier is a mercenary cavalry in Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition. Harquebusiers are a very delicate heavy cavalry that function as improved Uhlans, that can also switch attack into Ranged attack by setting them in Staggered mode.

Overview[edit | edit source]

Although Harquebusiers can strike with great force (they can kill Zamburaks with one hit), they should not be used on their own during battle, since their low hit points make them vulnerable to enemy attacks. They excel at raiding enemy Villagers - In two strikes, a Villager or Coureur is dead. Harquebusiers should be used like Hussars, but mixed with regular hand cavalry or other heavy cavalry mercenaries. Harquebusiers have significantly more attack but significantly fewer hit points than the Mameluke. With 12 Missionaries (Japanese ally), Unction, all attack improvement upgrades (Bhakti Temple) and cards (French and Indian allies), the Spanish Harquebusier is the melee cavalry with the highest attack, 281.93. They act as a hybrid cavalry. They have a really high ranged attack equivalent to a Guard Dragoon, which makes them really strong at range.

Further statistics[edit | edit source]

Unit strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Ranged infantry, light infantry, artillery
Weak vs. Heavy infantry, light cavalry
Improvements
Hit points Cavalry Cuirass.png Cavalry Cuirass (+10%)
Comanche Horse Breeding.png Comanche Horse Breeding (+10%)
Cree Tanning.png Cree Tanning (+5%)
Navajo Weaving.png Navajo Weaving (+5%)
Attack Pillage.png Pillage (+25% siege attack)
Counter Infantry Rifling.png Customized Merc Weapons (+30%, John Black's Mercenaries only)
Yoga.png Yoga (+5%)
Sight Town Watch.png Town Watch (+2)
Speed Comanche Mustangs.png Comanche Mustangs (+10%)
Apache Endurance.png Apache Endurance (+5%)
Creation speed Mass Cavalry.png Mass Cavalry (-50%)
Cheyenne Horse Trading.png Cheyenne Horse Trading (-25%)
Inca Chaquis Messengers.png Incan Chasquis Messengers (-25%)
Train cost Mapuche Ad-mapu.png Mapuche Ad-mapu (-10% coin cost)
Other Wild Geese.png Wild Geese (ships 5 Harquebusiers, Spanish only)
Penalties Coffee Trade.png Coffee Trade (-10% speed, Dutch only)

Home City Cards[edit | edit source]

In-game dialogue[edit | edit source]

The Harquebusier speaks English, reusing the British Falconet's dialogue.

Main article: British#In-game_dialogue

Changelog[edit | edit source]

Definitive Edition[edit | edit source]

  • Originally, Harquebusiers have 97 ranged damage and a rate of fire of 1.5. Since update 5208, they have 80 ranged damage, a rate of fire of 2.0, and a splash damage radius of 1.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

The harquebusier was the most common form of cavalry found throughout Western Europe during the early and mid 17th century. This type of cavalryman was characterised by the use of a form of carbine, the earliest type of carbine used was called a "harquebus" derived from arquebus. The switch of the harquebusier from a mounted support role, reliant on firearms, to one of shock-capable close combat cavalry came from Sweden (Hakkapelit). The harquebusier was first invented in France. The later harquebusier was used in a shock role by cavalry leaders of the English Civil War. They employed harquesbusiers very aggressively: charging with sword in hand, thus relegating their firearms to a secondary function.

The harquebusier would usually have been armed with a carbine, wheellock, snaphaunce or doglock flintlock, hung from a swivel attached to a baldric, pistols in saddle holsters, and a stout, straight-bladed, sword and a typical harquebusier would have an iron cuirass with a breast and backplate, and an open faced helmet such as a lobster-tailed pot.
—In-game history section
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