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This article is about the unit in Age of Empires III. For the unit in Age of Empires II, see Hussar (Age of Empires II).

Light cavalry[sic] armed with cold steel.
—In-game description

The Hussar is a melee heavy cavalry in Age of Empires III that can be trained at Stable, Fort, and Galleon/Fluyt/Steamer.

Hussars are available to the United States and European civilizations except Germans, John Black's Mercenaries (both of which have Uhlans instead), and Russians (who have Cossacks instead).

Overview[]

Hussars are the basic cavalry for most of the European civilizations. They have the most hit points of all basic cavalry, but otherwise lack distinguishing characteristics.

They are effective at raiding Settlers due to their speed and high damage, able to kill one in 5 hits. A raiding party of 10 is usually sufficient.[1] Attack upgrades are not as useful as they do not reduce the integer number of hits required to secure a kill, but HP upgrades (such as for the British and French) are very useful. As with all units, be sure to queue one up as soon as the Stable finishes to start the training, adding more units as resources become available towards the completion of the group's training.

Hussars, like all melee cavalry, are also effective against ranged infantry, which are too fragile to stand up to melee combat. Their speed helps in getting in close with early artillery. However, Hussars are weak against heavy infantry and light cavalry. Because Hussars are quite fast, it is often better to run away from groups of those units and work with nearby infantry so that each can cover for the other's weakness.

However, while Hussars may be useful to fend off Skirmishers in the mid-game, Hussars tend not to be used in the late game as melee units are vastly easier to kill using superior numbers of ranged units, such as Dragoons or even massed Musketeers. They lack the HP of the Cuirassier without costing much less, nor gaining sufficient speed to make the Hussar comparatively useful. It is simply too easy to focus down Hussars with ranged units with a bonused-attack.

The Spanish can use unction to boost their Hussars in combat, providing a sizable damage increase.

Upgrades[]

Age Upgrade Cost Effect Civ.
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Veteran cavalry.png Veteran Hussars 200 wood,
200 coin
Upgrade Hussars to Veteran (+20% hit points and attack)
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Portuguese
Spanish
Swedes
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Guard cavalry.png Guard Hussars 600 wood,
600 coin
Upgrade Hussars to Guard (+30% hit points and attack); requires Veteran Hussars
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Portuguese
Spanish
Swedes
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Guard cavalry.png Life Guard Hussars 1,000 wood,
1,000 coin
Upgrade Hussars to King's Life Guards (Guard Hussars with +10% hit points and attack); requires Veteran Hussars
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Guard cavalry.png Bostanci Upgrade Hussars to Bostanci (Guard Hussars with +10% hit points and attack); requires Veteran Hussars
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Imperial Age
Imperial cavalry.png Imperial Hussars 1,500 wood,
1,500 coin
Upgrade Hussars to Imperial (+50% hit points and attack); requires Guard Hussars
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Portuguese
Spanish
Swedes
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Imperial cavalry.png Imperial Life Guards Upgrade King's Life Guards to Imperial Life Guards (+50% hit points and attack); requires Life Guard Hussars
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Imperial cavalry.png Imperial Bostanci Upgrade Bostanci to Imperial (+50% hit points and attack); requires Bostanci
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Civilization differences[]

Revolution variants[]

Hussar of Death[]

The Hussar of Death is a variant of the Hussar unique to Chile, which have twice the attack of regular Hussars.

As soon as the player revolts to Chile, 10 Hussars of Death appears in the Home City shipment point and all existing Hussars are upgraded to Hussars of Death (as well as granting both the Veteran and Guard upgrades, if the player haven't yet).

Magyar Hussar[]

The Magyar Hussar is a variant of the Hussar unique to Hungary, which have twice the hit points of regular Hussars.

Magyar Hussars' availability is determined by the base European civilization:

  • For the Ottomans, as soon as the player revolts to Hungary, all existing Hussars are upgraded to Magyar Hussars (as well as granting both the Veteran and (Royal) Guard upgrades, if the player haven't yet).
  • For the Germans and Russians (who cannot train Hussars normally), they must send the "Magyar Hussars" Home City Card after revolting to Hungary to spawn a Magyar Hussar on every Outpost or Blockhouse that had been built by the player and upgrades all existing Hussars into Magyar Hussars.

The United States can also acquire Magyar Hussars through the "Kovat's Legion" Home City Card, which ships 9 Magyar Hussars and allows them to be trained at Forts.

Further statistics[]

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)
Yoga.png Yoga (+5%)
Armor Sudanese quilted armor.png Sudanese Quilted Armor (+10% melee resistance)
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 (-35%)
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)
Other Bashkir Ponies.png Bashkir Ponies (ships 13 Guard Hussars; Russians only)
Merritocracy.png Meritocracy (-20% upgrade cost)
Penalties Coffee Trade.png Coffee Trade (-10% speed; Dutch only)

Home City Cards[]

Trivia[]

  • Although the unit description says that the Hussar a light cavalry unit, it is classified as a heavy cavalry.
  • British Royal Guard/Consulate Hussars are named after the Life Guards.
  • Ottoman Royal Guard/Consulate Hussars are named after the Bostancı.
    • Before the Definitive Edition, they are named after the literal translation of Bostancı, Gardener.
  • German Hussars are named after the Polish Hussars, who are notable for their huge wing ornament (though their in-game model are not changed to reflect this).
  • Russian Consulate Hussars are named after Bashkir battalions that served in the Russian army, most notably during the Napoleonic Wars.
  • Chilean Hussars of Death are inspired by Death Head Hussars, which was a Prussian unique unit featured in the Napoleonic Era mod.
    • One of the developers of the mod worked on the Definitive Edition.
  • The United States' ability to access Magyar Hussars through the "Kovat's Legion" Home City Card is a reference to Michael Kovats de Fabriczy, a Hungarian nobleman who fought for the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War and are known as the one of the founding fathers of U.S. cavalry units.

History[]

Lasalle, Napoleon's most dashing and competent light cavalry commander, boldly stated that any Hussar who lived to see the age of 30 was "a blackguard." Hussars were known for their daring and flamboyant displays in and out of combat. They could be an unruly and rowdy lot, though some, like the Prussian Death's Head Hussars, looked quite severe. Hussars were used to scout, gather intelligence, run down their enemy counterparts, and in flanking and screening maneuvers. They were excellent horsemen and daring to a fault.

The Prussian hussars, who served under Wellington at Waterloo, wore uniforms of almost entirely unrelieved black, with a large white skull and crossbones on the front of their short-brimmed, tall cylindrical hats. Hussars were typically armed with curved cavalry sabers and sometimes muskets or pistols.

Gallery[]

See also[]

References[]

  1. The British Hussar Musket Combo Valckrie1. HeavenGames AoE3. 15 Febuary 2009. Retrieved 24 March 2020
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