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Mapuche ranged cavalry who hurls bolas to slow down enemies and inflict splash damage. Good against cavalry.
—In-game description

The Mapuche Bolas Rider is a ranged light cavalry native warrior introduced in Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition that can be trained at a Trading Post built on a Mapuche settlement. It is a mounted warrior that hurls the namesake bolas which causes AoE damage and snaring. It is effective against heavy cavalry units.

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Main article: Mapuche#In-game_dialogue


The relative stability the Mapuche lived in for centuries was shattered by the encroach of the Spanish during the sixteenth century. The Spanish thought they could easily conquer the Mapuche and their lands. They were mistaken.

The Mapuche were fierce warriors, and consistently battled back the Spanish. After more than a century of warfare, the Spanish admitted defeat and signed a treaty grating the Mapuche rights to their own lands.

The Mapuche lived in wooden huts with thatched roofs called rukas. Hunting, gathering, and small farm plots where they cultivated crops such as potatoes provided most of their food. They typically lived in small, widespread communities oriented around family units. After the Spanish invasion, however, the Mapuche began to band together for protection in larger groups.
—In-game history section