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Medium herbivore.
—In-game description

The Nilgai is a huntable animal in Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties. It is exclusive to the Deccan and Deccan-style Silk Road maps, holds 400 food, and has 20 hit points.


  • The nilgai is the largest antelope outside Africa.
  • Contrary to what is stated in the in-game history, the four-horned antelope is not the same as the nilgai, but a different species (Tetracerus quadricornis). It is the nilgai's closest living relative and also found only in India, but is much smaller and has four horns instead of two. Meanwhile, the name "bluebuck" is usually reserved for an unrelated South African antelope (Hippotragus leucophaeus) that was hunted to extinction in the 18th century. Nilgai does mean "blue cow" in Hindi, however.
  • The nilgai's scientific name (Boselaphus tragocamelus) translates to "Ox-deer goat-camel" in English.


Scientific Name: Boselaphus tragocamelus
Approx. Size: 4-5 ft., up to 600 lb.
Diet: Grasses, leaves, fruit

Known as the “four-horned antelope,” the “bluebuck,” the “Indian antelope,” and the “blue bull,” the nilgai is an ungulate native to India and Pakistan, where it is the largest form of antelope. Many of the nilgai’s nicknames are inspired by the male’s bluish gray coat, a characteristic not shared by the reddish brown female. A white stripe runs along the underside of both sexes, and patches of white spot the face, ears, and a white bib, or “beard,” below the throat. Odd in shape, the nilgai has four thin legs supporting a rather robust body and powerful neck and shoulders. Short, conical horns top the head of a male, reaching lengths of 8-10 inches.
—In-game history