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

The Pistolero is an outlaw in Age of Empires III: The WarChiefs available on the Amazonia, Araucania, Bayou, Carolina, Colorado, Orinoco, Painted Desert, Pampas, Rockies, Sonora, Unknown, Yucatán, and Yukon maps.


The Pistolero is an Outlaw unit armed with a pistol. As with other outlaws they cost little coin but many population slots, though their population cost can be lowered with the Theaters shipment. Compared to standard Musketeers, Pistoleros are faster and slightly more powerful.

Pistoleros are difficult to recommend beyond the Commerce Age, as standard Musketeers will eventually outdamage them with their upgrades. For Dutch, German, and Chinese players, who do not have a musket unit, Pistoleros are still a decent option, unless a better mercenary such as the Fusilier or Highlander is available.

Further statistics[]

Unit strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Cavalry, Shock Infantry, heavy infantry
Weak vs. Skirmishers, archers, artillery
Hit points Flint lock.png Flint Lock (+10%)
Thin Red Line.png Thin Red Line (+20%, British only)
Corselet.png Corselet (+25%, Spanish only)
Cree Tanning.png Cree Tanning (+5%)
Navajo Weaving.png Navajo Weaving (+5%)
Folk Heroes.png Folk Heroes (+20%, Europeans only)
Atonement.png Compunction (+35%, Asians only)
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)
Folk Heroes.png Folk Heroes (+20%, Europeans only)
Atonement.png Compunction (+35%, Asians only)
Speed Military Drummers.png Military Drummers (+10%)
Tillys Discipline.png Tilly's Discipline (+20% speed, Germans only)
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%)
Folk Heroes.png Folk Heroes (-50%, Europeans only)
Inca Chaquis Messengers.png Quechuan Diet (-25%)
Train cost Mapuche Ad-mapu.png Mapuche Ad-mapu (-10% coin cost)
Penalties Thin Red Line.png Thin Red Line (-25% speed, British only)
Coffee Trade.png Coffee Trade (-10% speed, Dutch only)
Tillys Discipline.png Tilly's Discipline (+10% cost, Germans only)
Corselet.png Corselet (-15% speed, Spanish only)

Home City Cards[]


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.

Bandit Gunslinger[]

The Bandit Gunslinger (Outlaw Pistolero before update 38254) is the Treasure Guardian version of the Pistolero.

Spanish and Portuguese can get 10 Bandit Gunslingers along with Bandit Riders through revolution by selecting Miguel Hidalgo. If one has a War Chief, one should not use it on him for fighting other treasure guardians, but use him as ranged cavalry.


The term "outlaw" is derived from a Scandinavian designation for the worst sort of criminal imaginable - one who lived outside the protections of the law and should be killed on sight. The gun-slinging, horse-riding, bandana-wearing outlaw of the American frontier is a common image, and one lived up to by famous shootist Billy the Kid, a career thief and cattle rustler. He escaped capture on a number of occasions and is thought to have been shot dead at the age of 21. Some think he died in the early 20th century in the far west Texas town of Hico.


The WarChiefs[]

  • The Pistolero costs 120 coin, takes 5 population, gives 16 XP when trained or killed, has a ranged rate of fire of 3.0, and does 30 ranged damage.

Definitive Edition[]

The African Royals[]

  • With update 38254, the Outlaw Pistolero was renamed to Bandit Gunslinger.

In-game dialogue[]

Before update 23511[]

The Pistolero, as well as Comanchero and Renegado, speak in Western American English using Sheriff Billy Holme's dialogue files before the Definitive Edition, while the Outlaw Pistolero speaks Spanish using the Spanish Mortar's dialogue files.

  • Select 1 Yeah?
  • Select 2 I'm ready
  • Select 3 Whatcha need?
  • Move 1 Sure thing
  • Move 2 Alright
  • Move 3 Okay
  • Attack 1 You got it!
  • Attack 2 I'll get 'em!
  • Attack 3 Right

After update 23511[]

After update 23511 and introduction of the United States major civilization the Pistolero speaks Spanish using the Spanish Mortar's dialogue files. The exception for this is the United States's units (both major and scenario) that speak in Western American English using Sheriff Billy Holme's dialogue files from the Definitive Edition.
The Outlaw Pistolero (Bandit Gunslinger after update 38254) continues to use Spanish Mortar's dialogue files.