"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, Orinoco, Painted Desert, Pampas, Rockies, Sonora, Unknown, Yucatán, and Yukon maps.

Overview Edit

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 Dance Hall shipment. Compared to standard Musketeers, Pistoleros are faster and slightly more powerful.

Pistoleros are difficult to recommend beyond the Colonial 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 Edit

Unit strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Cavalry, light infantry, heavy infantry
Weak vs. Skirmishers, archers, artillery
Hit points Flint lock Flint Lock (+10%)
Thin Red Line Thin Red Line (+20%, British only)
Corselet Corselet (+25%, Spanish only)
Cree Tanning Cree Tanning (+5%)
Navajo Weaving Navajo Weaving (+5%)
Dance Hall Wild West (+35%, Europeans only)
Atonement Compunction (+35%, Asians only)
Attack Socket Bayonet Socket Bayonet (+20% melee attack)
Paper cartridge Paper Cartridge (+15%)
Yoga Yoga (+5%)
Smokeless Powder Smokeless Powder (+30% siege attack)
Clenched Fist Clenched Fist (+30% melee attack)
Dance Hall Wild West (+35%, Europeans only)
Atonement Compunction (+35%, Asians only)
Speed Military Drummers Military Drummers (+10%)
Tillys Discipline Tilly's Discipline (+20% speed, Germans only)
Inca Road-building Incan Road-building (+20%)
Apache Endurance Apache Endurance (+5%)
Sight Town Watch Town Watch (+2)
Creation speed Standing Army Standing Army (-25%)
Inca Chaquis Messengers Incan Chasquis Messengers (-25%)
Train cost Mapuche Ad-mapu Mapuche Ad-mapu (-10% coin cost)
Penalties Thin Red Line Thin Red Line (-25% speed, British only)
Coffee Trade Coffee Trade (-10% speed, Dutch only)
Tillys Discipline Tilly's Discipline (+10% cost, Germans only)
Corselet Corselet (-15% speed, Spanish only)

Home City Cards Edit

History Edit

"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.

Outlaw Pistolero Edit

The Outlaw Pistolero is the treasure guardian version of the Pistolero.

History Edit

"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."

In-game dialogue Edit

The Pistolero speaks in Western American English, which is shared with Comancheros, Renegados, and Sheriff Billy Holme, while the Outlaw Pistolero reuses the Spanish Mortar's dialogues.

  • Hi
  • Whatcha need?
  • Yeah
  • I'm ready
  • Okay
  • Sure thing
  • Right!
  • You got it!
  • I'll get 'em!

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