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Mobile Hand Cavalry with decent siege damage. Good against light infantry and villagers.
—In-game description

The Raider is a heavy cavalry in Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition - The African Royals that is unique to the Hausa and can be trained at the War Camp.


The Raider is an formidable Commerce Age cavalry unit. In the early game, it is wise to pair Raiders with Fulani Archers, as Fulani Archers counter heavy infantry and light cavalry units, protecting the Hausa player's 100 food and 40 coin worth Raiders from Musketeers and Dragoon-type units.

Alternatively, a player can pair the Raider with the mobile anti-cavalry Javelin Rider and carry out raids in the Commerce Age, when most civilizations rely on slow-moving Musketeer or archaic units to defend against cavalry.


Age Upgrade Cost Effect
Age III tech tree aoe3.png
Elite hand cavalry.png Elite Hand Cavalry 250 wood,
250 coin
Upgrade Raiders and Lifidi Knights to Elite (+25% hit points and attack for Raiders; +10% hit points and attack for Lifidi Knights; -15% train time for both)
Age IV tech tree aoe 3.png
Champion hand cavalry.png Champion Hand Cavalry 600 wood,
600 coin
Upgrade Raiders and Lifidi Knights to Champion (+25% hit points and attack, and -15% train time); requires Elite Hand Cavalry
Imperial Age
Legendary hand cavalry.png Legendary Hand Cavalry 1,500 wood,
1,500 coin
Upgrade Raiders and Lifidi Knights to Legendary (+50% hit points and attack); requires Champion Hand Cavalry

Further statistics[]

As Raiders are unique to the Hausa, only technologies that they have access to are shown in the following table:

Unit strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Ranged infantry, artillery
Weak vs. Heavy infantry, light cavalry
Hit points Comanche Horse Breeding.png Comanche Horse Breeding (+10%)
Cree Tanning.png Cree Tanning (+5%)
Navajo Weaving.png Navajo Weaving (+5%)
Attack Yoga.png Yoga (+5%)
Speed Comanche Mustangs.png Comanche Mustangs (+10%)
Apache Endurance.png Apache Endurance (+5%)
Creation speed 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)

Home City Cards[]

As Raiders are unique to the Hausa, only their cards and other civilizations' TEAM cards that affects them are shown in the following tables:


Songhai and Hausa military forces used their cavalry to deadly effect not only on the battlefield but also outside of it. Raiding bands harried the enemy countryside, looting resources for their own armies and cutting off enemy supplies.