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

The Renegado is an outlaw in Age of Empires III: The WarChiefs available on the Alaska, Andes, Baja California, Bayou, California, Carolina, Colorado, Dakota, Great Lakes, Great Plains, New England, Rockies, and Texas maps.


The Renegado is an outlaw unit armed with a rifle. As an outlaw it costs little coin but many population slots (5; 3 with the Theaters or equivalent card). It has fewer hitpoints than a Skirmisher but faster attack.

Renegados are, also like most outlaw units, strongest in the Commerce Age and weaker as the game progresses. While it can reach a high output by the Imperial Age, its frailty and heavy population cost make it generally more efficient to field standard Skirmishers.

In the Definitive Edition, certain revolutionary nations have access to modified Renegados:

  • Mexico can upgrade their Renegados to Chinacos through the namesake Home City card, which cost 90 food (instead of 100 coin) and use up 1 population. They have 2 more range and LOS, and 33% less attack than Renegados, but have firing time reduced by 0.5. This card is currently bugged and doesn't change ranged damage or attack speed.
  • Hungary and Romania can spawn Hajduks at their Outposts/Blockhouses with the namesake Home City card, which are similar to Renegados, but only use one population and have 10% more speed.

Further statistics[]

Unit strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Heavy infantry, light cavalry, Eagle Runner Knights
Weak vs. Heavy cavalry, Coyote Runners, artillery
Hit points Flint lock.png Flint Lock (+10%)
Thin Red Line.png Thin Red Line (+20%, British 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 Counter Infantry Rifling.png Counter Infantry Rifling (+1.0x multiplier vs. heavy infantry)
Paper cartridge.png Paper Cartridge (+15%)
Counter Infantry Rifling.png Customized Merc Weapons (+30%, John Black's Mercenaries only)
Iroquois lacrosse.png Iroquois Lacrosse (+10%, vanilla Age of Empires III only)
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%, 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 Coffee Trade.png Coffee Trade (-10% speed, Dutch only)
Tillys Discipline.png Tilly's Discipline (+10% cost, Germans only)

Home City Cards[]

Bandit Rifleman[]

The Bandit Rifleman (Outlaw Rifleman before update 38254) is the Treasure Guardian variant of the Renegado.


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 embodied by Thomas Coleman Younger and his two brothers. They joined up with Jesse James and were eventually captured and pardoned, though not before one of Cole's brothers died of tuberculosis while imprisoned and the other killed himself out of grief. Cole was pardoned and lived the rest of his life honestly, making a lecture circuit and performing in a traveling Wild West show.


Age of Empires III[]

  • Outlaw Riflemen have 20 LOS and 18 ranged attack range.

The WarChiefs[]

  • Renegados cost 90 coin, take 6 population, have a x2.0 multiplier against heavy infantry, 1.5 melee rate of fire, 40 ranged damage and a 3.0 ranged rate of fire.

Definitive Edition[]

  • Outlaw Riflemen have 17 LOS and 15 ranged attack range.
  • With update 23511, Renegados cost 100 coin, take 5 population, have a x1.75 multiplier against heavy infantry, 2.0 melee rate of fire, 18 ranged damage, 2.0 ranged rate of fire, are tagged as Rifle Infantry and outlaw and can be trained by Native Americans in the Fortress Age at the Native Embassy.

The African Royals[]

  • With update 38254, the Outlaw Rifleman was renamed to Bandit Rifleman.
  • With update 50830, Renegados take 4 population and have 20 ranged damage.

In-game dialogue[]

Before update 23511[]

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

  • 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 Renegado 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 Rifleman (Bandit Rifleman after update 38254) and Chinaco continue to use Spanish Mortar's dialogue files and Hajduk his nation's Mortar's dialogues.


  • Mexican Renegados are named after the chinacos, insurgents made up of ranchers who fought against the Spanish during the Mexican War of Independence.
  • Hungarian/Romanian Renegados are named after the hajduks, known for being both freedom fighters and outlaws.
  • Renegados are armed with what appears to be Winchester Repeating Rifles. The 1873 Winchester was famously known as "The Gun That Won the West".
    • The specific appearance of the Renegado's rilfe is anachronistic, as Act II: Shadow for The WarChiefs is set in 1876, yet the rifle's appearance is based upon the 1894 Winchester, which has a smaller iron band present on the forward handle. In contrast, the more accurate 1873 has the band located in front of the forward handle.


The broad expanses of the North American Old West offered many different opportunities to make one's fortune – either within the boundaries of the law, or by simply preying on others who had already done so. Anyone known as a rengado - Spanish for “renegade” - was almost certainly a gruff and surly individual who had little use for society’s traditions or laws. Mark Twain’s “A Horse’s Tale” mentions one such character, “Trap-robber, horse-thief, squaw-man, renegado - Hank Butters - I know him very well.”