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Ranged cavalry that are effective against cavalry, heavy infantry, and artillery.
—In-game description

The Rifle Rider is a gunpowder cavalry in Age of Empires III: The WarChiefs that is unique to the Lakota and can be trained at the Corral once the Fortress Age is reached.

Overview[]

The Rifle Rider is one of the most significant units available to the Lakota. These units are the Lakota version of a Dragoon, but unlike Dragoons, they are good against heavy infantry. They are more expensive, move slower and deal less damage than a dragoon, but their 1.5 ROF means they shoot twice as fast. This means they can easily kill large numbers of heavy infantry units in a short period of time.

Though they are very well rounded, they fare poorly against light cavalry. This is because unlike most cavalry, they are classified as both light and heavy, against whom light cavalry has a multiplier. Massed light infantry can also pose a threat, because of the Rifle Riders' light cavalry tag.

It is a good idea to combine a group of Rifle Riders with several Axe Riders and Wakina Rifles; Rifle Riders are one of the most powerful units in the game. However, Dragoon-like units will make short work of them due to multipliers.

Upgrades[]

The Rifle Rider starts at the Elite level, giving them +25% hit points and attack.

If made available at the Commerce Age with the "TEAM House of Aviz" Home City Card, Rifle Riders will be automatically upgraded to Elite when the player reaches the Fortress Age.

Age Upgrade Cost Effect
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
Champion cavalry Champion Rifle Riders 400 wood
200 coin
Upgrades Rifle Riders to Champion (+25% hit points and attack)
Imperial Age
Legendary cavalry Legendary Rifle Riders 1,500 wood
1,500 coin
Upgrades Rifle Riders to Legendary (+50% hit points and attack); requires Champion Rifle Riders

Further statistics[]

As Rifle Riders are unique to the Lakota, only technologies that they have access to are shown in the following table:

Unit strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Heavy cavalry, hand shock infantry, heavy infantry, artillery
Weak vs. Light ranged cavalry, ranged shock infantry, light infantry
Improvements
Hit points Comanche Horse Breeding Comanche Horse Breeding (+10%)
Cree Tanning Cree Tanning (+5%)
Navajo Weaving Navajo Weaving (+5%)
Tar kilns Tar Kilns (+5%)
Attack Gun Trade Gun Trade (+15%)
Ranged Cavalry Caracole Ranged Cavalry Caracole (+10%)
Smokeless Powder Smokeless Powder (+10%)
Yoga Yoga (+5%)
Wind horses Wind Horses (-10% Rate of Fire)
Battle Anger Battle Anger (+2.0 multiplier vs. artillery)
Horsemanship Horsemanship (+1.0 multiplier vs. Walls)
Resistance Sudanese quilted armor Sudanese Quilted Armor (+10% hand resistance)
Bonepipe Armor Bonepipe Armor (+10% siege resistance)
Range Ranged Cavalry Caracole Ranged Cavalry Caracole (+2)
Line of Sight Ranged Cavalry Caracole Ranged Cavalry Caracole (+2)
Speed Apache Endurance Apache Endurance (+5%)
Comanche Mustangs Comanche Mustangs (+5%)
Wind horses Wind Horses (+0.5)
Train time Cheyenne Horse Trading Cheyenne Horse Trading (-40%)
Horsemanship Horsemanship (-33%)
Quechuan Diet Quechuan Diet (-15%)
Shaman drums Shaman Drums (-10%)
Cost Mapuche Ad-mapu Mapuche Ad-mapu (-10% coin cost)
Golden liberty Golden Liberty (-5% coin cost)
Other Merritocracy Meritocracy (-20% upgrade cost)

Home City Cards[]

As Rifle Riders are unique to the Lakota, only their cards and other civilizations' TEAM cards are shown in the following tables:

Click for a list of Home City Cards related to the Rifle Rider
Some cards are highlighted with:
Green TEAM Shipment that is sent to each player in a team
Blue Shipment that arrives fast (5 seconds)

Germans[]

Card Description Age
German Home City 2 (Cavalry Attack) TEAM Cavalry Attack Heavy cavalry, light ranged cavalry, and shock infantry get +10% attack; Germans-only heavy cavalry, light cavalry, and shock infantry get +15% attack instead
Age III tech tree aoe3
  • "TEAM Cavalry Attack" does not stack with the Italian "TEAM Cavalry Attack" card.

Indians[]

Card Description Age
Shivajis tactics TEAM Shivaji's Tactics All units get +5% hit points and attack
Age IV tech tree aoe 3

Italians[]

Card Description Age
German Home City 2 (Cavalry Attack) TEAM Cavalry Attack Heavy cavalry, light ranged cavalry, and shock infantry get +10% attack; Italians-only heavy cavalry, light cavalry, and shock infantry get +15% attack instead
Age III tech tree aoe3
  • "TEAM Cavalry Attack" does not stack with the German "TEAM Cavalry Attack" card.

Japanese[]

Card Description Age
Japanese Home City 3 (Cheaper Unit Upgrades) TEAM Sengoku Unit upgrades cost -20%
Age IV tech tree aoe 3

Lakota[]

Card Description Age
Lakota Home City 2 (Akichita) Akichita All Lakota warriors get +20% hit points, but get reduced multipliers against Villagers; Tashunke Prowlers get -0.75×; Cetan Bowmen, Club Warriors, Wakina Rifles, Axe Riders, and Tokala Soldiers get -0.33×; Bow Riders and Rifle Riders get -0.25×
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
Lakota Home City 2 (Leman Trade Muskets) Leman Trade Muskets Turns all Axe Riders into Rifle Riders
Age II tech tree aoe3
British Home City 2 (Cavalry Damage) Cavalry Damage Cavalry get +15% attack
Age II tech tree aoe3
British Home City 2 (Cavalry Combat) Cavalry Combat Cavalry get +15% hit points and attack
Age III tech tree aoe3
Sioux Home City 2 (4 Rifle Riders) 4 Rifle Riders Ships 4 Rifle Riders
Age III tech tree aoe3
Sioux Home City 2 (6 Rifle Riders) 6 Rifle Riders Ships 6 Rifle Riders
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
Sioux Home City 2 (5 Rifle Riders) 5 Rifle Riders Ships 5 Rifle Riders
Age III tech tree aoe3
Sioux Home City 2 (7 Rifle Riders) 7 Rifle Riders Ships 7 Rifle Riders
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
Sioux Home City 2 (Mustangs) TEAM Mustangs Cavalry and shock infantry cost -10%
Age III tech tree aoe3
Winter counts Winter Counts Training units grants +40% XP and constructing buildings grants +20% XP
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
Sioux Home City 5 (Burnt Thigh Support) Burnt Thigh Support Ships 7 Rifle Riders and 2 Healers; costs 1,000 coin
Age III tech tree aoe3
Sioux Home City 5 (Yankton Support) Yankton Support Ships 6 Rifle Riders; Rifle Riders get +20% attack; costs 1,000 coin
Age III tech tree aoe3

Maltese[]

Card Description Age
Maltese Home City 2 (TEAM Knights of the Round Table) TEAM Knights of the Round Table Ships 1 Hospitaller for each Town Center owned by the player; all units get +2% hit points
Age I tech tree aoe3

Mexicans[]

Card Description Age
Mexican Home City 2 (TEAM Mariachi) TEAM Mariachi For the next 30 seconds, military buildings work 400% faster and units get +10% speed
Age I tech tree aoe3

Portuguese[]

Card Description Age
Portuguese Home City 2 (Early Dragoons) TEAM House of Aviz Dragoons, Ruyters, Cavalry Archers, Rifle Riders, Musket Riders, Yabusame, and Carbine Cavalry can be trained in the Commerce Age; Zamburak, Eagle Runner Knight, Bolas Warrior, Black Rider, and Ming Army train time -15%; Mongolian Army train time -7%
Age I tech tree aoe3

Russians[]

Card Description Age
Russian Home City 2 (Cavalry Scout) TEAM Kamchatka Expeditions Cavalry and shock infantry get +10% hit points and +4 Line of Sight
Age I tech tree aoe3

Spanish[]

Card Description Age
Spanish Home City 3 (Inquisition) TEAM Spanish Inquisition Ships 1 Inquisitor; all units get +10 Line of Sight
Age II tech tree aoe3

French[]

Card Description Age HC level
French Home City 2 (Hand Cavalry Attack) TEAM Hand Cavalry Attack Heavy cavalry and Coyote Runners get +15% attack
Age II tech tree aoe3
10

Germans[]

Card Description Age HC level
German Home City 2 (Cavalry Attack) TEAM Cavalry Attack Heavy cavalry, light ranged cavalry, and shock infantry get +15% attack
Age II tech tree aoe3
10

Indians[]

Card Description Age HC level
Shivajis tactics TEAM Shivaji's Tactics All units get +5% hit points and attack
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
25

Japanese[]

Card Description Age HC level
Japanese Home City 3 (Cheaper Unit Upgrades) TEAM Sengoku Unit upgrades cost -20%
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
1

Portuguese[]

Card Description Age HC level
Portuguese Home City 2 (Early Dragoons) TEAM Early Dragoons Dragoons, Ruyters, Cavalry Archers, Rifle Riders, Musket Riders, and Yabusame can be trained in the Colonial Age; Zamburak train time -15%; Ming Army and Mongolian Army train time -7%
Age I tech tree aoe3
1

Russians[]

Card Description Age HC level
Russian Home City 2 (Cavalry Scout) TEAM Cavalry Scouts Cavalry and shock infantry get +10% hit points and +4 Line of Sight
Age I tech tree aoe3
1

Sioux[]

Card Description Age HC level
Sioux Home City 1 (Evening Star) Evening Star Turns all Axe Riders into Rifle Riders
Age II tech tree aoe3
25
British Home City 2 (Cavalry Damage) Cavalry Damage Cavalry get +15% attack
Age II tech tree aoe3
10
British Home City 2 (Cavalry Hitpoints) Cavalry Hitpoints Cavalry get +15% hit points
Age II tech tree aoe3
10
British Home City 2 (Cavalry Combat) Cavalry Combat Cavalry get +15% hit points and attack
Age III tech tree aoe3
25
Sioux Home City 2 (4 Rifle Riders) 4 Rifle Riders Ships 4 Rifle Riders
Age III tech tree aoe3
1
Sioux Home City 2 (6 Rifle Riders) 6 Rifle Riders Ships 6 Rifle Riders
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
10
Sioux Home City 2 (5 Rifle Riders) 5 Rifle Riders Ships 5 Rifle Riders
Age III tech tree aoe3
10
Sioux Home City 2 (7 Rifle Riders) 7 Rifle Riders Ships 7 Rifle Riders
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
25
Mustangs Mustangs Cavalry cost -10%
Age III tech tree aoe3
10
Spanish Home City 3 (Riding School) Riding School Cavalry train time -40%
Age II tech tree aoe3
10
Sioux Home City 5 (Burnt Thigh Support) Burnt Thigh Support Ships 7 Rifle Riders and 2 Healers; costs 1,000 coin
Age III tech tree aoe3
10
Sioux Home City 5 (Yankton Support) Yankton Support Ships 6 Rifle Riders; Rifle Riders get +20% attack; costs 1,000 coin
Age III tech tree aoe3
10

Spanish[]

Card Description Age HC level
Spanish Home City 3 (Inquisition) TEAM Inquisition All units get +10 Line of Sight
Age I tech tree aoe3
10

Changelog[]

3WCIcon48px The WarChiefs[]

  • Rifle Riders cost 120 food, 100 coin and give 22 XP when trained or killed.

Age3DE Icon Definitive Edition[]

  • Rifle Riders now cost 120 food, 90 coin and give 21 XP when trained or killed.

History[]

The ultimate development of the famous Lakota art of war were their amazingly skilled horsemen armed with repeating rifles. There is an old stereotype that the American Indians were reactionary culturally, unable to adapt to modern ways. The Lakota rifle riders demonstrate the falseness of this idea – during their heyday, they were the most advanced warriors on Earth. In Europe at this time, cavalry were still fighting with sabers and lances. Even in America, the U.S. cavalry used single-shot rifles, significantly inferior to the Lakota carbines.

Gallery[]

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