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French Elite Dragoon that hit targets at a higher range and performs well in melee combat. Can trample enemies. Good against cavalry
—In-game description

The Royal Dragoon is a ranged cavalry native warrior in Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition - Knights of the Mediterranean that can be trained at a Trading Post built on a House of Bourbon palace.

Overview[]

Royal Dragoons, as their name suggest, are ranged cavalry similar to Dragoons. They are effective against heavy cavalry, Shock Infantry, and artillery units, but vulnerable against light infantry, such as archers and Skirmishers.

Compared to Dragoons, Royal Dragoons have less hit points, speed, ranged attack, lower attack multipliers against heavy cavalry, shock infantry and artillery, and a slightly increased food and coin cost, but more range, Line of Sight, a slightly faster Rate of Fire, and higher melee attack. Additionally, Royal Dragoons can enter trample mode, which allows them to deal splash damage in an area of 3, but also lowers their speed, melee attack, and increases the damage they receive.

Royal Dragoons are particularly strong against artillery in melee combat. While Dragoons have 11 melee attack with a ×2 multiplier against artillery, Royal Dragoons have 22 melee attack and a ×1.5 multiplier against these units. Although Royal Dragoons can be countered by light infantry, their ranged resistance and increased melee attack makes them slightly effective against these units. However, they will not be as good as other ranged cavalry like Chevaulegers, who have more hit points and melee attack. In any case, it is recommended to combine Royal Dragoons with hand cavalry to take down groups of foot archers, Skirmishers, and artillery.

Upgrades[]

The Royal Dragoon starts at Veteran level, giving it +20% hit points and attack.

Age Upgrade Cost Effect
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Guard infantry.png Royal Guard Bourbons 350 wood,
350 coin
Upgrades Royal Musketeers and Royal Dragoons to Royal Guard (+40% hit points and attack); requires Veteran Bourbons
Imperial Age
Legendary natives.png Legendary Native Warriors
Exalted natives.png Exalted Natives
1,500 food,
1,500 wood
Upgrades native warriors to Legendary/Exalted/Imperial (+50% hit points and attack)

Strategy[]

Further statistics[]

Unit strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Heavy cavalry, Shock Infantry, artillery
Weak vs. Heavy infantry, ranged infantry, light cavalry
Improvements
Hit points Horsemanship.png Horsemanship (+10%; Lakota only)
Gadaa System.png Gadaa System (+5%; Ethiopians only)
Comanche Horse Breeding.png Comanche Horse Breeding (+10%)
Cree Tanning.png Cree Tanning (+10%)
Navajo Weaving.png Navajo Weaving (+5%)
Tar kilns.png Tar Kilns (+5%)
Attack Ranged Cavalry Caracole.png Ranged Cavalry Caracole (+10%)
Gadaa System.png Gadaa System (+5%; Ethiopians only)
Smokeless Powder.png Smokeless Powder (+10%)
Wind horses.png Wind Horses (-10% ROF)
Yoga.png Yoga (+5%)
Armor Sudanese quilted armor.png Sudanese Quilted Armor (+10% melee resistance)
Range Ranged Cavalry Caracole.png Ranged Cavalry Caracole (+2)
Speed Horse Secrets.png Horse Secrets (+10%; Haudenosaunee only)
Comanche Mustangs.png Comanche Mustangs (+5%)
Apache Endurance.png Apache Endurance (+5%)
Wind horses.png Wind Horses (+0.5)
Sight Town Watch.png Town Watch (+2)
Creation speed Mass Cavalry.png Mass Cavalry (-35%)
Horse Secrets.png Horse Secrets (-35%; Haudenosaunee only)
Terror Charge.png Terror Charge (-20%; Indians only)
Cheyenne Horse Trading.png Cheyenne Horse Trading (-40%)
Quechuan Diet.png Quechuan Diet (-10%)
Philhellenism.png Philhellenism (-10%)
Shaman drums.png Shaman Drums (-10%)
Train cost Mapuche Ad-mapu.png Mapuche Ad-mapu (-10% coin cost)
Golden liberty.png Golden Liberty (-5% coin cost)
Philhellenism.png Philhellenism (-10%)
Penalties Coffee Trade.png Coffee Trade (-10% speed; Dutch only)

Home City Cards[]

  • Green: TEAM Shipment that is sent to each player in a team
  • Blue: Shipment that arrives fast (5 seconds)

All[]

Card Description Age HC level
British Home City 2 (Cavalry Combat).png Cavalry Combat Cavalry get +15% hit points and attack
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10
British Home City 2 (Cavalry Damage).png Cavalry Damage Cavalry get +15% attack
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10
Spanish Home City 3 (Native Warriors).png Native Warriors Native warriors cost -25%
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10
French Home City 3 (Native Warrior Combat).png Native Warrior Combat Native warriors get +25% hit points and attack
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25
Iroquois Home City 3 (Native Warrior Societies).png TEAM Native Warrior Societies Native warrior train limit +30%
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25
Spanish Home City 3 (Blood Brothers).png Blood Brothers Upgrades native warriors to Elite/Disciplined and Champion/Honored (if not already)
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25
Mexico card Liberation March.png Liberation March Infantry, cavalry, and Shock Infantry get +5% speed and train time -35%
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N/A
Spanish Home City 3 (Riding School).png Riding School Cavalry train time -40%
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10
The Cavalry Combat card is available to Dutch, French Italians, Lakota, Mexicans, Ottomans, and Russians.
The Cavalry Damage card is available to Haudenosaunee (in the Fortress Age) and Lakota.
The Native Warriors card is not available to Chinese, Ethiopians, Hausa, Indians, Italians and Japanese.
The Native Warrior Combat card is available to French and Haudenosaunee.
The Blood Brothers card is available to Aztecs, French, Germans, Haudenosaunee, Portuguese, Russians, Lakota, and Spanish.
The TEAM Native Warrior Societies card is available to Aztecs, Dutch, Haudenosaunee and Lakota.
The Liberation March card is available to Mexicans and Spanish
The Riding School card is not available to Aztecs, Chinese, Haudenosaunee, and Japanese.

Asians[]

Card Description Age HC level
Japanese Home City 3 (Native Alliance).png Native Alliance Native warrior train limit +20% and cost -10% (also +1 Villager for the Indians)
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1
Native Warrior Hitpoints.png Native Warrior Hitpoints Native warriors get +30% hit points and +10% speed (also +1 Villager for the Indians)
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10
Japanese Home City 3 (Native Warrior Attack).png Native Warrior Attack Native warriors get +30% attack and train time -25%
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10
The Native Alliance card is not available to the Chinese.
The Native Warrior Hitpoints card is not available to the Japanese.
The Native Warrior Attack card is not available to the Indians.

Africans[]

Card Description Age
Trainspeed africa.png Feudal Armies Unit train time -15%; Hero respawn time -15%
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Chinese[]

Card Description Age HC level
Western reforms.png Western Reforms All units get +8% hit points and attack
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40
Acupuncture aoe3.png Acupuncture Unit train time -20%
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10

Ethiopians[]

Card Description Age
Ignatian spirituality.png Ignatian Spirituality All units get +5% hit points and regeneration capability even while in combat
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Loyal warriors.png Loyal Warriors Native warriors, mercenaries, and outlaws cost -15% (also affects shipments)
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French[]

Card Description Age HC level
French Home City 3 (Wilderness Warfare).png Wilderness Warfare Coureurs des Bois, Skirmishers, and native warriors get +20% hit points
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25
French Home City 3 (Improved Native Warrior Combat).png TEAM French Auxiliaries Combat Native warriors get +15% hit points and attack
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1

Germans[]

Card Description Age HC level
German Home City 2 (Cavalry Attack).png TEAM Cavalry Attack The player's Heavy cavalry, light cavalry, and Shock Infantry get +15% attack; allied cavalry and Shock Infantry get +10%
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10
German Home City 3 (Spanish Riding School).png Spanish Riding School Cavalry get +10% speed +4 Uhlans
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25

Haudenosaunee[]

Card Description Age HC level
British Home City 2 (Cavalry Hitpoints).png Cavalry Hitpoints Cavalry get +15% hit points
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10

Hausa[]

Card Description Age
Hausa Home City Cards 5 (Sahelian Kingdoms).png Sahelian Kingdoms Native warriors get +15% hit points and attack; Mercenaries and outlaws get +10% hit points and attack
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Incas[]

Card Description Age
Inca Road-building.png Road Building All land military units get +10% speed
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Inca Chaquis Messengers.png Couriers Infantry, shock infantry and cavalry train time -45%
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Japanese Home City 3 (Native Alliance).png Native Alliance Native warrior train limit +20% and cost -10%
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Indians[]

Card Description Age HC level
Dravidian martial arts.png Dravidian Martial Arts All units get +15% melee attack +1 Villager
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40
Shivajis tactics.png TEAM Shivaji's Tactics All units get +5% hit points and attack
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25

Italians[]

Card Description Age
Italian Home City 2 (Schiavoni Swords).png Schiavoni Swords All cavalry and infantry get +15% hand attack
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Japanese[]

Card Description Age HC level
Japanese Home City 3 (Cheaper Unit Upgrades).png TEAM Sengoku Unit upgrades cost -20%
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1
Bakufu.png Bakufu Daimyo and Shogun Tokugawa get +10% speed, +20 LOS and train units 15% faster; Banner army train time -10%; Land military unit train time -20%
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25

Lakota[]

Card Description Age HC level
Sioux Home City 2 (Mustangs).png TEAM Mustangs Cavalry costs -10%
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10
Sioux Home City 3 (Black Arrow).png Black Arrow Native warrior train time -85%
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10

Maltese[]

Card Description Age
Maltese Home City 2 (TEAM Knights of the Round Table).png TEAM Knights of the Round Table Ships 1 Hospitaller for each Center owned by the player; increases all unit hit points by 2%
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Mexicans[]

Card Description Age
Mexican Home City 3 (Chimayo Genizarios).png Chimayo Genizarios Native warrior train time -10%; Native warrior shipments and "Native Treaties" arrive twice as fast; costs 500 food, 500 wood
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Mexico card TEAM Mariachi.png TEAM Mariachi For the next 30 seconds, military buildings have their work rate increased by 400% and units have their speed increased by 10%
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Ottomans[]

Card Description Age HC level
Ottoman Home City 2 (Irregular).png Irregulars Light cavalry get +2.0x multiplier against villagers
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25

Russians[]

Card Description Age HC level
Russian Home City 2 (Cavalry Scout).png TEAM Kamchatka Expeditions Cavalry and Shock Infantry get +10% hit points and +4 LOS
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1

Spanish[]

Card Description Age HC level
Spanish Home City 3 (Inquisition).png TEAM Inquisition All units get +10 LOS
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10

Swedes[]

Card Description Age
Swedish Home City 2 (Ranged Cavalry Combat).png TEAM Ranged Cavalry Combat Ranged cavalry and Eagle Runner Knights get +5% speed and +1 LOS and range
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United States[]

Card Description Age
Mexican Home City 3 (Chimayo Genizarios).png Indian Friendship Each different allied native tribe sends a large shipment of their respective native warriors; Native warrior train time -10%; Native warrior shipments arrive twice as fast; costs 500 food, 500 wood
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The Indian Friendship card ships 3 Royal Dragoon if the player had built a Trading Post on a House of Bourbon palace.

In-game dialogue[]

The Royal Dragoon speaks French using the French Spy's dialogue files.

History[]

The House of Bourbon ruled much of France and the surrounding regions from the medieval period up through the 19th century. Dragoons played an important role for Bourbon rulers in France to exert and protect their domestic and military power. In a policy known as the Dragonnades Bourbon king Louis XIV ordered Dragoons to tyrannize the Protestant Huguenots to coerce them either into conversion to Catholicism or emigration. Dragoons also served in the military branch of the royal household troops that did not only act as personal bodyguards but also participated in several campaigns.

Gallery[]

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Native warriors in Age of Empires III
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Aztec native icon aoe3de.png AztecsAztec Eagle Warrior · Aztec Jaguar Warrior
Carib aoe3de.png CaribCarib Blowgunner
Cherokee aoe3de.png CherokeeCherokee Rifleman
Comanche icon aoe3de.png ComancheComanche Horse Archer
Cree aoe3de.png CreeCree Tracker
Iroquois aoe3de.png HaudenosauneeHaudenosaunee Tomahawk · Haudenosaunee Mantlet
Sioux aoe3de.png LakotaLakota Axe Rider · Lakota Dog Soldier
Maya aoe3de.png MayaMaya Holcan Spearman (former) · Maya Holcan Javelineer* · Healer
Nootka aoe3de.png NootkaNootka Clubman · Nootka War Chief
Inca native icon aoe3de.png QuechuaQuechua Huaminca · Quechua Bolas Warrior
Seminole aoe3de.png SeminoleSeminole Sharktooth Bowman
Tupi aoe3de.png TupiTupi Blackwood Archer
WarchiefsIcon.png The WarChiefs
Apache aoe3de.png ApacheApache Cavalry
Cheyenne aoe3de.png CheyenneLCheyenne Rider
Huron aoe3de.png HuronIHuron Mantlet
Klamath settlement portrait.png KlamathKlamath Rifleman
Mapuche icon aoe3de.png MapucheMapuche Ironwood Clubman · Mapuche Bolas Rider*
Navajo aoe3de.png NavajoNavajo Rifleman
Zapotec icon aoe3de.png ZapotecAZapotec Lightning Warrior
DynastiesIcon.png The Asian Dynasties
Bhakti aoe3de.png Bhakti TempleTiger Claw · War Elephant**
Jesuit aoe3de.png Jesuit MissionConquistador
Native shaolin site icon portrait.png Shaolin TempleRattan Shield
Sufi aoe3de.png Sufi MosqueQizilbash*
Udasi aoe3de.png Udasi TempleChakram
Zen aoe3de.png Zen TempleSohei Naginata
Age3DE Icon.png Definitive Edition
Lenape warrior portrait.png LenapeLenape Warrior
AOE3DE Tengri.png Tengri ShrineTatar Archer · Tengri Wolf
The African Royals
Akan Settlement Icon.png AkanAkan Ankobia · Akan Tufohen
Berber Settlement Portrait.png BerbersBerber Camel Rider · Berber Sultan
Somali Settlement Portrait.png SomalisSomali Issa Warrior · Somali Darood Militia
Sudanese settlement portrait.png SudaneseSudanese Dervish
Yoruba settlement portait.png YorubaYoruba Oyo Legionary · Yoruba Eso Rider
Knights of the Mediterranean
Bourbon icon portrait-1.png House of BourbonRoyal Musketeer · Royal Dragoon
Habsburg icon portrait-1.png House of HabsburgMounted Infantry · Line Infantry
Hanover icon portrait-1.png House of HanoverTotenkopf Hussar · Black Brunswicker · Drummer
Jagiellon icon portrait-1.png House of JagiellonLipka Tatar · Shock Rider
Oldenburg icon portrait-1.png House of OldenburgRoyal Huntsman · Northern Musketeer
Phanar icon portrait-1.png House of PhanarEvzone · Boyar · Sacred Band Infantry
Vasa icon portrait-1.png House of VasaRoyal Arquebusier · Winged Hussar
Wettin icon portrait-1.png House of WettinTrabant · Saxon Cuirassier
Wittelsbach icon portrait-1.png House of WittelsbachMountain Trooper · Chevauleger
A replaces the Aztecs
I replaces the Iroquois
L replaces the Lakota
* added in the Definitive Edition
** formerly Sufi unit
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