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Stealthy Skirmisher that can see the location of enemies they've recently damaged.
—In-game description

The Salteador (plural Salteadores) is a ranged gunpowder infantry in Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition that is unique to the Mexicans. It is a Skirmisher who can temporarily see enemies hit by their attacks through the Fog of War and can use stealth mode.


The Salteador replaces the Skirmisher and its unique to the Mexicans. It is available starting in the Commerce Age, and like the Skirmisher, is effective against Heavy Infantry and Light Cavalry, but weak against Heavy Cavalry. Salteadores have less range and hit points than Skirmishers, but greater damage and speed. They can enter Stealth mode, and units hit by Salteadores have their Line of Sight temporarily revealed.

Special abilities[]

  • Guerrilla Tactics (requires the "Guerrilla Tactics" Home City Card): For the next 7 seconds, all Salteadores will always be in stealth mode with no speed penalty unless when attacking, in which case the Salteador will automatically re-enter stealth mode after 2 seconds. 90 seconds cooldown; shared across all Salteadores.


Age Upgrade Cost Effect
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Veteran Salteadores 200 wood,
200 coin
Upgrades Salteadores to Veteran (+20% hit points and attack)
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Vigilantes 1,000 wood,
1,000 coin
Upgrades Salteadores to Vigilantes (+40% hit points and attack); requires Veteran Salteadores
Imperial Age
Imperial Vigilantes 1,500 wood,
1,500 coin
Upgrades Vigilantes to Imperial (+50% hit points and attack); requires Vigilantes

Cruzob Avenger[]

The Cruzob Avenger is a variant of the Salteador unique to the Maya, which have 2 more LOS and range, and 0.50 more speed.

Further statistics[]

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

Home City Cards[]

As Salteadores are unique to the Mexicans, only their cards and other civilizations' TEAM cards are shown in the following tables:


Definitive Edition[]

  • Originally, Salteadores have 4.5 speed, and their stealth speed penalty is 50%. With update 56860, they have 4.25 speed, and their stealth speed penalty is 33%.
  • Originally, Cruzob Avengers have 27 LOS and 20 range. With update 56860, Cruzob Avengers have 26 LOS and 19 range.
  • Originally, Salteadores cost 70 food and have no multipliers against villagers. With update 61213, they cost 60 food and have a x0.75 multiplier against villagers.


Initially irregular guerrilla troops during the struggle for independence, Mexican Salteadores were elevated from patriotic brigands to a legitimized paramilitary group of vigilantes. Particularly effective in settings where traditional tactics were only marginally effective, Salteadores were a powerful counterpart to the more traditional Soldados.