"Light cavalry mercenary from the Balkans."
In-game description

The Stradiot is mercenary heavy cavalry in Age of Empires III. It performs similarly to an improved Hussar, putting it in between the Mameluke and the Hackapell.

Overview Edit

The Stradiot is the middle ground between the Mameluke and the Hackapell, in terms of both hit points and attack. Therefore, although having no attack bonuses, it is quite a powerful unit. They are effective in combat against artillery and light infantry. Being one of the fastest cavalry units in Age of Empires III, they can also be useful for raiding. However they are weak against heavy infantry, light cavalry, and, being mercenaries, Spies and Ninjas.

Further statistics Edit

Unit strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Ranged infantry, light infantry, artillery
Weak vs. Heavy infantry, light cavalry
Hit points Cavalry Cuirass Cavalry Cuirass (+10%)
Comanche Horse Breeding Comanche Horse Breeding (+10%)
Cree Tanning Cree Tanning (+5%)
Navajo Weaving Navajo Weaving (+5%)
Attack Pillage Pillage (+25% siege attack)
Counter Infantry Rifling Customized Merc Weapons (+30%, John Black's Mercenaries only)
Yoga Yoga (+5%)
Sight Town Watch Town Watch (+2)
Speed Comanche Mustangs Comanche Mustangs (+10%)
Apache Endurance Apache Endurance (+5%)
Creation speed Mass Cavalry Mass Cavalry (-50%)
Cheyenne Horse Trading Cheyenne Horse Trading (-25%)
Inca Chaquis Messengers Incan Chasquis Messengers (-25%)
Train cost Mapuche Ad-mapu Mapuche Ad-mapu (-10% coin cost)
Other Waardgelders Waardgelders (ships 5 Stradiots, Dutch only)
Penalties Coffee Trade Coffee Trade (-10% speed, Dutch only)

Home City Cards Edit

In-game dialogue Edit

The Stradiot speaks Albanian.

  • Po?/Po (Yes?)
  • Gati (Ready?)
  • Komandë? (Command?)
  • Do e bëj (I'll do it)
  • Do ta bëj (I will do it)
  • Sulm! (Attack!)
  • Në beteje! (To battle!)

History Edit

"The Stradiotto were originally the cavalry of Giorgio Castriota, an Albanian who was raised a hostage of the Ottoman court, which named him Iskander Bey. He escaped his captivity and led a rebellion against the Ottomans that expelled them from Albania. His forces, the remnants of which were the Stradiots, used guerilla tactics and the rugged Albanian terrain to repel the Ottoman Turks. The Stradiots were later employed as mercenaries by the Venetians in the sixteenth century.

These cavalrymen were unruly and could be counted on to break off from a fight to raid camps or supply trains. They wore turkish clothes, including baggy pants and shirts and turkish mail, but eschewed turbans for European helmets. They typically carried short spears called assegai that had points on both ends, but also used swords, maces, and crossbows.

Gallery Edit

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