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Light cavalry[sic] 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.


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[]

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

Home City Cards[]

In-game dialogue[]

The Stradiot speaks Albanian.

  • Select 1 Po? - Yes?
  • Select 2 Gati - Ready
  • Select 3 Komandë? - Command?
  • Move 1 Po - Yes
  • Move 2 Do e bëj - I'll do it
  • Move 3 Do ta bëj - I will do it
  • Attack 1 Sulm! - Attack!
  • Attack 2 Në beteje! - To battle!
  • Attack 3 Po! - Yes!


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.