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Fast Sudanese infantry which tosses knives from range to inflict melee damage. Attacks faster at close range. Good against heavy infantry, particularly in melee.
—In-game description

The Sudanese Dervish is a ranged infantry native warrior in Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition - The African Royals that can be trained at a Trading Post built on a Sudanese settlement.



Age Upgrade Cost Effect
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Native Warrior Societies.png Sudanese Warrior Societies 150 wood,
100 coin
Upgrades Sudanese Dervishes to Elite (+25% hit points and attack)
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Champion Natives.png Champion Sudanese 400 wood,
300 coin
Upgrades Sudanese Dervishes to Champion (+35% hit points and attack); requires Sudanese Warrior Societies
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 (+50% hit points and attack)
The Legendary Native Warriors improvement is available in the Capitol for European civilizations, the State Capitol for the United States, and the Town Center for Native American and Asian civilizations (as Exalted Natives).

Further statistics[]

Home City Cards[]


The African Royals[]

  • Sudanese Dervishes have 30% ranged resistance and x1 multiplier vs Skirmishers.
  • Originally, Sudanese Dervishes cost 40 wood. With update 13.690, they cost 45 wood.

Knights of the Mediterranean[]

  • With update 13.9057, Sudanese Dervishes have 20% ranged resistance and x0.75 multiplier vs Skirmishers.

In-game dialogue[]

Main article: Sudanese#In-game dialogue


Dervish was a name given to members of the Mahdist movement, an Islamic ascetic sect. Known for their piety, white robes with colored rectangles, and whirling dance, Dervishes could be as powerful on the battlefield as they were spiritual.