Japanese master of the bow and the horse. Good against cavalry and artillery.
In-game description

The Yabusame is a mounted archer in Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties that is unique to the Japanese and can be trained at Stable and Atakabune, and by a Daimyo once the Fortress Age is reached. It fires a bow from long range.

Overview Edit

The Yabusame has one of the longest range of all cavalry in the game, but also has a low attack and hit-points. It is more powerful than most other cavalry archers due to its long range and the bonus damage it inflicts on siege units. Like all of the ranged cavalry units it is also very good against other cavalry, but is better than most due to its exceptional range.

Their hit points and attack are not so exceptional but there are many shipment cards which can increase their hit points and attack. Their attack can be boosted to 24, and hit points to 400.

Upgrades Edit

The Yabusame is automatically upgraded to Disciplined (+20% hit points and attack) at the Fortress Age.

Age Upgrade Cost Effect
Ages industrial
Honored cavalry Honored Yabusame 600 wood,
600 coin
Upgrades Yabusame to Honored (+30% hit points and attack)
Ages imperial
Exalted cavalry Exalted Yabusame 1,500 wood,
1,500 coin
Upgrades Yabusame to Exalted (+50% hit points and attack); requires Honored Yabusame

Further statistics Edit

As the Yabusame is unique to the Japanese, only improvements available to them that are shown in the following table.

Unit strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Heavy cavalry, Coyote Runners, artillery
Weak vs. Heavy infantry, ranged infantry, light cavalry
Hit points Comanche Horse Breeding Comanche Horse Breeding (+10%)
Cree Tanning Cree Tanning (+5%)
Navajo Weaving Navajo Weaving (+5%)
Attack Ranged Cavalry Caracole Ranged Cavalry Caracole (+10%)
Carib Kasiri Beer Carib Kasiri Beer (+10%)
Carib Garifuna Drums Carib Garifuna Drums (+1.0x multiplier vs. villagers)
Seminole Bowyer Seminole Bowyer (+25%)
Tupi Poison Arrow Frogs Tupi Poison Arrow Frogs (+10%)
Yoga Yoga (+5%)
Range Ranged Cavalry Caracole Ranged Cavalry Caracole (+2)
Sight Ranged Cavalry Caracole Ranged Cavalry Caracole (+2)
Speed Comanche Mustangs Comanche Mustangs (+10%)
Apache Endurance Apache Endurance (+5%)
Creation speed 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 Merritocracy Meritocracy (-20% upgrade cost)

Home City Cards Edit

As the Yabusame is unique to the Japanese, only other civilizations' TEAM cards that affect them are shown in the following tables.

History Edit

Yabusame is the ancient art of archery, or Kyudo, while riding on horseback. “Kyudo” is Japanese for “Way of the Bow.” The history of Yabusame is rooted in legend, beginning around 530 CE, when it is believed that the 29th emperor of Japan, Kinmei, prayed for "Tenka-taihei" (peace) and "Gokoku-houjyou" (good harvest) and then fired from horseback at three targets. The art of Yabusame has never strayed far from its roots and even today is perceived foremost as a ritual honoring the gods and calling forth their blessings.

Minamoto No Yoritomo, first of Japan’s feudal shoguns, had great respect for the art of Yabusame and worked to establish it as a part of standard military training and practice. During his reign, Minamoto established the Ogasawara School, a specialized institution for teaching the arts of foot and mounted archery. He also started the Tsurugaoka Hachimanguu Yabusame Divine Performance, a showcase for the most highly talented Yabusame archers. The first event was held on August 15, 1187. Since that day the ceremony has been held every year to the present, although it went on temporary hiatus during the Pacific conflicts of World War II.

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