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Ranged camel cavalry. Good against cavalry.
—In-game description

The Zamburak is a ranged light cavalry in Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties that is unique to the Indians and can be trained at Caravanserai and Galleon, as well as the Agra Fort wonder once it is upgraded to Delhi Gate. It is the Indian equivalent of the Dragoon.


The Zamburak is extremely fast and cheap but has fewer hit points than other cavalry units, and only uses up one population slot. Its mounted gun gives the Zamburak good range, and it inflicts the most damage against heavy cavalry.

Zamburaks are incredibly strong for using only one population, but they are also rather niche in that they only have an attack bonus against hand cavalry and coyote runners. The Disciplined upgrade is required before an attack bonus versus artillery is provided (unlike other ranged-cavalry which intrinsically have such a bonus).


Age Upgrade Cost Effect
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Disciplined cavalry.png Disciplined Zamburak 200 wood,
100 coin
Upgrades Zamburaks to Disciplined (+20% hit points and attack)
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Honored cavalry.png Honored Zamburak 600 wood,
600 coin
Upgrades Zamburaks to Honored (+30% hit points and attack); requires Disciplined Zamburak
Imperial Age
Exalted cavalry.png Exalted Zamburak 1,500 wood,
1,500 coin
Upgrades Zamburaks to Exalted (+50% hit points and attack); requires Honored Zamburak

Mansabdar Zamburak[]

Inspires all nearby Zamburak. Ranged camel cavalry. Good against cavalry.
—In-game description

The Mansabdar Zamburak is a stronger version of the Zamburak that can be trained from the Charminar Gate wonder. As a Mansabdar unit, the Mansabdar Zamburak has twice the hit points of a Zamburak and Imperial Service that increases the hit points and attack of nearby Zamburaks, but are two times more expensive.

Special ability[]

Imperial service.png Imperial Service (passive): The Mansabdar Zamburak increases the hit points and attack of Zamburaks in a radius of 24 around him by 10%.

Further statistics[]

As (Mansabdar) Zamburaks are unique to the Indians, only technologies that they have access to are shown in the following table:

Unit strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Heavy cavalry, Shock Infantry, artillery
Weak vs. Heavy infantry, ranged infantry, light cavalry
Hit points Comanche Horse Breeding.png Comanche Horse Breeding (+10%)
Cree Tanning.png Cree Tanning (+5%)
Navajo Weaving.png Navajo Weaving (+5%)
Attack Yoga.png Yoga (+5%)
Smokeless Powder.png Smokeless Powder (+30% siege attack)
Speed Comanche Mustangs.png Comanche Mustangs (+10%)
Apache Endurance.png Apache Endurance (+5%)
Creation speed 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 Merritocracy.png Meritocracy (-20% upgrade cost)

Home City Cards[]

As (Mansabdar) Zamburaks are unique to the Indians, only their cards and other civilizations' TEAM cards are shown in the following tables:


The Asian Dynasties[]

  • Mansabdar Zamburaks cost 2 population.

Definitive Edition[]


A zamburak is a small weapon carried on and fired from the back of a camel. The name comes from the Arabic “zambur,” meaning hornet. Before gunpowder, early versions of the camel-mounted gun featured a bolt-firing crossbow that produced a buzzing twang at discharge, which gave the weapon its name. In later years the crossbow was replaced with a small culverin or falconet attached to the rider’s saddle. The zamburak originated in Egypt, and spread to Iran, India and elsewhere. Attempts to adapt the idea to elephants proved generally unsuccessful, as the beasts would not remain steady under intense enemy fire.
—In-game history section