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This article is about the Age of Empires III mercenary unit. For the cheat unit in Age of Empires, see Black Rider (Age of Empires).
Black Rider
Black Rider Icon
First AppearanceAge of Empires III
Mercenaries
Cost270 Coin Icon coin
Age AvailableFortress Age
Ages fortress
BuildingSaloon/Monastery
Base Hit Points520
Pop. Use3
Speed7.25
LOS15
Resists40% vs. Melee
Melee Damage10
Melee Multipliersx2.0 vs. Melee Cavalry
x2.5 vs. Artillery
x2.0 vs. Coyote Runner
Range Damage44
Range MultipliersSame as melee
x0.5 vs. Villager
Range12
Siege Damage14
Siege Range6
R.O.F.4 / 3.0 (Ranged and Siege)
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The Black Rider is a German mercenary light cavalry unit which can be recruited for gold from the Home City or trained from the Saloon. The Black Rider fights on horseback, wearing black armor, and wields powerful handguns. It is a swift unit with a reasonable long range attack which can also take a lot of hits due to their substantial armor. Like its basic version, the Dragoon, the Black Rider is a type of ranged counter-cavalry unit. It is also good for killing enemy Artillery.

Shipments & Upgrades Edit

  • Many nations have German Black Riders card, available in Fortress Age for 1000 coin. It ships 7 Black Riders.
  • Cavalry Combat card improves Black Riders in combat, giving them +15% of both HP and attack
  • Riding School card reduces amount of time taken for training Black Riders by 40% (only for the Saloon, not shipments)
  • Mercenary Loyalty card reduces the price of German Black Riders card to 750 coin (-25%)
  • Comanche Trade Language upgrade reduces the price of German Black Riders card to 900 coin (-10%)
  • Comanche Mustangs upgrade increases Black Riders speed to 7.98

Shipments Edit

In-game dialogue languageEdit

The Black Riders speak German in the game and shares several quotes with the German standard units, though with a noticeably different accent.

  • Auftrag? (order?)
  • Bereit (ready)
  • Angriff (attack)
  • Vorwärts! (forward!)
  • Verstanden (understood)
  • Wird gemacht (it will be done)
  • Jawohl! (Yes, sir!)

History Edit

"Black Riders were also known as "devil riders" because of the blackened armor they wore. They first appeared in Germany in the sixteenth century. The Riders developed a special tactic known as "caracole," which allowed them to effectively bombard infantry units with constant weapons fire. In caracole, cavalry units created a tight formation. The units in front fired their weapons, and then quickly charged to the back to reload. The units that were just behind them fired immediately after the first row charged backwards to reload."

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