Age of Empires II Edit
|Type||Mounted Hand Cannoneer|
|Cost|| 60 Food,|
|HP||70, 75 (Elite)|
|Attack||16, 18 (Elite)|
|Upgraded To||Elite Conquistador|
|Cost to Upgrade||1200 Food |
The Conquistador (and its upgrade, the Elite Conquistador) are the Spanish unique units in the The Conquerors expansion. The term Conquistador literally means Conqueror.
Conquistadors are ranged heavy cavalry with a high attack strength and are a mounted form of the Hand Cannoneer. As such they play the same way, though Conquistadors have the advantage in mobility. They hit harder the closer they get, and are less accurate as their target gets further away. Conquistadors can be used as hit and run units. In groups they can release a devastating volley that will severely damage enemy formations. However, they shouldn't be used on their own since they are quite fragile compared to other Castle and Imperial Age units. They are frequently included in formations of Knights, who can soak up damage from ranged units and kill enemy monks. The Conquistadors in turn provide great damage output to soften up the enemy before the Knights get in close. Enemy cavalry are a large threat to Conquistadors. Siege Weapons can devastate a formation of Conquistadors so they should never stay still for too long in battle. Halberdiers can also hurt a conquistador badly, provided it can catch him. They can be countered with groups of Eagle Warriors.
Age of Empires III Edit
The Spanish Explorer may be upgraded with a Home City Card known as "Conquistador" and in the campaign there is a conquistador antagonist Delgado. In The Asian Dynasties expansion, they are available at Jesuit Missions as mounted musketeers.