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Cossack
Cossack portrait
In-game icon of the Cossack
First AppearanceAge of Empires III
Cavalry
Cost75 Food Icon food
75 Coin Icon coin
Age AvailableColonial Age
Ages colonial
Base Hit Points225
Pop. Use1
Speed6.75
LOS16
Resists30% vs. Ranged
Melee Damage26
Siege Damage15
Siege Range6
R.O.F.1.5 / 3.0 (Siege)
Train Time35 seconds
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The Cossack is a Russian cavalry unit featured in Age of Empires III and is available at the Stable once the Colonial Age is reached.

Overview Edit

The Cossack functions as the Russian version of the Hussar. Although they are somewhat weaker than Hussars, they are cheaper, faster and only occupy one slot of population. This means that they can be produced in large numbers compared to most other cavalry, which take up two slots of population and good as raiding cavalry. With the proper cards and upgrades, an almost colossal army of Cossacks can be used to overwhelm opponents. An effective method of using them is to raid enemy Settlers and as a counter to enemy hand cavalry, as they can defeat even some of the best heavy cavalry when fully upgraded, due to their massive numbers. Only a mass of heavy infantry or ranged cavalry such as bow riders or cavalry archers can stand up against them. They are also very efficient if used against Light Infantry and Artillery.

When training Cossacks it is a good idea to train a complementary unit, preferably one with range, than can soften up enemy units before the Cossacks get close. Strelets and/or Cavalry Archers can be used with Cossacks to counter heavy infantry and other cavalry, and to assist in the destruction of buildings, a Russian player can mix in some Oprichniks.

Upgrades Edit

The Cossack can be upgraded to higher levels after the Colonial Age. They can be upgraded to Veteran, Guard or Imperial levels at the Stable depending on what age the player is in. Once Fortress Age is reached, the player can research Cavalry Cuirass from the Arsenal.

Veteran CossacksEdit

Veteran Cossacks are slighly better than ordinary Cossacks with higher hit points and better attack. Veteran Cossacks have the lowest rank but are the first major upgrade. They are available for 200 Wood Resources wood and 200 Coin Icon coin at the Stable once Fortress Age is reached.

Hit Points: 270
Siege Attack: 18
Hand Attack: 31

Guard CossackEdit

Guard Cossacks are better than Veteran Cossacks in terms of hit points and the amount of damage they inflict. The upgrade is available at the Stable for 600 Wood Resources wood and 600 Coin Icon coin once Industrial Age is reached.

Hit Points: 337
Siege Attack: 22
Hand Attack: 39

Imperial CossackEdit

The Imperial Cossack is the final and strongest form of the Cossack and is the successor of the Guard Cossack. Imperial Cossacks have double the amount of hit points and deals double the damage compared to an ordinary Cossack. The upgrade is available at the Stable for 1500 Wood Resources wood and 1500 Coin Icon coin once the Imperial Age is reached.

Hit Points: 450
Siege Attack: 30
Hand Attack: 52

Shipments Edit

This is a list of shipments that benefit Cossacks in any way.


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