Black Riders are cheat units that can be spawned or created in two different ways. They can be spawned when the Medusa is killed or they can simply replace the Horse Archer/Heavy Horse Archer if the cheat code "BLACK RIDER" is summoned. They have the same stats as a Heavy Horse Archer, but have fewer hit points (compared to a fully upgraded Heavy Horse Archer). Black riders start out with 60 hit points, 8 attack, 7 range, 2 Pierce Armor and no melee armor. The stats can be upgraded just like any unit trained at the Archery Range. When they die, they become a Catapult, Heavy Catapult or Big Bertha.
- Alchemy: increases attack by 1.
- Ballistics: increases accuracy.
- Chain Mail: for archers increases armor by 2.
- Craftsmanship: increases range by 1.
|Age of Empires||Winsett's Z · Photon Man · Nuke Trooper · Big Bertha · Flying Dutchman · Stealth Archer · Black Rider · Medusa · Stormbilly · St. Francis · Baby Prez · Winsett's Other Z|
|Age of Empires II||Saboteur · Shelby Cobra · VMDL · Furious the Monkey Boy|
|Age of Empires III||Tommynator · Mediocre Bombard · George Crushington · Learicorn · Big Andy · Ice Cream Monster Truck · Hot Dog Stand Flamethrower|