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 also be countered with groups of Eagle Warriors.
Spanish adventurers who set off to conquer the New World became known as Conquistadors. These men were an assortment of disposed sons of the nobility and soldiers of fortune looking for adventure and loot. Most were soldiers without employment. They arrived in the New World with a great technical advantage in weapons over the natives who could not stand up to steel swords, firearms, and mounted lancers. The horse was particularly terrifying to the first natives who encountered it. Mounted men were thought to be some sort of new creature, half man and half four-legged beast. Thanks to the spread of European diseases before them and advantageous use of native allies on occasion, ridiculously small armies of Conquistadors conquered with relative ease the two great American civilizations, the Aztecs and the Incas.
Within the ranks of the European adventurers who invaded the New World there were soldiers of superior ability and determination who became the Elite Conquistadors. These were the men who lead the charges against seemingly insurmountable odds and triumphed due to their superior weapons and grim resolve.
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.