- +5 Combat Strength within 4 tiles of friendly territory.
- Pillaging only costs 1 Movement.
The Malón Raider excels at raids and defending Mapuche border cities or attacking a nearby neighbor. It's as strong as a Musketman by default, and becomes even stronger in or near friendly territory; however, it is a standalone unique unit (it does not replace another regular unit, thus cannot be upgraded into) and it does not require any strategic resources. Two or three Malón Raiders can lay waste to the Districts and tile improvements around an enemy city and then lay siege to it, preventing it from healing while other units chip away at its defenses or deal with enemy reinforcements.
To clarify the Combat Strength bonus, in combat, the Malón Raider will scan the area within a 4-tile radius around itself. If there is at least one tile owned by the Mapuche, it will receive +5 Combat Strength.
The 16th Century brought a Spanish invasion to what is now southern Chile. It also brought horses, which the Mapuche had never seen before encountering the conquistadors. Their presence on the battlefield forced the Mapuche to adjust their tactics. They quickly learned how to use horses, turning one of the greatest Spanish advantages against them. The mounted malón raiders—so named for their retributive attacks on invaders—would launch quick raids to harass an enemy, before leading a responding enemy into an ambush.