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The Rough Rider is a unique heavy cavalry unit of the American civilization (when led by Teddy Roosevelt) in Civilization VI.

In the Gathering Storm expansion, the Rough Rider replaces the Cuirassier.

When the Persona Packs are enabled, the Rough Rider is available only to Rough Rider Teddy.

  • Special abilities:
    • Earns Culture Culture from kills on its Capital Capital's continent.
    • +10 Strength Combat Strength when fighting on Hills.


The Rough Rider is an excellent unit for Roosevelt's America to train en masse as soon as it becomes available. Its high Strength Combat Strength and fast movement allow it to reach and deal with threats quickly, and the Culture Culture it generates by defeating invaders helps speed up America's civic development. Even when more advanced units become available, keeping a few Armies of Rough Riders on hand to repel attacks by hostile neighbors (or deal the finishing blow to weakened attackers) can be a cost-effective and culturally beneficial way to keep the peace on the continent.

With the bonuses from Roosevelt's leader ability, the Rough Riders are perfect for facing invasions, as they can receive up to 15 extra Strength Combat Strength if fighting on Hills on their home continent. That also means that you can finish conquering every one else on your continent if you want to. However, try not to wipe them out completely, as Cultural Victory is easier the more opponents you have, since you will have more sources to draw tourists from. You can just leave your neighbors one or two cities, especially if those cities are not on your home continent. These cities should be big enough so they will not succumb to Loyalty pressure; otherwise, your neighbors would be doomed one way or another.

Civilopedia entry[]

The First United States Volunteer Cavalry – better known to the unenlightened as the “Rough Riders” (the nickname taken from Buffalo Bill’s “Congress of Rough Riders of the World” … and describing Teddy’s unruly recruits rather well) – was a regiment raised by Theodore Roosevelt in 1898 AD for action in the Spanish–American War. Roosevelt had been a staunch supporter of America acquiring a colonial empire by almost any means, and when troubles arose in Cuba the United States took advantage of the opportunity to beat up the moribund and bankrupt Spanish Empire. Roosevelt immediately resigned his post as Asst. Secretary of the Navy and raised a volunteer regiment of 1060 cowboys, ranchers, miners, college athletes, and other rough sorts from Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, and Oklahoma. Although a cavalry unit, they served with distinction – mostly afoot, as at the famous charge up San Juan Hill (actually, Kettle Hill – but that’s Americans abroad for you) on July 1. Afterward the Rough Riders were part of the siege of Santiago, until Spain surrendered in August, whereupon the volunteers returned home and went about celebrating in their own ways.


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1 Requires a DLC2 Apocalypse mode only • 3 Secret Societies mode only • 4 Heroes & Legends mode only • 5 Zombie Defense mode only

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