|This article is about the unit in Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties. For the technology in Age of Empires II HD: The African Kingdoms, see Arquebus.|
"Cheap Chinese foot soldier armed with a rifle. Good against infantry."—In-game description
The Arquebusier is a ranged infantry in Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties that is unique to the Chinese and are trained as part of Territorial Army, Imperial Army, and Black Flag Army. It functions identically to the Skirmisher.
The Arquebusier has a long range attack with a multiplier against heavy infantry and light cavalry and a good ranged resistance, but (like all Skirmishers) has low hit points and a weak melee attack.
Their base statistics are fairly unimpressive; however, they are extremely upgradable in the Fortress Age and can become one of the most powerful skirmishers in this age, while maintaining their low cost.
Combining Territorial Combat, Repelling Volley and the British Consulate passive bonus brings the total, combined boosts (alongside the default veteran upgrade) to 45% hit points and attack, comparable to Forest Prowlers.
|Honored Arquebusier||300 wood,|
|Upgrades Arquebusiers to Honored (+30% hit points and attack)|
|Exalted Arquebusier||750 wood,|
|Upgrades Arquebusiers to Exalted (+50% hit points and attack); requires Honored Arquebusier|
Further statistics Edit
As Arquebusiers are unique to the Chinese, only technologies that they have access to are shown in the following table:
|Unit strengths and weaknesses|
|Strong vs.||Heavy infantry, light cavalry, Eagle Runner Knights|
|Weak vs.||Heavy cavalry, Coyote Runners, artillery|
|Hit points|| Cree Tanning (+5%)|
Navajo Weaving (+5%)
|Attack|| Yoga (+5%)|
Smokeless Powder (+30% siege attack)
Clenched Fist (+30% melee attack)
|Speed|| Incan Road-building (+20%)|
Apache Endurance (+5%)
|Creation speed|| Incan Chasquis Messengers (-12%, Black Flag Army)|
Cheyenne Horse Trading (-12%, Imperial Army)
|Train cost||Mapuche Ad-mapu (-10% coin cost, armies)|
|Other||Meritocracy (-20% upgrade cost)|
Home City Cards Edit
As Arquebusiers are unique to the Chinese, only their cards and other civilizations' TEAM cards are shown in the following tables:
|Click for a list of Home City Cards related to the Arquebusier|
Green: TEAM Shipment that is sent to each player in a team
"The arquebus was a European matchlock gun that was adopted by Asian cultures in the sixteenth century. When Portuguese explorer, Fenrao Mendes Pinto, accidentallly landed on the small island of Tanegashima in the Japanese archipelago in 1543, he introduced members of the Shimazu clan to the arquebus, and altered Japanese warfare forever. Within ten years, Portuguese guns could be found on every battlefield in Japan.
Despite the advantages of requiring smaller ammunition, and having a jarring psychological effect on its targets, the arquebus had many disadvantages. It was slow to reload, leaving its user at the mercy of archers firing at a much faster rate. It was also horribly inaccurate. Training to use the weapon was required, but this took time. However, once the training was complete, the arquebus proved to be a frighteningly lethal weapon, especially once the rate of reload was shortened by the development of volley-fire tactics.
Japanese Ikko-Ikki warrior monks were the first to use controlled volley-fire in battle, unleashing 3,000 arquebusiers on the body of Oda Nobunaga’s army before the Battle of Nagashino in 1575. With the strength of their new weapon, the monks were able to repel the daimyo’s forces and hold the castle. It was such a stunning display that by 1592, when Toyotomi Hideyoshi invaded Korea, the arquebusier was the primary weapon used by Japanese soldiers in the attacking army.
The Chinese began to use the arquebus at about the same time as the Japanese, although it is not as well recorded. It is generally believed that early Chinese firearms were based on designs taken from the weapons used by Japanese wokou pirates, who in turn had copied the designs of the Portuguese. Once the gun was introduced to the Chinese it became a standard issue. In 1558, Chinese gunsmiths manufactured a total of 10,000 guns for the Chinese Imperial Army."