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Provides military improvements.
—In-game description

The Arsenal is a military building in Age of Empires III that is available upon reaching the Fortress Age, or the Commerce Age when the "Advanced Arsenal" Home City Card is sent. It provides technologies to improve the effectiveness of military units from the three major lines – infantry, cavalry, and artillery.

Tactics[]

Whether players build one or a mix of unit lines, the bonuses provided in the Arsenal can give their armies an edge.

The "Advanced Arsenal" Home City Card provides the Arsenal with additional, advanced technologies.

Technologies[]

Age Technology Cost Effect
Age III tech tree aoe3
Infantry Breastplate Infantry Breastplate 100 wood
100 coin
Hand infantry and foot archers get +10% hit points
Counter Infantry Rifling Counter Infantry Rifling 200 wood
200 coin
Rifle infantry get +1.0 attack multiplier against heavy infantry; counter skirmishers get +1.0 attack multiplier against light infantry instead
Socket Bayonet Socket Bayonet 100 wood
100 coin
Musket infantry get +20% hand attack damage
Flint lock Flint Lock 200 wood
250 coin
Gunpowder infantry get +10% hit points; requires "Advanced Arsenal" Home City Card (except for the Swedes)
Paper cartridge Paper Cartridge 350 wood
350 coin
Gunpowder infantry get +15% attack; requires "Advanced Arsenal" Home City Card (except for the Swedes)
Military Drummers Military Drummers 150 wood
150 coin
Infantry get +10% speed; requires "Advanced Arsenal" Home City Card (except for the Swedes)
Cavalry Cuirass Cavalry Cuirass 300 coin Heavy cavalry get +10% hit points
Ranged Cavalry Caracole Ranged Cavalry Caracole 200 food
300 wood
Ranged cavalry get +10% attack, +2 Line of Sight and range
Pillage Pillage 350 wood
250 coin
Hand cavalry and hand shock infantry get +25% siege attack multiplier against buildings; requires "Advanced Arsenal" Home City Card (except for the Swedes)
Incendiary grenades Incendiary Grenades 400 wood
300 coin
Grenade troopers get +15% siege attack multiplier against buildings and +1 ranged attack Area of Effect
Gunners Quadrant Gunner's Quadrant 100 food
100 coin
Artillery get +6 Line of Sight
Heated Shot Heated Shot 150 food
150 wood
Artillery and defensive buildings get +50% attack multiplier against ships
Professional gunners Professional Gunners 400 food
100 coin
Artillery get +10% hit points; requires "Advanced Arsenal" Home City Card (except for the Swedes)
Trunion Trunion 400 wood
200 coin
Artillery get +15% speed; requires "Advanced Arsenal" Home City Card (except for the Swedes)
Note: Incendiary Grenades is only available to civilizations that can train grenade troopers (British, Dutch, French*, Maltese, Mexicans, Ottomans, Russians, Swedes, and United States*). Other European civilizations can get access to this technology after sending the Grenade Launchers Home City Card.

Civilization differences[]

  • Both the Haudenosaunee and Lakota have the "New Ways" Home City Card which gives them access to certain Arsenal technologies at the Longhouse and Teepee, respectively.
  • The Japanese can build one (and only one) Arsenal by allying with the Dutch at the Consulate, which provides the Arsenal Wagon shipment that ships the namesake unit capable of building an Arsenal. The Japanese Arsenal have all basic Arsenal technologies, while their Golden Pavilion wonder have Flint Lock, Paper Cartridge, Pillage, and Professional Gunners.
  • The Swedes have access to advanced Arsenal technologies (Flint Lock, Paper Cartridge, Military Drummers, Pillage, Professional Gunners, and Trunion) at all times, but do not have the "Advanced Arsenal" card.
  • The Ethiopians can build one Arsenal by allying with the Portuguese to advance into the Commerce Age or higher and the Hausa can build one Arsenal by allying with the British to advance into the Imperial Age, which ships an Arsenal Wagon. However, the two civilizations have no way of accessing the advanced Arsenal technologies.

Further statistics[]

Building strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Nothing
Weak vs. Everything, especially siege units, artillery, and Monitors
Improvements
Hit points State Constitutions State Constitutions (+25%; United States only)
Flying Buttress Flying Buttress (+20%)
Byzantine legacy Byzantine Legacy (+15%)
Line of Sight Gas Lighting Gas Lighting (+4)
Build time Cree Textile Craftsmanship Cree Textile Craftsmanship (-25%)
Cost Tupi Forest Burning Tupi Forest Burning (-20% wood)
Cree Textile Craftsmanship Cree Textile Craftsmanship (-10%)
Other Arsenal Icon Arsenal Wagon (ships 1 Arsenal Wagon; Japanese only)
Penalties Counter Infantry Rifling Customized Merc Weapons (+30% cost, John Black's Mercenaries only)
Code Napoleon Code Napoleon (+25% cost, French only)

Home City Cards[]

Click for a list of Home City Cards related to the Arsenal
Some cards are highlighted with:
Green TEAM Shipment that is sent to each player in a team
Blue Shipment that arrives fast (5 seconds)

All[]

Card Description Age HC level
Spanish Home City 3 (Improved Buildings) Improved Buildings Buildings get +40% hit points
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
10
Team improved buildings TEAM Improved Buildings Buildings get +25% hit points
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
10
Spanish Home City 3 (Advanced Arsenal) Advanced Arsenal Arsenals can be built in the Commerce Age; provide Arsenals with Flint Lock, Paper Cartridge, Military Drummers, Pillage, Professional Gunners, and Trunion (also +2 Uhlans for the Germans)
Age II tech tree aoe3
10
Mexico card Chipotle Tactics Chipotle Tactics Ships 500 food; receive food when an enemy or own building is destroyed equal to 20% ~ 40% of its total cost
Age II tech tree aoe3
N/A
  • "Improved Buildings" is available to Europeans, Mexicans, and Japanese.
  • "TEAM Improved Buildings" is available to the Inca, Indians, and Maltese.
  • "Advanced Arsenal" is available to Europeans (except the Swedes) and Mexicans.
  • "Chipotle Tactics" is available to the Mexicans and Spanish (upon revolting to Mexico).

Ethiopians[]

Card Description Age
Gondarine architecture Gondarine Architecture Buildings get +25% hit points; Town Centers and Palaces get +50% hit points; Walls and Mountain Monasteries get +100% hit points
Age IV tech tree aoe 3

Federal Americans[]

Card Description Age
Federal card the alamo The Alamo Ship 16 Minutemen; when destroyed by enemies, your buildings spawn a number of Minutemen equal to 1.5% of their cost rounded up
Imperial Age
  • "The Alamo" is available to the United States upon selecting the Texas Federal State and Mexicans upon revolting to Texas, and spawns 4 Minutemen when an Arsenal is destroyed.

Italians[]

Card Description Age
Italian Home City 3 (Milanese Arsenal) Milanese Arsenal Ships 1 Arsenal Wagon; Arsenals can be built in the Commerce Age; Arsenal technologies cost -50%; provide Arsenals with Flint Lock, Paper Cartridge, Military Drummers, Pillage, Professional Gunners, and Trunion
Age II tech tree aoe3
Italian Home City 3 (Venetian Arsenal) Venetian Arsenal Ships 1 Arsenal Wagon; Arsenals now increase the work rate of nearby military buildings and Docks by 60%
Age III tech tree aoe3

Japanese[]

Card Description Age HC level
Land reforms Land Reforms Villagers and Rickshaws build buildings 50% faster; buildings grant +100% build bounty
Age II tech tree aoe3
10

Maltese[]

Card Description Age
Maltese Home City 3 (Squires) Squires Military buildings train and research work 80% faster, except Forts which train and research work 340% faster
Age III tech tree aoe3

Mexicans[]

Card Description Age
Mexican Home City 2 (TEAM Mariachi) TEAM Mariachi For the next 30 seconds, military buildings work 400% faster and units get +10% speed
Age I tech tree aoe3
Federal card colegio de san nicolas Colegio de San Nicolás Ships 500 XP; units get +4 and buildings (except Walls) get +8 Line of Sight; sees what enemies can see for 20 seconds
Age II tech tree aoe3
Federal card talavera architecture Talavera Architecture Buildings get +30% hit points, build time -30%, and grant coin upon being built instead of XP
Imperial Age
Maya Home City (Maya Architecture) Maya Architecture All buildings except Forts get +30% hit points; buildings now give food as well as experience when built; grants Redoubts
Revolution
  • "Colegio de San Nicolás" is available upon selecting the Michoacán Federal State.
  • "Talavera Architecture" is available upon selecting the Puebla Federal State.
  • "Maya Architecture" is available upon revolting to the Maya.

United States[]

Card Description Age
United States Home City 3 (Springfield Armory) Springfield Armory Ships 1 Arsenal Wagon; Arsenals can be built in the Commerce Age; Flint Lock, Paper Cartridge, Military Drummers, Pillage, Professional Gunners, and Trunion available at Arsenal; Arsenal technologies are free but takes +250% times as long to be researched
Age II tech tree aoe3
Federal card connecticut shipwrights Connecticut Shipwrights Artillery train time -25%, buildings' build time -35%, and warships' train time -50%
Imperial Age
  • "Connecticut Shipwrights" is available upon selecting the Connecticut Federal State.

Changelog[]

3ADIcon48px The Asian Dynasties[]

Age3DE Icon Definitive Edition[]

  • The Arsenal built by the Japanese by allying with the Dutch at the Consulate now has the Dutch appearances through the Ages.

History[]

An arsenal is a storehouse for all manner of weapons and ordinance of war. Some arsenals were brick-and-mortar storehouses, guarded and protected. During the lead up to the American Revolutionary War, arsenals could be any stockpile of weapons, often hidden in attics and walls so that British soldiers could not find them. Artillery pieces were even taken apart and buried in fields to hide them, making "arsenals" out of entire towns.

On April 19, 1775, the British marched into Lexington hoping to chase down rebellion leaders and capture an insurgent arsenal. The British regulars outnumbered the revolutionaries 10 to 1 and ordered the gathered militia to stand down so that they could go about disbanding the militia and seizing or destroying any weapons cached in an arsenal.

Gallery[]

Buildings in Age of Empires III
Common
Dock aoe3de Dock · House indian aoe3de House · Livestock pen aoe3de Livestock Pen · Market icon aoe3de Market · Native embassy DE icon Native Embassy · Stables aoe3de Stable · Towncenter aoe3de Town Center · Trading post african aoe3de Trading Post · Wall aoe3de Wall
EuropeansArsenal aoe3de Arsenal · Artillery depot aoe3de Artillery Foundry · Barracks aoe3de Barracks · Capitol aoe3de Capitol · Church aoe3de Church · Plantation aoe3de Estate (formerly Plantation) · Fort aoe3de Fort · Mill aoe3de Mill · Outpost aoe3de Outpost · Tavern icon de Tavern
Native AmericansCommunity plaza aoe3de Community Plaza (formerly Fire Pit) · Corral aoe3de Corral · Plantation aoe3de Estate (formerly Plantation) · Farm aoe3de Farm · Tribal marketplace icon Tribal Marketplace · War hut aoe3de War Hut
AsiansJapan barracks aoe3de Barracks · Japan castle aoe3de Castle · Consulate icon aoe3de Consulate · Monastery aoe3de Monastery · China rice paddy icon aoe3de Rice Paddy · Advanced wonders Wonder
Federal AmericansArsenal aoe3de Arsenal · Artillery depot aoe3de Artillery Foundry · Barracks aoe3de Barracks · Capitol aoe3de Capitol · Plantation aoe3de Estate · Fort aoe3de Fort · Mill aoe3de Mill · Outpost aoe3de Outpost · Saloon aoe3de Saloon
AfricansArsenal aoe3de Arsenal · Field portrait aoe3de Field · Granary portrait aoe3de Granary · Hut portrait aoe3de Hut · Livestock market aoe3de Livestock Market · Palace portrait aoe3de Palace · Port portrait aoe3de Port · War camp aoe3de portrait War Camp · Watch tower aoe3de portrait Watch Tower
Unique
Flag BritishDE BritishHouse aoe3de Manor House
Flag DutchDE DutchBank aoe3de Bank
Flag GermanDE GermansMercenary camp portrait Mercenary Camp
Flag OttomanDE OttomansChurch aoe3de Mosque
Flag RussianDE RussiansBlockhouse aoe3de Blockhouse
Flag AztecDE AztecsNobles aoe3de Nobles' Hut
Flag IroquoisDE HaudenosauneeIro house icon Longhouse · Artillery depot aoe3de Siege Workshop
Flag SiouxDE LakotaTeepee icon DE Teepee
Flag ChineseDE ChineseChinese village aoe3de Village · China waracademy aoe3de War Academy
Flag IndianDE IndiansCaravanseraiDE Caravanserai · MangoGroveDE Mango Grove · SacredFieldDE Sacred Field
Flag JapaneseDE JapaneseCherry orchard portrait aoe3de Cherry Orchard · Dojo aoe3de Dojo · Shrine aoe3de Shrine
Flag IncanDE IncaInca kallanka Kallanka · Inca kancha house Kancha House · Inca stronghold Stronghold · Inca tambo Tambo
Flag SwedishDE SwedesSwedish torp Torp
Flag American act3 aoe3de United StatesMeeting house aoe3de icon Meeting House · State capitol aoe3de icon State Capitol
Flag Ethiopian aoe3de EthiopiansMountain monastery portrait aoe3de Mountain Monastery
Flag Hausa HausaUniversity portrait University
Flag MexicanDE MexicansCathedral portrait Cathedral · Hacienda portrait Hacienda
Flag ItalianDE ItaliansBasilica portrait Basilica · Lombard portrait Lombard
Flag MalteseDE MalteseCommandery portrait Commandery · Depot portrait Depot · Fixed gun portrait aoe3de Fixed Gun · Hospital portrait Hospital
Situational
Aztec temple portrait American Citadel (formerly Maya Castle) · Athos monastery portrait Athos Monastery · Battery tower portrait Battery Tower · Factory aoe3de Factory · Field hospital aoe3de Field Hospital · Regent's Castle aoe3de Regent's Castle
Scenario Editor/campaign only
Cherokee Warhut Portrait Cherokee War Hut · Wall aoe3de Command Post · Fixed gun portrait aoe3de Fixed Gun · Fort Tower icon AoE3DE Fort Tower · Gunpowder Stores icon AoE3DE Gunpowder Stores · Ossuary AoE3DE Ossuary · Fountain Youth Portrait The Fountain of Youth · Tower aoe3de Tower
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