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Powerful well-drilled African musketeer mercenary ready to restore order.
—In-game description

The Askari is a mercenary ranged heavy infantry unit in Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition - The African Royals.


The Askari is a heavy musketeer-type mercenary unit. It can either be part of the available mercenaries in the Tavern/Monastery/Saloon/Palace, or be unlocked and trained in a Trading Post on a Sudanese settlement through the Sudanese Local Forces technology. However, even in the latter case, it still uses up population space.


Just like a Carolean, it has multipliers against cavalry for its ranged instead of its melee attack, while damage output and rate of fire remain closer to a conventional Musketeer. It can therefore fill a similar role as a Dragoon, shooting down enemy melee cavalry, but without being vulnerable against heavy infantry if cornered. Heavy cavalry (especially the Naginata Rider) covers all of its weaknesses and is therefore a great pairing.

Further statistics[]

Unit strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Cavalry, Shock Infantry, heavy infantry
Weak vs. Skirmishers, archers, artillery
Hit points Flint lock.png Flint Lock (+10%)
Thin Red Line.png Thin Red Line (+20%, British only)
Corselet.png Corselet (+25%, Spanish only)
Cree Tanning.png Cree Tanning (+5%)
Navajo Weaving.png Navajo Weaving (+5%)
Attack Socket Bayonet.png Socket Bayonet (+20% melee attack)
Paper cartridge.png Paper Cartridge (+15%)
Yoga.png Yoga (+5%)
Smokeless Powder.png Smokeless Powder (+30% siege attack)
Clenched Fist.png Clenched Fist (+30% melee attack)
Speed Military Drummers.png Military Drummers (+10%)
Tillys Discipline.png Tilly's Discipline (+20% speed, Germans only)
Inca Road-building.png Quechuan Mountaineering (+20%)
Apache Endurance.png Apache Endurance (+5%)
Sight Town Watch.png Town Watch (+2)
Creation speed Standing Army.png Standing Army (-25%)
Inca Chaquis Messengers.png Quechuan Diet (-25%)
Train cost Mapuche Ad-mapu.png Mapuche Ad-mapu (-10% coin cost)
Penalties Thin Red Line.png Thin Red Line (-25% speed, British only)
Coffee Trade.png Coffee Trade (-10% speed, Dutch only)
Tillys Discipline.png Tilly's Discipline (+10% cost, Germans only)
Corselet.png Corselet (-15% speed, Spanish only)

Home City Cards[]

In-game dialogue[]

The Askari speaks Sudanese Arabic using dialogue files of the Sudanese.


Askari were African military units that were recruited and drilled by European powers controlling regions such as Central and East Africa. While they primarily served in their homelands, many were also enlisted as auxiliary forces in foreign conflicts between European powers.