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Villager attack increased.
—In-game description

Blunderbuss is a technology in Age of Empires III that can be researched by European civilizations at the Market. Once researched, it increases the attack of all villagers by 3, as well as their range and line of sight by 4.

Note that Fishing Boats are affected by Blunderbuss, since they are classified as villagers, but they only benefit from the LOS increase as they have no attack.


Blunderbuss is particularly useful to increase the speed of hunting, if the opponent will raid a lot (like when facing the Germans or Lakota), or when playing defensively at first; if a raid is not expected and the player is on the offensive, this technology is less useful.


Age of Empires III[]

  • Blunderbuss costs 110 food.

Definitive Edition[]

  • Blunderbuss costs 75 food.

See also[]

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Market technologies in Age of Empires III
European/American***Food: Hunting Dogs · Steel Traps
Wood: Gang Saw · Log Flume · Circular Saw
Coin: Placer Mines · Amalgamation
Other: Blunderbuss · Great Coat
Native American*Food: Hunting Dogs
Wood: Lumber Ceremony · Forest People Ceremony · Forest Spirit Ceremony · Deforestation
Coin: Placer Mines
Other: Spirit Medicine · New Year Festival · Inti Festival***
Asian**Food: Hunting Eagles · Professional Hunters · Hanami Parties · Yozakura Lanterns
Wood: Water Wheel · Regenerative Forestry · Timber Trade · Tropical Timber Trade
Coin: Blanket Filters · Flume and Ditching
Other: Eastern Medicine · Civil Servants · Imperial Bureaucracy
African***Coin: Placer Mines · Amalgamation · Gold Purification
Wood: Hardened Iron Axes · Selective Logging · Blackwood Trade · Ebony Exports
Other: Royal Hunters · Tribal Societies · Royal Banquet · Transhumance · Cow Loans
* introduced in The WarChiefs
** introduced in The Asian Dynasties
*** introduced in the Definitive Edition and its DLCs