Age of Empires Series Wiki

Elite musketeer of the Circle of Ossus.
—In-game description

The Boneguard Musketeer is an infantry unit that serves the Circle of Ossus in Age of Empires III. It is first seen in Act I: Blood. Boneguard Musketeers are not trainable in skirmish and campaign modes, but they are available in the Scenario Editor. Rarely, it becomes trainable from Barracks and Forts in Unknown maps.


Compared to other infantry in the game, Boneguard Musketeers have massive hit points. They appear in two campaign acts in the original Age of Empires III (Ice and Steel) as elite enemies that serve the antagonists, such as Warwick.

It is one of the toughest infantry units in Age of Empires III. It is advised to deal with them with artillery, as most of them could kill this kind of unit in a few shots.


3Icon48px Age of Empires III[]

  • Boneguard Musketeers give 20 XP when trained or killed.

Age3DE Icon Knights of the Mediterranean[]

In-game dialogue[]

The Boneguard Musketeer speaks modern Standard German using the German Heavy Cannon's dialogue files.


The Boneguard are modeled loosely after the Poor Knights of Christ and the Temple of Solomon, better known as the Knights Templar. The Knights Templar were a very influential order formed in the twelfth century to protect Christian pilgrims to the Holy Land. Some saw the Knights Templar as corrupt because over time they became deeply involved in finance and politics. They became much more secularly oriented than other knightly orders, and rulers coveted their power. Some eventually confessed to heresies under torture and the order was crushed by political fallout in the wake of these, later pardoned, admissions.

There is wild speculation that the Knights Templar led expeditions to North America predating Columbus' voyage by up to 100 years. This is unproven, but the mythos of Columbus is sprinkled with Templar lore; Columbus' naviagtors were rumored to have charts of earlier voyages and their sails bore the red cross of the defunct order.


Scenario Editor units in Age of Empires III
3Icon48px Age of Empires IIIAztec jaguar warrior aoe3de Aztec Chief · Boneguard (Boneguard musketeer portrait aoe3de Musketeer · Boneguard swordsman portrait aoe3de Swordsman· Cherokee rifle aoe3de Cherokee Archer · Comanche aoe3de Cherokee Horse Archer · Fishing ship aoe3de Dinghy · SPC Fire ship aoe3de Fire Ship · AoE 3 Flag Bearer Flag Bearer · Aoe 3 DE Lakotachief Great Plains Chief · Greta icon AoE3DE Greta · Hoop thrower aoe3de Hoop Thrower · Galleon aoe3de Lizzie's Flagship · Miner AoE3DE Miner · Galleon aoe3de Morgan's Flagship · Cherokee rifle aoe3de Native American Chief · Native boy aoe3de Native Boy · Miner AoE3DE Railroad Worker · Galleon aoe3de Treasure Ship · White buffalo portrait aoe3de White Buffalo · Jaguar white portrait AoE3DE White Jaguar · White wolf portrait aoe3de White Wolf
3WCIcon48px The WarChiefsSpc wagon aoe3de Black Powder Wagon · Flat-bottomed boat aoe3de Flat-bottomed Boat
3ADIcon48px The Asian DynastiesBird unit icon AoE3DE Bird
Age3DE Icon Definitive EditionBedouin horse archer aoe3de Bedouin Horse Archer · Berber archer aoe3de Berber Archer · Berber spearman aoe3de Berber Spearman · Berber arquebusier aoe3de Berber Arquebusier · Javelin rider aoe3de Javelin Rider · Knife thrower aoe3de Knife Thrower · Shotel warrior aoe3de Shotel Warrior · Somali arquebusier aoe3de Somali Arquebusier · Spearman aoe3de Spearman · Tribal horseman aoe3de Tribal Horseman
Age3DE Icon The African RoyalsWarrior de Akan Archer · Aoe3de zebu Cash Cow · Aoe3de zebu Wood Cattle