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Armored cannoneer mercenary from Portugal who fires a heavy musket inflicting siege damage.
—In-game description

The Cannoneer is a mercenary ranged infantry unit in Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition - The African Royals. It is similar to the Ottoman Abus Gun but takes only one population space.


The African Royals[]

  • Originally, Cannoneers had 30 ranged damage. With update 43871, Cannoneers have 28 ranged damage.

In-game dialogue[]

The Cannoneer speaks Portuguese using the Portuguese Halberdier's dialogue files.


  • The Cannoneer was based on the Napoleonic Era mod Hand Cannoneer unit that, in turn, was based on the unit of the same name in Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings. One of the developers of the mod worked on The African Royals.
  • It is the first mercenary unit that can be hired from Taverns and similar buildings in the Commerce Age, with the Irish Brigadier being the second one.
  • The Cannoneer and the Irish Brigadier are the only two mercenary units to take one population space.


It was not at all uncommon for European adventurers and soldiers of fortune to pledge themselves to foreign rulers in exchange for vast sums of money. Cannoneers represent the vast number of European mercenaries who used advanced weaponry such as early muskets to carve out a niche in foreign lands, such as the Kongolese Kingdom, where military technology was not yet quite as advanced.