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Artillery captured and operated by Native Americans. Can also inflict splash damage to enemy land units. Good against buildings and ships.
—In-game description

The Captured Mortar is an artillery unit in Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition that can be trained by Native American civilizations at the Native Embassy once the Imperial Age is reached.


The Captured Mortar is the Native American equivalent of European Mortars with similar stats to the Howitzer, and which can be upgraded by Native upgrades — such as Legendary Native Warriors — as well as various Home City Cards.


The Captured Mortar is automatically upgraded in the Imperial Age.

Imperial age up.png Captured Howitzer (+25% hit points and attack)
Age Upgrade Cost Effect
Imperial Age
Legendary natives.png Legendary Native Warriors 1,500 food,
1,500 wood
Upgrades native warriors to Legendary (+50% hit points and attack)

Further statistics[]

Unit strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Buildings, ships
Weak vs. Infantry (especially Arrow Knights), cavalry, artillery (especially Culverins)
Hit points
Attack Heated Shot.png Heated Shot (+1.5× multiplier vs. ships)
Sight Gunners Quadrant.png Gunner's Quadrant (+6)
Speed Cherokee War Dance.png Cherokee War Dance (+20%)
Apache Endurance.png Apache Endurance (+5%)
Creation speed Inca Chaquis Messengers.png Incan Chasquis Messengers (-10%)
Train cost Mapuche Ad-mapu.png Mapuche Ad-mapu (-10% coin cost)
Other Merritocracy.png Meritocracy (-20% upgrade cost)

Home City Cards[]


  • The Captured Mortar is the only unit in Age of Empires III that will only be available upon reaching the Imperial Age.
  • The Captured Mortar crew looks like Incan Bolas Warriors.


When Europeans engaged in conflict with indigenous peoples in North and South America, the adroit usage of artillery afforded them great advantages tactically and psychologically. Over time, however, native peoples such as the Inca and Mapuche acquired artillery of their own and used it to devastating effect against their European oppressors.