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This article is about the unit in Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties. For the unit in Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition - Dynasties of India, see Chakram Thrower.

Sikhs that throw hoops, causing splash damage. Good against infantry and buildings.
—In-game description

The Chakram is a ranged heavy infantry native warrior in Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties that can be trained at a Trading Post built on an Udasi Temple settlement. It is similar to Grenadiers, in which it throws burning hoops that does area damage.


Chakrams are one of the most powerful native units, as they have splash damage. They act like Grenadiers and Arsonists, but possess a ranged attack instead of a siege attack, have slightly higher range ,and do bonus damage against Heavy Infantry. They are however, not as strong versus buildings, but can be decent against buildings with a ranged attack, such as Outposts, Castles, War Huts, Town Centers etc., due to the beastly 50% ranged resistance. This high resistance is also very useful while fighting against other ranged infantry units. If used properly, they can wipe out an entire army of infantry units.

Their range can be further increased by researching the Army of the Pure technology, making them even stronger in ranged combat.


Age Upgrade Cost Effect
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Disciplined natives.png Udasi Discipline Training 200 wood,
150 coin
Upgrades Chakrams to Disciplined (+25% hit points and attack)
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Honered natives.png Udasi Honor Training 400 wood,
300 coin
Upgrades Chakrams to Honored (+40% hit points and attack); requires Udasi Discipline Training
Imperial Age
Legendary natives.png Legendary Native Warriors
Exalted natives.png Exalted Natives
1,500 food,
1,500 wood
Upgrades native warriors to Legendary/Exalted (+50% hit points and attack)
The Legendary Native Warriors improvement is available in the Capitol for European civilizations and in the Town Center for Native American and Asian (as Exalted Natives) civilizations.

Further statistics[]

Unit strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Heavy infantry and ranged infantry in groups
Weak vs. Cavalry, Shock Infantry, artillery
Hit points 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 Incendiary grenades.png Incendiary Grenades (+15% siege attack and +1 AOE)
Yoga.png Yoga (+5%)
Clenched Fist.png Clenched Fist (+30% melee attack)
Range Army of the Pure.png Army of the Pure (+4)
Speed Military Drummers.png Military Drummers (+10%)
Tillys Discipline.png Tilly's Discipline (+20%, Germans only)
Inca Road-building.png Quechuan Mountaineering (+20%)
Apache Endurance.png Apache Endurance (+5%)
Sight Town Watch.png Town Watch (+2)
Army of the Pure.png Army of the Pure (+4)
Creation speed Standing Army.png Standing Army (-25%)
Other Merritocracy.png Meritocracy (-20% upgrade 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[]


The Asian Dynasties[]

Definitive Edition[]

  • Chakrams have 14 range and no longer have a Heavy Infantry tag.
  • Chakrams are now tagged as Grenade Trooper.
  • Chakrams are now affected by the Incendiary Grenades technology.

In-game dialogue[]

Main article: Indians (Age of Empires III)#In-game dialogue
  • आदेश [Ādeś] (command)
  • तैयार [Taiyār] (ready)
  • हाँ? [Hān?] (yes?)
  • मैं जा रहा हूँ [Main jā rahā hūn] (I am going)
  • मैं करूँगा [Main karunga] (I will do it)
  • हाँ [Hān] (yes)
  • युद्ध करने के लिए [Yuddh karne ke liye] (to do war – To war/To battle)
  • हमला [Hamalā] (attack!)
  • हाँ! [Hāṃ!] (yes!)


According to Sanskrit sources, the word “chakra” means circle or wheel. It is linked to the Hindu and Buddhist beliefs of chakra, which relate to centers of energy within the human body. The chakram, named for its resemblance to a wheel, is a circular metal weapon that ranges from 5 to 7 inches in diameter and is of varying thickness. In most cases, it has a sharpened outer edge, and a smooth inner edge by which it is handled. The chakram was usually thrown at its target from a range of 100 to150 feet, although it was also used as a close-combat melee weapon, spun and swung by hand. Soldiers could carry many chakram at one time, often hanging them along the length of their arms or even from a modified turban.

From the sixteenth century forward, the chakram was a weapon employed exclusively by Sikh soldiers, who threw them in large volleys like archers fire arrows. Following the Sepoy Mutiny of 1857, also known as the First Indian War of Independence, the English dismantled most Indian armories, and many antique weapons, including chakram, were destroyed and sold as scrap. The twentieth century brought reports of Sikh still using the weapon in battle, with as much skill and accuracy as when it was at its peak.
—In-game history section