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Transforms into a Church for colony improvements and unique improvements.
—In-game description

The Church Wagon (Meeting House Wagon for the United States, Mosque Wagon for the Hausa, Cathedral Wagon for the Mexicans, Basilica Wagon for the Italians) is a wagon in Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties that can be obtained with shipments or Age-ups. It builds a Church for free (builds a Meeting House when used by the United States, Mosque with the Hausa, Cathedral with the Mexicans, and Basilica with the Italians).

Civilization differences[]

Home City Cards[]

Click for a list of Home City Cards related to the Church Wagon
Green: TEAM Shipment that is sent to each player in a team


Card Description Age HC level
Shivajis tactics TEAM Shivaji's Tactics All units get +5% hit points and attack
Age IV tech tree aoe 3


Card Description Age
Italian Home City 3 (Uffizi) Uffizi Ships 1 Basilica Wagon and Lombards now trickle 0.5 XP for each invested resource; different resources do not stack the trickle
Age II tech tree aoe3


Card Description Age HC level
Land reforms Land Reforms Villagers and wagons/rickshaws build buildings 50% faster and buildings' build bounty doubled
Age II tech tree aoe3


Card Description Age
Maltese Home City 3 (Carmelite Churches) Carmelite Churches Ships 2 Church Wagons and increases Church build limit by 2
Age I tech tree aoe3


Card Description Age
Mexico card Cathedral Construction Cathedral Construction Cathedral work rate +200% and available from the Exploration Age; Ships 1 Cathedral Wagon
Age I tech tree aoe3


Card Description Age HC level
Spanish Home City 3 (Inquisition) TEAM Inquisition All units get +10 LOS
Age I tech tree aoe3


3ADIcon48px The Asian Dynasties[]

  • Church Wagons can only be obtained by the Japanese.

Age3DE Icon Definitive Edition[]

  • Other civilizations also can access Church Wagons.


  • In The Asian Dynasties, the Church Wagon always speaks Dutch, even though it can only be obtained by the Japanese. This is also the case with the Arsenal Wagon and Bank Wagon.
  • In The Asian Dynasties, due to a bug, the Church that is built by this wagon always uses the British Church variant in the Colonial/Fortress Age instead of using the Dutch variants, and cannot train Spies. This was corrected in the Definitive Edition, where the Church built by this wagon uses the Dutch variants through the Ages and can train Spies.
  • Since religious buildings (the Church, Meeting House, and Mosque) are actually the same unit with the same ID, though different names and distinct appearances, their namesake builder units are also the same as each other.
  • Although the Alliance description says "Arsenal Builder, Church Builder, Mosque Builder, Indian Market Builder", the player receives Wagons and Rickshaws instead of Builders.


Civilian units in Age of Empires III
AllFishing ship aoe3de Fishing Boat · Settler aoe3de Settler · Covered wagon aoe3de Covered Wagon/Town Travois/Town Rickshaw/Town Center Builder · Outpost wagon aoe3de Trading Post Wagon, Lakota trading post aoe3de Trading Post Travois, and Chinese town center rickshaw aoe3de Trading Post Rickshaw · Outpost wagon aoe3de Dock Rickshaw/Dock Wagon/Dock Travois · Native embassy DE icon Native Embassy Travois/Native Embassy Builder/Royal Embassy Wagon
EuropeansPriest aoe3de Priest · Factory wagon aoe3de Factory Wagon · Fort wagon aoe3de Fort Wagon · Factory wagon aoe3de Homestead Wagon · Outpost wagon aoe3de Military Wagon · Factory wagon aoe3de Prospector Wagon (Factory wagon aoe3de Silver · Factory wagon aoe3de Gold)
Europeans and USSurgeon aoe3de Surgeon · Outpost wagon aoe3de Outpost Wagon · Spc wagon aoe3de Estate Wagon · Spc wagon aoe3de Mill Wagon
Native AmericansVillager aztec aoe3de Villager · Haudenosaunee healer aoe3de Healer · Team native aoe3de Native Scout* · Aztec travois aoe3de Farm Travois · Aztec travois aoe3de War Hut Travois
AsiansChinese castle wagon aoe3de Castle Rickshaw · Chinese town center rickshaw aoe3de Market Rickshaw · Chinese town center rickshaw aoe3de Monastery Rickshaw
AfricansEthiopian fishing canoe portrait aoe3de Fishing Canoe · Camp portrait Camp Builder · Hausa builder portrait Kingdom Builder · Hausa builder portrait Livestock Market Builder · Palace portrait aoe3de Palace Builder · Hausa builder portrait Trade Builder · Watch tower aoe3de portrait Watch Tower Builder
Unique units
Flag DutchDE DutchVillager dutch merchant portrait Merchant · Envoy aoe3de Envoy · Bank wagon aoe3de Bank Wagon
Flag FrenchDE FrenchCoureur aoe3de Coureur des Bois
Flag GermanDE GermansSettler wagon aoe3de Settler Wagon
Flag OttomanDE OttomansVillager ottoman yoruk portrait Yörük · Imam de Imam
Flag SpanishDE SpanishMissonary de Missionary
Flag AztecDE AztecsWarrior priest de Warrior Priest · Aztec travois aoe3de Nobles' Hut Travois
Flag IroquoisDE HaudenosauneeTravois portrait aoe3de Travois (Haudenosaunee)
Flag ChineseDE ChineseOutpost Wagon Blockhouse Wagon · Chinese town center rickshaw aoe3de Consulate Rickshaw · Chinese town center rickshaw aoe3de Village Rickshaw · Mongol scout aoe3de Mongol Scout
Flag IndianDE IndiansIndian peasant aoe3de Hindu Villager · Indian castle grove aoe3de Grove Rickshaw · Indian town center rickshaw aoe3de Sacred Field Rickshaw
Flag JapaneseDE JapaneseFactory wagon aoe3de Livestock Pen Wagon · Chinese town center rickshaw aoe3de Dojo Rickshaw · Japanese Town Center Rickshaw Military Rickshaw · Japanese grove aoe3de Orchard Rickshaw · Japanese grove aoe3de Rice Paddy Rickshaw · Chinese town center rickshaw aoe3de Shrine Wagon
Flag IncanDE IncaPriestess-icon-aoe3 Priestess · Travois inca AoE3de Builder Travois · Lakota trading post aoe3de Kallanka Travois · Lakota trading post aoe3de Stronghold Travois · Lakota trading post aoe3de Tambo Travois
Flag SwedishDE SwedesSpc wagon aoe3de Torp Wagon
Flag American act3 aoe3de United StatesFactory wagon aoe3de Coal Prospector Wagon · Outpost wagon aoe3de Infrastructure Wagon · Bank wagon aoe3de Meeting House Wagon · Bank wagon aoe3de State Capitol Wagon
Flag MexicanDE MexicansBank wagon aoe3de Cathedral Wagon · Factory wagon aoe3de Hacienda Wagon
Revolution RevolutionFactory wagon aoe3de Diamond Prospector Wagon · Sansculotte portrait Sansculotte
Flag Ethiopian aoe3de EthiopiansAbun portrait aoe3de Abun · Rickshaw1 icon portrait Indian Market Rickshaw · Mountain monastery portrait aoe3de Mountain Monastery Builder
Flag Hausa HausaGriot aoe3de portrait Griot · Bank wagon aoe3de Mosque Wagon · Hausa builder portrait Hausa Builder · University portrait University Builder
Flag ItalianDE ItaliansItalians architect portrait Architect · Bank wagon aoe3de Basilica Wagon · Bank wagon aoe3de Lombard Wagon · Bank wagon aoe3de Tavern Wagon
Flag MalteseDE MalteseOutpost wagon aoe3de Commandery Wagon · Spc wagon aoe3de Depot Wagon · Fort wagon aoe3de Fixed Gun Wagon
Berber nomad portrait Berber Nomad · Berber salt camel portrait Berber Salt Camel · Trading post african aoe3de Red Sea Wagon · Balloon portrait Hot Air Balloon · Cree coreur portrait updated Cree Coureur des Bois · Factory wagon aoe3de Arsenal Wagon · Bank wagon aoe3de Church Wagon · Outpost wagon aoe3de Frontier Post Wagon · Pilgrims icon definitive Pilgrim · Bank wagon aoe3de Athos Monastery Wagon · Outpost wagon aoe3de Battery Tower Wagon · Lakota trading post aoe3de American Citadel Travois