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This article is about the civilizations in Age of Empires III. For the civilizations in the other games of the series, see Civilization.

The civilization flags in Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition.

The civilization flags in the original Age of Empires III and its expansions.

The playable civilizations of Age of Empires III numbers twenty-two in total. In the single-player campaign and on most maps, they are complemented by native minor civilizations that can be accessed using Trading Posts.

Much like the previous games, these civilizations have unique strengths and weaknesses, as well as unique units, buildings, and technologies.

Listed below are all civilizations and their specialities in Age of Empires III and its expansions.

Age of Empires III[]


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See also: British Home City Cards


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See also: Dutch Home City Cards


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See also: French Home City Cards


Flag GermanDE.png
See also: German Home City Cards


Flag OttomanDE.png
See also: Ottoman Home City Cards


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See also: Portuguese Home City Cards


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  • Civilization bonus: Villagers and infantry are trained in groups, cheap military units great for overwhelming other players with their large armies, has Blockhouses instead of Outposts and Barracks, which combines the functions of both.
  • Unique units: Strelet, Cossack, Oprichnik
  • Royal Guard units: Pavlov Grenadier, Tartar Cavalry Archer
  • Home City: St. Petersburg
See also: Russian Home City Cards


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See also: Spanish Home City Cards

The WarChiefs[]

All military units of The WarChiefs civilizations are unique, with the exceptions of Canoes and War Canoes.


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  • War Chief bonus: Doubles experience gained in combat by nearby units.
  • Civilization bonus: Have Warrior Priests that can heal or count as two people at the Community Plaza. Start with one Warrior Priest. Except ordinary War Hut, Nobles' Hut also acts as a Blockhouse, but with a longer range.
  • Home City: Tenochtitlan
See also: Aztec Home City Cards


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  • War Chief bonus: Boosts hit points of nearby units.
  • Civilization bonus: Have Travois, and start with one in the beginning of the game that can build most buildings for free. The Haudenosaunee also have a unique Founder Ceremony in the Community Plaza which spawns Travois.
  • War Council: Caughnawaga
See also: Haudenosaunee Home City Cards


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  • War Chief bonus: Boosts speed of nearby units.
  • Civilization bonus: Begins with 200 population and huntable animals last 10% longer. Cannot build walls until the Industrial Age. Have unique Teepees, which the player can only build up to ten (exception when a special card is sent) to provide a little health bonus to nearby friendly units.
  • War Council: Hunkpapa
See also: Lakota Home City Cards

The Asian Dynasties[]

All military units of The Asian Dynasties civilizations are unique, with the exceptions of Monitors and all Indian ships. Each Asian civilization builds Consulates to acquire alliance army shipments and bonuses, in addition to Wonders for advancing in Age.


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  • Civilization bonus: Have Villages instead of Houses which supports twice the population than the latter, and has migration cards that allow them to spawn one Villager at each Town Center and Village. Trains infantry and cavalry in groups called banner army. Only get one Monk at the start of the game, along with a Disciple.
  • Home City: Beijing
See also: Chinese Home City Cards


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  • Civilization bonus: Villagers cannot kill livestock for food, but can build unique buildings called Sacred Field which livestock can be stationed to generate XP. There are no Villager cards, but they receive free Villagers with every Home City shipments. All Villagers trained from the Town Center cost wood instead of food.
  • Home City: Delhi
See also: Indian Home City Cards


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  • Civilization bonus: Have Shrines, which replace normal Houses and generate resources. Villagers cannot hunt animals for food, but can build Shrines next to wild animals to increase the resource trickle rate. As a special advantage, most cards in the Japanese Home City may be sent twice.
  • Home City: Edo
See also: Japanese Home City Cards

Definitive Edition[]


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  • War Chief bonus: Boosts the attack and hit points of nearby native warriors.
  • Civilization bonus: Kancha Houses produce food. Receives a free Chasqui each age who can construct Tambos; powerful Trading Posts which villagers can garrison in. Military units can garrison in Kallankas and Strongholds. Priestesses can convert enemies and work at the Community Plaza.
  • Home City: Cuzco
See also: Inca Home City Cards


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See also: Swedish Home City Cards

United States[]

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See also: United States Home City Cards


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See also: Mexican Home City Cards

The African Royals[]


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See also: Ethiopian Home City Cards


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  • Civilization bonus: Ages up with alliances instead of politicians. Can build Universities, which collect Influence and raise the effectiveness of nearby buildings.
  • Unique units: Emir, Griot, Maigadi, Raider, Fulani Archer, Lifidi Knight
  • Home City: Kano
See also: Hausa Home City Cards

Knights of the Mediterranean[]


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See also: Italian Home City Cards


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See also: Maltese Home City Cards


Multiple civilizations trick[]

Before the Definitive Edition, with single civilization limitations for AI personalities, it is possible to assign the same civilization to several AIs in single-player skirmish using the following trick:

  • First choose the number of players and pick the civilization of the last AI;
  • Then decrease by one the number of players and pick the civilization of the last slot again;
  • Repeat until there are two players;
  • Then put the number of players back to what it was originally; the slots will all contain the civilization that was chosen.