The Colonial Militia is a unit introduced in Age of Empires III: The WarChiefs. There are three known versions in the game: the Revolution version, the Campaign version, and the Villager version.
“Solid general-purpose infantry. Good against cavalry.”—In-game description
In Random Map games, the Colonial Militia is only available to a revolting European civilization, where all Settlers (and their derivatives) will turn into Colonial Militia and they can be trained in place of Settlers at the Town Center; the British can also train them in place of Settlers at Manors once the Estates Home City Card is sent.
Colonial Militia functions in a similar manner to Minutemen, both appear similar, have similar attack, and can be trained from the Town Center, but the Colonial Militia are much stronger in attack overall and do not lose hit points over time like Minutemen, but are fairly weak in comparison to other infantry units, making them basically hybrid musketeer/skirmishers. However, the Musketeers and Skirmishers both outperform the Colonial Militia in their separate roles.
Choosing Toussaint L'Ouverture as the revolutionary leader will increase the Colonial Militia's hit points by 10%.
Further statistics Edit
As the Colonial Militia can only be trained by revolutionary civilizations, only improvements available to their respective base European civilizations (including native improvements) are listed here.
|Unit strengths and weaknesses|
|Strong vs.||Cavalry, light infantry|
|Weak vs.||Skirmishers, archers, artillery|
|Hit points|| Flint Lock (+10%)|
Thin Red Line (+20%, British only)
Corselet (+25%, Spanish only)
Cree Tanning (+5%)
Navajo Weaving (+5%)
|Attack|| Counter Infantry Rifling (+1.0x multiplier vs. heavy infantry)|
Paper Cartridge (+15%)
Smokeless Powder (+30% siege attack)
Clenched Fist (+30% melee attack)
|Speed|| Military Drummers (+10%)|
Tilly's Discipline (+20%, Germans only)
Incan Road-building (+20%)
Apache Endurance (+5%)
|Sight||Town Watch (+2)|
|Creation speed|| Standing Army (-25%)|
Incan Chasquis Messengers (-25%)
|Penalties|| Coffee Trade (-10% speed, Dutch only)|
Tilly's Discipline (+10% cost, Germans only)
Corselet (-15% speed, Spanish only)
Home City Cards Edit
As the Colonial Militia is exclusive to revolutionary civilizations, only other civilizations' TEAM cards that affects them are listed here.
Note that for the revolting player themselves, the non-TEAM cards will only apply if they are sent before revolting.
|Click for a list of Home City Cards related to the Colonial Militia|
“The term militia refers to a citizen's military force, and not under the direct control or authority of a central government. Each of the original thirteen British colonies in North America had their own militias. They were composed of volunteers from a variety of backgrounds. During the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, it was considered one's civic duty to serve in the local militia to protect the colony from outside attacks.
During the early days of the U.S. Revolutionary War, local militias played a key role in the initial skirmishes with British regulars. The battles of Lexington and Bunker Hill were carried out by local militias. To bolster the fledgling country's military capabilities, the Continental Congress established a formal American Continental Army on 14 June 1775, which officially created six companies of expert riflemen, from Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia.”
“Light infantry with low hitpoints, but a long-ranged attack. Good against infantry.”—In-game description
In the Act I: Fire campaign, the Colonial Militia can be trained in Nathaniel Black's War Huts and acts as the basic soldier for the Continental Army during the American Revolution. Their stats and price are slightly changed than their Revolution variant, making them resemble more of a regular Skirmisher. However, they can be upgraded to Veteran and Guard levels.
|Veteran Militia||200 wood,|
|Upgrades Colonial Militia to Veteran (+20% hit points and attack)|
|Guard Militia||600 wood,|
|Upgrades Colonial Militia to Guard (+30% hit points and attack); requires Veteran Militia|
“A soldier who can gather Wood, but not other resources. He looks cold.”—In-game description
These Colonial Militia appears in the Valley Forge scenario of the Act I: Fire campaign, which acts as a villager that can only gather wood and are essential in gathering wood at the start to send Food Wagons.
The villager Colonial Militia appears exactly the same with the infantry version, only that the idle villager button will show up when the former are idle.