"Disciple to the Chinese Monk. Good against archers, skirmishers, and artillery."
In-game description

The Disciple is a melee light infantry in Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties that is unique to the Chinese and can be trained by the Shaolin Master or sometimes converted from units defeated by the Shaolin Master from Colonial Age onwards. It is essentially a weaker version of the Shaolin Master that can be acquired in large numbers. In standard random map games, the Chinese starts with a Disciple along with the Shaolin Master, instead of two Monks that Indians and Japanese do.

Overview Edit

Disciples are unusually quick-footed for foot soldiers and take up no population but have a small build limit, which can be exceeded through the conversion of enemy units killed in combat.

The Disciple has a weak melee attack and acts as hand cavalry, being good against skirmishers and artillery but are vulnerable to Heavy Infantry and Ranged Cavalry. Disciples are treated by the game in the same way as Coyote Runners, so light cavalry units have large multipliers against them.

The Disciple can be upgraded at the Monastery, increasing his hit points and attack. The White Pagoda Wonder increase Disciples' hit points, attack and build limit.

Special ability Edit

Critical strike Critical Strike (passive): Gives the Disciple a 10% chance to do double damage when attacking.

Upgrades Edit

The Disciple is automatically upgraded at every Age up.

Colonial age up +20% hit points and attack
Fortress age up +30% hit points and attack
Industrial age up +40% hit points and attack
Imperial age up +50% hit points and attack

Further statistics Edit

As Disciples are unique to the Chinese, only technologies that they have access to are shown in the following table:

Unit strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Treasure guardians, ranged infantry, artillery
Weak vs. Villagers, heroes, heavy infantry, light cavalry
Hit points The Five Precepts The Five Precepts (+20%)
Comanche Horse Breeding Comanche Horse Breeding (+10%)
Cree Tanning Cree Tanning (+5%)
Maya Cotton Armor Maya Cotton Armor (+20%)
Navajo Weaving Navajo Weaving (+5%)
Attack The Five Precepts The Five Precepts (+20%)
Carib Kasiri Beer Carib Kasiri Beer (+10%)
Mapuche Tactics Mapuche Tactics (+50% siege attack)
Zapotec Cult of the Dead Zapotec Cult of the Dead (+20%)
Yoga Yoga (+5%)
Master Lessons Master Lessons (+10%)
Speed Apache Endurance Apache Endurance (+5%)
Creation speed Inca Chaquis Messengers Incan Chasquis Messengers (-25%)
Cheyenne Horse Trading Cheyenne Horse Trading (-25%)

Home City Cards Edit

As Disciples are unique to the Chinese, only their cards and other civilizations' TEAM cards are shown in the following tables:

History Edit

"One of the most famous Buddhist monasteries is the Shaolin Monastery, located in the Henan province of China, founded in 495 CE. The edifice is associated specifically with Chan Buddhism and the martial art of Kung Fu. Monastery legend states that the Indian monk Bodhidharma visited the temple in 527 CE. During his time meditating on the mountain overlooking the monastery, Bodhidharma taught himself a form of martial arts to defend against wild animals and bandits. He stayed at the temple for nine years, and before his departure he taught his disciples the skills he had learned, creating the martial arts legend that surrounds the Shaolin monks to this day."

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