"Disciple to the Chinese Monk. Good against archers, skirmishers, and artillery."

In-game description

The Disciple is a unique Chinese melee light infantry unit that is trained by the Shaolin Master or "converted" from an enemy unit killed by the Master.

Apart from that, Chinese players start with a single Disciple and the Shaolin Master, instead of the two Brahmins or Ikko-Ikki of other Asian civilizations.

Overview Edit

Disciples are unusually quick-footed for foot soldiers and are essentially a weaker version of their master. Any enemy soldier that is killed by the Shaolin Master has a small chance of being converted to a Disciple. Disciples take up no population but has 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. 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.

Abilities Edit

Ability Effect
Critical strike
Critical Strike
Gives the Disciple a 10% chance to do double damage when attacking

Upgrades Edit

Disciples are automatically upgraded in every Age like pet animals that can be sent through shipments or trained by War Chiefs, Brahmins and Spanish Explorers, but they only receive 50% hit points and attack at the Imperial Age rather than the pets' 60%.

  • Ages colonial +20% hit points and attack
  • Ages fortress +30% hit points and attack
  • Ages industrial +40% hit points and attack
  • Ages imperial +50% hit points and attack

Home City Cards Edit

As the Disciple is exclusive to the Chinese, only other civilizations' TEAM cards that affects them are listed here.

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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