"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. 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. It is essentially a weaker version of the Shaolin Master that can be acquired in large numbers.
Disciples are unusually quick-footed for foot soldiers and 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.
|Critical Strike||Gives the Disciple a 10% chance to do double damage when attacking.|
- +20% hit points and attack
- +30% hit points and attack
- +40% hit points and attack
- +50% hit points and attack
Further statistics Edit
As the Disciple is unique to the Chinese, only improvements available to them that 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 (+20%)|
Comanche Horse Breeding (+10%)
Cree Tanning (+5%)
Maya Cotton Armor (+20%)
Navajo Weaving (+5%)
|Attack|| The Five Precepts (+20%)|
Carib Kasiri Beer (+10%)
Mapuche Tactics (+50% siege attack)
Zapotec Cult of the Dead (+20%)
Master Lessons (+10%)
|Speed||Apache Endurance (+5%)|
|Creation speed|| Incan Chasquis Messengers (-25%)|
Cheyenne Horse Trading (-25%)
Home City Cards Edit
As the Disciple is unique to the Chinese, only other civilizations' TEAM cards that affect them are shown in the following tables.
|Click for a list of Home City Cards related to the Disciple|
Green: TEAM Shipment that is sent to each player in a team
"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."