|“||Disciple to the Chinese Monk. Good against archers, skirmishers, and artillery.||”|
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 the Commerce 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.
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 is automatically upgraded at every Age up.
- +20% hit points and attack
- +30% hit points and attack
- +40% hit points and attack
- +50% hit points and attack
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 (+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
As Disciples are unique to the Chinese, only their cards and other civilizations' TEAM cards 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
- There are unused voice files for the Disciple for Claim, Disabled and Revived. Probably the Disciple would be a Hero-type unit, as are the second Monks of other Asian civilizations.
|“||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.||”|