The Dog is a unit found in Age of Mythology: Tale of the Dragon and Age of Empires III.

Age of Mythology[edit | edit source]

The Dog is a unit in Age of Mythology: Tale of the Dragon that is only available in the Scenario Editor. It was planned to be a trainable Classical Age unit for the Chinese at one stage, before being removed.[1]

The Dog functions essentially as a version of the Wolves that Set can convert with Priests.

The Dog was meant to be in the original version of Age of Mythology according to the "dog_anim.txt" located in the Anim.bar file.

Age of Empires III[edit | edit source]

There are three dog-type units featured in Age of Empires III: War Dogs and the Explorer Dog. The third, Fluffy, is only available via cheats.

War Dog. A fierce canine that obeys commands.
—In-game description

The War Dog is unique to the Spanish and can be trained by the Explorer. The Spanish start a random map game with one War Dog alongside their Explorer, and can train up to four more.

War Dogs can also be rescued at some treasure sites.

Upgrades[edit | edit source]

War Dogs are automatically upgraded in every Age.

Colonial age up.png +45% hit points and +20% attack
Fortress age up.png +80% hit points and +30% attack
Industrial age up.png +40% hit points and attack
Imperial age up.png +110% hit points and +60% attack

Home City Cards[edit | edit source]

As War Dogs are unique to the Spanish, only their cards and other civilizations' TEAM cards are shown in the following tables:

History[edit | edit source]

The Spanish Conquistadors brought dogs with them to the New World. These were big, fierce dogs, probably a mix of mastiff and greyhound. They were good at tracking, hunting, and killing prey (often human). Becerrillo, which means "little bull calf," was owned by Spanish Conquistador Ponce de Leon. Becerrillo sired the more famous Leoncico, "little lion," who stowed away in a wooden cask with his owner, the Explorer Vasco Nunez de Balboa.
—In-game history

Explorer Dog. Your Explorer's loyal companion.
—In-game description

The Explorer Dog is available to European civilizations other than the Spanish and, like the Explorer, cannot die when its hit points reach 0. Instead, it collapses and must be rescued when an allied unit or building is near and it has enough hit points, or ransomed.

Upgrades[edit | edit source]

The Explorer Dog is automatically upgraded in every Age up.

Colonial age up.png +45% hit points and +20% attack
Fortress age up.png +55% hit points and +30% attack
Industrial age up.png +65% hit points and +40% attack
Imperial age up.png +100% hit points and +60% attack

Home City Cards[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

Age of Mythology[edit | edit source]

  • The Dog was originally cut from the original Age of Mythology, however it was meant to return as a trainable unit for the Chinese, likely as a scout, before becoming just a Scenario Editor unit, similar to the Cataphract.

Age of Empires III[edit | edit source]

  • When the Explorer Dog collapses, a text box appears near it that quotes Hamlet's final line from the Shakespearean play Hamlet: "Horatio, I am dead; Thou livest; report me and my cause aright To the unsatisfied."
  • Although the War Dog/Explorer Dog unit portrait shows a German Shepherd dog, the two in-game variants resemble an Belgian Shepherd Malinois and a English Mastiff.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

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