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

Age of Mythology[]

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. Nature (wild) Dogs can be hunted like any other animal. Wild Dogs may randomly attack the player's workers or livestock.

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[]

There are five dog-type units featured in Age of Empires III: War Dogs, the Explorer's Dogs and Peruvian Dogs. The fourth, Fluffy, is only available via cheats. The fifth, Mad Dog, is a treasure guardian.

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[]

War Dogs are automatically upgraded in every Age.

  • Colonial age up +45% hit points and +20% attack
  • Fortress age up +55% hit points and +30% attack
  • Industrial age up +65% hit points and +40% attack
  • Imperial age up +160% hit points and +60% attack

Further statistics[]

Unit strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Treasure guardian
Weak vs. Villagers, artillery
Improvements
Hit points Maya Cotton Armor Maya Cotton Armor (+20%)
Infantry Breastplate Infantry Breastplate (+10%)
Tar kilns Tar Kilns (+5%)
Attack Zapotec Cult of the Dead Zapotec Cult of the Dead (+20%)
Carib Kasiri Beer Carib Kasiri Beer (+10%)
Master Lessons Master Lessons (+10%)
Wind horses Wind Horses (-10% Rate of Fire)
Speed Apache Endurance Apache Endurance (+5%)
Wind horses Wind Horses (+0.5)
Cost Somali oryx shields Somali Oryx Hide Shields (-10%)

Home City Cards[]

As War Dogs are unique to the Spanish, 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 War Dog
Some cards are highlighted with:
Green TEAM Shipment that is sent to each player in a team
Blue Shipment that arrives fast (5 seconds)

Indians[]

Card Description Age HC level
Shivajis tactics TEAM Shivaji's Tactics All units get +5% hit points and attack
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
25

Maltese[]

Card Description Age
Maltese Home City 2 (TEAM Knights of the Round Table) TEAM Knights of the Round Table Ships 1 Hospitaller for each Town Center owned by the player; all units get +2% hit points
Age I tech tree aoe3

Mexicans[]

Card Description Age
Mexican Home City 2 (TEAM Mariachi) TEAM Mariachi For the next 30 seconds, military buildings work 400% faster and units get +10% speed
Age I tech tree aoe3

Spanish[]

Card Description Age HC level
Conquistador (AoE3 Home City Card) Conquistador The Explorer gets +50% hit points and attack; War Dogs get +20% hit points and attack
Age I tech tree aoe3
1
Spanish Home City 1 (Hand Infantry Attack) TEAM Hand Infantry Attack Hand infantry get +15% attack
Age II tech tree aoe3
10
Spanish Home City 2 (Hand Infantry Hitpoints) Archaic Infantry Hitpoints Hand infantry and foot archers get +15% hit points; Rodeleros get +20% hit points instead
Age II tech tree aoe3
10
Spanish Home City 2 (Hand Infantry Combat) Archaic Infantry Combat Hand infantry and foot archers get +15% hit points and attack
Age III tech tree aoe3
25
Spanish Home City 3 (Inquisition) TEAM Spanish Inquisition All units get +10 Line of Sight; +1 Inquisitor
Age II tech tree aoe3
10

Changelog[]

3Icon48px Age of Empires III[]

  • War Dogs cost 75 food and get +80% hit points in the Fortress Age and +40% in the Industrial Age.

Age3DE Icon The African Royals[]

Age3DE Icon Knights of the Mediterranean[]

History[]

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's Dog is available to European civilizations other than the Spanish (who have the War Dog) and the Maltese (who have the Lamb of the Creator). Like the Explorer, it 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[]

The Explorer's Dog is automatically upgraded in every Age up.

  • Colonial age up +45% hit points and +20% attack
  • Fortress age up +55% hit points and +30% attack
  • Industrial age up +65% hit points and +40% attack
  • Imperial age up +110% hit points and +60% attack

Further statistics[]

Unit strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Treasure guardian
Weak vs. Villagers, artillery
Improvements
Hit points Sikh Gurus Sikh Gurus (+50%)
Maya Cotton Armor Maya Cotton Armor (+20%)
Tar kilns Tar Kilns (+5%)
Knighthood Knighthood (+1,000)
Attack Zapotec Cult of the Dead Zapotec Cult of the Dead (+20%)
Carib Kasiri Beer Carib Kasiri Beer (+10%)
Master Lessons Master Lessons (+10%)
Wind horses Wind Horses (-10% Rate of Fire)
Speed Apache Endurance Apache Endurance (+5%)
Wind horses Wind Horses (+0.5)

Home City Cards[]

Click for a list of Home City Cards related to the Explorer's Dog
Some cards are highlighted with:
Green TEAM Shipment that is sent to each player in a team
Purple Shipment that can be sent an INFINITE number of times
Blue Shipment that arrives fast (5 seconds)

British[]

Card Description Age HC level
British Home City 1 (Captain) Captain The Explorer gets +50% hit points and attack, and can use the Swashbuckler Attack ability; also ships an Explorer's Dog
Age II tech tree aoe3
1

Dutch[]

Card Description Age HC level
Dutch Home City 1 (Stadhouder) Stadhouder The Explorer gets +50% hit points and attack, and build Town Centers for 300 wood; also ships an Explorer's Dog
Age I tech tree aoe3
1

French[]

Card Description Age HC level
Voyageur Voyageur The Explorer gets +50% hit points and attack, and can use the Heal ability; also ships an Explorer's Dog
Age II tech tree aoe3
1

Germans[]

Card Description Age HC level
German Home City 1 (Buergerminster) Buergermeister The Explorer gets +50% hit points and attack, and build Town Centers and Trading Posts 100% faster; also ships an Explorer's Dog
Age I tech tree aoe3
1

Indians[]

Card Description Age HC level
Shivajis tactics TEAM Shivaji's Tactics All units get +5% hit points and attack
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
25

Italians[]

Card Description Age
Italian Home City 1 (Machiavellianism) Machiavellianism The Explorer gets +50% hit points and attack, and +25% speed, and can now picks up treasures nearly instantly; also ships an Explorer's Dog
Age I tech tree aoe3

Maltese[]

Card Description Age
Maltese Home City 2 (TEAM Knights of the Round Table) TEAM Knights of the Round Table Ships 1 Hospitaller for each Town Center owned by the player; all units get +2% hit points
Age I tech tree aoe3

Mexicans[]

Card Description Age
Mexican Home City 2 (TEAM Mariachi) TEAM Mariachi For the next 30 seconds, military buildings work 400% faster and units get +10% speed
Age I tech tree aoe3

Ottomans[]

Card Description Age HC level
Ottoman Home City 1 (Agha) Agha The Explorer gets +50% hit points and attack, and +1.0 speed; also ships an Explorer's Dog
Age I tech tree aoe3
1

Portuguese[]

Card Description Age HC level
Portuguese Home City 1 (Navigators) Navigator The Explorer gets +50% hit points and attack, and +6 radius for his Spyglass ability; also ships an Explorer's Dog
Age I tech tree aoe3
1

Russians[]

Card Description Age HC level
Russian Home City 1 (Polar Explorer) Polar Explorer The Explorer gets +50% hit points and attack, and +2.0 multiplier against treasure guardians; also ships an Explorer's Dog
Age I tech tree aoe3
1

South Africa[]

Card Description Age
South Africa Home City (Wanderlust) Wanderlust Land units get +5% hit points; Villagers and Wagons get +5% speed
Revolution

Spanish[]

Card Description Age HC level
TEAM Explorer Combat TEAM Fencing Instructor Heroes get +20% hit points and attack (except Shaolin Masters' Roundhouse Kick attack and Sohei Archers' Sabotage attack)
Age I tech tree aoe3
1
Spanish Home City 1 (Hand Infantry Attack) TEAM Hand Infantry Attack Hand infantry get +15% attack
Age II tech tree aoe3
10
Spanish Home City 3 (Inquisition) TEAM Spanish Inquisition All units get +10 Line of Sight; +1 Inquisitor
Age II tech tree aoe3
10

Swedes[]

Card Description Age
Swedish Home City 1 (Duelist) Duelist The Explorer gets +50% hit points and attack, and can use the Heavy Strike ability; also ships an Explorer's Dog
Age I tech tree aoe3
German Home City 2 (Hand Infantry Attack) Hand Infantry/Hand Cavalry Attack Hand infantry and hand cavalry get +15% attack
Age II tech tree aoe3
Spanish Home City 2 (Hand Infantry Hitpoints) Hand Infantry/Hand Cavalry Hitpoints Hand infantry and hand cavalry get +15% hit points
Age II tech tree aoe3

Peruvian Hairless Dog. A smart and agile canine that obeys commands.
—In-game description

The Peruvian Dog is unique to the Inca. It can be trained by the Inca War Chief and in the Kancha House once the Chiribaya Dogs card has been sent.

Upgrades[]

Peruvian Dogs are automatically upgraded in every Age, except in the Industrial Age.

  • 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 +60% hit points and attack

Further statistics[]

Unit strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Treasure guardian
Weak vs. Villagers, artillery
Improvements
Hit points Maya Cotton Armor Maya Cotton Armor (+20%)
Tar kilns Tar Kilns (+5%)
Attack Zapotec Cult of the Dead Zapotec Cult of the Dead (+20%)
Carib Kasiri Beer Carib Kasiri Beer (+10%)
Master Lessons Master Lessons (+10%)
Wind horses Wind Horses (-10% Rate of Fire)
Speed Apache Endurance Apache Endurance (+5%)
Wind horses Wind Horses (+0.5)
Cost Somali oryx shields Somali Oryx Hide Shields (-10%)

Home City Cards[]

As Peruvian Dogs are unique to the Incas, 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 Peruvian Dog
Some cards are highlighted with:
Green TEAM Shipment that is sent to each player in a team
Blue Shipment that arrives fast (5 seconds)

Indians[]

Card Description Age HC level
Shivajis tactics TEAM Shivaji's Tactics All units get +5% hit points and attack
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
25

Inca[]

Card Description Age
Chiribaya dogs card Chiribaya Dogs Ships 24 Peruvian Dogs; Peruvian Dogs get +30% hit points and attack, and also allows the Inca War Chief and Kancha Houses to train them
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
Team peruvian dogs card TEAM 3 Peruvian Dogs Ships 3 Peruvian Dogs
Age I tech tree aoe3
Peruvian dog icon 5 Peruvian Dogs Ships 5 Peruvian Dogs
Age I tech tree aoe3
Inca Home City 2 (Road Building) Road Building Land military units get +10% speed
Age II tech tree aoe3

Maltese[]

Card Description Age
Maltese Home City 2 (TEAM Knights of the Round Table) TEAM Knights of the Round Table Ships 1 Hospitaller for each Town Center owned by the player; all units get +2% hit points
Age I tech tree aoe3

Mexicans[]

Card Description Age
Mexican Home City 2 (TEAM Mariachi) TEAM Mariachi For the next 30 seconds, military buildings work 400% faster and units get +10% speed
Age I tech tree aoe3

Spanish[]

Card Description Age HC level
Spanish Home City 1 (Hand Infantry Attack) TEAM Hand Infantry Attack Hand infantry get +15% attack
Age II tech tree aoe3
10
Spanish Home City 3 (Inquisition) TEAM Spanish Inquisition All units get +10 Line of Sight; +1 Inquisitor
Age II tech tree aoe3
10

Trivia[]

Aom original icon Age of Mythology[]

  • 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[]

  • When the Explorer's 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's Dog unit portrait shows a German Shepherd dog, the two in-game variants resemble a Belgian Shepherd Malinois and an English Mastiff.

Gallery[]

References[]

Animals (non-myth units) in Age of Mythology
Herdable animalsCowAOM Cow · GoatAOM Goat · Pig icon Pig · YakiconAoM Yak
Timid huntablesBaboon icon Baboon · Caribou Caribou · ChickenIcon Chicken · Crane icon Crowned Crane · Deer icon Deer · DuckAoM icon Duck · Elk icon Elk · GazelleAOMicon Gazelle · Giraffe icon Giraffe · Monkey icon Monkey · Zebra icon Zebra
Aggressive huntablesAurochs icon Aurochs · Boar icon Boar · ElephantAOMicon Elephant · Hippo icon Hippopotamus · RamAoM icon Ram · Rhinoceros icon Rhinoceros · Walrus icon Walrus · WaterBuffalo Water Buffalo
Wild animalsWolf icon Arctic Wolf · Crocodile icon Crocodile · BrownBear icon Bear · Hyena icon Hyena · LionAOMicon Lion · LizardAoM icon Lizard · PandaAoM icon Panda Bear · PolarBearIcon Polar Bear · TigerAoM icon Tiger · Wolf icon Wolf
Military animalsLionAOMicon Golden Lion · Monkey icon Relic Monkey
FishAoM Fish Icon Herring · AoM Fish Icon Mahi-mahi · AoM Fish Icon Perch · AoM Fish Icon Salmon
Decorative animalsBird (AoM Hawk Icon Eagle · Harpy icon Harpy · AoM Hawk Icon Hawk · AoM Hawk Icon Parrot · AoM Vulture Icon Vulture) · Hawksbill Turtle · Orca · Shark · Whale
Scenario Editor-exclusive animalsHour of Alpacas Alfred · Wolf icon Dog · Giant Duck-Billed Platypus · GoatAOM Golden Fleece (also herdable) · Elk icon Reindeer
Cheat animalsChickenIcon Methane Chicken
Cut animalsAnchovies · Camel icon AoM Camel · Horse · Musk Ox · Nubian Goat · Shore Fish · Unicorn
Animals in Age of Empires III
Land
HerdablesCow aoe3de Cow · Goat aoe3de Goat · Llama aoe3de Llama · Cow aoe3de Sacred Cow · Sanga aoe3de Sanga Cattle · Sheep aoe3de Sheep · Water buffalo aoe3de Water Buffalo · Yak portrait aoe3de Yak · Aoe3de zebu Zebu Cattle · Sanga aoe3de Big Benny
HuntablesBighorn sheep aoe3de Bighorn Sheep · Bison aoe3de Bison · Capybara aoe3de Capybara · Caribou aoe3de Caribou · Deer aoe3de Deer · Elephant aoe3de Elephant · Elk aoe3de Elk · Gazelle portrait Gazelle · Giant salamander aoe3de Giant Salamander · Giraffe portrait Giraffe · Guanaco aoe3de Guanaco · Ibex aoe3de Ibex · Marco polo sheep aoe3de Marco Polo Sheep · Moose aoe3de Moose · Musk deer aoe3de Musk Deer · Musk ox aoe3de Musk Ox · Nilgai aoe3de Nilgai · Ostrich portrait aoe3de Ostrich · Pronghorn aoe3de Pronghorn · Rhea aoe3de Rhea · Saiga aoe3de Saiga · Serow aoe3de Serow · Tapir aoe3de Tapir · Turkey aoe3de Turkey · Zebra portrait aoe3de Zebra
Treasure guardiansAlligator aoe3de Alligator · Tibetan macaque aoe3de Baboon · Black bear aoe3de Black Bear · Black panther aoe3de Black Panther · Beast portrait Beast · Beast portrait Beast of Gévaudan · Grizzly aoe3de Brown Bear · Cougar aoe3de Cougar · Pet wolf aoe3de Coyote · Alligator aoe3de Crocodile · Elephant aoe3de Elephant · Ethiopian Wolf portrait Ethiopian Wolf · Grizzly aoe3de Grizzly Bear · Hippo portrait Hippo · Honey Badger portrait Honey Badger · Hyena portrait aoe3de Hyena · Jaguar pet aoe3de Jaguar · Jaguar pet aoe3de Leopard · Lion aoe3de Lion · Liontailed macaque aoe3de Lion-Tailed Macaque · Guardian dog portrait Mad Dog · Monitor lizard aoe3de Monitor Lizard · Orangutan portrait aoe3de Orangutan · Panda portrait aoe3de Panda · Polar bear aoe3de portrait Polar Bear · Rhino aoe3de Rhinoceros · Snow leopard aoe3de Snow Leopard · Snowmonkey aoe3de Snow Monkey · Tibetan macaque aoe3de Tibetan Macaque · Tiger icon aoe3de Tiger · Warthog portrait Warthog
Unknown-exclusiveAoe3de zebu Cash Cow · Aoe3de zebu Wood Cattle
MilitaryWar dog aoe3de Dog · Turkey scout portrait aoe3de Intrepid Turkey Scout · Sheep aoe3de Lamb of the Creator · Pet wolf aoe3de Tengri Wolf
Water
Treasure guardiansAlligator aoe3de Alligator · Hippo portrait Hippo · Greatwhiteshark aoe3de Great White Shark · Orca aoe3de Orca · White tiger aoe3de White Tiger · Warthog portrait Wild Boar · Pet wolf aoe3de Wolf
FishBass aoe3de Bass · Carp portrait aoe3de Carp · Catfish portrait aoe3de Catfish · Cod portrait aoe3de Cod · Mahi portrait aoe3de Mahi-mahi · Mola mola portrait aoe3de Mola Mola · Salmon aoe3de Salmon · Sardine portrait aoe3de Sardines · Squid portrait aoe3de Squid · Tarpon portrait aoe3de Tarpon · Tuna aoe3de Tuna
WhalesBeluga whale portrait aoe3de Beluga Whale · Whale humpback portrait aoe3de Humpback Whale · Minke whale portrait aoe3de Minke Whale
Air
Bird · Bird unit icon AoE3DE Bird (unit)
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