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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 Edit

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.

Interesting enough, 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

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 Edit

"War Dog. A fierce canine that obeys commands."

In-game description

The War Dogs is unique to the Spanish and can be trained by the Explorer. The Spanish receive one War Dog at the start of each random map game and can train up to four more.

War Dogs can also be rescued at some treasure sites by other civilizations.

Upgrades Edit

War Dogs are automatically upgraded in every Age past Discovery Age.

  • Ages colonial +45% hit points and +20% attack
  • Ages fortress +80% hit points and +30% attack
  • Ages industrial +40% hit points and attack
  • Ages imperial +110% hit points and +60% attack

History Edit

"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 Edit

"Explorer Dog. Your Explorer's loyal companion."

In-game description

Unlike the War Dog, the Explorer Dog is available to all other European civilizations 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.

Explorer Dogs can be obtained as pets by non-European civilizations from Treasures, which includes a pair of them.

Upgrades Edit

The Explorer Dog is automatically upgraded in every Age past Discovery Age.

  • Ages colonial +45% hit points and +20% attack
  • Ages fortress +55% hit points and +30% attack
  • Ages industrial +65% hit points and +40% attack
  • Ages imperial +100% hit points and +60% attack

Home City Cards Edit

As the War Dog is exclusive to the Spanish and the Explorer Dog are exclusive to other European civilizations, only Native American and Asian civilizations' TEAM cards that affect the canines are listed here.

Trivia Edit

Age of Mythology Edit

  • 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.
    • The Dog appears as a unit in the Expanded Mod as a cheap harassment unit, with early game scouting role, for all civilizations, requiring Hunting Dogs.

Age of Empires III Edit

  • 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."

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