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Heavy cavalry armed with a lance. Good against infantry.
—In-game description

The Elmetto (Elmeti before Knights of the Mediterranean) is a mercenary heavy cavalry in Age of Empires III: The WarChiefs. It is identical in role and performance to the Lancer.

Overview[]

The Elmetto has lower base damage than other cavalry, such as the Hackapell and the Stradiot, but it has a large attack bonus against infantry. It can kill most infantry in just one hit, and if there are many, the Elmetto can devastate an army of enemy infantry. Despite having a multiplier against heavy infantry, they must be used with caution and should not be pitched against an army of heavy infantry, because the heavy infantry are much cheaper and more expendable so will likely outnumber the Elmetto. Heavy infantry are reasonably effective against Elmetti, especially by the Industrial Age when Elmetti are available. Elmetti should not be fielded against enemy cavalry as they are inferior in direct battle.

With a 1,000 hit points and a very high attack of 120 against infantry, players should use Elmetti as they would use (Jat) Lancers. Despite their low speed, they massacre nearly everything that gets in their way, and players should produce them instead of Hussars if possible. Available by shipment in the Industrial Age, six of them can greatly influence a battle. Although they are tough, Agents/Assassins/Spies/Ninjas or any type of cavalry will kill them with relative ease.

The Elmetto is more powerful and slower than other typical lancer units. Compared to the Tokala Soldier, it is much slower and has less attack but is more powerful versus infantry and is more durable. Compared to the mass-produced Spanish Lancer, the Elmetto surpasses them in all aspects except for speed. Compared to the Jat Lancer, it is much better, considering their similar price. The Elmetto has higher stats in every category than the Jat Lancer except for 10% less resistance and 1.0 less speed.

They can be trained by the Dutch at the Tavern when choosing the The Mercenary Contractor politician to advance to the Fortress Age.

Further statistics[]

Unit strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Infantry, artillery
Weak vs. Heavy infantry, light ranged cavalry, ranged shock infantry
Improvements
Hit points Cavalry Cuirass Cavalry Cuirass (+10%)
Comanche Horse Breeding Comanche Horse Breeding (+10%)
Cree Tanning Cree Tanning (+5%)
Gadaa System Gadaa System (+5%; Ethiopians only)
Navajo Weaving Navajo Weaving (+5%)
Tar kilns Tar Kilns (+5%)
Attack Gadaa System Gadaa System (+5%; Ethiopians only)
Yoga Yoga (+5%)
Pillage Pillage (+25% siege attack multiplier vs. buildings)
Wind horses Wind Horses (-10% Rate of Fire)
Resistance Kapikulu Corps Kapikulu Corps (+10% hand resistance; Ottomans only)
Sudanese quilted armor Sudanese Quilted Armor (+10% hand resistance)
Pancerni Pancerni (+10% ranged resistance)
Line of Sight Town Watch Town Watch (+3)
Speed Apache Endurance Apache Endurance (+5%)
Comanche Mustangs Comanche Mustangs (+5%)
Wind horses Wind Horses (+0.5)
Train time Cheyenne Horse Trading Cheyenne Horse Trading (-40%)
Mass Cavalry Mass Cavalry (-35%)
Terror Charge Terror Charge (-20%; Indians only)
Blue Nile Ties Blue Nile Ties (-15%; Ethiopians only)
Quechuan Diet Quechuan Diet (-15%)
Immigrants Immigrants (-10%)
New Mexico Immigration New Mexico Immigration (-10%; United States only)
Philhellenism Philhellenism (-10%)
Shaman drums Shaman Drums (-10%)
Strangers' Quarters Strangers' Quarters (-10%; Africans only)
Cost Blue Nile Ties Blue Nile Ties (-15%; Ethiopians only)
Philhellenism Philhellenism (-10%)
Mapuche Ad-mapu Mapuche Ad-mapu (-10% coin cost)
Golden liberty Golden Liberty (-5% coin cost)
Yemeni Relations Yemeni Relations (exchanges cost for 50% coin, 50% influence; Ethiopians only)
Other Multinationalism Multinationalism (ships 8 random European mercenaries)
Wallensteins Contracts Wallenstein's Contracts (mercenary shipments cost no coin; Germans only)

Home City Cards[]

Click for a list of Home City Cards related to the Elmetto
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
Red Shipment that can be sent twice
Blue Shipment that arrives fast (5 seconds)

All[]

Card Description Age HC level
British Home City 2 (Cavalry Damage) Cavalry Damage Cavalry get +15% attack
Age II tech tree aoe3
10
British Home City 2 (Cavalry Hitpoints) Cavalry Hitpoints Cavalry get +15% hit points
Age II tech tree aoe3
10
British Home City 2 (Cavalry Combat) Cavalry Combat Cavalry get +15% hit points and attack
Age III tech tree aoe3
10
Spanish Home City 2 (Caballeros) Caballeros Lancers get +1 melee range attack and +1.0 multiplier against infantry
Age III tech tree aoe3
10
Mexican Home City 3 (Liberation March) Liberation March Infantry, cavalry, and shock infantry get +5% speed and -35% train time
Age III tech tree aoe3
N/A
Spanish Home City 3 (Riding School) Riding School Cavalry train time -40% (also +2 Uhlans for the Germans; +1 Villager for the Indians)
Age II tech tree aoe3
10
Baja California Home City (Outlaw Combat) Outlaw Combat Outlaws and mercenaries get +15% hit points and attack (also upgrades Filibusters to Veteran for Baja California; costs 750 coin for Baja California, Hungary, and Revolutionary Mexicans)
Revolution
N/A
  • "Cavalry Damage" is available to the British, Haudenosaunee, and Lakota.
  • "Cavalry Hitpoints" is available to the British and Haudenosaunee.
  • "Cavalry Combat" is available to the British, Dutch, French, Italians, Lakota, Mexicans, Ottomans, Russians, and Spanish.
  • "Caballeros" and "Liberation March" are available to Mexicans and Spanish.
  • "Riding School" is available to Europeans (except the Maltese and Spanish) and Indians.
  • "Outlaw Combat" is available to the Mexicans upon revolting to Baja California and Europeans upon revolting to the Barbary States, Hungary, and Mexico.

Africans[]

Card Description Age
Trainspeed africa Feudal Armies All units' train time -15%; Heroes respawn time -15%
Age III tech tree aoe3
Loyal warriors Loyal Warriors Native warriors, mercenaries, and outlaws cost -15% (also affects shipments)
Age III tech tree aoe3

Chinese[]

Card Description Age HC level
Western reforms Western Reforms All units get +8% hit points and attack
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
40
Acupuncture aoe3 Acupuncture All units' train time -20%
Age III tech tree aoe3
10

Dutch[]

Card Description Age
Dutch Home City 5 (Dutch States Army) Dutch States Army Mercenary train time -15% and shipments arrive time -20%, and get +7% speed (except Napoleon Guns and Li'l Bombards); enables training of Highlanders at Barracks, Royal Horsemen at Stables, and both at Tavern; Pikeman, Halberdier, Skirmisher, Hussar, and Ruyter cost +10%
Age III tech tree aoe3

Ethiopians[]

Card Description Age
Ignatian spirituality Ignatian Spirituality All units get +5% hit points and regeneration capability even while in combat
Age IV tech tree aoe 3

Europeans[]

Card Description Age HC level
Spanish Home City 5 (Mediterranean Mercenary Army) Hire Mediterranean Mercenary Army Ships 4 Zouaves, 3 Elmetti, and 1 Li'l Bombard; costs 2,000 coin
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
25
Spanish Home City 5 (Hire Elmeti) Hire Italian Elmetti Ships 6 Elmetti; costs 1,000 coin
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
10
Blandengues Blandengues Hand cavalry cost -20%
Revolution
N/A
Loyal warriors Loyal Warriors Native warriors, mercenaries, and outlaws cost -15%; "TEAM 4 Zenata Rider", "Recruit Xebec", "Recruit Xebecs", and "15 Berber Allies" cost no coin
Revolution
N/A
South Africa Home City (Wanderlust) Wanderlust Land units get +5% hit points; land villagers and wagons get +5% speed
Revolution
N/A
  • "Hire Mediterranean Mercenary Army" is available to the British, French, Italians, Maltese, Ottomans, Portuguese, and Spanish.
  • "Hire Italian Elmetti" is available to the Germans (with 1 extra Elmetto), Portuguese, and Spanish.
  • "Blandengues" is available to the Germans, Italians, and Spanish upon revolting to Argentina.
  • "Loyal Warriors" is available to the Italians, Maltese, Ottomans, and Portuguese upon revolting to the Barbary States.
  • "Wanderlust" is available to the British and Dutch upon revolting to South Africa, and can be sent 3 times.

French[]

Card Description Age HC level
French Home City 2 (Hand Cavalry Attack) TEAM Hand Cavalry Attack Hand cavalry and hand shock infantry get +15% attack
Age II tech tree aoe3
10

Germans[]

Card Description Age HC level
German Home City 2 (Cavalry Attack) TEAM Cavalry Attack Heavy cavalry, light ranged cavalry, and shock infantry get +10% attack; Germans-only heavy cavalry, light cavalry, and shock infantry get +15% attack instead
Age III tech tree aoe3
10
German Home City 3 (Spanish Riding School) Spanish Riding School Cavalry get +10% speed; +4 Uhlans
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
25
German Home City 5 (Improved Mercenaries) Improved Mercenaries Mercenaries get +15% hit points and attack; +3 Uhlans
Age III tech tree aoe3
10
  • "TEAM Cavalry Attack" does not stack with the Italian "TEAM Cavalry Attack" card.

Hausa[]

Card Description Age
Hausa Home City Cards 5 (Sahelian Kingdoms) Sahelian Kingdoms Native warriors get +15% hit points and attack; mercenaries and outlaws get +10% hit points and attack
Age IV tech tree aoe 3

Inca[]

Card Description Age
Inca Home City 2 (Road Building) Road Building Land military units get +10% speed
Age II tech tree aoe3

Indians[]

Card Description Age HC level
Dravidian martial arts Dravidian Martial Arts All units get +15% hand attack; Rajputs get +20% hand attack instead; +1 Hindu Villager
Age II tech tree aoe3
40
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
German Home City 2 (Cavalry Attack) TEAM Cavalry Attack Heavy cavalry, light ranged cavalry, and shock infantry get +10% attack; Italians-only heavy cavalry, light cavalry, and shock infantry get +15% attack instead
Age III tech tree aoe3
Italian Home City 2 (Schiavoni Swords) Schiavoni Swords Infantry and cavalry get +15% hand attack
Age II tech tree aoe3
  • "TEAM Cavalry Attack" does not stack with the German "TEAM Cavalry Attack" card.

Japanese[]

Card Description Age HC level
Bakufu Bakufu Daimyo and Shogun Tokugawa get +10% speed, +20 Line of Sight and train units 15% faster; land military unit train time -20%; Banner army train time -10%
Age III tech tree aoe3
10

Lakota[]

Card Description Age HC level
Sioux Home City 2 (Mustangs) Mustangs Cavalry and shock infantry cost -10%
Age III tech tree aoe3
10

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
Maltese Home City 3 (Squires) Squires Military buildings train and research work 80% faster, except Forts which train and research work 260% faster
Age III tech tree aoe3

Mexicans[]

Card Description Age
Mexico card Plan of Casa Mata Plan of Casa Mata [Plan] Turns all Dragoons into Chinacos; hand cavalry get +5% speed; costs 250 food, 250 wood
Age III tech tree aoe3
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
Federal card colegio de san nicolas Colegio de San Nicolás Ships 500 XP; units get +4 and buildings (except Walls) get +8 Line of Sight; sees what enemies can see for 20 seconds
Age II tech tree aoe3
Federal card national servant National Servant All units get +10% hit points; Padre healing 200% faster
Imperial Age

Russians[]

Card Description Age HC level
Russian Home City 2 (Cavalry Scout) TEAM Kamchatka Expeditions Cavalry and shock infantry get +10% hit points and +4 Line of Sight
Age I tech tree aoe3
1

Spanish[]

Card Description Age HC level
Spanish Home City 2 (Hand Cavalry Attack) Hand Cavalry Attack Hand cavalry get +15% attack
Age II tech tree aoe3
10
Spanish Home City 2 (Hand Cavalry Hitpoints) Hand Cavalry Hitpoints Hand cavalry get +15% hit points
Age II tech tree aoe3
10
Spanish Home City 3 (Inquisition) TEAM Spanish Inquisition Ships 1 Inquisitor; all units get +10 Line of Sight
Age II tech tree aoe3
10

Swedes[]

Card Description Age
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
Swedish Home City 5 (German Mercenary Contracts) German Mercenary Contracts Mercenaries get +20% hit points and attack; Jaegers and Landsknechts can be trained at Barracks and Galleons; Black Riders can be trained at Stables and Galleons
Age IV tech tree aoe 3

United States[]

Card Description Age
US Home City 5 (Poker) Poker Ships 13 random mercenaries; up to 3 random mercenaries available at Saloon; costs 3,500 coin
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
Federal card indiana mobilization Indiana Mobilization Ships 1 Carbine Cavalry for each shipment sent so far this game including this one; unit train time (except Heavy Cannons), technology research time, and age-up time -10%; costs 250 food, 250 wood
Age III tech tree aoe3
Federal card hamilton's own Hamilton's Own Ships 4 Napoleon Guns and 2 Li'l Bombards; mercenaries get +25% hit points and attack; costs 2,500 coin
Imperial Age
Federal card seminole ponies Seminole Ponies Ships 9 Hussars; hand cavalry get +15% hit points and attack, and +5% speed; cavalry train time -10%
Imperial Age
  • "Indiana Mobilization" is available upon selecting the Indiana Federal State.
  • "Hamilton's Own" is available upon selecting the New York Federal State.
  • "Seminole Ponies" is available upon selecting the Florida Federal State.

Robber Knight[]

The Robber Knight is a Treasure guardian variant of the Elmetto. It uses slightly modified stats from the base unit.

Changelog[]

3WCIcon48px The WarChiefs[]

  • The unit is named Elmeti.

3ADIcon48px The Asian Dynasties[]

  • Due to a bug, the Repentant Elmeti can be trained in the Fortress Age.

Age3DE Icon Definitive Edition[]

Age3DE Icon Knights of the Mediterranean[]

  • The unit is renamed to Elmetto.

In-game dialogue[]

The Elmetto speaks Italian, which is also shared with the Li'l Bombard.

History[]

The Elmeti were non-noble knights of Italy. Their name is derived form the Italian term for helmet, referring to the headgear they wore along with their finely crafted plate armor. The Elmeti fought in a series of skirmishes between Italy and other European states during the latter half of the fifteenth century. One key battle occurred in 1487 at Ponte di Crevola, where the Milanese army, led by Trivulzio, defeated Swiss forces in a battle that foreshadowed nearly a half century of further European encroaches into Italy - a period now known as the Italian Wars.

Trivia[]

  • The Elmetto was planned to be a unique heavy cavalry unit for the Italians in the original Age of Empires III. When the civilization was cut, it became a mercenary unit instead.
  • The Elmetto was planned to be the Italians' unique heavy cavalry unit in the Knights of the Mediterranean expansion for the Definitive Edition, and art assets were produced for Veteran, Guard, and Imperial versions. It ultimately became the Papal Lancer, which uses a new skin for what was going to be the Guard horse and Imperial rider models. The Robber Knight treasure guardian uses the Veteran horse and Guard rider models.

Gallery[]

Mercenary and outlaw units in Age of Empires III
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CavalryBlack rider aoe3de Black Rider · Mercenary bosniak rider portrait Bosniak · Elmeti aoe3de Elmetto · Gatling camel aoe3de portrait Gatling Camel · Hackapell aoe3de Hackapell · Harquebusier icon Harquebusier · Jat lancer de Jat Lancer · Kanuri guard aoe3de portrait Kanuri Guard · Mameluke aoe3de Mameluke · Manchu de Manchu · Mercenary mounted rifleman portrait Mounted Rifleman · Mercenary royal horseman portrait Royal Horseman · Sennar horseman aoe3de portrait Sennar Horseman · Stradiot aoe3de Stradiot · Yojimbo aoe3de Yojimbo · Zenata rider aoe3de portrait Zenata Rider
ArtilleryLil bombard aoe3de Li'l Bombard · Napoleon gun icon aoe3de Napoleon Gun · Gatling camel aoe3de portrait Gatling Camel
ShipBattleship portrait Battleship · Privateer aoe3de Privateer · War dhow portrait aoe3de War Dhow · Wokou junk aoe3de Wokou Junk · Xebec portrait aoe3de Xebec
Outlaws
InfantryAfrican vagabond portrait African Vagabond · Colonial looter portrait Colonial Looter · Cossack daredevil portrait Cossack Daredevil · Dacoit aoe3de Dacoit · Desert archer portrait aoe3de Desert Archer · Desert warrior portrait aoe3de Desert Warrior · Hajduk portrait Hajduk · Highwayman dismounted portrait Highwayman · Inquisitor portrait Inquisitor · Pistolero aoe3de Pistolero · Renegado aoe3de Renegado · Thuggee aoe3de Thuggee · Blind monk aoe3de Wokou Monk · Wayward ronin aoe3de Wokou Ronin
Shock infantryPirate aoe3de Pirate · Wokou pirate aoe3de Wokou Pirate
CavalryComanchero icon aoe3de Comanchero · Mounted cossack daredevil portrait Cossack Daredevil · Crabat portrait Crabat · Desert raider portrait aoe3de Desert Raider · Highwayman mounted portrait Highwayman · Wokou horseman aoe3de Wokou Horseman
ArtilleryCaptured mortar aoe3de Captured Mortar
ShipCatamaran aoe3de Marathan Catamaran
Flag MexicanDE MexicansDesperado portrait Desperado · Vaquero portrait Cuatrero · Bandido portrait Bandido
Flag American act3 aoe3de United StatesGunslinger aoe3de Gunslinger · Cowboy aoe3de Cowboy · Owlhoot aoe3de Owlhoot
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