"The leader of your colony. Explores, fights, builds Town Centers and Trading Posts. Cannot die. If he falls unconscious, he can be rescued."
In-game description

The Explorer is a hero in Age of Empires III. It explores uncharted areas of the map and has some special abilities to help itself and its colony. In standard random map games, all European civilizations start with an Explorer.

Overview Edit

The Explorer can build Town Centers and Trading Posts. This allows the player a second attempt at rebuilding if their original colony was destroyed, provided that they have enough resources to build one and train settlers (except for the Ottomans, who get free Settlers). He builds a Trading Post faster then regular Settlers, nearing that of a Coureur des Bois or a Settler Wagon.

The Explorer can explore and fight longer if he has a few units accompanying him. He can regenerate health, which increases as the player Ages up. Explorers are very ineffective at raiding enemy settlements early in the game, as they only deal 25% damage against villager-type units. They are also very weak against Spies and Ninjas.

Unlike other units who simply die when they reach 0 hit points, the Explorer will collapse in excruciating pain. The player can either pay 100 coin as Ransom to whoever dealt the final blow (including Mother Nature). They may also help him back up on his feet with an allied unit or building (this also includes projectiles fired from friendly units). In order to get back on his feet, he must have at least 100 hit points.

Several "El Pollo Guapo" treasures, found on specific North American maps, can provide additional stats such as a 20% speed boost or 20-100% hit point boost, which stacks with other treasures and improvements.

Every European civilization has a unique Home City Card for their Explorer, which improves his fighting ability and sends him a Dog companion. The Spanish Explorer, already having War Dogs of his own, does not get a Dog companion; instead it boosts the hit points and attack of his War Dogs.

Special abilities Edit

Sharpshooter attack Sharpshooter Attack: The Explorer fires a single shot that does 750 ranged damage to the target treasure guardian. 60 seconds cooldown.
Sharpshooter attack Crackshot Attack (available on the Industrial Age): The Explorer fires a single shot that does 5000 (50 against Spies and Ninja) ranged damage to the target enemy infantry or cavalry. 90 seconds cooldown.
Spyglass Spyglass: The Portuguese Explorer reveals a radius of 18 (24 if the Navigator Home City Card is sent) centered on the target location for 5 seconds. 120 seconds cooldown (shared across all Portuguese Explorers if the Bandeirantes Home City Card is sent).
Hot air balloon icon Hot Air Balloon (requires the Hot Air Balloon Home City Card): The Explorer spawns a Hot Air Balloon that remains for 20 seconds. 240 seconds cooldown.
Swashbuckler attack Swashbuckler Attack (requires the Captain Home City Card): The British Explorer performs a sweeping hand attack that does 100 (25 against villagers, Spies, and Ninja) melee damage to the target enemy and other enemies in a radius of 3 around the Explorer. 90 seconds cooldown.
Heal ability Heal (requires the Voyageur Home City Card): The French Explorer restores 400 hit points to friendly units in a radius of 10 centered on the target location. 120 seconds cooldown.

Upgrades Edit

The Explorer is automatically upgraded on every Age up.

Colonial age up +25% hit points and attack
Fortress age up +30% hit points and attack
Industrial age up +40% hit points and attack
Imperial age up +50% hit points

Further statistics Edit

Unit strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Treasure Guardians
Weak vs. Villagers, cavalry, Spies, Ninja
Hit points Flint lock Flint Lock (+10%)
Knighthood Knighthood (+1,000)
Peerage Peerage (+1,000)
Thin Red Line Thin Red Line (+20%, British only)
Aztec initiation Aztec Initiation (+100%, vanilla Age of Empires III only)
Cree Tanning Cree Tanning (+5%)
Navajo Weaving Navajo Weaving (+5%)
Sikh Gurus Sikh Gurus (+50%)
Attack Paper cartridge Paper Cartridge (+10%)
Peerage Peerage (+100%)
Aztec initiation Aztec Initiation (+100%, vanilla Age of Empires III only)
Iroquois lacrosse Iroquois Lacrosse (+10%, vanilla Age of Empires III only)
Yoga Yoga (+5%)
Smokeless Powder Smokeless Powder (+30% siege attack)
Clenched Fist Clenched Fist (+30% melee attack)
Speed Military Drummers Military Drummers (+10%)
Tillys Discipline Tilly's Discipline (+20%, Germans only)
Inca Road-building Incan Road-building (+20%)
Apache Endurance Apache Endurance (+5%)
Sight Town Watch Town Watch (+2)
Other Carib Ambush Party Carib Ambush Party (train Carib Ambushers)
Loyal Nootka Warchief Loyal Nootka War Chief (train Nootka War Chief)
Penalties Thin Red Line Thin Red Line (-25% speed, British only)
Coffee Trade Coffee Trade (-10% speed, Dutch only)

Home City Cards Edit

Trivia Edit

  • No in-game Explorer model resembles the Explorer's unit portrait. However, the images on each unique Home City Card for the Explorer (see Home City Cards) resemble each respective civilizations' Explorers.
  • An Explorer that belongs to a non-European or campaign-exclusive civilization will receive a random hero name from Age of Mythology.

History Edit

"Explorers set out for the New World with a variety of backgrounds and missions. Some were nobles seeking fame and wealth; others were slaves forced to accompany their masters. Some wanted to claim new lands for the nations that sponsored their voyages; others wanted to explore the lands, their peoples, and the flora and fauna.

Estevanico was a slave from Morocco, sold to the Spaniard Andres de Dorantes. Dorantes joined an expedition to explore the Gulf Coast from Florida to Mexico. The ill-fated venture ended with only eighty of the original crew floating on makeshift rafts, only two of which landed on the shores of Texas near Galveston with neither food, nor water. Dorantes and Estevanico set out on their own, traveling west and south. They were captives for five years, faith healers, and legends amongst the Native Americans of the area. They eventually reached Mexico City where the viceroy refused to allow Dorantes to search Texas for the Seven Cities of Gold. Dorantes sold Estevanico to the viceroy and left for Spain.

Estevanico accompanied a missionary, Father Marcos de Niza, north ranging ahead and speaking to the Native Americans he encountered about the white men following in his wake. Estevanico had runners carry crosses back to Father Niza, their size indicating the promise of the region. Each new cross that Father Niza received was larger than the previous cross, and then he received one that was massive. Estevanico had discovered a Zuni pueblo; it is unknown whether he thought this pueblo was one of the Cities of Gold, but he spent an evening camped outside the town. In the morning, the Zuni attacked and killed him, fearing his presence was a bad omen.

Gallery Edit

See also Edit

  • War Chief – fulfills the same role for Native American civilizations
  • Monk – fulfills the same role for Asian civilizations
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