|This article is about the unit in Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties. For the unit in Age of Empires II HD: The Forgotten, see Flamethrower (Age of Empires II).|
"Chinese siege weapon that shoots fire at a short range. Better against infantry than buildings."—In-game description
The Flamethrower is a ranged siege infantry in Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties that is unique to the Chinese and can be trained at the Castle once the Colonial Age is reached or as part of the Black Flag Army.
The Flamethrower attack has a high rate of fire (the highest of all units) and deals splash damage with strong multipliers against infantry, buildings, and ships. However, it is countered easily by cavalry and other artillery as an infantry unit. Unlike true artillery units such as the Mortar, the Flamethrower can take some time to destroy buildings, especially with its short siege range. The Flamethrower is best used as a support unit for infantry against massed enemy infantry.
|Upgrades Flamethrowers to Disciplined (+30% hit points and attack)|
|Upgrades Flamethrowers to Honored (+35% hit points and attack); requires Disciplined Flamethrower|
|Upgrades Flamethrowers to Exalted (+60% hit points and attack); requires Honored Flamethrower|
Further statistics Edit
As the Flamethrower can only be trained by the Chinese, only improvements available to them (including native improvements) are listed here.
|Unit strengths and weaknesses|
|Strong vs.||Infantry, ships, buildings|
|Weak vs.||Cavalry, artillery especially Culverins|
|Hit points|| Cree Tanning (+5%)|
Navajo Weaving (+5%)
|Speed|| Incan Road-building (+20%)|
Apache Endurance (+5%)
|Creation speed||Incan Chasquis Messengers (-25% individually, -12% Black Flag Army)|
|Train cost||Mapuche Ad-mapu (-10% coin cost, both individually and Black Flag Army)|
|Other||Meritocracy (-20% upgrade cost)|
Home City Cards Edit
As the Flamethrower is exclusive to the Chinese, only other civilizations' TEAM cards that affects them are listed here.
|Click for a list of Home City Cards related to the Flamethrower|
Green: TEAM Shipment that is sent to each player in a team
- When destroyed, the Flamethrower will explode, although the explosion causes no damage and is purely aesthetic.
"The flamethrower was the first use of gunpowder in warfare, before it was imbued with enough saltpeter to explode. The Chinese flamethrower design, the Pen Huo Qi, was based on a seventh-century Byzantine model, which featured an inconsistent spurting action. The Chinese desired a more continuous flame, and achieved it by developing a dual bellows system. Two bellows allowed for the creation of an unbroken stream of the chemical fuel naptha, which could then be ignited.
The Chinese flamethrower was used both as a defensive weapon and a siege unit. It was often fixed on a wall, positioned to fire down on incoming soldiers and siege weapons. However, the most common depiction of the flamethrower portrays it as mounted on a four-wheeled pushcart. This mobility most likely allowed the flamethrower to be used on the battlefield, to deter enemy attacks, as well as to project a shield of flame for advancing soldiers."
- ↑ This value is not displayed on the Flamethrower's in-game stats.