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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).

Light artillery, good against infantry
—In-game description
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 unit 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.

Overview[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

Age Upgrade Cost Effect
Ages fortress.jpg
Disciplined siege.png Disciplined Flamethrower 200 food,
200 wood
Upgrades Flamethrowers to Disciplined (+30% hit points and attack)
Ages industrial.jpg
Honored siege.png Honored Flamethrower 250 food,
250 wood
Upgrades Flamethrowers to Honored (+35% hit points and attack); requires Disciplined Flamethrower
Imperial Age
Exalted siege.png Exalted Flamethrower 1,000 food,
1,000 wood
Upgrades Flamethrowers to Exalted (+60% hit points and attack); requires Honored Flamethrower

Further statistics[edit | edit source]

As Flamethrowers are unique to the Chinese, only technologies that they have access to are shown in the following tables:

Unit strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Infantry, ships, buildings
Weak vs. Cavalry, artillery especially Culverins
Improvements
Hit points Cree Tanning.png Cree Tanning (+5%)
Navajo Weaving.png Navajo Weaving (+5%)
Attack Yoga.png Yoga (+5%)
Speed Inca Road-building.png Incan Road-building (+20%)
Apache Endurance.png Apache Endurance (+5%)
Creation speed Inca Chaquis Messengers.png Incan Chasquis Messengers (-25% individually, -12% Black Flag Army)
Train cost Mapuche Ad-mapu.png Mapuche Ad-mapu (-10% coin cost, both individually and Black Flag Army)
Other Merritocracy.png Meritocracy (-20% upgrade cost)

Home City Cards[edit | edit source]

As Flamethrowers are unique to the Chinese, only their cards and other civilizations' TEAM cards are shown in the following tables:

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • When destroyed, the Flamethrower will explode, although the explosion causes no damage and is purely aesthetic.

History[edit | edit source]

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.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

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