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This article is about the unit. For the technology, see Flaming Arrows.

Japanese cannon that shoots an exploding arrow. Better against infantry and artillery than buildings.
—In-game information

The Flaming Arrow is an artillery unit in Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties that is unique to the Japanese and can be trained at the Castle once the Fortress Age is reached, and by Shogun Tokugawa. As the name implies, it shoots flaming arrows effective against infantry, artillery, buildings, and ships.

Overview[]

Flaming Arrows play similarly to Falconets of most European civilizations. They are much weaker than Falconets, but have 2 more range and move as quick in Limber as in Bombard mode, making them more mobile in battle, but less mobile when repositioning armies. They can weaken formations of enemy infantry from a range and can sink ships very effectively as well. They are less effective against buildings and infantry than Falconets, but in groups can easily take them down. They have a far slower Rate of Fire, a slower attack animation and slightly smaller Area of Effect than Falconets and Horse Artillery, which makes their damage per second far lower. As with other artillery, they are weak against cavalry, shock infantry, and Culverins.

When Compared to the Light Cannons of the Haudenosaunee, they have more hit points, but shorter attack range. Flaming Arrows can gain more attack range and damage multiplier against artillery through upgrades, which can make them play similarly to Light Cannons.

Upgrades[]

Age Upgrade Cost Effect
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
Honored siege Honored Flaming Arrow 250 food
250 wood
Upgrades Flaming Arrows to Honored (+25% hit points and attack, +0.5× multiplier vs. artillery)
Imperial Age
Exalted siege Exalted Flaming Arrow 1,000 wood
1,000 coin
Upgrades Flaming Arrows to Exalted (+50% hit points and attack, and +2 Line of Sight and range); requires Honored Flaming Arrow

Further statistics[]

As Flaming Arrows are unique to the Japanese, only technologies that they have access to are shown in the following table:

Unit strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Infantry, artillery, ships, buildings
Weak vs. Cavalry, Culverins, Arrow Knights
Improvements
Hit points Professional gunners Professional Gunners (+10%)
Tar kilns Tar Kilns (+5%)
Attack Smokeless Powder Smokeless Powder (+5%)
Heated Shot Heated Shot (+50% multiplier vs. ships)
Som ajuran engineers Somali Ajuran Engineers (+20% multiplier vs. Frontier fortification)
Line of Sight Gunners Quadrant Gunner's Quadrant (+6)
Town Watch Town Watch (+3)
Speed Trunion Trunion (+15%)
Apache Endurance Apache Endurance (+5%)
Train time Immigrants Immigrants (-10%)
Cost Mapuche Ad-mapu Mapuche Ad-mapu (-10% coin cost)
Golden liberty Golden Liberty (-5% coin cost)
Other Merritocracy Meritocracy (-20% upgrade cost)

Home City Cards[]

As Flaming Arrows are unique to the Japanese, only their cards and other civilizations' TEAM cards are shown in the following tables:

Click for a list of Home City Cards related to the Flaming Arrow
Some cards are highlighted with:
Green TEAM Shipment that is sent to each player in a team
Red Shipment that can be sent twice
Blue Shipment that arrives fast (5 seconds)

Chinese[]

Card Description Age
Team engineering school TEAM Engineering School Artillery, Fixed Gun, Siege Elephant, Flamethrower, Ram, Mantlet, and Haudenosaunee Mantlet train time -15%; Heavy Cannon, Great Bombard, Rocket, Flying Crow, and Gatling Camel train time -5%
Age II tech tree aoe3

Indians[]

Card Description Age
Shivajis tactics TEAM Shivaji's Tactics All units get +5% hit points and attack
Age IV tech tree aoe 3

Japanese[]

Card Description Age
Japanese Home City 2 (2 Flaming Arrows) 2 Flaming Arrows Ships 2 Flaming Arrows
Age III tech tree aoe3
Japanese Home City 2 (3 Flaming Arrows) 3 Flaming Arrows Ships 3 Flaming Arrows
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
Japanese Home City 2 (4 Flaming Arrows) 4 Flaming Arrows Ships 4 Flaming Arrows
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
Ottoman Home City 2 (Light Artillery Hitpoints) Flaming Arrow Hitpoints Flaming Arrows get +20% hit points
Age III tech tree aoe3
Japanese Home City 2 (Team Japanese Artillery Damage) TEAM Odzutsu Mortars Artillery get +10% attack; Samurai replace a building attack with a hand mortar attack with a range of 12 and get +2 Line of Sight; Incendiary Grenades can be researched at the Golden Pavilion
Age III tech tree aoe3
Japanese Home City 2 (Lone Battery) Veteran Battery Flaming Arrow cost -15% and train time -30%
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
Japanese Home City 3 (Cheaper Unit Upgrades) TEAM Sengoku Unit upgrades cost -20%
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
Bakufu Bakufu Daimyo and Shogun Tokugawa get +5% speed, +10 Line of Sight and train units 15% faster; land military unit train time -20%, artillery and banner army train time -10% instead
Age III tech tree aoe3

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

Mexicans[]

Card Description Age
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

Spanish[]

Card Description Age
Spanish Home City 3 (Inquisition) TEAM Spanish Inquisition Ships 1 Inquisitor; all units get +10 Line of Sight
Age II tech tree aoe3

Chinese[]

Card Description Age HC level
Team engineering school TEAM Engineering School Abus Gun, Grenadier, Culverin, Falconet, Mortar, Organ Gun, Mantlet, Ram, Light Cannon, Petard, Horse Artillery, Siege Elephant, Morutaru, Flaming Arrow, Hand Mortar, and Flamethrower train time -30%; Heavy Cannon, Great Bombard, Rocket, and Flying Crow train time -5%
Age II tech tree aoe3
25

Europeans[]

Card Description Age HC level
Portuguese Home City 2 (Artillery Hitpoints) TEAM Artillery Hitpoints Artillery, Abus Guns, and Grenadiers get +15% hit points
Age II tech tree aoe3
10

Indians[]

Card Description Age HC level
Shivajis tactics TEAM Shivaji's Tactics All units get +5% hit points and attack
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
25

Japanese[]

Card Description Age HC level
Japanese Home City 2 (2 Flaming Arrows) 2 Flaming Arrows Ships 2 Flaming Arrows
Age III tech tree aoe3
1
Japanese Home City 2 (3 Flaming Arrows) 3 Flaming Arrows Ships 3 Flaming Arrows
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
1
Japanese Home City 2 (4 Flaming Arrows) 4 Flaming Arrows Ships 4 Flaming Arrows
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
10
Ottoman Home City 2 (Light Artillery Hitpoints) Flaming Arrow Hitpoints Flaming Arrows get +20% hit points
Age III tech tree aoe3
10
Japanese Home City 2 (Lone Battery) Veteran Battery Flaming Arrow cost -15% and train time -30%
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
25
Japanese Home City 3 (Cheaper Unit Upgrades) TEAM Cheaper Unit Upgrades Unit upgrades cost -20%
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
1
Bakufu Bakufu Daimyo and Shogun Tokugawa get +10% speed, +20 Line of Sight and train units 100% faster
Age III tech tree aoe3
25

Spanish[]

Card Description Age HC level
Spanish Home City 3 (Inquisition) TEAM Inquisition All units get +10 Line of Sight
Age I tech tree aoe3
10

Changelog[]

3ADIcon48px The Asian Dynasties[]

  • Exalted Flaming Arrow increases Flaming Arrow attack and hit points by 50%.

Age3DE Icon Definitive Edition[]

History[]

The flaming arrow was exactly what its name suggests, a barbed projectile fired, in most cases, from a European cannon, as the Japanese had not developed effective artillery of their own. Each arrow was wrapped with a flammable covering and ignited. There was also a more explosive version, on which gunpowder was encased in a ball located just below the barbed tip. When fired, a flaming arrow would bury itself in the wood of a gate or wall and burn, hopefully setting the whole structure ablaze.

Japanese daimyo, Tokugawa Ieyasu, had a keen interest in building more advanced artillery for his armies. He leveraged his connections with English and Dutch traders to import a variety of European model cannons. It is believed that he utilized these weapons, as well as the flaming arrow, in sieges during the famous Sekigahara campaign of 1600 that eventually led to the establishment of the Tokugawa Shogunate.

Gallery[]

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Flag SpanishDE SpanishRandelero de Rodelero · Lancer portrait aoe3de updated Lancer
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