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Powerful ranged infantry mercenary.
—In-game description

The Fusilier is a French ranged heavy infantry and mercenary unit in Age of Empires III: The WarChiefs.

Reflecting its name's origins, the Fusilier has been changed from Swedish to French in the Definitive Edition.


The Fusilier is effective against most infantry and quite deadly against light cavalry. It has high hit points, a high base (siege) attack, and deals damage multipliers at range against Shock Infantry and light cavalry, putting it somewhere in between a Musketeer unit, and a Skirmisher unit. The Fusilier is incredibly powerful, and is a strong all-round unit, only being especially weak to Grenadiers, their equivalents, and artillery. With 12 Missionaries (Japanese ally), Unction, all attack improvement upgrades (Haudenosaunee) and cards (French and Indian allies), the Spanish Fusilier is a ranged infantry with the highest ranged attack, 152.6.

Further statistics[]

Unit strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Cavalry, Shock Infantry, heavy infantry
Weak vs. Skirmishers, archers, artillery
Hit points Flint lock.png Flint Lock (+10%)
Thin Red Line.png Thin Red Line (+20%, British only)
Corselet.png Corselet (+25%, Spanish only)
Cree Tanning.png Cree Tanning (+5%)
Navajo Weaving.png Navajo Weaving (+5%)
Attack Socket Bayonet.png Socket Bayonet (+20% melee attack)
Paper cartridge.png Paper Cartridge (+15%)
Yoga.png Yoga (+5%)
Smokeless Powder.png Smokeless Powder (+30% siege attack)
Clenched Fist.png Clenched Fist (+30% melee attack)
Speed Military Drummers.png Military Drummers (+10%)
Tillys Discipline.png Tilly's Discipline (+20% speed, Germans only)
Inca Road-building.png Quechuan Mountaineering (+20%)
Apache Endurance.png Apache Endurance (+5%)
Sight Town Watch.png Town Watch (+2)
Creation speed Standing Army.png Standing Army (-25%)
Inca Chaquis Messengers.png Quechuan Diet (-25%)
Train cost Mapuche Ad-mapu.png Mapuche Ad-mapu (-10% coin cost)
Penalties Thin Red Line.png Thin Red Line (-25% speed, British only)
Coffee Trade.png Coffee Trade (-10% speed, Dutch only)
Tillys Discipline.png Tilly's Discipline (+10% cost, Germans only)
Corselet.png Corselet (-15% speed, Spanish only)

Home City Cards[]


The WarChiefs[]

  • Fusiliers have a x1.5 multiplier against light cavalry, both melee and ranged, no ranged multiplier against cavalry and a x1.5 ranged multiplier against light infantry.
  • The Fusilier uses his dialogue files.

Definitive Edition[]

  • Fusiliers no longer have multipliers against light cavalry, have a x1.5 ranged multiplier against cavalry and a x1.3 ranged multiplier against shock infantry.
  • The Fusilier uses the French Grenadier's dialogue files.
  • With update 23511, Fusiliers are tagged as Musket Infantry.

In-game dialogue[]

The Fusilier speaks Swedish in The WarChiefs and French in the Definitive Edition, using the French Grenadier's dialogue files. The old Swedish sound sets are reused by the Swedish Crossbowman.

The WarChiefs[]

  • Select 1 Ja - Yes
  • Select 2 Redo - Ready
  • Select 3 Order? - Orders?
  • Move 1 Ja - Yes
  • Move 2 Ska ske - Will be done
  • Move 3 Uppfattat - Roger
  • Attack 1 Anfall! - Attack!
  • Attack 2 Till strid! - To battle!
  • Attack 3 Ja! - Yes!

Definitive Edition[]

Main article: French dialogue lines#Grenadier


  • The Fusilier has a unique set of melee animations, not shared with any other unit in the game. It fights using a rapier, with a special set of techniques that include low thrusting and quick slashes.
  • Originally, the Fusilier was intended to be a unique Musketeer for the Swedish civilization before their implementation in the original game was scrapped.


The first flintlocks appeared in the early 1600s, and quickly spread across Europe. The flintlock applied mechanical principles to strike flint to steel, using the resulting spark to ignite black powder and send a bullet (or ball) on its way. Extremely reliable under almost all conditions (including rainy weather), the flintlock musket remained the primary weapon for infantry for nearly 200 years, up to and including the U.S. Civil War.


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Mercenary units in Age of Empires III
InfantryArmored Pistoleer^^ · Arsonist** · Askari^ · Barbary Corsair · Cannoneer^ · Dahomey Amazon^ · Fusilier* · Giant Grenadier^^ · Highlander · Irish Brigadier^^ · Iron Troop** · Jaeger · Landsknecht · Ninja* · Pandour^^ · Ronin · Swiss Pikeman · Zouave***
CavalryBlack Rider · Bosniak^^ · Elmetto* · Gatling Camel^ · Hackapell · Harquebusier*** · Jat Lancer** · Kanuri Guard^ · Mameluke · Manchu · Mounted Rifleman^^ · Royal Horseman^^ · Sennar Horseman^ · Stradiot · Yojimbo** · Zenata Rider^
ArtilleryLi'l Bombard* · Napoleon Gun***
ShipPrivateer · War Dhow^ · Wokou Junk** · Xebec^
InfantryDacoit** · Desert Archer^ · Desert Warrior^ · Hajduk^^ · Highwayman^^ · Inquisitor^^ · Pirate · Pistolero* · Renegado* · Thuggee** · Wokou Monk** · Wokou Pirate** · Wokou Ronin**
CavalryComanchero* · Cossack Daredevil^^ · Crabat^^ · Desert Raider^ · Highwayman^^ · Wokou Horseman**
ShipMarathan Catamaran**
Flag American act3 aoe3de.png United States***Gunslinger · Cowboy · Owlhoot
Flag MexicanDE.png Mexicans***Desperado · Cuatrero · Bandido
* added in The WarChiefs   ** in The Asian Dynasties   *** in the Definitive Edition   ^ in The African Royals   ^^ in Knights of the Mediterranean