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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 light 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 (Iroquois) 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, light 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 Incan Road-building (+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 Incan Chasquis Messengers (-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[]

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.