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Heavy ranged infantry. Good against cavalry in melee.
—In-game description

The Gascenya is a heavy infantry unit in Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition - The African Royals that is unique to the Ethiopians and can be trained at the War Camp. It is a Musketeer with a higher range and attack but lower hit points, and attacks faster when it is closer to the enemies.

Overview[]

Gascenya are the bread and butter of most Ethiopian armies. They are a ranged unit, like the European Musketeer, but cost wood like the European Pikeman or the Lakota Club Warrior. Gascenya are the only Ethiopian War Camp unit that costs food and wood instead of food and gold.

In the Commerce Age, Gascenya have great synergy with Portuguese Crossbowmen, a Portuguese Palace unit that can be trained at the War Camp if the player chooses the Portuguese as their allied age-up option and researches Portuguese Crusader, a 750 influence technology that sends 10 Portuguese Crossbowmen and lets the player train more at their War Camps for 40 food and 40 wood, which are automatically upgrading with each age. In the Commerce Age, they act as inexpensive Skirmishers to supplement the Gascenya, until they are inevitably replaced by longer-ranged Neftenya in the Fortress Age.

Alternatively, the player can build a Watch Tower and a few extra Huts to supplement their Gascenya with Desert Archers until the Neftenya is available in the Fortress Age.

There are two Home City Cards that specifically benefit the Gascenya: "Gascenya Damage" and "Gascenya Hitpoints". Both of these cards are available in the Commerce Age. They boost attack and hit points by 15%, respectively. In the late-game, Gascenya will struggle to compete with British Musketeers or Japanese Ashigaru Musketeers, who can receive more upgrade cards than the Gascenya.

Upgrades[]

Age Upgrade Cost Effect
Age III tech tree aoe3.png
Elite Infantry Ethiopians.png Elite Infantry 250 wood,
250 coin
Upgrade Gascenyas, Shotel Warriors, and Neftenyas to Elite (+25% hit points and attack, -10% train time)
Age IV tech tree aoe 3.png
Champion Infantry Ethiopians.png Champion Infantry 800 wood,
800 coin
Upgrade Gascenyas, Shotel Warriors, and Neftenyas to Champion (+25% hit points and attack, -10% train time); requires Elite Infantry
Imperial Age
Legendary Infantry Ethiopians.png Legendary Infantry 2,000 wood,
2,000 coin
Upgrade Gascenyas, Shotel Warriors, and Neftenyas to Legendary (+50% hit points and attack); requires Champion Infantry

Further statistics[]

As Gascenyas are unique to the Ethiopians, only technologies that they have access to are shown in the following table:

Unit strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Cavalry, Infantry
Weak vs. Skirmishers, archers, artillery
Improvements
Hit points Cree Tanning.png Cree Tanning (+5%)
Navajo Weaving.png Navajo Weaving (+5%)
Attack Clenched Fist.png Clenched Fist (+10% melee attack)
Speed Inca Road-building.png Quechuan Mountaineering (+20%)
Apache Endurance.png Apache Endurance (+5%)
Sight
Creation speed Inca Chaquis Messengers.png Quechuan Diet (-25%)
Train cost Mapuche Ad-mapu.png Mapuche Ad-mapu (-10% coin cost)
Other Merritocracy.png Meritocracy (-20% upgrade cost)

Home City Cards[]

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

Changelog[]

The African Royals[]

  • Originally, Gascenyas cost 65 food, 30 wood, had 12 melee damage, a ×4.0 melee multiplier against cavalry, a x2.40 melee multiplier against shock infantry, a ranged range of 14 and a siege damage of 28. With update 43871, Gascenyas cost 70 food, 30 wood, have 15 melee damage, a ×3.0 melee multiplier against cavalry, a x2.25 melee multiplier against shock infantry, a ranged range of 12 and a siege damage of 22.
  • Originally, Gascenyas were tagged as melee infantry. With update 47581, Gascenyas are no longer tagged as melee infantry.

Trivia[]

History[]

While Ethiopian armies gradually began to incorporate firearms after they came into contact with European powers and the Ottoman Empire, the vast majority of troops were armed with basic weapons such as spears and shields. Despite their technological disadvantage, these soldiers were numerous, hardy, and formidable on the battlefield.
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