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Casts the Informers spell which reveals the enemy's positions to you.
—In-game description

The Great Buddha is a Wonder in Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties that is unique to the Japanese and can be built to advance into the next Age. It sends a shipment of Naginata Riders and an Orchard Rickshaw when built and allows the use of Informers to temporarily see enemy Line of Sight.

Shipments[]

  • Colonial age up 1 Naginata Rider and 1 Orchard Rickshaw
  • Fortress age up 3 Naginata Riders and 1 Orchard Rickshaw
  • Industrial age up 5 Naginata Riders and 1 Orchard Rickshaw
  • Imperial age up 9 Naginata Riders and 1 Orchard Rickshaw

Special ability[]

You have sent informers to investigate the enemy.
—Message when Informers is used
'[Player name] has infiltrated your enemy's ranks with Informers and now knows all that they do.
—Message when an ally uses Informers
'[Player name] has infiltrated your ranks with Informers and now knows all that you do.
—Message when an enemy uses Informers
  • Informers Informers: Allows the player to see what their enemies can see for 20 seconds. 300 seconds cooldown.

Tactics[]

Informers functions similarly to the Spies technology researched in the Imperial Age, but only lasts for a short time. Despite this, the ability can be invaluable in the earlier stages of the game, so it is recommended for the player to build the Great Buddha early on.

Further statistics[]

As the Great Buddha is unique to the Japanese, only technologies that they have access to are shown in the following table:

Building strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Nothing
Weak vs. Everything, especially siege units, artillery, and Monitors
Improvements
Hit points Flying Buttress Flying Buttress (+20%)
Byzantine legacy Byzantine Legacy (+15%)
Line of Sight Gas Lighting Gas Lighting (+4)
Cost Marriage politics Marriage Politics (-15%)
Comanche Trade Language Comanche Trade Language (-10% coin)
Other Jagiellon legacy Jagiellonian Legacy (units and resources already earned from age-ups are provided again)

Home City Cards[]

As the Great Buddha is 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
Some cards are highlighted with:
Green TEAM Shipment that is sent to each player in a team

All[]

Card Description Age HC level
Team improved buildings TEAM Improved Buildings Buildings get +25% hit points
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
10

Japanese[]

Card Description Age HC level
Spanish Home City 3 (Improved Buildings) Improved Buildings Buildings get +40% hit points
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
10
Advanced wonders Advanced Wonders Wonders get +50% hit points and -25% build time
Age I tech tree aoe3
10
Japanese Home City 5 (47 Ronin) Forty Seven Ronin Turns all villagers and Shrines into Masterless Samurai, Castles into Wokou Ronin, Wonders and Town Centers into Ronin; costs 1,000 food, 1,000 wood, 1,000 coin
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
N/A

Changelog[]

3ADIcon48px The Asian Dynasties[]

  • The Informers special ability lasts for 10 seconds.

Age3DE Icon Definitive Edition[]

  • The Informers special ability lasts for 20 seconds.
  • The Great Buddha also ships 1 Orchard Rickshaw when built to advance to any Age.

History[]

The renowned Great Buddha, or "daibutsu," is a giant bronze statue of the enlightened Amida Buddha located in Kamakura of the Kanagawa Prefecture in Japan. The statue itself is hollow and sits on the former site of the Kotokuin temple that once housed it. Sculpted by Tanji-Hisatomo and One-Goroemon and weighing 125 tons, it is commonly held that the statue was constructed in 1252 at the behest of the priest Joko.

With a height of nearly 45 feet, it is the second largest Buddha in Japan. The statue took more than a dozen years to complete after its first wooden iteration in 1243. A unique element of the Great Buddha's history is that its construction was funded entirely by donations from faithful devotees and received no assistance from any governments or official sources.

The Great Buddha of Kamakura is an iconic reference of the influence of Buddhist faith on Japanese culture, and is a celebrated landmark of Japan from the era of the Kamakura shogunate.

Gallery[]

Age up methods in Age of Empires III
Politicians for European civilizations
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Fortress age up Fortress Age Politician admiral The Admiral of the Ocean Sea · Politician adventurer The Adventurer · Politician bishop The Bishop · Politician ethiopian queen The Ethiopian Queen · Politician exiled prince The Exiled Prince · Politician gentlemen pirate The Gentleman Pirate · Politician marksman The Marksman · Politician mercenary contractor The Mercenary Contractor · Politician mohawk statesmen The Mohawk Statesman · Politician scout The Scout · Politician sergeant arms The Sergeant at Arms
Industrial age up Industrial Age Politician cavalier The Cavalry Marshal · Politician engineer The Engineer · Politician grand vizier The Grand Vizier · Politician kings musketeer The King's Musketeer · Politician logistician The Logistician · Politician papal guard The Papal Guard · Politician tycoon The Tycoon · Politician viceroy The Viceroy · Politician war minister The War Minister · The Pope The Pope
Imperial age up Imperial Age Politician el presidente El Presidente · Politician general The General · Politician black duke The Black Duke · Politician inventor The Inventor · Politician knight The Knight · Politician mercenary contractor The Mercenary Contractor · Politician Royalist The Royalist · Politician Scottish marshal The Scottish Marshal
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Tribal Council members for Native American civilizations
Colonial age up Commerce Age The Messenger · The Wise Woman · The Warrior · The Elder · The Chief
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Wonders for Asian civilizations
Flag ChineseDE Chinese Confucian academy aoe3de Confucian Academy · PorcelainTowerDE Porcelain Tower · SummerPalaceDE Summer Palace · TempleOfHeavenDE Temple of Heaven · WhitePagodaDE White Pagoda
Flag IndianDE Indians AgraFortDE Agra Fort · CharminarGateDE Charminar Gate · KarniMataDE Karni Mata · TajMahalDE Taj Mahal · TowerOfVictoryDE Tower of Victory
Flag JapaneseDE Japanese GoldenPavilionDE Golden Pavilion · GiantBuddhaDE Great Buddha · ShogunateDE Shogunate · ToriiGatesDE Torii Gates · ToshoguShrineDE Toshogu Shrine
Federal States for United States
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Fortress age up Fortress Age Federal state US indiana Indiana · Federal state US kentucky Kentucky · Federal state US maryland Maryland · Federal state US new hampshire New Hampshire · Federal state US tennessee Tennessee
Industrial age up Industrial Age Federal state US california California · Federal state US new jersey New Jersey · Federal state US ohio Ohio · Federal state US south carolina South Carolina · Federal state US vermont Vermont
Imperial age up Imperial Age Federal state US connecticut Connecticut · Federal state US florida Florida · Federal state US illinois Illinois · Federal state US new york New York · Federal state US texas Texas
Federal States for Mexicans
Colonial age up Commerce Age Durango Durango · Michoacán Michoacán · Tlaxcala Tlaxcala · Chiapas Chiapas · Querétaro Querétaro
Fortress age up Fortress Age Sonora federal state Sonora · Coahuila Coahuila · Sinaloa Sinaloa · San Luis Potosí San Luis Potosí · Tabasco Tabasco
Industrial age up Industrial Age Chihuahua Chihuahua · Zacatecas Zacatecas · Tamaulipas Tamaulipas · Guanajuato Guanajuato · Guerrero Guerrero
Imperial age up Imperial Age Oaxaca Oaxaca · Jalisco Jalisco · Estado de México Estado de México · Veracruz Veracruz · Puebla Puebla
Alliances for African civilizations
Flag Ethiopian aoe3de Ethiopians Alliance Habesha Habesha · Alliance Jesuits Jesuits · Alliance Portuguese Portuguese · Alliance Somalis Somalis · Alliance Sudanese Sudanese · Alliance Indians Indians· Alliance Oromo Oromo+ · Alliance Arabs Arabsx
Flag Hausa Hausa Alliance Akan Akan · Alliance Berbers Berbers · Alliance Hausa Hausa · Alliance Moroccans Moroccans · Alliance Songhai Songhai · Alliance Fulani Fulani· Alliance Yoruba Yoruba+ · Alliance British Britishx
* requires Fortress Age to be unlocked; + requires Industrial Age to be unlocked; x requires Imperial Age to be unlocked
Unused options for Tribal Council members, Wonders, and Alliances can be used in future Age-ups.
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