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Gustavus Adolphus (1594 - 1632) is the AI personality of the Swedes in Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition. He is voiced by Noel Johansen.

AI behavior[]

As a personality, Gustavus is jovial and bombastic. He speaks with a distinct accent and is usually respectful towards the player.

Gustavus primarily uses Pikemen, Crossbowmen, Caroleans, Hussars, and Landsknechts in his army. Later in the game, he will often add Black Riders and artillery. Hakkapelits and Skirmishers may be produced in small numbers. Leather Cannons will typically appear only via shipments.

Like most other European AIs, Gustavus tends to construct one of every type of building, with the exception of additional Barracks and/or Stables. His economy is average, albeit with a slight boost due to Torps, which he often builds in a triangle formation around coin mines.

On average, Gustavus is weaker than most other AIs in the Definitive Edition, due mainly to a lack of military production. However, he is still generally stronger than Cuauhtemoc, Hiawatha, and George Washington.


As an ally[]

  • Beginning of game -
  • Requesting wood - "I used my last wood to build a giant goat and someone burned it down. Could you spare me some of yours?"
  • Requesting coin - "My population is too small to support my giant army. Could you spare me some coin?"
  • Receives food - "It's no pickled herring, but it will have to do."
  • Receives wood - "We'll craft masterful constructions with your wood. Many thanks."
  • Receives coin - "We'll spend the coin wisely on our technological advancement."
  • Offers player food - "Do you like fish? I can throw you a red herring."
  • Offers player wood - "We'll send you some of our finest lumber!"
  • Offers player coin - "Take this coin. You seem like you need it."
  • Declined player resource request - "I do not wish to pay tribute at this time."
  • Player collects a treasure - "I hope that we can find many treasures in this new world."
  • Player collects multiple treasures - "Don't tell me that you will be ignoring the war to pursue your treasure hunting obsession?"
  • Player ages faster than Gustavus - "Already? Tell me, how do you manage to develop so quickly?"
  • Agreeing to a strategy - "I agree." or "This was already part of my plan."
  • Agreeing to an attack - "With God and the victorious arms, we shall win this fight!"
  • Declining to an attack - "Sorry, what did you say? My new cannons are so loud!"
  • Agreeing to train infantry - "I see that your troops are stuck. Don't worry! My elite infantry will bail them out."
  • Agreeing to train cavalry - "Of course. Everyone fears the charge of my cavalry!"
  • Agreeing to train artillery - "You want me to train more artillery? I invented artillery!"
  • Under attack - "My camp is under attack! I request your aid so that I can turn this tide!"

As an enemy[]

  • Beginning of game -"I am Gustavus Adolphus, the Lion of the North. Today you will hear me roar!"
  • Player collects a coin-related treasure - "You found some gold? It's worth nothing in the hands of incapable leaders." or "You sure are greedy, but it won't help you!" or "Sure, pick up all of these scraps. It won't help you face my military might."
  • Gustavus collects a rescue related treasure - "I can see it in these settlers' eyes - they are relieved to be working for me rather than for you."
  • Gustavus collects more treasures - "Unlike yours, my explorer is efficient in finding new treasures."
  • Player ages up slower than Gustavus - "Well, you can't place first every time... or ever, in your case." or "Aaaand in last place we have... you! Congratulations!"
  • Player builds first Trading Post (native) - "You feel the need to drag natives into our war? So be it."
  • Player builds first Trading Post (trade route) - "The locals are trading with you only because they haven't met me yet."
  • Destroys player's Trading Post (trade route) - "The trade must flow!"
  • Locating player's Town Center - "This is your base? How very... quaint."
  • Locating player's isolated Town Center - "Are you building a vacation cabin for yourself over there?"
  • Small force enters enemy territory - "This is the force that you send to fight the Swedish Empire? You insult me!"
  • Surrender - "We shall fight again another day, but for now, I request to resign." or "A great general recognizes defeat. May I offer my surrender?"



Gustavus Adolphus (1594-1632; r. 1611-1632), sixth king of the House of Vasa, was born in Stockholm to the belligerent but unsuccessful expansionist Karl IX. Ascending to the throne at age 16, Gustavus inherited a precarious situation: his father’s reigning policy had left him a relatively stable state, but one surrounded by rivals, and even Gustavus’ cousin Sigismund III challenged his right to rule. Gustavus, however, soon proved himself to be much more capable and formidable than his father, and arguably even more so than his powerful grandfather.

From the moment that he inherited the Swedish kingdom, Gustavus demonstrated great concern for its domestic welfare. Constantly striving to improve his realm, Gustavus implemented a series of political, educational, and economic reforms. As he built his state into the polity known to posterity as the Swedish Empire, even conquered regions took keenly to his administrative rule and the prosperity that followed. He had many occasions to prove his mettle on the battlefield as well: he fought wars against Denmark, Russia, Poland, and, most famously, intervened in the Thirty Years’ War (1618-1648) on the side of the Protestant coalition.

Gustavus Adolphus was renowned as an innovator on the battlefield, revolutionizing infantry tactics and instilling in his armies an aggressive disposition and increased mobility to maximize the strength of his relatively small armies. Under his direction, the Swedish military became exceedingly versatile and employed light cannons and mobile cavalry to support his aggressive infantry maneuvers. His tactical brilliance and success on the battlefield, especially against the Catholic League during the Thirty Years’ War, caused him to be idolized by later military experts such as Carl von Clausewitz and Napoleon Bonaparte. In 1632, Gustavus Adolphus died as he lived, leading his troops in a charge during the Battle of Lützen.

In Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition, Gustavus Adolphus is the cunning and aggressive tactician that he was in life. He strives for superior military technology and likes to attack early. Gustavus prefers to engage the enemy in close combat and dominate the battlefield with artillery barrages.


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