"Heavy cavalry mercenary from Finland."
In-game description

The Hackapell is a mercenary cavalry in Age of Empires III. Hackapells are a very delicate heavy cavalry that function as improved Uhlans.

Overview Edit

Although Hackapells can strike with great force (they can kill Zamburaks with one hit), they should not be used on their own during battle, since their low hit points make them vulnerable to enemy attacks. They excel at raiding enemy Villagers - In two strikes, a Villager or Coureur is dead. Hackapells should be used like Hussars, but mixed with regular hand cavalry or other Heavy Cavalry mercenaries. Hackapells have significantly more attack but significantly fewer hit points than the Mameluke. With 12 Missionaries (Japanese ally), Unction, all attack improvement upgrades (Bhakti Temple) and cards (French and Indian allies), the Spanish Finnish Hackapell is the melee cavalry with the highest attack, 281.93.

Further statistics Edit

Unit strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Ranged infantry, light infantry, artillery
Weak vs. Heavy infantry, light cavalry
Hit points Cavalry Cuirass Cavalry Cuirass (+10%)
Comanche Horse Breeding Comanche Horse Breeding (+10%)
Cree Tanning Cree Tanning (+5%)
Navajo Weaving Navajo Weaving (+5%)
Attack Pillage Pillage (+25% siege attack)
Counter Infantry Rifling Customized Merc Weapons (+30%, John Black's Mercenaries only)
Yoga Yoga (+5%)
Sight Town Watch Town Watch (+2)
Speed Comanche Mustangs Comanche Mustangs (+10%)
Apache Endurance Apache Endurance (+5%)
Creation speed Mass Cavalry Mass Cavalry (-50%)
Cheyenne Horse Trading Cheyenne Horse Trading (-25%)
Inca Chaquis Messengers Incan Chasquis Messengers (-25%)
Train cost Mapuche Ad-mapu Mapuche Ad-mapu (-10% coin cost)
Other Wild Geese Wild Geese (ships 5 Hackapells, Spanish only)
Penalties Coffee Trade Coffee Trade (-10% speed, Dutch only)

Home City Cards Edit

In-game dialogue Edit

The Hackapell speaks Finnish.

  • Mitä? (What)
  • Käsky? (Order[s])
  • Valmiina (Ready)
  • Kyllä (Yes)
  • Aion (I will)
  • Selvä (Roger)
  • Hyökkäykseen! (To attack!)
  • Hyökätkää! (Attack!)

Trivia Edit

  • The in-game history section states that Gustav II Adolph was a Finnish king; he was actually Swedish, though Finland was part of Sweden at that time. It also gives the warcry as "Hakka paalle", though the correct form would be "Hakkaa päälle".
  • Even though the Hackapell's icon shows a flintlock pistol and a saber, he always uses the saber instead.

History Edit

"The Hackapells, or Hakkapeliitta, were an elite cavalry of Finnish King Gustav II Adolph during the Thirty Years War. They get their name from their battle cry of, "Hakka paalle!" It roughly translates to "Cut them down!" but in spirit means, "Charge on!" Crying this, they were apparently so fearsome that their enemies thought they were protected by witchcraft.

Hackapells were very lightly armored, using their speed in the charge to get them into the thick of a fight quickly where they fought with swords and, later, small firearms.
In-game history

Gallery Edit

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