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This article is about the Swedish unit in Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition. For the mercenary in the original Age of Empires III, see Hackapell.

Heavy Hand cavalry from Finland with a powerful short-ranged attack.
—In-game description

The Hakkapelit is a heavy cavalry in Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition that is unique to the Swedes and can be trained at the Stable, Fort, and Galleon. It is a very powerful but frail melee cavalry who can also attack from short ranges with a carbine.

Overview[edit | edit source]

The Hakkapelit is a heavy cavalry that is similar to the German Uhlan in terms of hit points and melee attack. They do, however, have a ranged attack that is very powerful, but with a short range. This makes them the only heavy cavalry in the game that has a ranged attack, aside from Harquebusiers, which are mercenaries, and Rifle Riders, which have both heavy cavalry and light cavalry tags.

Their ranged attack is very lethal, due to high base damage and quick rate of fire, and also has an area of effect. Due to the inadequate range, they have an inability to run-and-shoot (kite), unlike most ranged cavalry units such as Dragoons. Their ranged attack does reasonably well against Heavy Infantry, especially ranged units such as Musketeers. They also have a very strong melee attack, which can be used to charge against light infantry and artillery, and also to raid villagers effectively.

Much like their Uhlan counterpart, their hitpoints are very low. This makes them less versatile when compared to Hussars. Hakkapelits are trainable from the Fortress Age, where most Dragoon type units are also available, and they simply get hard countered by them. Hakkapelits are more effective when combined with Hussars with all upgrade cards sent, where one unit can be a damage dealer and the other unit can soak damage from enemy units. Their range can be upgraded by researching Ranged Cavalry Caracole and also by sending the Snaplock card and TEAM Ranged Cavalry Combat card.

Upgrades[edit | edit source]

The Hakkapelit starts as Veteran, which gives them +20% hit points and attack.

Age Upgrade Cost Effect
Ages industrial.jpg
Guard cavalry.png Drabants 1,000 wood,
1,000 coin
Upgrades Hakkapelits to Drabants (+40% hit points and attack)
Imperial Age
Imperial cavalry.png Imperial Drabants 1,500 wood,
1,500 coin
Upgrades Drabants to Imperial (+50% hit points and attack); requires Drabants

Further statistics[edit | edit source]

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

Home City Cards[edit | edit source]

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

Changelog[edit | edit source]

Definitive Edition[edit | edit source]

  • Originally, Hakkapelits had 230 hit points. With update 9476, they have 240 hit points.
  • Originally, Hakkapelits had 10% ranged resistance. With update 13088, they have 20% ranged resistance.

In-game dialogue[edit | edit source]

The Hakkapelit speaks Finnish, using the same dialogue as the Hackapell.

  • Select 1 Mitä? - What?
  • Select 2 Valmiina - Ready
  • Select 3 Käsky? - Order(s)?
  • Move 1 Kyllä - Yes
  • Move 2 Aion - I will
  • Move 3 Selvä - Roger
  • Attack 1 Hyökkäykseen! - To attack!
  • Attack 2 Hyökätkää! - Attack!
  • Attack 3 Selvä - Roger

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Royal Guard Hakkapelits are named after the Swedish ceremonial royal guards.
  • Although the UI lists 2x vs pets, the Hakkapelit has a hidden 0.5x multiplier against "hand infantry," which includes all pets. The net result is that they simply do base damage to pets.
  • The Hakkapelit is the only regular unit that speaks a different language from the rest of the regular units in the same civilization.
  • It is possible to access Hakkapelits in the Commerce Age by sending the March of the Hakkapelits card. It converts all of the trained Hussars into Hakkapelits.

History[edit | edit source]

Hakkapeliitta is a 19th-century Finnish modification of a contemporary name given by foreigners in the Holy Roman Empire and variously spelled as Hackapelit, Hackapelite, Hackapell, Haccapelit, or Haccapelite. These terms were based on a Finnish battle cry hakkaa päälle commonly translated as "Cut them down!"

The Hakkapeliitta were well-trained Finnish light cavalrymen who excelled in sudden and savage attacks, raiding and reconnaissance in the service of King Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden during the Thirty Years' War. The hakkapeliitta-style cavalry was first used during the Polish-Swedish Wars of the late 16th century. The greatest advantage of the fast and lightly armored Hakkapeliitta cavalry was its charge. They typically had a sword, a helmet, and leather armor or a breastplate of steel. They would attack at a full gallop, fire the first pistol at twenty paces and the second at five paces, and then draw the sword. The horse itself was used like another weapon, as it was used to trample enemy infantry.
—In-game history section
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