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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]

Upgrades[edit | edit source]

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

Age Upgrade Cost Effect
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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:

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Royal Guard Hakkapelits are named after the Swedish ceremonial royal guards.

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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