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Elisabet Ramsey and Morgan Black

The heroes in Age of Empires III are units with high hit points who can regenerate, have a high attack against Treasure Guardians, have special abilities, can collect treasures, and are good at exploring maps due to their high Line of Sight. In the Definitive Edition, all heroes have a distinct, golden glow that helps tell them apart from common units.

Spies and Ninjas have a multiplier against them. If a hero falls, he will collapse instead of dying and needs to regenerate enough hit points to be rescued by allies. There are two types of heroes: campaign and non-campaign. Not all heroes have the same abilities and capabilities, especially the ones from the campaign.

Skirmish[]

In Age of Empires III and its expansions, the Explorer/War Chief/Monk/General/African leaders functions as a hero unit and it cannot be killed. Most heroes can be ransomed, and Native American can be "revived" through a ceremony. They can be improved with some Home City Cards, can detect stealth units, and build Trading Posts and Town Centers.

European heroes[]

  • Explorer: Can be ransomed, have Sharpshooter Attack and Eye of the Assassin special abilities, and can be improved to summon a Hot Air Balloon. The Portuguese Explorer can use the Spyglass ability and others' civilizations' Explorers can get other abilities though Home City Cards.
  • Explorer Dog: Shipped through the Home City Card that upgrades the Explorer, is available to all European civilizations except the Spanish.
  • Maltese Grand Master: builds Town Centers, Trading Posts, Gunpowder Depots, Forts and Fixed Guns. If he falls unconscious, he can be rescued

Native American War Chiefs[]

All can be "revived" though a Community Plaza ceremony and recruit human Treasure Guardians.

  • Aztec War Chief: Can train Eagle Scouts, has the Cuachic Ascension sweeping attack, and his aura doubles the experience from nearby friendly units' kills. Can be improved to increase the aura's experience bounty at the Community Plaza.
  • Haudenosaunee War Chief: The only ranged War Chief, has the Sharpshooter and Eagle Eye special abilities, and his aura increases the hit points of nearby friendly units. Can be improved to heal at the Community Plaza.
  • Inca War Chief: Can build Tambos and Strongholds, has the Condor Eye special ability and his aura increases the hit points of nearby native warriors.
  • Lakota War Chief: Mounted War Chief, has the Berserker special ability, his aura increases the speed of nearby friendly units and can be improved to get a high multiplier against artillery at the Community Plaza.

Asian Monks[]

All can be ransomed and have the Stun special ability.

  • Sohei Archer: Japanese start with two of them, can build Shrines and has the Smoke Bomb and Divine Strike special abilities, and can be improved to have the passive Dodge ability and the Sabotage special ability at the Monastery.
  • Shaolin Master: Chinese Monk, starts with the passive Critical Strike ability, can train Disciples, and can be improved at the Monastery to have an aura that increases Disciples' hit points and attack.
  • Brahmin: Indians start with two of them, can heal by default and have the Stomp passive ability, and can be improved at the Monastery to increase their healing rate and the Stomp chance, plus an aura to improve the speed of the allied Elephants.

American heroes[]

  • General: Can be ransomed, can use the Sharpshooter Attack and Inspire flag special abilities and has the automatic-activated Carbine Attack special ability. Can build Forts.
  • Padre: builds Cathedrals and Trading Posts. Cannot die. If he falls unconscious, he can be rescued.

African heroes[]

Respawn automatically at the Town Center, and have the Fealty aura and the Chaos ability. Despite the different names, they only get different abilities through Homecity shipments.

Revolutionary heroes[]

  • Simón Bolívar: Can be used as a shipment point, have the Eye of the Assassin and Heavy Strike special abilities, and have an aura that increases the hit points of nearby friendly units. Aditionally, can train Revolutionaries.
  • Corsair Captain: Can use the Crescent Swing and Lightning Kilij special abilities.

African minor civilization heroes[]

Have the same abilities as the major African heroes, but unlike other heroes, they cannot regenerate.

Campaign[]

Original[]

Name Game Act
Admiral Jinhai.png Admiral Jinhai The Asian Dynasties Act II: China
Amelia Black Icon.png Amelia Black Original Act III: Steel
Alain Magnan icon.png Alain Magnan Original Act I: Blood
Bahadur Shah icon.png Bahadur Shah The Asian Dynasties Act III: India
Chayton Black icon.png Chayton Black The WarChiefs Act II: Shadow
Sioux war chief.png Chief Brave Wolf The WarChiefs Act II: Shadow
Iroquois war chief.png Chief Two Moon The WarChiefs Act II: Shadow
Lakota dog soldier.png Chief Bull Bear The WarChiefs Act II: Shadow
Colonel Edwardson potrait.png Colonel Edwardson The Asian Dynasties Act III: India
Crazy Horse.png Crazy Horse The WarChiefs Act II: Shadow
Mototada Icon.png Daimyo Mototada The Asian Dynasties Act I: Japan
Delgado.png Delgado Original Act I: Blood
Elisabet icon.png Elisabet Ramsey Original Act I: Blood
Custer icon.png General Custer The WarChiefs Act II: Shadow
Kichiro icon.png General Kichiro The Asian Dynasties Act I: Japan
Colonel George Washington.png George Washington Original
The WarChiefs
Act II: Ice
Act I: Fire
Captain Huang icon.png Jian Huang The Asian Dynasties Act II: China
John Black.png John Black Original Act II: Ice
Kanyenke.png Kanyenke Original
The WarChiefs
Act II: Ice
Act III: Steel
Act I: Fire
Lao Chen icon.png Lao Chen The Asian Dynasties Act II: China
Major Cooper Icon.png Major Cooper Original Act III: Steel
Morgan Black icon.png Morgan Black Original Act I: Blood
Act III: Steel
Nanib potrait.png Nanib Sahir The Asian Dynasties Act III: India
Nathaniel Black icon.png Nathaniel Black The WarChiefs Act I: Fire
Nonahkee TWC.png Nonahkee Original
The WarChiefs
Act II: Ice
Act I: Fire
Beaumont.png Pierre Beaumont Original Act III: Steel
Pravar patel.png Pravar Patel The Asian Dynasties Act III: India
Sahin.png Sahin The Falcon Original Act I: Blood
Billy Holme Icon.png Sheriff Holme The WarChiefs Act II: Shadow
Tokugawa (Campaign Hero).png Shogun Tokugawa The Asian Dynasties Act I: Japan
General Bolivar.png Simón Bolívar Original Act III: Steel
Stuart Black icon.png Stuart Black Original Act II: Ice
Kuechler icon .png Sven Kuechler The WarChiefs Act I: Fire
General Warwick.png Warwick Original Act II: Ice

Definitive Edition[]

Name Act/Historical Battle
Ahmad Al-Mansur The Battle of the Three Kings
Claude-Pierre Pecaudy Fort Duquesne
El General Grito de Dolores
El Padre Grito de Dolores
General Brock Battle of Queenston Heights
General Jackson Battle of New Orleans
Hizir Reis Algiers
Kassa Hailu The Era of the Princes
Militia Officer The Burning of USS Philadelphia
Oruc Reis Algiers
Sir Francis Drake Raid on the Caribbean
Sultan Mohammed II The Battle of the Three Kings
Frank Warbonnet Act II: Shadow
Usman dan Fodio Fall of the Hausa
Yermak Chuvash Cape

Skins[]

Introduced with the release of The African Royals, the first skins unlockables for heroes were introduced in time limited events.

Hero Skins Event/Patch
Ras Emperor Tewodros African Royals Event / 38254
Emir Usman dan Fodio African Royals Event / 38254
Inca War Chief Manco Inca, Tupac Amaru Anniversary Event / 47581
Aztec War Chief Moctezuma, Tonatiuh AoE II: DE Celebration Event / 50830
Mexican General Tulacingo Officer, Calaca Fiesta Mexicana Event / 54545
United States' General Uncle Sam, Astronaut Fiesta Mexicana Event / 54545
Shaolin Master Lao Chen, Jian Huang Lunar New Year 2022 Event / 61213
British Explorer Elisabet Ramsey, Ada Lovelace International Women's Event / 13.690
Spanish Explorer Heroic Villager, Flamenco Dancer Spring Event / 13.4412
Italian Explorer Vittorio Emanuele II, Venetian Noblewoman, Italian Nun, Roman Centurion Knights of the Mediterranean Event / 13.9057
Maltese Grand Master Morgan Black, Knightess Templar, Ghonella Dame, Alain Magnan Knights of the Mediterranean Event / 13.9057
Lakota War Chief Chayton Black, Wise Woman, Ogle Tanka Un Gift of Nature / 13.12327
Haudenosaunee War Chief Nonahkee, Ká:nien
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Tags (Age of Empires III)
Aoe3 unit type infantry.png Infantry
Aoe3 unit type heavy infantry.png Heavy InfantryAoe3 unit type hand infantry.png Hand Infantry · Musket Infantry
Aoe 3 unit type skirmisher.png Light InfantryFoot Archer · Rifle Infantry
Counter skirmisher
Aoe3 unit type cavalry.png Cavalry / Aoe3 unit type light infantry.png Shock Infantry
Aoe3 unit type heavy cavalry.png Heavy CavalryAoe3 unit type melee cavalry.png Hand Cavalry · Ranged Heavy Cavalry · Lancer
Aoe3 unit type light cavalry.png Light CavalryLight Cavalry
Aoe3 unit type light infantry.png Shock InfantryAoe3 unit type hand shock infantry.png Hand Shock Infantry · Ranged Shock Infantry
Siege related
Aoe3 unit type siege infantry.png Siege unit · Aoe3 unit type artillery.png Artillery · Aoe3 unit type building.png Building · Wall · Aoe3 unit type ship.png Ship
Other
Aoe3 unit type hero.png Hero · Aoe3 unit type mercenary.png Mercenary · Aoe3 unit type pet.png Pet · Aoe3 unit type villager.png Villager
Mother nature
Aoe3 unit type huntable.png Huntable · Aoe3 unit type treasure guardian.png Treasure Guardian
Support tags
Gunpowder unit · Gunpowder cavalry · Grenade Trooper · Archer · Outlaw · Native warrior · Elephant · Camel · Archaic Infantry
All tags with icons are related to the bonus and penalties counter system, except Ranged Shock Infantry (that's hidden on the UI) and the Wall tag (that doesn't have in-game icon)
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