"Powerful Musketeer from Scotland."
In-game description

The Highlander is a mercenary in Age of Empires III. It is a stronger version of the Musketeer.

Overview Edit

Like the Musketeer, Highlanders are solid ranged units that are effective against cavalry and decent against heavy infantry. Highlanders are more effective against infantry than their counterparts simply because they have such high damage, though they are still vulnerable to light infantry and artillery who outrange them. They are also relatively effective against buildings. With all hit point improvement upgrades (Cree or Navajo) and cards (Dutch, Indians, and Portuguese allies), the Spanish Scottish Highlander is the ranged infantry with the highest hit points, 700.

Campaign appearances Edit

In some scenarios of the Act I: Blood campaign, a number of Highlanders, while they cannot be trained by Knights of St. John, accompany the knights, most likely because of the presence of Scottish knight hero Morgan Black.

Further statistics Edit

Unit strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Cavalry, light infantry, heavy infantry
Weak vs. Skirmishers, archers, artillery
Hit points Flint lock Flint Lock (+10%)
Thin Red Line Thin Red Line (+20%, British only)
Corselet Corselet (+25%, Spanish only)
Cree Tanning Cree Tanning (+5%)
Navajo Weaving Navajo Weaving (+5%)
Attack Socket Bayonet Socket Bayonet (+20% melee attack)
Paper cartridge Paper Cartridge (+15%)
Counter Infantry Rifling Customized Merc Weapons (+30%, John Black's Mercenaries only)
Iroquois lacrosse Iroquois Lacrosse (+10%, vanilla Age of Empires III only)
Yoga Yoga (+5%)
Smokeless Powder Smokeless Powder (+30% siege attack)
Clenched Fist Clenched Fist (+30% melee attack)
Speed Military Drummers Military Drummers (+10%)
Tillys Discipline Tilly's Discipline (+20% speed, Germans only)
Inca Road-building Incan Road-building (+20%)
Apache Endurance Apache Endurance (+5%)
Sight Town Watch Town Watch (+2)
Creation speed Standing Army Standing Army (-25%)
Inca Chaquis Messengers Incan Chasquis Messengers (-25%)
Train cost Mapuche Ad-mapu Mapuche Ad-mapu (-10% coin cost)
Other Black Watch The Black Watch (ships 8 Highlanders, British only)
Penalties Thin Red Line Thin Red Line (-25% speed, British only)
Coffee Trade Coffee Trade (-10% speed, Dutch only)
Tillys Discipline Tilly's Discipline (+10% cost, Germans only)
Corselet Corselet (-15% speed, Spanish only)

Home City Cards Edit

In-game dialogue Edit

The Highlander speaks Scottish Gaelic, a Celtic language, which is also spoken by Morgan Black.

  • Seadh? (Yes?)
  • Deiseil (Ready)
  • Dé'n t-òrdugh? (What is your order?)
  • Tha mi a'tuigsinn (I understand)
  • Nì mi sin (I'll do that)
  • Mi cuir an seo 'ghas' (?) (I will go here)
  • Ionnsaigh! (Attack!)
  • Gu blàr! (To battle!)
  • Seadh, dèan mi seasamh! (Yes, standing!)

History Edit

"The Highlanders were clansmen warriors and soldiers from the highlands of Scotland. A group of Highlanders raised in 1745 under the banner of Prince Charles Edward Stuart, also known as Bonnie Prince Charles or the Young Pretender, fought against English royalist armies with the goal of restoring the Scottish line of kings (the Stuarts) to the throne of England. They were ultimately unsuccessful and many highlanders scattered to mainland Europe and America to escape the ruthless oppression of the Scottish Highlands. In their new homes, regiments of these Scotsmen fought as part of other armies.

Highlanders carried swords, daggers and rifles. They wore kilts, bonnets (a seamless and brimless woolen cap typically with a strip of tartan around the headband) and double-breasted coats.

Gallery Edit

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