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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.


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 Shock 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[]

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. In Act III: India of The Asian Dynasties, the East India Company deploys Highlanders against the rebelling Indians.

Further statistics[]

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

Home City Cards[]

In-game dialogue[]

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

  • Select 1 Seadh? - Yes?
  • Select 2 Deiseil - Ready
  • Select 3 Dé'n t-òrdugh? - What is your order?
  • Move 1 Tha mi a'tuigsinn - I understand
  • Move 2 Nì mi sin - I'll do that
  • Move 3 Mi cuir an seo 'ghas' (?) - I will go here
  • Attack 1 Ionnsaigh! - Attack!
  • Attack 2 Gu blàr! - To battle!
  • Attack 3 Seadh, tha mi deiseil! - Yes, I'm ready!


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.