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A Knight of Malta armed with a great sword. Absorbs some of the damage inflicted to nearby allies. Faster near Buildings.
—In-game description

The Hospitaller is a heavy melee infantry in Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition - Knights of the Mediterranean that is unique to the Maltese.


The Hospitaller is a heavy melee infantry unit that deals area of effect damage. Its most comparable unit is the German Doppelsoldner, which costs the same total resources, but more coin and less food. As food can be gathered faster by Villagers, Hospitallers are cheaper to train in comparison. They have slightly more hit points (250 vs. 240), train 5 seconds faster, but are equal in speed and resistances. Their main difference is in their damage; both deal 20 damage, but the Doppelsoldner has double the AOE and better multipliers against cavalry and Shock Infantry. The Doppelsoldner deals 33% more siege damage. Factoring this together, the Hospitaller can be seen as a weaker, but cheaper and faster-to-train Doppelsoldner (in raw stats).

Besides its raw stats, the Hospitaller can deflect damage from nearby units, which may aid in protecting more valuable units. Additionally, they gain extra speed when near buildings, making them more effective at chasing units trying to stay out of melee range.

Special abilities[]

  • Deflection ability.png Deflection: Absorb 30% of the damage inflicted to nearby allies
  • Ability courage aura.png Courage Aura: Move faster near own and allies buildings
  • Ability pistol attack.png Pistol Attack (requires the 'Dignitaries' Home City Card): Charged ability that performs a ranged pistol attack


Age Upgrade Cost Effect
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Veteran sword infantry.png Veteran Hospitallers 200 wood, 200 coin Upgrades Hospitallers to Veteran (+20% hit points and attack)
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Guard sword infantry.png Guard Hospitallers 600 wood, 600 coin Upgrades Hospitallers to Guard (+30% hit points and attack); requires Veteran Hospitallers
Imperial Age
Imperial sword infantry.png Imperial Hospitallers 1,500 wood, 1,500 coin Upgrades Hospitallers to Imperial (+50% hit points and attack); requires Guard Hospitallers

Further statistics[]

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

Home City Cards[]

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

  • Green: TEAM Shipment that is sent to each player in a team


Card Description Age
Dutch Home City 2 (Infantry Hitpoints).png TEAM Infantry Hitpoints Infantry get +15% hit points
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Card Description Age
Shivajis tactics.png TEAM Shivaji's Tactics All units get +5% hit points and attack
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Card Description Age
Iroquois Home City 2 (Scout Infantry).png TEAM Scout Infantry Infantry get +8 LOS
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Card Description Age
Japanese Home City 3 (Cheaper Unit Upgrades).png TEAM Cheaper Unit Upgrades Unit upgrades cost -20%
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Card Description Age
Maltese Home City 2 (TEAM Knights of the Round Table).png TEAM Knights of the Round Table Ships 1 Hospitaller for each Town Center owned by the player; increases all unit hit points by 2%
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Maltese Home City 2 (Knights of Bodrum).png Knights of Bodrum Ships 1 Hospitaller for each Outpost owned by the player
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Maltese Home City 2 (Knights of Rhodes).png Knights of Rhodes Ships 3 Hospitallers for each Commandery owned by the player
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Maltese Home City 2 (5 Hospitallers).png 5 Hospitallers Ships 5 Hospitallers
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Maltese Home City 2 (4 Hospitallers).png 4 Hospitallers Ships 4 Hospitallers
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Maltese Home City 2 (8 Hospitallers).png 8 Hospitallers Ships 8 Hospitallers
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Maltese Home City 2 (Sovereign Order of Malta).png Sovereign Order of Malta Sentinel, Hospitaller and Fire Thrower get +15% attack and hit points
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Maltese Home City 2 (Dignitaries).png Dignitaries Hospitaller ranged resist +0.2, LOS +4, and Hospitallers now use a charged 'Pistol Attack' with a range of 14
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Maltese Home City 2 (Knights of Malta).png Knights of Malta Ships 5 Hospitallers for each Fort owned by the player
Age IV tech tree aoe 3.png
Maltese Home City 3 (De Redin Towers).png De Redin Towers Ships 2 Outpost Wagons; Outposts can now train Crowssbowmen, Pikemen, Hospitallers, Sentinels and Fire Throwers
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Card Description Age
Spanish Home City 1 (Hand Infantry Attack).png TEAM Hand Infantry Attack Melee infantry get +15% attack
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Spanish Home City 3 (Inquisition).png TEAM Inquisition All units get +10 LOS
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  • Depending on some improvements, Hospitallers can get different head skins:
    • Dignitaries Home City Card gives a top hat.
    • Teutonic Knight unique Church upgrade gives a great helm.


The Hospitallers were originally a knightly order founded in Jerusalem during the Crusades. They derived the byname from their association with the hospital of St. John in Jerusalem, and grew over time to become one of the most prominent Christian knightly orders. However, as their holdings in the Holy Land and eastern Mediterranean were gradually pried away, their power faded. However, they experienced a resurgence in 1530 when they were granted the island of Malta, which they held despite numerous invasions until 1798. Hospitaller soldiers were famed for their bravery, piety, and steadfast loyalty to the order which they served.


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