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This article is about the unit in Age of Empires III. For the unit in Age of Empires II: The Conquerors, see Imam (Age of Empires II).

Heals injured units.
—In-game description

The Imam is a special unit in Age of Empires III that is unique to the Ottomans and can be trained at the Mosque. It is identical in all but name and appearance to the Priest.

Imams can garrison in the same buildings as Settlers, and count as a Settler when adding to a Town Center's attack.

Further statistics[]

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

Unit strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Nothing
Weak vs. Everything
Hit points Unction.png Mission Fervor (+35%)
Sight Town Watch.png Town Watch (+2)
Speed Unction.png Mission Fervor (+15%)

Home City Cards[]

As Imams unique to the Ottomans, only their cards and other civilizations' TEAM cards that affects them are shown in the following tables:


Age of Empires III[]

  • Imams cost 200 coin, give 20 XP when trained or killed, train in 40 seconds, and have no train limit.

Definitive Edition[]

  • Imams cost 150 coin, give 15 XP when trained or killed, and train in 30 seconds.
  • Imams' healing rate set to 10.
  • With update 23511, Imams have a train limit of 30.


Imam can refer to a religious leader who guides salat prayer services in a mosque, but also to a leader or ruler with political authority. Imam Shamil was a nineteenth century religious and military leader who fought against Russian armies of his homeland in present day Daghestan, which lies between Chechnya and the Caspian Sea. The inhabitants of the northern Caucasus had fought incursion by other rulers for centuries, against the Ottoman Empire in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries and against Russia in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. After the deaths of the first and second Imams of Daghestan (Ghazi Mollah and Gamzat-bek), Imam Shamil took over the guerilla resistance to the Tsar's armies. Shamil became the third Imam of Daghestan and is known for his great physical strength and for his iron-fisted resistance to Russia.


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