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This article is about the unit in Age of Empires III. For the unit in other games of the series, see Imam.

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.


See also[]

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Civilian units in Age of Empires III
AOE3Icon.png Age of Empires III
Settler · Fishing Boat · Priest · Surgeon · Hot Air Balloon · Native Scout · Cree Coureur des Bois · Wagon (Bank · Covered · Factory · Fort · Homestead* · Livestock Pen* · Military* · Outpost · Prospector* (Silver · Gold) · Trading Post)
Flag DutchDE.png DutchEnvoy
Flag FrenchDE.png FrenchCoureur des Bois
Flag GermanDE.png GermansSettler Wagon
Flag OttomanDE.png OttomansImam
Flag SpanishDE.png SpanishMissionary
WarchiefsIcon.png The WarChiefs
Villager · Fishing Boat · Town Travois
Flag AztecDE.png AztecsEagle Scout* · Warrior Priest · Farm Travois · Nobles' Hut Travois · Trading Post Travois · War Hut Travois
Flag IroquoisDE.png HaudenosauneeHealer · Travois
Flag SiouxDE.png LakotaHealer · Farm Travois · Trading Post Travois · War Hut Travois
DynastiesIcon.png The Asian Dynasties
Villager · Fishing Boat · Rickshaw (Castle · Dock · Market · Monastery · Town · Trading Post) · Mongol Scout
Flag ChineseDE.png ChineseBlockhouse Wagon · Village Rickshaw
Flag IndianDE.png IndiansGrove Rickshaw · Sacred Field Rickshaw
Flag JapaneseDE.png JapaneseArsenal · Church · Dojo Rickshaw · Military Rickshaw · Orchard Rickshaw · Rice Paddy Rickshaw · Shrine Wagon
Age3DE Icon.png Definitive Edition
Flag IncanDE.png IncasPriestess · Chasqui · Builder Travois · Farm Travois · Native Embassy Travois · Stronghold Travois · Tambo Travois · War Hut Travois
Flag SwedishDE.png SwedesTorp Wagon
Flag American act3 aoe3de.png United StatesCoal Prospector Wagon · Meeting House Wagon
Revolution.png RevolutionDiamond Prospector Wagon
The African Royals
Villager · Fishing Canoe · Town Center Builder · Berber Nomad · Berber Salt Camel
Flag Ethiopian aoe3de.png EthiopiansAbun
Flag Hausa.png HausaGriot
Knights of the Mediterranean
Flag ItalianDE.png ItaliansArchitect
Flag MalteseDE.png MalteseFixed Gun Wagon
*introduced in the Definitive Edition