Ships 8 Middle Guard Grenadiers from the motherland. Any remaining Young Guard are upgraded to Middle Guard.
—In-game description

Imperial Middle Guard is a technology in Age of Empires III that is unique to the French and can be researched at the Church once the Industrial Age is reached, the Edict of Nantes Home City Card has been sent, and Imperial Young Guard is researched. Once researched, 8 Guard Grenadiers named Middle Guards will appear in the Home City shipment point and the previous four Young Guards (if they still remain) are upgraded to Middle Guards. The Incendiary Grenades technology will also be automatically researched for the player.

Imperial Middle Guard, along with its further upgrade Imperial Old Guard and the previous Imperial Young Guard, is the only way for the French to acquire Grenadiers. In the Definitive Edition, however, the French can train Grenadiers once the "Grenade Launchers" Home City Card is sent. Researching Imperial Guard technologies will effectively upgrade the Grenadiers to Veteran and Guard levels automatically along with automatically adding the Incendiary Grenades technology.

Changelog[edit | edit source]

Age of Empires III[edit | edit source]

Definitive Edition[edit | edit source]

  • The technology is renamed Imperial Middle Guard
  • The technology is made researchable from the Industrial Age. With update 23511, this change is reverted, and the technology grants +10% hitpoints and attack for Grenadiers instead of Guard Grenadiers upgrade.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

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