|“||Ships 15 Old Guard Grenadiers. Any remaining Middle Guard are upgraded to Old Guard.||”|
Imperial Old 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 Middle Guard is researched. Once researched, 15 Royal Guard Grenadiers named Old Guard will appear in the Home City shipment point and the previous twelve Middle Guards (if they still remain) will be upgraded to Old Guards.
Imperial Old Guard, along with the previous Imperial Young Guard and Imperial Middle 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.
Age of Empires III
- The technology is named Garde Imperial 3 and it grants +10% hitpoints and attack for Grenadiers.
- The technology is renamed Imperial Old Guard. With Update 23511, it grants Guard Grenadiers upgrade instead of +10% hitpoints and attack.
- The French Expeditionary Company and French Expeditionary Force (if sent at the Industrial Age), available for the Chinese and the Indians in The Asian Dynasties through the Consulate by allying with the French, includes Old Guards. Unlike the French version however, the Consulate version is automatically upgraded in every Age.
|Unique Church/Mosque technologies in Age of Empires III|
|Age of Empires III|
|British||Thin Red Line · The Black Watch · Roger's Rangers|
|Dutch||Coffee Trade · Waardgelders · Blue Guards|
|French||Code Napoleon · Imperial Young Guard · Imperial Middle Guard · Imperial Old Guard|
|Germans||Tilly's Discipline · Wallenstein's Contracts · Zweihander|
|John Black's Mercenaries||Indian Friendship · Customized Merc Weapons|
|Knights of St. John||Corselet · Tax Burden · High Crusade|
|Ottomans||New Order Infantry* · Tufanci Corps · Topcu Corps|
|Portuguese||Encomienda Manor · Besteiros · Order of the Tower and the Sword|
|Russians||Westernization · Kalmucks · Petrine Reforms · Bashkir Ponies|
|Spanish||Corselet · Royal Alabarderos · Wild Geese|
|Swedes||Push of Pike* · Savolax Jaegers* · Gustavian Guards*|
|United States||Grand Encampment · American Patriots|
|* added in the Definitive Edition|
|All of the listed technologies require the Royal Decree Home City Cards unique for each civilization|