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The Industrial Age is the fourth Age in Age of Empires III, following the Fortress Age. It is characterized by the Industrial Revolution which took place during the 18th and 19th centuries. The Industrial Revolution was a massive economic, social, and technological change facilitated by the introduction of steam power and the use of automated machinery in manufacturing.

In addition, the Industrial Age sees the growth and the rise of militaristic and economic developments. At this point in the game, most players are able to produce large armies of military units and are also able to fortify themselves more effectively. Before advancing, the player will have the option to select one out of the two available politicians, each providing different rewards. The Industrial Age is followed by the Imperial Age and in The WarChiefs, an option for European civilizations (as well as the Mexicans introduced in the Definitive Edition) to revolt instead.

Advancing to the Industrial Age will have following effects;

Methods[]

Advancement to the next Age requires the selection of a method to advance with. Different civilizations will have different methods available:

Politician Bonuses Civilization(s)
Politician cavalier
The Cavalry Marshal
Ships 9 Ruyters Flag DutchDE Dutch
Ships 3 Cuirassiers Flag FrenchDE French
Ships 7 Uhlans Flag GermanDE Germans
Ships 5 Delis* Flag OttomanDE Ottomans
Ships 7 Cossacks Flag RussianDE Russians
Ships 6 Lancers Flag SpanishDE Spanish
Ships 5 Hakkapelits Flag SwedishDE Swedes
Ships 6 Dragoons; +3 Dragoons* Flag ItalianDE Italians
Politician engineer
The Engineer
Ships 2 Falconets; +1 Falconet* Flag BritishDE British
Flag FrenchDE French
Flag GermanDE Germans
Flag ItalianDE Italians
Flag MalteseDE Maltese
Flag OttomanDE Ottomans
Flag RussianDE Russians
Flag SpanishDE Spanish
Flag SwedishDE Swedes
Ships 2 Organ Guns Flag PortugueseDE Portuguese
Politician grand vizier
The Grand Vizier
Ships 3 Sipahi Flag OttomanDE Ottomans
Politician kings musketeer
The King's Musketeer
Ships 10 Musketeers Flag BritishDE British
Flag FrenchDE French
Flag SpanishDE Spanish
Ships 13 Musketeers Flag RussianDE Russians
Ships 8 Skirmishers Flag DutchDE Dutch
Flag PortugueseDE Portuguese
Ships 10 Caroleans Flag SwedishDE Swedes
Politician logistician
The Logistician
Ships 1 Fort Wagon; +1 Frontier Post Wagon* Flag BritishDE British
Flag DutchDE Dutch
Flag ItalianDE Italians
Flag MalteseDE Maltese
Flag OttomanDE Ottomans
Flag RussianDE Russians
Politician papal guard
The Papal Guard
Upgrades Crossbowmen and Pikemen to Guard; allows Crossbowmen and Pikemen to be upgraded to Imperial Flag FrenchDE French
Flag GermanDE Germans
Upgrades Crossbowmen to Royal Guard and Pikemen to Guard; allows Crossbowmen to be upgraded to Imperial Guard and Pikemen to be upgraded to Imperial Flag PortugueseDE Portuguese
Upgrades Crossbowmen to Guard and Pikemen to Royal Guard; allows Crossbowmen to be upgraded to Imperial Flag SpanishDE Spanish
Upgrades Pikemen to Royal Guard Flag SwedishDE Swedes
Ships 5 Papal Guards; +5 Papal Guards*, allows Pikeman and Pavisiers to be upgraded to Imperial, Pikemen can be upgraded to Guard for free, Guard Halberdiers costs 50% less resources, and Guard Pavisiers costs no Wood. Flag ItalianDE Italians
Pikemen can be upgraded to Guard for free, Guard Hospitallers costs 50% less resources, and the Arbalesters upgrade for Crossbowmen costs 53% less resources. Flag MalteseDE Maltese
Politician tycoon
The Tycoon
Ships 1,000 coin Flag BritishDE British
Flag DutchDE Dutch
Flag FrenchDE French
Flag GermanDE Germans
Flag OttomanDE Ottomans
Flag PortugueseDE Portuguese
Flag SwedishDE Swedes
Politician viceroy
The Viceroy
Ships 5 Settlers and 500 food Flag BritishDE British
Ships 5 Settlers and 400 coin Flag DutchDE Dutch
Ships 3 Settler Wagons and 300 wood Flag GermanDE Germans
Ships 6 Fishing Boats and 400 wood Flag PortugueseDE Portuguese
Politician war minister
The War Minister
Ships 7 Oprichniks Flag RussianDE Russians
Ships 12 Rodeleros Flag SpanishDE Spanish
Ships 3 Order Dragoons Flag MalteseDE Maltese
The Pope
The Pope
Ships 1,000 XP; +500 XP* Flag ItalianDE Italians
Flag MalteseDE Maltese
* With the "Advanced Politicians" Home City Card; Italians only

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Units and buildings available[]

Ages in the Age of Empires series
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Stone Age Icon (DE) Stone Age · Tool Age Icon (DE) Tool Age · Bronze Age Icon (DE) Bronze Age · Iron Age Icon (DE) Iron Age

Cut: Prehistoric Age · Republic Age
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DarkageDE Dark Age · FeudalageDE Feudal Age · CastleageDE Castle Age · ImperialageDE Imperial Age
Aom original icon Age of Mythology
ArchaicAge Archaic Age · ClassicalAge Classical Age · HeroicAge Heroic Age · MythicAge Mythic Age · SecretsOfTheTitans Titan Age · AoMR Wonder Age icon Wonder Age
3Icon48px Age of Empires III
Age I tech tree aoe3 Exploration Age · Age II tech tree aoe3 Commerce Age · Age III tech tree aoe3 Fortress Age · Age IV tech tree aoe 3 Industrial Age · Age V tech tree aoe 3 Imperial Age

Revolution Revolution
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GameIcon-DarkAgeAoE4 Dark Age · GameIcon-FeudalAgeAoE4 Feudal Age · GameIcon-CastleAgeAoE4 Castle Age · GameIcon-ImperialAgeAoE4 Imperial Age
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