Chinese heavy cavalry. Good against archers, skirmishers, and artillery.
—In-game description

The Iron Flail is a melee heavy cavalry in Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties that is unique to the Chinese and are trained as part of Forbidden Army and Imperial Army.

Overview Edit

The Iron Flail is one of the most important heavy cavalry units offered by the Chinese; depending on the situation, if used with Beiyang Army (Keshiks + Steppe Riders) units, the Forbidden Army proves good against artillery, light cavalry, light infantry, Skirmishers, and archers. When used with the Imperial Army, they are good against heavy infantry, heavy cavalry, archers, skirmishers and light infantry; for heavy artillery have lesser impact. However, they are most effective when combined with either Hand Mortars or/and Flying Crows and with Territorial Army or Old Han Army units.

Upgrades Edit

The Iron Flail is automatically upgraded to Disciplined (+20% hit points and attack) at the Fortress Age.

Age Upgrade Cost Effect
Ages industrial
Honored iron flail Honored Iron Flail 300 wood,
300 coin
Upgrades Iron Flails to Honored (+30% hit points and attack)
Ages imperial
Exalted iron flail Exalted Iron Flail 750 wood,
750 coin
Upgrades Iron Flails to Exalted (+50% hit points and attack); requires Honored Iron Flail

Further statistics Edit

As the Iron Flail can only be trained by the Chinese, only improvements available to them (including native improvements) are listed here.

Unit strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Ranged infantry, light infantry, artillery
Weak vs. Heavy infantry, light cavalry
Hit points Comanche Horse Breeding Comanche Horse Breeding (+10%)
Cree Tanning Cree Tanning (+5%)
Navajo Weaving Navajo Weaving (+5%)
Attack Yoga Yoga (+5%)
Speed Comanche Mustangs Comanche Mustangs (+10%)
Apache Endurance Apache Endurance (+5%)
Creation speed Cheyenne Horse Trading Cheyenne Horse Trading (-12%, Imperial Army)
Train cost Mapuche Ad-mapu Mapuche Ad-mapu (-10% coin cost, Forbidden Army and Imperial Army)
Other Merritocracy Meritocracy (-20% upgrade cost)

Home City Cards Edit

As the Iron Flail is exclusive to the Chinese, only other civilizations' TEAM cards that affects them are listed here.

History Edit

The flail is a medieval weapon used primarily in Europe during the thirteenth to fifteenth centuries. Its construction consists of a weighted head, often spiked, that is attached to a wooden handle with a whip or length of chain. While not as commonly used in Asia, the flail was quite similar to other flail weapons, such as the Chinese nunchaku, or two-section staff, and Sanjiegun, or three-section staff.

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