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Resilient Javanese rebel armed with a spiked bamboo spear to defeat cavalry.
—In-game information

The Javanese Spearman is a revolutionary melee heavy infantry in Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition that is unique to Indonesia and can be trained at the Barracks, Fort, Galleon/Fluyt, and Wokou Junk.


Revolting to Indonesia will turn all Settlers into Javanese Spearmen instead of Revolutionaries, though they can still be trained in place of Settlers.

In terms of stats, Javanese Spearmen are mix between Pikemen and Halberdiers:

  • Javanese Spearmen are cheaper, costing 100 food.
  • Javanese Spearmen have the Halberdier's high hit points (200)
  • Javanese Spearmen move faster than both but has the Pikeman's low melee attack.
  • Unlike both Pikemen and Halberdiers, Javanese Spearmen have a ranged resistance of 30% instead of melee.

Further statistics[]

As Javanese Spearmen are unique to Indonesia, only technologies that their base European civilizations have access to are shown in the following table:

Unit strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Cavalry, light infantry, buildings
Weak vs. Skirmishers, archers, artillery
Hit points Infantry Breastplate.png Infantry Breastplate (+10%)
Cree Tanning.png Cree Tanning (+5%)
Maya Cotton Armor.png Maya Cotton Armor (+20%)
Navajo Weaving.png Navajo Weaving (+5%)
Attack Carib Kasiri Beer.png Carib Kasiri Beer (+10%)
Mapuche Tactics.png Mapuche Tactics (+50% siege attack)
Zapotec Cult of the Dead.png Zapotec Cult of the Dead (+20%)
Yoga.png Yoga (+5%)
Master Lessons.png Master Lessons (+10%)
Speed Military Drummers.png Military Drummers (+10%)
Inca Road-building.png Quechuan Mountaineering (+20%)
Apache Endurance.png Apache Endurance (+5%)
Sight Town Watch.png Town Watch (+2)
Creation speed Standing Army.png Standing Army (-25%)
Inca Chaquis Messengers.png Quechuan Diet (-25%)
Penalties Coffee Trade.png Coffee Trade (-10% speed, Dutch only)

Home City Cards[]

As Javanese Spearmen are unique to Indonesia, only their base European civilizations' cards and other civilizations' TEAM cards are shown in the following tables (for the base civilization, non-TEAM cards will only be applied if they are sent before revolting):

In-game dialogue[]

Depending from which civilization Indonesia revolted from, the Javanese Spearman uses either Dutch or Portuguese Pikeman's dialogue files.


Throughout the Dutch colonialization of the Indonesian archipelago, the people of Java had mounted several uprisings and rebellions, although none of them were successful. Among the most famous rebellions mounted by the Javanese people are the Java War, or better known to the present-day Indonesians as the "Diponegoro War" after their leader, Prince Diponegoro. During the war, the Javanese peasantry were supportive of Diponegoro's cause, with many joining the ranks of the rebel army using whatever they have as a weapon. Later on the rebels would adopt guerrilla warfare which proves to be effective in inflicting heavy personnel and materiel losses for the Dutch. The rebellion was put down after the Dutch resorted to using trickery to capture Diponegoro and exiled him to Sulawesi.

It should be noted that the sharpened bamboo spear used by the Javanese Spearmen (and to a lesser degree, the Chinese/Japanese Sentry), is anachronistic, as it would be used during and after World War II and fashioned after the Japanese takeyari, used to repel paradropped infantry.[1] A more historically accurate choice would be iron-headed spears 12 to 14 feet in length, similar to pikes, used by Javanese warriors with great dexterity.[2][3]



  1. Isnaeni, Hendri F. (2014). Half Myth of Sharp Bamboo. Accessed 13 February 2021.
  2. Crawfurd, John (1856). A Descriptive Dictionary of the Indian Islands and Adjacent Countries. Bradbury and Evans. p. 177.
  3. Egerton W. (1880). An Illustrated Handbook of Indian Arms. W. H. Allen. p. 98.