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A wise man gets more use from his enemies than a fool from his friends.
—Baltasar Gracián, Spanish Jesuit

The Jesuit Mission is a native Asian religious settlement featured in Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties. Like all natives, they can be allied with by building a Trading Post at their Trading Post site.


Conquistador aoe3de.png Conquistador: European adventurer armed with a gun and riding horseback. Good against cavalry.


Jesuit technologies focus on Settler training time reductions, gunpowder units' damage against buildings, and building hit points.

Age Technology Cost Effect
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Flying Buttress.png Flying Buttress 250 wood,
250 coin
Buildings get +20% hit points
Smokeless Powder.png Smokeless Powder 250 food,
250 coin
Gunpowder units get +30% siege attack
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Christian Schools.png Christian Schools 100 wood,
100 coin
Villager train time -15%


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The Jesuits are also a Commerce Age Alliance option in Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition - The African Royals, available to the Ethiopians. As soon as the player advances into the Commerce Age or higher by allying with the Jesuits, an Church Builder appears at the Home City shipment point, which can be retrained at Town Centers if it or the Church are destroyed, allow Conquistadors to be trained at the Palace and Native Embassy, and the Christian Schools and Flying Buttress technologies to be researched at the Mountain Monastery.


Colonial age up.png 1 Church Builder and 400 XP
Fortress age up.png 1 Church Builder and 600 XP
Industrial age up.png 1 Church Builder and 1,000 XP
Imperial age up.png 1 Church Builder and 2,000 XP


This Holy Site is identical to a Native Trade Site. Allying with Natives allows a player to train special Native units, usually warriors, and also grants access to a group of improvements to that tribe. Native units do not cost any population spaces, but can only be built in limited numbers.

The Jesuits are an order of Roman Catholic men who follow the Latin phrase: Ad majorem Dei gloriam, meaning “for the greater glory of God.” The order’s primary goal has been to spread the teachings of the church, and in doing so it has made lasting contributions in the fields of education and scholarship.

Founded by Saint Ignatius of Loyola in 1534 and confirmed by Pope Paul III in 1540, the Jesuits original mission was to travel to the Holy Land and convert all of the Muslims to Christianity, but with the outbreak of war with the Ottoman Empire, the plan never came to fruition. Instead, the order subjected its authority to the will of the Pope and became missionaries wherever they were needed. Missions were established in India and Japan, into the interior of China, and along the coast of Africa. Perhaps the most well known Jesuit missionaries lived and taught in the New World, where they created reductions, village communities under their spiritual guidance and leadership.

As many in the order voyaged abroad, scores of Jesuits traveled throughout Europe building communities and doing their best to embolden the Counter Reformation movement, strengthening Roman Catholicism and weakening the growing Protestant threat. By 1740, more than 650 Jesuit universities had been founded across the continent, as well as 200 seminaries and academies of religious study.