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The Knights of St. John or the Order of St. John was a European religious organization that fought during the Crusades and controlled Malta and parts of Italy. They are featured as a campaign-exclusive civilization in Age of Empires III.


This campaign-exclusive civilization is limited to the Fortress Age and is generally unable to access gunpowder units - most notably, they are entirely reliant on Home city Shipments for Falconets. There as some exceptions - notably, they have access to the Mortar in the Fortress Age and often begin with Highlanders as starting units.

They share two unique units with the Spanish and share the Mediterranean architectural style for many of their buildings. Moreover, their Home City was originally based on the Spanish Home City, although after the release of Knights of the Mediterranean, their Home City now reuses the Maltese Home City (albeit with different buildings).

In Act I: Blood, Morgan Black and the Knights fought forces of the Ottoman Empire, the Spanish, and later the Circle of Ossus over the The Fountain of Youth, a legendary waterfall said to bestow eternal life.


The Knights of St. John do not have civilization-specific features, although they may train the Mortar in the Fortress Age, and the Heavy Fortifications card is available for them in the Fortress Age, granting them Fortified Outposts sooner than any other civilization.

Almost all of their units speak a variant of Middle English, using the same dialogue files as the British, except for the Rodelero and Lancer, who speak Castilian Spanish.

Unique units[]

Randelero de Rodelero: Fast-moving sword and buckler infantry.
Hoop thrower aoe3de Hoop Thrower: Knights of Malta that throw flaming hoops at Janissaries.
Lancer portrait aoe3de updated Lancer: Heavy cavalry armed with a lance for killing infantry.

Heroes and special units[]

During the campaign many of the heroes have special units and ships that accompany them on their adventure, they generally can't be replaced if lost.

Native allies[]


Civilizations in Age of Empires III
AfricanFlag Ethiopian aoe3de Ethiopians · Flag Hausa Hausa
AmericanFederal American: Flag MexicanDE Mexicans · Flag American act3 aoe3de United States
Native American: Flag AztecDE Aztecs · Flag IroquoisDE Haudenosaunee (formerly Iroquois) · Flag IncanDE Inca · Flag SiouxDE Lakota (formerly Sioux)
AsianFlag ChineseDE Chinese · Flag IndianDE Indians · Flag JapaneseDE Japanese
EuropeanFlag BritishDE British · Flag DutchDE Dutch · Flag FrenchDE French · Flag GermanDE Germans · Flag ItalianDE Italians · Flag MalteseDE Maltese · Flag OttomanDE Ottomans · Flag PortugueseDE Portuguese · Flag RussianDE Russians · Flag SpanishDE Spanish · Flag SwedishDE Swedes · Polish · Danes
AfricanAkan Settlement Icon Akan · Berber Settlement Portrait Berbers · Somali Settlement Portrait Somalis · Sudanese settlement portrait Sudanese · Yoruba settlement portait Yoruba
AsianBhakti aoe3de Bhakti Temple · Jesuit aoe3de Jesuit Mission · Native shaolin site icon portrait Shaolin Temple · Sufi aoe3de Sufi Mosque · AOE3DE Tengri Tengri Shrine · Udasi aoe3de Udasi Temple · Zen aoe3de Zen Temple
EuropeanBourbon icon portrait-1 House of Bourbon · Habsburg icon portrait-1 House of Habsburg · Hanover icon portrait-1 House of Hanover · Jagiellon icon portrait-1 House of Jagiellon · Oldenburg icon portrait-1 House of Oldenburg · Phanar icon portrait-1 House of Phanar · Vasa icon portrait-1 House of Vasa · Wettin icon portrait-1 House of Wettin · Wittelsbach icon portrait-1 House of Wittelsbach
Native AmericanApache aoe3de Apache · Aztec native icon aoe3de Aztecs · Carib aoe3de Carib · Cherokee aoe3de Cherokee · Cheyenne aoe3de pre update Cheyenne · Comanche icon aoe3de Comanche · Cree aoe3de Cree · Iroquois aoe3de Haudenosaunee · Huron aoe3de Huron · Klamath settlement portrait Klamath · Sioux aoe3de Lakota · Lenape warrior portrait Lenape · Mapuche icon aoe3de Mapuche · Maya aoe3de Maya · Navajo aoe3de Navajo · Nootka aoe3de Nootka · Inca native icon aoe3de Quechua (formerly Incas) · Seminole aoe3de Seminole · Tupi aoe3de Tupi · Zapotec icon aoe3de Zapotec
CampaignUnited States flag revolt DE Black Family Estate · EIC Flag AoE3DE British · Circle of ossus Circle of Ossus · Flag John Black's Mercenaries DE John Black's Mercenaries · Flag Maltese Cross Knights of St. John · Flag American act3 aoe3de United States
Historical BattlesBarbary States flag revolt Barbary Pirates · Flag CanadianDE Canadians · Flag Ethiopian aoe3de Ethiopians · Flag Moroccan Moroccans · Flag Somali aoe3de Somalians · Flag Tatars aoe3de Tatars · Flag American act3 aoe3de United States