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This article is about the unit in Age of Empires III. For the unit in Age of Empires IV, see Landsknecht (Age of Empires IV).

Flamboyant German heavy infantry mercenary.
—In-game description

The Landsknecht (correct German plural: Landsknechte) is a mercenary melee heavy infantry in Age of Empires III. It is a slow but powerful infantry, essentially an upgraded Halberdier.


In terms of gameplay Landsknechts do a large amount of damage in melee combat, capable of defeating most hand infantry and cavalry units and can raze buildings quickly. However, as heavy infantry, they are vulnerable to Skirmishers and artillery.

They fulfill a similar role to the Swiss Pikeman and deal a similar amount of anti-cavalry and siege damage, both costing 2 population as well. Landsknechts are slower and more durable.

Special abilities[]

Oberhau ability.png Oberhau (automatically activated when attacking with a cooldown of 15 seconds): The Landsknecht performs a heavy zweihander strike from above that does the same damage of their normal hand attack, but with an AOE of 2.

Further statistics[]

Unit strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Cavalry, Shock Infantry, buildings
Weak vs. Skirmishers, archers, artillery
Hit points Infantry Breastplate.png Infantry Breastplate (+10%)
Thin Red Line.png Thin Red Line (+20%, British only)
Corselet.png Corselet (+25%, Spanish only)
Cree Tanning.png Cree Tanning (+5%)
Maya Cotton Armor.png Maya Cotton Armor (+20%)
Navajo Weaving.png Navajo Weaving (+5%)
Attack Counter Infantry Rifling.png Customized Merc Weapons (+30%, John Black's Mercenaries only)
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%)
Tillys Discipline.png Tilly's Discipline (+20%, Germans only)
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 Thin Red Line.png Thin Red Line (-25% speed, British only)
Coffee Trade.png Coffee Trade (-10% speed, Dutch only)
Tillys Discipline.png Tilly's Discipline (+10% cost, Germans only)
Corselet.png Corselet (-15% speed, Spanish only)

Home City Cards[]


Age of Empires III[]

  • Landsknechts cost 240 coin and 2 population..

Definitive Edition[]

  • With update 23511, Landsknechts have an Oberhau charged attack.

The African Royals[]

In-game dialogue[]

The Landsknecht, similar to the units of the Germans, speaks modern Standard German with a standard theater pronunciation ("Bühnendeutsch"), although this does not represent the form of German spoken in the Age of Empires III timeframe. The dialogue file are the same as for the Jaeger, but with the pitch raised slightly.

  • Select 1 Ja? - Yes?
  • Select 2 Bereit - Ready
  • Select 3 Auftrag? - Order?
  • Move 1 Jawohl - Yes
  • Move 2 Verstanden - Understood
  • Move 3 Wird erledigt - It will be done
  • Attack 1 Angriff! - Attack!
  • Attack 2 In den Kampf! - Into the fight!
  • Attack 3 Jawohl! - Yes!


  • The historical Landsknecht company also fielded large amounts of pikemen and arquebusiers in addition to the doppelsoldner, which is used as its representative unit in the game. The Landsknecht doppelsoldner is considered a separate unit from the German unique unit of the same description, however, and in terms of performance it is the rough equivalent of a Halberdier while its standard counterpart behaves similarly to a Ronin.
    • Historically, the Doppelsoldners were more experienced, doubly-paid vanguards among the Landsknechts.
  • Historically, the Landsknecht was a bitter rival of the mercenary corps of Switzerland (Reisläufer), in large part due to them being considered imitators of their counterpart, yet became increasingly popular upon introduction to the point of supplanting the Swiss all but entirely in service. The two forces were often opposed during the major European conflict of the early sixteenth century, the Great Italian Wars, where the results of their many clashes were often horrific.
  • The Landsknecht's outfit appears to be based on the Osprey published book "The Landsknechts".
  • In the game files there is a mentioning of a unit called "Landsknecht Halberdier" but it didn't make it to the final version of the game.


Regiments of Landsknechts (German for "land knights," or "servants of the land") were formed by Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I. They began as top-notch pikemen, but integrated other weapons, including the new technologies and weapons beginning to appear in the late Renaissance. Doppelsoldners swung great two-handed swords and other Landsknechts were early adopters of the new-fangled arquebus, an early musket.
Landsknechts were known for their outlandish and elaborate clothing. They wore striped leggings, broad-brimmed hats with large plumes, puffy sleeves, and elaborately slashed doublets.