Light, affordable artillery than can fire and reposition quickly. Good against infantry.
—In-game description

The Leather Cannon is an artillery in Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition that is unique to the Swedes and can be trained at the Artillery Foundry. It is a cheaper and weaker artillery that fires faster than heavier ones.

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Upgrades[edit | edit source]

Age Upgrade Cost Effect
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Guard artillery.png Infantry Guns 250 food,
250 wood
Upgrades Leather Cannons to Infantry Guns (+25% hit points and attack, +1 range, +0.5 speed)
Imperial Age
Imperial artillery.png Imperial Infantry Guns 1,500 wood,
1,500 coin
Upgrades Infantry Guns to Imperial (+50% hit points and attack, +1 range, +0.5 speed); requires Infantry Guns

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History[edit | edit source]

The leather cannon was an experimental weapon, first used in northern Europe in the 1620s. The aim was to construct a light and cheap weapon that would bridge the gap between the hand-held musket and the heavy stationary cannon. The first attempts to use them in combat were made by Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden, during the Polish–Swedish War, but were largely unsuccessful.

A relatively thin copper tube was reinforced by heavy cords and finally clad in leather. While the weapon was light enough to be mobile and was cheaper in construction, the basic design proved to be flawed. The reinforcing materials acted as an insulator, and did not allow heat to dissipate fast enough. After only a few shots the gun would be too hot to use. However, it did demonstrate the usefulness of mobile fire support. While short-lived, the leather cannon was copied by numerous nations of Europe, most notably Scotland.
—In-game history section
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