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Armored vehicle with cannons pointing in all directions. Let's have a ride on the merry-go-round!
—In-game description

Leonardo's Tank is an artillery unit in Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition - Knights of the Mediterranean that is unique to the Italians and can only be acquired as an age up reward after sending the Advanced Politicians Home City Card and aging up to the Imperial Age.


Leonardo's Tank is an untrainable artillery unit. The only way to obtain it is by sending the Advanced Politicians Home City Card and choosing The Inventor to age up to the Imperial Age. This will reward the player with one Leonardo's Tank, which can only be obtained once per game and cannot be obtained again if lost. Even if it is not lost during the game, Home City cards or researching Jagiellonian Legacy will not reward the player with a second Tank.

Compared to other artillery units, Leonardo's Tank has a massive amount of hit points, more speed, faster Rate of Fire, resists ranged, melee and siege attacks, takes no population space, and has seven cannons surrounding it, but its siege attack is lesser (causes the same base siege attack as Flaming Arrows). Due to its multiple cannons, Leonardo's Tank is able to fire in any direction without having to turn almost completely in order to face the enemy's units or buildings. It has the ability to collect treasures like the Explorer or Villagers, which makes it the only artillery unit capable of doing it.

Despite these unique features, Leonardo's Tank lacks multipliers against infantry, deals less additional damage against buildings, and is vulnerable against cavalry units that can outnumber it, Culverins, Huaracas, and Arrow Knights. However, it is a highly resistant artillery piece that can take a lot of damage from most units or defensive buildings, so it could be considered a mobile fortification.

Special abilities[]

  • Explosive shot sebastopol mortar.png Heliocentric Attack: Leonardo's Tank fires six cannonballs instantly. 10 seconds cooldown.
  • Ability toccata attack.png Toccata Attack: Leonardo's Tanks fires all its cannons in a cascading attack. 10 seconds cooldown.

Cheat unit[]

Players can obtain Leonardo's Tank as a cheat unit by typing the cheat code venividivinci in the chatbox. It is similar to the regular unit, sharing its name, portrait, in-game model and abilities, but has higher hit points, resistance, speed, deals a massive amount of siege damage and has multipliers against infantry and ships.

Additionally, it has a trample attack similar to The Tommynator, which deals 100 ram damage to every enemy units and trees on contact. It will not kill wild animals but will destroy their food value, so if a player hunts them, they will not give any food. Since this unit can destroys forests, players should be careful on using it if they are short on wood.

Further statistics[]

Unit strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Infantry, ships, buildings
Weak vs. Cavalry, Culverins, Arrow Knights

Home City Cards[]

  • Green: TEAM Shipment that is sent to each player in a team
  • Blue: Shipment that arrives fast (5 seconds)


Card Description Age HC level
Team engineering school.png TEAM Engineering School Artillery, Grenade Trooper, Petard, Ram, Mantlet, Flamethrower, Siege Elephant, Black Flag Army, and Mongolian Army train time -15%; Heavy Cannons, Rockets, Great Bombards, and Flying Crows train 10% faster
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The TEAM Engineering School card is also available to the Swedes in the Industrial Age


Card Description Age HC level
Ottoman Home City 2 (Artillery Hitpoints).png TEAM Artillery Hitpoints Artillery and Grenade Trooper get +15% hit points
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The TEAM Artillery Hitpoints card is available to the Ottomans and the Portuguese (in the Fortress Age)


Card Description Age HC level
Shivajis tactics.png TEAM Shivaji's Tactics All units get +5% hit points and attack
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Card Description Age
Mexico card Palace of Iturbide.png Advanced Politicians The next Age up researches twice as fast and all Politicians now grant additional rewards
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The Advanced Politicians card is required to get Leonardo's Tank as a reward for aging up to the Imperial Age by choosing The Inventor.


Card Description Age
Maltese Home City 2 (TEAM Knights of the Round Table).png TEAM Knights of the Round Table Ships 1 Hospitaller for each Center owned by the player; increases all unit hit points by 2%
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Card Description Age
Mexico card TEAM Mariachi.png TEAM Mariachi For the next 30 seconds, military buildings have their work rate increased by 400% and units have their speed increased by 10%
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Card Description Age HC level
Spanish Home City 3 (Inquisition).png TEAM Inquisition All units get +10 LOS
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  • With the Hussite Wagon, Leonardo's Tank is the second armored fighting vehicle introduced in the Age of Empires series.
    • Ironically, Leonardo's Tank was originally meant to intimidate the enemy rather to be used as a serious weapon.
  • Leonardo's Tank in-game model has seven coats of arms that belong to Italian cities, which are identified by their respective heraldry.
    • Pisa, Pissan cross
    • Florence, red fleur-de-lis, or Florentine lily
    • Venice, Lion of Saint Mark
    • Turin, bull in yellow
    • Genoa, red cross of Saint George
    • Rome, Greek cross and the acronym SPQR, of the Latin expression Senatus Populus Que Romanus (English: The Senate and People of Rome)
  • When hovering the cursor over Leonardo's Tank, the description of it reads "Conical, Comical, Cannonical".
  • When idle, Leonardo's Tank uses the Tommynator, BigAndy and Monster Ice Cream Truck's idle audio files.


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Military units in Age of Empires III
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* added in The WarChiefs   ** in the Definitive Edition