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Powerful heavy artillery from the foundries of Europe.
—In-game description

The Li'l Bombard is a mercenary heavy artillery unit in Age of Empires III: The WarChiefs. It is the strongest artillery unit in the game.

Overview[]

The Li'l Bombard has a decent number of hit points, unlike other artillery units. It is very slow but is very good at taking down ships and buildings. It can also attack other units, but it is very vulnerable to cavalry designed to counter artillery. It uses the same model that the Great Cannon and Redoubt Cannon originally use. The Li'l Bombard is a smaller version of the Great Bombard.

Although slow and extremely expensive, just three of these Bombards will destroy nearly all infantry that approaches them. They also surprisingly do well against cavalry because they have high base damage instead of having a large attack bonus against infantry. They are actually capable of taking out entire armies of cavalry provided they are guarded well. However, since update 43871, they received a negative multiplier against cavalry and shock infantry, reducing the damage done by the Li'l Bombard to these units by 25%. Li'l Bombards should be used similarly to Heavy Cannons. Be sure to guard them with heavy infantry or light ranged cavalry. With the hit point improvement upgrade and all cards (any European and Indian allies), the Chinese Li'l Bombard is the artillery with the highest hit points, 1,008.

Civilization differences[]

Further statistics[]

Unit strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Land units, ships, buildings
Weak vs. Cavalry, shock infantry, artillery (especially Culverins), Arrow Knights, MercType2
Improvements
Hit points Professional gunners Professional Gunners (+10%)
Gadaa System Gadaa System (+5%; Ethiopians only)
Tar kilns Tar Kilns (+5%)
Attack Gadaa System Gadaa System (+5%; Ethiopians only)
Smokeless Powder Smokeless Powder (+5%)
Heated Shot Heated Shot (+50% multiplier vs. ships)
Som ajuran engineers Somali Ajuran Engineers (+20% multiplier vs. Frontier fortification)
Line of Sight Gunners Quadrant Gunner's Quadrant (+6)
Town Watch Town Watch (+3)
Speed Trunion Trunion (+15%)
Apache Endurance Apache Endurance (+5%)
Train time Blue Nile Ties Blue Nile Ties (-15%; Ethiopians only)
Immigrants Immigrants (-10%)
New Mexico Immigration New Mexico Immigration (-10%; United States only)
Philhellenism Philhellenism (-10%)
Strangers' Quarters Strangers' Quarters (-10%; Africans only)
Wallensteins Contracts Wallenstein's Contracts (-10%; Germans only)
Cost Blue Nile Ties Blue Nile Ties (-15%; Ethiopians only)
Wallensteins Contracts Wallenstein's Contracts (-15%; Germans only)
Philhellenism Philhellenism (-10%)
Mapuche Ad-mapu Mapuche Ad-mapu (-10% coin cost)
Golden liberty Golden Liberty (-5% coin cost)
Yemeni Relations Yemeni Relations (exchanges cost for 50% coin, 50% influence; Ethiopians only)
Improved cannon trade Improved Cannon Trade (changes cost to 700 coin, 400 influence; Africans only)

Home City Cards[]

Click for a list of Home City Cards related to the Li'l Bombard
Some cards are highlighted with:
Green TEAM Shipment that is sent to each player in a team
Purple Shipment that can be sent an INFINITE number of times
Red Shipment that can be sent twice
Blue Shipment that arrives fast (5 seconds)

All[]

Card Description Age
Baja California Home City (Outlaw Combat) Outlaw Combat Outlaws and mercenaries get +15% hit points and attack damage (costs 500 coin for Baja California)
Revolution

Africans[]

Card Description Age
Trainspeed africa Feudal Armies All units' train time -15%; hero respawn time -15%
Age III tech tree aoe3
Loyal warriors Loyal Warriors Native warriors, mercenaries, and outlaws cost -15% (also affects shipments)
Age III tech tree aoe3

Chinese[]

Card Description Age
Ottoman Home City 2 (Light Artillery Hitpoints) Siege Hitpoints Artillery and Flamethrowers get +15% hit points; grenade troopers get +20% hit points
Age II tech tree aoe3
Ottoman Home City 2 (Artillery Attack) Siege Attack Artillery and Flamethrowers get +15% attack damage; grenade troopers get +20% attack damage
Age II tech tree aoe3
Artillery Combat Siege Combat Artillery get +15% hit points and attack damage; Flamethrowers and grenade troopers get +20% hit points and attack damage
Age III tech tree aoe3
Western reforms Western Reforms All units get +8% hit points and attack damage
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
Team engineering school TEAM Engineering School Artillery, Fixed Gun, Siege Elephant, Flamethrower, Ram, Mantlet, and Haudenosaunee Mantlet train time -15%; Heavy Cannon, Great Bombard, Rocket, Flying Crow, and Gatling Camel train time -5% instead
Age II tech tree aoe3
Acupuncture aoe3 Acupuncture All units' (except monks) train time -20%; Heavy Cannon, Flying Crow, and Summer Palace banner army spawn time -5%
Age III tech tree aoe3

Dutch[]

Card Description Age
Dutch Home City 5 (Dutch States Army) Dutch States Army Mercenary train time -15% and shipments arrive time -20%; mercenaries (except Napoleon Guns and Li'l Bombards) get +7% speed; Highlanders can be trained at Barracks, Royal Horsemen at Stables, and both at the Tavern; Pikemen, Halberdiers, Skirmishers, Hussars, and Ruyters cost +10%
Age III tech tree aoe3

Ethiopians[]

Card Description Age
Ignatian spirituality Ignatian Spirituality All units get +5% hit points and regeneration capability even while in combat
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
Ethiopian Home City 5 (Italian Firearms) Italian Firearms Delivers 3 Li'l Bombards; artillery except Culverins get +25% Area of Effect; costs 2,500 influence
Age IV tech tree aoe 3

Europeans[]

Card Description Age
French Home City 3 (Engineering School) Engineering School Artillery, Fixed Gun, Siege Elephant, Flamethrower, Ram, Mantlet, and Haudenosaunee Mantlet train time -30%; Heavy Cannon, Great Bombard, Rocket, Flying Crow, and Gatling Camel train time -10% instead
Age II tech tree aoe3
British Home City 5 (Hire Lil Bombards) Hire Li'l Bombards Delivers 3 Li'l Bombards; costs 2,000 coin
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
Revolutionary French Home City (Flying Battery) Flying Battery Falconets, Culverins, Mortars, Horse Artillery, Heavy Cannons, Napoleon Guns, and Li'l Bombards get +1.1 speed and -10% Rate of Fire
Revolution
Loyal warriors Loyal Warriors Native warriors, mercenaries, and outlaws cost -15%; "TEAM 4 Zenata Rider", "Recruit Xebec", "Recruit Xebecs", and "15 Berber Allies" cost no coin
Revolution
Indonesia Home City (Lantakas) Lantakas Artillery, buildings, and ships get +15% attack damage
Revolution
South Africa Home City (Wanderlust) Wanderlust Land units get +5% hit points; land villagers and wagons get +5% speed
Revolution
United States Home City (Knox Continental Artillery) Knox's Continental Artillery Delivers 5 Consulate Culverins; artillery get +10% hit points and -10% train time; Culverins get +20% hit points and -25% train time instead; costs 500 wood
Revolution
  • "Engineering School" is available to the French, Ottomans, Portuguese, Russians, and Swedes.
  • "Hire Li'l Bombards" is not available to the Ottomans, and also available to the Germans and Spanish upon revolting to Argentina.
  • "Flying Battery" is available to the Germans, Italians, and Spanish upon revolting to Argentina, and French upon revolting to Revolutionary France.
  • "Loyal Warriors" is available to the Italians, Maltese, Ottomans, and Portuguese upon revolting to the Barbary States.
  • "Lantakas" is available to the Dutch and Portuguese upon revolting to Indonesia.
  • "Wanderlust" is available to the British and Dutch upon revolting to South Africa, and can be sent 3 times.
  • "Knox's Continental Artillery" is available to the British, Dutch, French, Italians, and Swedes upon revolting to the United States.

French[]

Card Description Age
Revolutionary French Home City (Cult of the Supreme Being) Cult of the Supreme Being The player gains +10% XP from training units and other players receive -10% XP from defeating them; Sansculottes gather resources from Crates 50% faster; food from Berry Bushes and Cherry Orchards 25% faster; wood from trees and Mango Groves and coin from mines 20% faster; food from huntable and herdable animals, Mills, Farms and coin from Estates 15% faster
Revolution

Germans[]

Card Description Age
German Home City 5 (Improved Mercenaries) Improved Mercenaries Mercenaries get +15% hit points and attack damage
Age III tech tree aoe3
German Home City 5 (Adler von Lübeck) Adler von Lübeck Delivers 1 Battleship and 1 Privateer; Battleships can train mercenaries; costs 900 food, 900 wood, 900 coin
Age III tech tree aoe3

Hausa[]

Card Description Age
Hausa Home City Cards 5 (Sahelian Kingdoms) Sahelian Kingdoms Native warriors get +15% hit points and attack damage; mercenaries and outlaws get +10% hit points and attack damage
Age IV tech tree aoe 3

Indians[]

Card Description Age
Shivajis tactics TEAM Shivaji's Tactics All units get +5% hit points and attack damage
Age IV tech tree aoe 3

Japanese[]

Card Description Age
Japanese Home City 2 (Team Japanese Artillery Damage) TEAM Odzutsu Mortars Artillery get +10% attack damage; Samurai get +6 siege attack range and +2 Line of Sight; Incendiary Grenades can be researched at the Golden Pavilion
Age III tech tree aoe3
Bakufu Bakufu Daimyo and Shogun Tokugawa get +5% speed, +10 Line of Sight and train units 15% faster; land military unit train time -20%, artillery and banner army train time -10% instead
Age III tech tree aoe3

Maltese[]

Card Description Age
Maltese Home City 2 (TEAM Knights of the Round Table) TEAM Knights of the Round Table Delivers 1 Hospitaller for each Town Center owned by the player; all units get +2% hit points
Age I tech tree aoe3
Maltese Home City 3 (Squires) Squires Military buildings train and research work 80% faster, except Forts which train and research work 260% faster
Age III tech tree aoe3

Mexicans[]

Card Description Age
Mexico card Plan of Veracruz Plan of Veracruz Turns all Outposts into Falconets; grants Field Guns; artillery get +4 Line of Sight; costs 250 food, 250 wood
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
Mexican Home City 2 (TEAM Mariachi) TEAM Mariachi For the next 30 seconds, military buildings work 400% faster and units get +10% speed
Age I tech tree aoe3
Federal card colegio de san nicolas Colegio de San Nicolás Delivers Books of 500 XP; units get +4 and buildings (except Walls) get +8 Line of Sight; sees what enemies can see for 20 seconds
Age II tech tree aoe3
Federal card national servant National Servant All units get +10% hit points; Padre healing 200% faster
Imperial Age

Ottomans[]

Card Description Age
Ottoman Home City 2 (Topcular) Topçular Artillery, artillery troopers, and grenade troopers get +15% hit points and attack damage
Age III tech tree aoe3

Portuguese[]

Card Description Age
Ottoman Home City 2 (Light Artillery Hitpoints) Artillery Hitpoints Grenade troopers get +30% hit points; artillery get +15% hit points
Age II tech tree aoe3

Spanish[]

Card Description Age
Spanish Home City 3 (Inquisition) TEAM Spanish Inquisition Artillery, artillery troopers, and grenade troopers get +15% hit points and attack damage
Age II tech tree aoe3

Swedes[]

Card Description Age
Swedish Home City 5 (German Mercenary Contracts) German Mercenary Contracts Mercenaries get +20% hit points and attack damage; Jaegers and Landsknechts can be trained at Barracks, Blockhouses, Taverns, and Galleons; Black Riders can be trained at Stables and Galleons
Age IV tech tree aoe 3

United States[]

Card Description Age
US Home City 5 (Poker) Poker Delivers 13 random mercenaries; adds up to 3 random mercenaries to training at the Saloon; costs 3,500 coin
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
Federal card indiana mobilization Indiana Mobilization Delivers 1 Carbine Cavalry for each shipment sent so far this game including this one; unit train time (except Heavy Cannons), technology research time, and age-up time -10%; costs 250 food, 250 wood
Age III tech tree aoe3
Federal card connecticut shipwrights Connecticut Shipwrights Ship train time -50%; building build time -35%; artillery train time -15%, Heavy Cannon train time -10% instead
Imperial Age
Federal card hamilton's own Hamilton's Own Delivers 4 Napoleon Guns and 2 Li'l Bombards; mercenary get +25% hit points and attack damage; costs 2,500 coin
Imperial Age
  • "Indiana Mobilization" is available upon selecting the Indiana Federal State.
  • "Connecticut Shipwrights" is available upon selecting the Connecticut Federal State.
  • "Hamilton's Own" is available upon selecting the New York Federal State.

Chinese[]

Card Description Age HC level
Ottoman Home City 2 (Light Artillery Hitpoints) Siege Hitpoints Artillery get +15% hit points; Flamethrowers get +20% hit points
Age II tech tree aoe3
10
Ottoman Home City 2 (Artillery Attack) Siege Attack Artillery get +15% attack damage; Flamethrowers get +20% attack damage
Age II tech tree aoe3
10
Artillery Combat Siege Combat Artillery get +15% hit points and attack damage; Flamethrowers get +20% hit points and attack damage
Age III tech tree aoe3
25
Western reforms Western Reforms All units get +8% hit points and attack damage
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
40
Team engineering school TEAM Engineering School Abus Gun, Grenadier, Culverin, Falconet, Mortar, Organ Gun, Mantlet, Ram, Light Cannon, Petard, Horse Artillery, Siege Elephant, Morutaru, Flaming Arrow, Hand Mortar, and Flamethrower train time -30%; Heavy Cannon, Great Bombard, Rocket, and Flying Crow train time -5%
Age II tech tree aoe3
25
Acupuncture aoe3 Acupuncture All units' (except monks, Heavy Cannon, Flying Crow, and Summer Palace banner army) train time -20%
Age III tech tree aoe3
10

Europeans[]

Card Description Age HC level
Portuguese Home City 2 (Artillery Hitpoints) TEAM Artillery Hitpoints Artillery, Abus Gunners, and Grenadiers get +15% hit points
Age II tech tree aoe3
10
French Home City 3 (Engineering School) Engineering School Abus Gun, Grenadier, Culverin, Falconet, Mortar, Organ Gun, Mantlet, Ram, Light Cannon, Petard, Horse Artillery, Siege Elephant, Morutaru, Flaming Arrow, Hand Mortar, and Flamethrower train time -40%; Heavy Cannon, Great Bombard, Rocket, and Flying Crow train time -10%
Age II tech tree aoe3
25
British Home City 5 (Hire Lil Bombards) Hire Li'l Bombards Delivers 3 Li'l Bombards; costs 2,000 coin
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
25
  • "TEAM Artillery Hitpoints" is available to the Ottomans and Portuguese.
  • "Engineering School" is available to the French, Ottomans, Portuguese, and Russians.
  • "Hire Li'l Bombards" is not available to the Ottomans.

Germans[]

Card Description Age HC level
German Home City 5 (Improved Mercenaries) Improved Mercenaries Mercenaries get +20% hit points and attack damage
Age III tech tree aoe3
10

Indians[]

Card Description Age HC level
Shivajis tactics TEAM Shivaji's Tactics All units get +5% hit points and attack damage
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
25

Spanish[]

Card Description Age HC level
Spanish Home City 3 (Inquisition) TEAM Inquisition All units get +10 Line of Sight
Age I tech tree aoe3
10

Great Cannon[]

Powerful Russian heavy artillery.
—In-game description

The Great Cannon is a more powerful version of the Li'l Bombard. It cannot be obtained during normal gameplay, appearing only in the Bring Down the Mountain scenario of the Act II: Ice campaign. In this scenario, the player must close the three passages in order to prevent the Russian convoys with Great Cannons from crossing through them and escape. The Great Cannon is pulled by two cavalry (like the Great Bombard) and has the firing sound of a ship gun. It is very effective against infantry and can only be countered effectively by cavalry in hand-to-hand combat and anti-artillery artillery.

Li'l Bombard is the replacement for the Great Cannon in Age of Empires III: The WarChiefs.

In the game files, it is still referred to as "RussianCannon".

Redoubt Cannon[]

Powerful heavy artillery.
—In-game description

The Redoubt Cannon is a campaign exclusive and more powerful version of the Li'l Bombard. The can only be found in the The Battle of Yorktown scenario of the Act I: Fire campaign. There, four enemy Redoubt Cannons will be split in half to guard two redoubts and must be taken down to complete the primary objective. The cannons will be guarded by Jaegers and will prove to be a lethal force against infantry. However, unlike Li'l Bombard, they cannot move, although they can switch between Limber and Bombard mode.

Changelog[]

3WCIcon48px The WarChiefs[]

3ADIcon48px The Asian Dynasties[]

  • Due to a bug, the Repentant Li'l Bombard can be trained in the Fortress Age.

Age3DE Icon Definitive Edition[]

  • The Repentant Li'l Bombard can be trained in the Industrial Age.
  • With update 5208, the Li'l Bombard has a ×0.5 multiplier against cavalry and shock infantry.

Age3DE Icon The African Royals[]

  • Although it is not listed in the patch notes, since update 43871, the Li'l Bombard has a ×0.75 multiplier against cavalry and shock infantry.

Age3DE Icon Knights of the Mediterranean[]

In-game dialogue[]

The Li'l Bombard (or their crew) speaks Italian, which is also shared with the Elmetto.

The campaign-only Great Cannon speaks the same dialogue as the Russian Heavy Cannon while the Redoubt Cannon speaks the same dialogue as the British Culverin.

History[]

Artillery has existed for hundreds of years, practically since the invention of gunpowder. Early artillery, such as the great bombard, was extremely large, heavy, and difficult to maneuver across the field of battle. Military tacticians envisioned the value of more lightweight pieces, leading to the creation of the first mortars in the mid-seventeenth century. Armies soon discovered that the tradeoff in firepower for increased mobility was valuable in certain situations. Today, the mortar and similar weapons play a strong role in the blend of weaponry used in modern combat scenarios.

Gallery[]

Mercenary and outlaw units in Age of Empires III
Aoe3 unit type mercenary Mercenaries
InfantryMercenary armored pistoleer portrait Armored Pistoleer · Arsonist aoe3de Arsonist · Askari aoe3de portrait Askari · Corsair de Barbary Corsair · Cannoneer portrait aoe3de Cannoneer · Dahomey amazon aoe3de portrait Dahomey Amazon · Fusilier de Fusilier · Mercenary giant grenadier portrait Giant Grenadier · Highlander de Highlander · Mercenary irish brigade portrait Irish Brigadier · Iron troop aoe3de Iron Troop · Jaeger portrait aoe3de updated Jaeger · Landsknecht de Landsknecht · Ninja de Ninja · Mercenary pandour portrait Pandour · Ronin de Ronin · Swiss pikeman aoe3de Swiss Pikeman · Zouave icon aoe3de Zouave
CavalryBlack rider aoe3de Black Rider · Mercenary bosniak rider portrait Bosniak · Elmeti aoe3de Elmetto · Gatling camel aoe3de portrait Gatling Camel · Hackapell aoe3de Hackapell · Harquebusier icon Harquebusier · Jat lancer de Jat Lancer · Kanuri guard aoe3de portrait Kanuri Guard · Mameluke aoe3de Mameluke · Manchu de Manchu · Mercenary mounted rifleman portrait Mounted Rifleman · Mercenary royal horseman portrait Royal Horseman · Sennar horseman aoe3de portrait Sennar Horseman · Stradiot aoe3de Stradiot · Yojimbo aoe3de Yojimbo · Zenata rider aoe3de portrait Zenata Rider
ArtilleryLil bombard aoe3de Li'l Bombard · Napoleon gun icon aoe3de Napoleon Gun · Gatling camel aoe3de portrait Gatling Camel
ShipBattleship portrait Battleship · Privateer aoe3de Privateer · War dhow portrait aoe3de War Dhow · Wokou junk aoe3de Wokou Junk · Xebec portrait aoe3de Xebec
Outlaws
InfantryAfrican vagabond portrait African Vagabond · Colonial looter portrait Colonial Looter · Cossack daredevil portrait Cossack Daredevil · Dacoit aoe3de Dacoit · Desert archer portrait aoe3de Desert Archer · Desert warrior portrait aoe3de Desert Warrior · Hajduk portrait Hajduk · Highwayman dismounted portrait Highwayman · Inquisitor portrait Inquisitor · Pistolero aoe3de Pistolero · Renegado aoe3de Renegado · Thuggee aoe3de Thuggee · Blind monk aoe3de Wokou Monk · Wayward ronin aoe3de Wokou Ronin
Shock infantryPirate aoe3de Pirate · Wokou pirate aoe3de Wokou Pirate
CavalryComanchero icon aoe3de Comanchero · Mounted cossack daredevil portrait Cossack Daredevil · Crabat portrait Crabat · Desert raider portrait aoe3de Desert Raider · Highwayman mounted portrait Highwayman · Wokou horseman aoe3de Wokou Horseman
ArtilleryCaptured mortar aoe3de Captured Mortar
ShipCatamaran aoe3de Marathan Catamaran
Flag MexicanDE MexicansDesperado portrait Desperado · Vaquero portrait Cuatrero · Bandido portrait Bandido
Flag American act3 aoe3de United StatesGunslinger aoe3de Gunslinger · Cowboy aoe3de Cowboy · Owlhoot aoe3de Owlhoot
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