The Li'l Bombard is a mercenary artillery unit in Age of Empires III: The WarChiefs. It can be trained at the Saloon.

Overview Edit

The Li'l Bombard has an acceptable 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. 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 bonus against infantry, and don't have a negative multiplier against cavalry. They are actually capable of taking out entire armies of cavalry provided they are guarded well. Li'l Bombards should be used similarly to Heavy Cannons. Be sure to guard them with Heavy Infantry or Light Cavalry.

Shipments Edit

  • Three Li'l Bombards for 2,000 coin (1,600 coin cheaper than training them).

Redoubt Cannon Edit

The Redoubt Cannon is a campaign exclusive and more powerful version of the Li'l Bombard. The unit will be found only in the The Battle of Yorktown scenario of the Fire campaign. 4 enemy Redoubt Cannons will be split in half to guard 2 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.

In-game dialogue language Edit

Li'l Bombards (or the crew using the Bombard) speak Italian.

  • Sì (Yes)
  • Pronto (Ready)
  • Lo farò (I'll do it)
  • Sto per farlo (I'm about to do it)
  • Comando? (Order?)
  • Alla battaglia! (To the battle!)
  • Vado all'attacco! (I go to the attack!)

History Edit

"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 Edit