This article is about the unit in Age of Empires III. For the unit in Age of Empires II, see Mameluke (Age of Empires II).
"Bold cavalry mercenary from Egypt."
In-game description

The Mameluke is a mercenary heavy cavalry in Age of Empires III. In contrast to the Age of Empires II version, the Mameluke in Age of Empires III rides a white horse instead of a camel.

Overview Edit

The Mameluke boasts some of the highest hit points for a cavalry unit (1,450 in any age, without upgrades). This is far greater than even the two other non-Lancer hand cavalry mercenaries (namely, Stradiots and Hackapells), though their attack is lower than both (around that of a Hussar). Naturally, this excessive durability allows them to best even anti-cavalry units, such as Rodeleros and Pikemen. With all hit point improvement upgrades (Comanche) and cards (Indian and Russian allies), the German Egyptian Mameluke is the unit and/or melee cavalry with the highest hit points, 2,465.

Further statistics Edit

Unit strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Ranged infantry, light infantry, artillery
Weak vs. Heavy infantry, light cavalry
Hit points Cavalry Cuirass Cavalry Cuirass (+10%)
Comanche Horse Breeding Comanche Horse Breeding (+10%)
Cree Tanning Cree Tanning (+5%)
Navajo Weaving Navajo Weaving (+5%)
Attack Pillage Pillage (+25% siege attack)
Counter Infantry Rifling Customized Merc Weapons (+30%, John Black's Mercenaries only)
Yoga Yoga (+5%)
Sight Town Watch Town Watch (+2)
Speed Comanche Mustangs Comanche Mustangs (+10%)
Apache Endurance Apache Endurance (+5%)
Creation speed Mass Cavalry Mass Cavalry (-50%)
Cheyenne Horse Trading Cheyenne Horse Trading (-25%)
Inca Chaquis Messengers Incan Chasquis Messengers (-25%)
Train cost Mapuche Ad-mapu Mapuche Ad-mapu (-10% coin cost)
Penalties Coffee Trade Coffee Trade (-10% speed, Dutch only)

Home City Cards Edit

In-game dialogue Edit

The Mameluke speaks Egyptian Arabic.

  • نعم [Na'am] (Yes)
  • مستعد [Mosta'ed] (I am ready)
  • أيوا [Aywa?] (What?)
  • أمرك [Amrak] (Your order?)
  • حا أنفذ [Hanaffez] (I will do it.)
  • حاضر [Hader] (Ok)
  • هجوم [Hogoom] (Attack!)
  • إلى المعركة [Ella alma'araka] (To battle!)

History Edit

"Mamelukes got their name from an Arabic word meaning "slave" or "owned." They were formed as a core soldiery of slave warriors, like the janissaries, valued because they had no allegiances except to their sultan. Eventually they grew so powerful that they installed themselves as the rulers of Egypt. Comprised originally of Turks and Mongols, and later to include Circassians and Georgians, the mamelukes were powerful soldiers and rulers in the Middle East for hundreds of years. Napoleon fought and defeated the mamelukes in the late eighteenth century when he attacked Cairo, later raising his own mameluke regiments. Rustam, a Georgian mameluke and one of Napoleon's personal bodyguards, came from these regiments.

Mamelukes fought mounted with sword and shield. They adopted firearms much later - too late, perhaps, to maintain their military power.

Gallery Edit

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