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Learn the basics of Age Of Empires III gameplay: how to select units, how to move and fight, and how to start your colony off on the right foot.

Master the Basics is the first tutorial scenario in Age of Empires III, recommended for new players.

Scenario instructions[]

Starting conditions[]


  • Select the Explorer.
  • Move the Explorer to the flag.
  • Select the Musketeers.
  • Move the Musketeers to the flag.
  • Select the Explorer and the Musketeers.
  • Move the Explorer and the Musketeers to the next flag.
  • Scroll the view until you see the next flag.
  • Move everyone to the next flag.
  • Gather Wood from trees.
  • Send a Settler from the Home City.
  • Advance to the Commerce Age.
  • Build a Barracks.
  • Train five additional Musketeers.
  • Defeat the Spanish Cavalry.



  • English Colonists (Flag BritishDE British): The player begins with an Explorer and eventually gains more units and resources as they complete the objectives.


  • English Colonists (Flag BritishDE English Colonists): They control the single Caravel near the seashore.


  • Spanish Colonists (Flag SpanishDE Spanish): Four Spanish Hussars attack after the player has trained five more Musketeers, and can be easily defeated.


The player plays as the British (named "English Colonists" in the scenario), and has one Explorer, one Caravel, three Musketeers and some Settlers (that appear after a Town Center pops out).

First, move the Explorer to designated locations (by flags), and repeat the same thing with the newly provided Musketeers.

The player must head towards a required location to set up a new colony. Then, they must continue building it and advance to the Commerce Age, after which the Spanish begin to attack. Victory is achieved when they are defeated.


  • The fact the in-game faction is referred as "English Colonists", rather than "British" refers to the fact that at the beginning of the colonization of the Americas, the United Kingdom didn't exist.
    • Scotland and England were legally separate kingdoms, until each parliament passed an Act of Union, in 1707, thus officially founding the United Kingdom.
  • There is a hidden Learicorn in this scenario. To see it, build a Dock and train a Caravel as fast possible, then transport a unit over to an area of the map the player is not supposed to be in. The player needs to do all this before the Spanish arrive.
  • This scenario is loosely based on the first attempt at English colonization in the New World with the founding of the lost colony of Roanoke between 1585-1590; the Spanish are the enemies to be defeated because at that time England and Spain were at war (Anglo-Spanish War of 1585–1604) for English aid to the Dutch rebels.
Campaigns in Age of Empires III
3Icon48px Age of Empires III
TutorialMaster the Basics · Try a Game
Act I: BloodBreakout · Into the Caves · Pirates! · The Ottoman Fort · Temples of the Aztec · A Pirate's Help · Spanish Treasure Fleet · The Fountain of Youth?
Act II: IceDefend the Colony · Strange Alliances · The Rescue · The Seven Years' War · The Great Lakes · Respect · Warwick's Stronghold · Bring Down the Mountain
Act III: SteelRace for the Rails · Hold the Fort · The Boneguard's Lair · The Lost Spanish Gold · Bolivar's Revolt · Journey Through the Andes · Last City of the Inca · Last Stand of the Boneguard
3WCIcon48px The WarChiefs
Act I: FireWar Dance (War Ceremony· The Rescue · Breed's Hill · Crossing the Delaware · Saratoga · Valley Forge · The Battle of Morristown · The Battle of Yorktown
Act II: ShadowThe Bozeman Trail · Red Cloud's War (A Reckoning· Claims · Ambushed! (Urgent News· Turning Point (To Stop a War· Trust · Battle of the Little Bighorn (Battle of the Greasy Grass)
3ADIcon48px The Asian Dynasties
Act I: JapanThe Siege of Osaka · Uprising! · Clearing the Road · Last Stand at Fushimi · The Battle of Sekigahara
Act II: ChinaTo Finish a Fleet · Storming the Beaches · Lost Ships · A Rescue in the Wilderness · No Empire Lasts Forever
Act III: IndiaInto the Punjab · Fires of Calcutta · Resist! · Raid in Delhi · Company Confrontation
Age3DE Icon Definitive Edition
Historical BattlesAlgiers · Christopher da Gama's Expedition · Chuvash Cape · Raid on the Caribbean · Fort Duquesne · Battle of New Orleans · The Burning of USS Philadelphia · Grito de Dolores · Battle of Queenston Heights
The Art of WarEarly Economy · Treasures · Home City Shipments · Booming · Build Orders · Early Defense · Early Offense · Land Battle · Naval Battle · Artillery
Event scenariosBombard Brawl
Age3DE Icon The African Royals
Historical BattlesThe Battle of the Three Kings · Fall of the Hausa · The Era of the Princes
Names in brackets are the scenario's name in the Definitive Edition.