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Slow, heavy artillery that launches large rodents. Nostalgia from AOE catapults.
—In-game description
Rodent artillery
—In-game description

The Mediocre Bombard is an artillery cheat unit in Age of Empires III. It is similar to the Great Bombard used by the Ottomans, but it fires 2× faster than an ordinary Bombard, has a much greater splash damage to enemy units, and uses Capybaras as ammunition. Mediocre Bombards always spawn at the Home City drop point when the cheat is entered.

Its description from the game notes how it was made by people who were nostalgic about the original Age of Empires.


The Mediocre Bombard has a much more powerful attack strength than the Great Bombard, and fires quite a bit faster as well. It has the highest attack of any artillery piece in the game, and can destroy or kill most enemy units or buildings in less than 3 hits. Because of its powerful (and comical to see) attacks, as a cheat unit the Mediocre Bombard cannot be legitimately used as a unit without making the game (though fun) unfair. Even being a cheat unit it is, like most cannons, weak to cavalry, and if it cannot kill them all quickly enough they can do a lot of damage to it.

In-game dialogue[]

Uses the Ottoman Great Bombard dialogue files.