This article is about the unit type in Age of Empires III. For other uses of the term, see Mercenary.
Barbary Corsair

A Barbary Corsair

Mercenaries are specialist units in Age of Empires III.


There are two types of Mercenaries:

  • Outlaws
  • Mercenaries


In the Colonial Age, only outlaw units are available for training. Outlaws are like mercenaries, they are improved versions of units, but, unlike mercenaries, are the improved version of very basic units. They usually cost more population but less coins compared to mercenaries. The types of outlaws available are fixed depending on the map.

Examples are Renegado, which are improved Skirmishers and Pirates, which are improved Rodelero.


Mercenaries can be shipped from the Home City or trained in the Saloon (or Monastery for Asian Civilizations). Unlike standard unit shipments (such as military units and Villagers), mercenaries cost large amounts of coin (usually ~100 coin per unit), 1000 coin for Fortress Age shipments of a large squad, and 2000 for Industrial Age shipments of small armies of varied units. The mercenaries themselves are tougher versions of their normal counterparts. They usually cost more coins but less population compared to outlaws.

Examples of mercenaries include Swiss Pikemen, which have greatly increased HP and 22 attack compared to the normal 8, and Hackapells, which do not have a significant durability bonus compared to normal cavalry but the 121 attack (compared to the Veteran Uhlan's 44 in the Fortress Age, when you can get them) tends to make up for this somewhat. Also, although not technically a mercenary, the shipments provided by the 'Church Upgrade' cards function similarly to mercenaries, such as Kalmucks (Dragoons) for the Russians and L'Armée D'Imperial (27 Grenadiers by the Industrial Age) shipments for the French, as you pay a load of resources and can only order them once, although this doesn't use up a shipment card. When a player constructs a Saloon, the mercenaries they train will vary depending on the map and are randomly available every game.

NOTE: Mercenaries are not available in the demo version.

Available MercenariesEdit


Unit icon Outlaw Use Base unit Maps
Pirate Melee Infantry Rodelero Amazonia, Caribbean, Hispañola, New England, Orenoque, Patagonia, Saguenay
Renegado icon
Renegado Ranged Skirmisher Andes, Bayou, California, Carolina, Great Lakes, Great Plains, New England, Rockies, Texas
Comanchero Icon
Comanchero Ranged Cavalry Dragoon Andes, Araucania, California, Great Lakes, Great Plains, Northwest Territory, Painted Desert, Pampas, Patagonia, Saguenay, Sonora, Texas, Yucatàn, Yukon
Pistolero icon
Pistolero Musketeer Musketeer Amazonia, Araucania, Bayou, Carolina, Orinoco, Painted Desert, Pampas, Rockies, Sonora, Unknown, Yucatàn, Yukon
Wokou Pirate Hand Infantry Rodelero Borneo, Indochina
Dacoit Ranged Infantry Musketeer Deccan, Indochina, Himalayas, Silk Road
Thuggee Ranged Infantry Skirmisher Deccan
Wokou Ronin
Wokou Ronin Melee Infantry Samurai Mongolia, Siberia


Mongol Rider
Wokou Horseman Cavalry Archer Cavalry Archer Himalayas, Mongolia, Siberia, Silk Road, Yellow River
Wokou Monk
Wokou Monk Archer Infantry Yumi Archer Yellow River


Unit icon Mercenaries Use Base unit
Arsonist Grenadier Grenadier
Jaeger Icon
Jaeger Skirmisher Skirmisher
Black Rider Icon
Black Rider Ranged Gunpowder Cavalry Dragoon
Landsknecht Icon
Landsknecht Hand Infantry Halberdier 
Hackapell Icon
Hackapell Cavalry Uhlan
Highlander Icon
Highlander Musketeer Musketeer
Stradiot Icon
Stradiot Cavalry Hussar
Li'l Bombard Icon
Li'l Bombard Artillery Great Bombard
Fusilier Icon
Fusilier Musketeer Musketeer
Elmeti Icon
Elmeti Melee Cavalry Lancer
Swiss Pikeman Icon
Swiss Pikeman Melee Infantry Pikeman
Mameluke Icon
Mameluke Melee Cavalry Hussar
Barbary Corsair Icon
Barbary Corsair Melee Infantry Rodelero
Manchu Icon
Manchu Ranged


Cavalry Archer
Ronin Icon
Ronin Melee Infantry Samurai
Ninja Icon
Ninja Spy Spy
Jat Lancer Icon
Jat Lancer* Melee Cavalry Lancer
Iron Troop Icon
Iron Troop* Infantry Archer Macehualtin
Yojimbo Icon
Yojimbo Cavalry Archer* Ranged Cavalry Cavalry Archer

( * ) Requires the Atonement card from Home City