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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 acting as improved versions of regular ones in Age of Empires III. They can be shipped from the Home City or trained in the Saloon (Monastery for Asian civilizations).

Overview Edit

Mercenaries only cost coin, but are more expensive (~100 coin for each unit, 1,000 coin for Fortress Age shipments of a large squad and 2,000 coin for Industrial Age shipments of small armies of varied units) and uses up slightly more population than their regular unit counterparts.

Although not technically a mercenary, the shipments provided by the "improved Church" cards function similarly to mercenaries, such as Kalmucks (Dragoons) for the Russians and Garde Imperial (27 Grenadiers by the Industrial Age) shipments for the French, as the player pays a load of resources and can only order them once, although this doesn't use up any of their Home City shipments.

Outlaws are mercenary-like units available in the Saloon or Monastery from the Colonial Age with a lower coin cost but uses up more population than actual mercenaries. The available outlaw units depends on the map. All outlaws requiring population can have their population cost reduced by -2 if a civilization has access to the Dance Hall card.

The types of outlaws and mercenaries available at the Saloon or Monastery depends on the map, with a selection of the latter randomly available in every game. Ronin can be guaranteed on any map if the Dance Hall card is available to a civilization, and sent. In addition, the Spanish can always have access to Pirates via the Spanish Gold card.

List of mercenaries Edit

Age of Empires IIIEdit

Barbary Corsair Barbary Corsair: Pirate mercenary from the Barbary Coast.
Black Rider Black Rider: Heavily armed German mercenary cavalry armed with pistols.
Hackapell Hackapell: Heavy cavalry mercenary from Finland.
Highlander Highlander: Powerful Musketeer from Scotland.
Jaeger Jaeger: Hessian skirmisher mercenary. Good against infantry.
Landsknecht Landsknecht: Flamboyant German heavy infantry mercenary.
AoE3 Mameluke Mameluke: Bold cavalry mercenary from Egypt.
Manchu Manchu: Chinese cavalry archer mercenary.
Privateer Privateer: Privateer. Mercenary warship.
Ronin Ronin: Japanese Samurai mercenary.
Stradiot Stradiot: Light cavalry mercenary from the Balkans.
Swiss Pikeman Swiss Pikeman: Elite Swiss mercenary armed with a pike. Good against cavalry.

The WarChiefsEdit

Elmeti Elmeti: Heavy cavalry armed with a lance. Good against infantry.
Fusilier Fusilier: Powerful ranged infantry mercenary.
Li'l Bombard Li'l Bombard: Powerful heavy artillery from the foundries of Europe.
Ninja portrait Ninja: Japanese assassin. Highly effective against mercenaries, Explorers, War Chiefs, and Monks.

The Asian DynastiesEdit

Arsonist Arsonist: Mercenary light artillery that throws fire bombs to destroy buildings. Also good against infantry.
Iron Troop Iron Troop: Mercenary foot archer from China that wears heavy armor. Good against infantry.
Jat Lancer Jat Lancer: An elite Indian mercenary armed with a lance. Good against archers, skirmishers, and artillery.
Yojimbo Yojimbo: Heavily armed mercenary cavalry good with both a bow and a sword. Good against cavalry.
Wokou Junk portrait Wokou Junk: Wokou Junk. Mercenary warship.

List of outlawsEdit

Age of Empires IIIEdit

Pirate Pirate (Amazonia, Caribbean, Hispaniola, New England, Orinoco, Patagonia, Saguenay): A dangerous Pirate.

The WarChiefsEdit

Comanchero Portrait Comanchero (Andes, Araucania, California, Great Lakes, Great Plains, Northwest Territory, Painted Desert, Pampas, Patagonia, Saguenay, Sonora, Texas, Yucatán, Yukon): A dangerous outlaw on horseback.
Pistolero Pistolero (Amazonia, Araucania, Bayou, Carolina, Orinoco, Painted Desert, Pampas, Rockies, Sonora, Unknown, Yucatán, Yukon): A dangerous outlaw with a pistol.
Renegado portrait Renegado (Andes, Bayou, California, Carolina, Great Lakes, Great Plains, New England, Rockies, Texas): A dangerous outlaw with a rifle.

The Asian DynastiesEdit

Dacoit Dacoit (Deccan, Indochina, Himalayas, Silk Road): A dangerous Indian highwayman armed with a pistol.
Catamaran Marathan Catamaran: Native boat that can attack or transport units.
Thuggee Thuggee (Deccan): A dangerous Indian thug armed with a rifle.
Mongol Rider Wokou Horseman (Himalayas, Mongolia, Siberia, Silk Road, Yellow River): A nomadic horseman. Good against cavalry.
Blind Monk Wokou Monk (Yellow River): A Monk with keen senses. Good against infantry.
Wokou Pirate Wokou Pirate (Borneo, Indochina): An Eastern pirate in search of booty. Good against cavalry and buildings.
Masterless Samurai Wokou Ronin (Honshu, Mongolia, Siberia): A Japanese swordsman with no master. Good against cavalry and buildings.

Trivia Edit

  • Mercenaries are not available in the demo version.
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