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

A Barbary Corsair

Mercenaries are a class of special military units in Age of Empires III that can be shipped from the Home City or trained at the Saloon (Monastery for Asian civilizations).

Overview[edit | edit source]

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 | edit source]

Age of Empires III[edit | edit source]

Barbary Corsair.png Barbary Corsair: Pirate mercenary from the Barbary Coast. (based on Rodelero)
Black Rider.png Black Rider: Heavily armed German mercenary cavalry armed with pistols. (based on Dragoon)
Hackapell.png Hackapell: Heavy cavalry mercenary from Finland. (based on Uhlan)
Highlander.png Highlander: Powerful Musketeer from Scotland. (based on Musketeer)
Jaeger.png Jaeger: Hessian skirmisher mercenary. Good against infantry. (based on Skirmisher)
Landsknecht.png Landsknecht: Flamboyant German heavy infantry mercenary. (based on Halberdier)
AoE3 Mameluke.png Mameluke: Bold cavalry mercenary from Egypt.
Manchu.png Manchu: Chinese cavalry archer mercenary. (based on Horse Archer)
Privateer.png Privateer: Privateer. Mercenary warship.
Ronin.png Ronin: Japanese Samurai mercenary. (based on Doppelsoldner)
Stradiot.png Stradiot: Heavy cavalry mercenary from the Balkans. (based on Hussar)
Swiss Pikeman.png Swiss Pikeman: Elite Swiss mercenary armed with a pike. Good against cavalry. (based on Pikeman)

The WarChiefs[edit | edit source]

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

The Asian Dynasties[edit | edit source]

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

Definitive Edition[edit | edit source]

Harquebusier icon.png Harquebusier: Heavy cavalry mercenary with a powerful short ranged attack.

List of outlaws[edit | edit source]

Age of Empires III[edit | edit source]

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

The WarChiefs[edit | edit source]

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

The Asian Dynasties[edit | edit source]

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

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Mercenaries are not available in the demo version.
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