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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

Unit Description Base unit
Barbary Corsair
Barbary Corsair
Pirate mercenary from the Barbary Coast. Rodelero
Black Rider
Black Rider
Heavily armed German mercenary cavalry armed with pistols. Dragoon
Hackapell
Hackapell
Heavy cavalry mercenary from Finland. Uhlan
Highlander
Highlander
Powerful Musketeer from Scotland. Musketeer
Jaeger
Jaeger
Hessian skirmisher mercenary. Good against infantry. Skirmisher
Landsknecht
Landsknecht
Flamboyant German heavy infantry mercenary. Halberdier
AoE3 Mameluke
Mameluke
Bold cavalry mercenary from Egypt. Hussar
Manchu
Manchu
Chinese cavalry archer mercenary. Cavalry Archer
Privateer
Privateer
Privateer. Mercenary warship. Frigate
Ronin
Ronin*
Japanese Samurai mercenary. Samurai
Stradiot
Stradiot
Light cavalry mercenary from the Balkans. Hussar
Swiss Pikeman
Swiss Pikeman
Elite Swiss mercenary armed with a pike. Good against cavalry. Pikeman
Units with an asterisk (*) require the Dance Hall Home City Card to be trained at the Saloon, if they are not randomly generated on the map.

The WarChiefsEdit

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

The Asian DynastiesEdit

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

List of outlawsEdit

Age of Empires IIIEdit

Unit Description Base unit Available on
Pirate
Pirate
A dangerous Pirate. Rodelero Amazonia
Caribbean
Hispaniola
New England
Orinoco
Patagonia
Saguenay

The WarChiefsEdit

Unit Description Base unit Available on
Comanchero Portrait
Comanchero
A dangerous outlaw on horseback. Dragoon Andes
Araucania
California
Great Lakes
Great Plains
Northwest Territory
Painted Desert
Pampas
Patagonia
Saguenay
Sonora
Texas
Yucatán
Yukon
Pistolero
Pistolero
A dangerous outlaw with a pistol. Musketeer Amazonia
Araucania
Bayou
Carolina
Orinoco
Painted Desert
Pampas
Rockies
Sonora
Unknown
Yucatán
Yukon
Renegado portrait
Renegado
A dangerous outlaw with a rifle. Skirmisher Andes
Bayou
California
Carolina
Great Lakes
Great Plains
New England
Rockies
Texas

The Asian DynastiesEdit

Unit Description Base unit Available on
Dacoit
Dacoit
A dangerous Indian highwayman armed with a pistol. Musketeer Deccan
Indochina
Himalayas
Silk Road
Catamaran
Marathan Catamaran
Native boat that can attack or transport units. Canoe Borneo
Ceylon
Indochina
Thuggee
Thuggee
A dangerous Indian thug armed with a rifle. Skirmisher Deccan
Mongol Rider
Wokou Horseman
A nomadic horseman. Good against cavalry. Cavalry Archer Himalayas
Mongolia
Siberia
Silk Road
Yellow River
Blind Monk
Wokou Monk
A Monk with keen senses. Good against infantry. Yumi Archer Yellow River
Wokou Pirate
Wokou Pirate
An Eastern pirate in search of booty. Good against cavalry and buildings. Rodelero Borneo
Indochina
Masterless Samurai
Wokou Ronin
A Japanese swordsman with no master. Good against cavalry and buildings. Samurai Honshu
Mongolia
Siberia

Trivia Edit

  • Mercenaries are not available in the demo version.
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