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Heavy cavalry that does hand damage from range. Good against archers, skirmishers, and artillery.
In-game description

The Meteor Hammer is a melee heavy cavalry in Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties that is unique to the Chinese and are trained as part of the Forbidden Army.

Overview Edit

Meteor Hammers are strong units with a high base attack effective against light infantry and powerful against artillery. The Meteor Hammer also has a range of five, but still deals hand damage, making it strong for ranged support in crowded fights. Combining the Forbidden Army with Beiyang Army provides strong raiding potential against settlers, skimishers, archers, artillery, and heavy cavalry. Adding the Territorial (with Territorial Army combat, Manchu Combats, and Western Reform Cards) or Old Han Armies (with Old Han Reform, Western Reform and Manchu Combats Card) to these makes a good force with counters that provide against any type of enemy unit they might face.

Upgrades Edit

The Meteor Hammer is automatically upgraded to Disciplined (+20% hit points and attack) at the Fortress Age.

Age Upgrade Cost Effect
Ages industrial
Honored meteor hammer Honored Meteor Hammer 300 wood,
300 coin
Upgrades Meteor Hammers to Honored (+30% hit points and attack)
Ages imperial
Exalted meteor hammer Exalted Meteor Hammer 750 wood,
750 coin
Upgrades Meteor Hammers to Exalted (+50% hit points and attack); requires Honored Meteor Hammer

Further statistics Edit

As the Meteor Hammer can only be trained by the Chinese, only improvements available to them (including native improvements) are listed here.

Unit strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Ranged infantry, light infantry, artillery
Weak vs. Heavy infantry, light cavalry, heavy cavalry
Improvements
Hit points Comanche Horse Breeding Comanche Horse Breeding (+10%)
Cree Tanning Cree Tanning (+5%)
Navajo Weaving Navajo Weaving (+5%)
Attack Yoga Yoga (+5%)
Speed Comanche Mustangs Comanche Mustangs (+10%)
Apache Endurance Apache Endurance (+5%)
Train cost Mapuche Ad-mapu Mapuche Ad-mapu (-10% coin cost, Forbidden Army)
Other Merritocracy Meritocracy (-20% upgrade cost)

Home City Cards Edit

As the Meteor Hammer is exclusive to the Chinese, only other civilizations' TEAM cards that affects them are listed here.

History Edit

Classified as a martial arts chain weapon, the meteor hammer evolved from ancient Chinese hunting weapons and basically consists of two weights connected by a rope or a chain. The “hammer” is a small ball of bronze about the size of a duck’s egg, and the chain can vary in length, from 6 to 15 feet. The meteor hammer offers an unparalleled level of speed when striking, and can be utilized in different attack styles depending on the conditions of the battlefield: thrown, swung, or whipped. The most skillful wielder can wrap the chain around a number of body parts before unwrapping it to release the hammer with a jolt of accumulated energy. This causes the hammer to shoot forward with such speed that it strikes a target with deadly force. It is this burst of speed that earned the weapon its name. If space did not allow for this kind of combat, the meteor hammer could be modified to ensnare the weapon of an enemy attacker, or to strangle an enemy from a distance.

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