"An anti-cavalry army of pikemen and ranged cavalry."—In-game description
The Ming Army is a Chinese banner army in Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties that can be trained at War Academy, Fuchuan, and Summer Palace (for free at the latter). It consists of two Qiang Pikeman and three Keshiks.
Unlike most banner armies, the Ming Army is specifically designed to counter one unit type instead of two. Both Keshik and Qiang Pikemen are designed to counter heavy cavalry such as Hussars, and when combined with the Standard Army or Imperial Army, it offers the classic "triple pronged" counter, being able to counter light infantry, heavy infantry, and heavy cavalry.
A good way to use this army is to put the Keshik at the front and attack with staggered mode to reduce all enemy heavy cavalry hit points. If the heavy cavalry is getting too close, it's time for the Qiang Pikemen to flank them.
|War Academy||Old Han Army · Standard Army · Ming Army · Territorial Army · Forbidden Army · Imperial Army|
|Castle||Mongolian Army · Black Flag Army|