"Artillery that fires an exploding shell at buildings or ships."—In-game description
The Morutaru (Japanese: モルタル, katakana for "mortar") is an artillery in Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties that is unique to the Japanese and can be trained at the Castle once the Industrial Age is reached, and by Shogun Tokugawa. It is the Japanese version of the Mortar.
Compared with the Mortar, Morutaru are slightly cheaper and take up 1 less population per unit. They also cause less siege damage and move slower than Mortars when in Limber mode but also move faster when in Bombard mode.
With the Morutaru Range card, Morutaru acquire an amazing 46 range (and 50 LOS). The only Mortar that beats its range is the Portuguese one, with 50 range and 54 LOS.
|Upgrades Morutaru to Honored (+25% hit points and attack)|
|Upgrades Morutaru to Exalted (+50% hit points and attack); requires Honored Morutaru|
Further statistics Edit
As the Morutaru can only be trained by the Japanese, only improvements available to them (including native improvements) are listed here.
|Unit strengths and weaknesses|
|Strong vs.||Buildings, ships|
|Weak vs.||Infantry especially Arrow Knights, cavalry, artillery especially Culverins|
|Hit points||Professional Gunners (+10%)|
|Attack||Heated Shot (+1.5x multiplier vs. ships)|
|Sight|| Town Watch (+2)|
Gunner's Quadrant (+6)
|Speed||Apache Endurance (+5%)|
|Creation speed||Incan Chasquis Messengers (-10%)|
|Train cost||Mapuche Ad-mapu (-10% coin cost)|
|Other||Meritocracy (-20% upgrade cost)|
Home City Cards Edit
As the Morutaru is exclusive to the Japanese, only other civilizations' TEAM cards that affects them are listed here.
|Click for a list of Home City Cards related to the Morutaru|
"In the late sixteenth century, when armies of Japan returned from their military campaigns on the Korean peninsula, they brought with them many lessons in siege acquired from their sophisticated Korean enemy. Unfortunately, use of the mortar, a military art that the Koreans had perfected, was something in which the Japanese did not appear interested. They continued their usual practice of importing European cannons. However, in 1639 the Japanese played host to visiting Dutch advisors who demonstrated a mortar for the Shogun and his representatives. The demonstration caused an uproar even though not one shell fired hit its intended target."