"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 unit 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.

Overview Edit

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 Edit

Age Upgrade Cost Effect
Ages industrial
Honored siege Honored Morutaru 250 food,
250 wood
Upgrades Morutaru to Honored (+25% hit points and attack)
Ages imperial
Exalted siege Exalted Morutaru 1,000 wood,
1,000 coin
Upgrades Morutaru to Exalted (+50% hit points and attack); requires Honored Morutaru

Further statistics Edit

As Morutaru are unique to the Japanese, only technologies that they have access to are shown in the following table:

Unit strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Buildings, ships
Weak vs. Infantry especially Arrow Knights, cavalry, artillery especially Culverins
Hit points Professional gunners Professional Gunners (+10%)
Attack Heated Shot Heated Shot (+1.5x multiplier vs. ships)
Sight Town Watch Town Watch (+2)
Gunners Quadrant Gunner's Quadrant (+6)
Speed Apache Endurance Apache Endurance (+5%)
Creation speed Inca Chaquis Messengers Incan Chasquis Messengers (-10%)
Train cost Mapuche Ad-mapu Mapuche Ad-mapu (-10% coin cost)
Other Merritocracy Meritocracy (-20% upgrade cost)

Home City Cards Edit

As Morutaru are unique to the Japanese, only their cards and other civilizations' TEAM cards are shown in the following tables:

History Edit

"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."

Gallery Edit

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