|“||Heavy ranged infantry. Armed with a bayonet to beat cavalry.||”|
The Musketeer is a ranged heavy gunpowder infantry in Age of Empires III that can be trained at Barracks, Forts, and Galleons. It is armed with a smoothbore musket to fight other infantry at range and a bayonet to fight cavalry in melee combat.
Musketeers are stronger in melee combat due to the attack speed of melee attacks, also with thanks to their high hit points and good melee resistance. This is particularly improved with Socket Bayonet. However, this is not always practical as Musketeers are slow, and the opponent may simply decide to make their units run away.
Musketeers' range attack is relatively strong, and due to the firearm animation it is possible to hit and run. However, it is short ranged compared to other ranged infantry and fires at the default rate of 3.0s, which is slower compared to certain archer units such as the Longbowman. They also have a decent siege attack, which makes them one of the most versatile units in the Commerce Age. While they are more expensive than archaic units, Musketeers are simple to mass produce due to their low coin cost and are cheaper than more specialised units such as Skirmishers or the Halberdier. Therefore, they can be powerful generally, especially in vast quantities.
|Veteran Musketeers||200 wood
|Upgrade Musketeers to Veteran (+20% hit points and attack)|
|Guard Musketeers||600 wood
|Upgrade Musketeers to Guard (+30% hit points and attack); requires Veteran Musketeers|
|Upgrade Musketeers to Redcoats (Guard Musketeers with +10% hit points and attack); requires Veteran Musketeers|
|Legionarios||Upgrade Musketeers to Legionarios (Guard Musketeers with +10% hit points and attack); requires Veteran Musketeers|
|Imperial Musketeers||1,500 wood
|Upgrade Musketeers to Imperial (+50% hit points and attack); requires Guard Musketeers|
|Imperial Redcoats||Upgrade Redcoats to Imperial (+50% hit points and attack); requires Redcoats|
|Imperial Legionarios||Upgrade Legionarios to Imperial (+50% hit points and attack); requires Legionarios|
- As seen above, British and Portuguese can upgrade Musketeers to Royal Guard and Imperial Guard.
- The Dutch cannot train Musketeers but can ship 30 Guard Musketeers through Blue Guards.
- The Russians train Musketeers in groups of five at the Blockhouse for 75% of the price but with 20% less hit points and attack.
- John Black's Mercenaries can only upgrade Musketeers up to Guard.
- United States in Act III can upgrade their Musketeers to Royal Guard (Redcoats) and Imperial Guard.
- Asian civilizations can get Musketeers by allying with British, Dutch, and Portuguese at the Consulate, which provides armies and technologies that includes Musketeers (named Redcoat for the British, Blue Guard for the Dutch, Legionario for the Portuguese) listed below. These Musketeers start with +10% hit points and attack than their regular counterpart, and are automatically upgraded in every Age starting from the Fortress Age (see here for the exact values).
- British (Chinese and Indians): British Expeditionary Company (6 Musketeers) and British Expeditionary Force (8 Musketeers)
- Dutch (Japanese, requires a level 40 Home City): Dutch Expeditionary Company (6 Musketeers), Dutch Expeditionary Force (6 Musketeers), and Dutch Brigade (28 Musketeers)
- Portuguese (Indians and Japanese): Portuguese Expeditionary Army (13 Musketeers)
- The Incas can get Musketeers through the "Tupac Rebellion" Home City Card, which turns Plumed Spearmen into Guard Musketeers.
- The Hausa can ship 17 Musketeers (named Redcoats) through British Army, given by allying with the British to advance into the Imperial Age.
- The Mexicans can ship 9 Musketeers (named Spanish Musketeers) through the "Criollos" card, which also allows them to be trained at Forts.
- (Definitive Edition) Gran Colombia have Independence Guards in place of Revolutionaries, which are Musketeers with 10% more hit points and attack but 20% less speed. Revolting to Gran Colombia as the Germans also allows the player to train and upgrade Musketeers (as Independence Guards).
|Unit strengths and weaknesses|
|Strong vs.||Cavalry, infantry|
|Weak vs.||Skirmishers, archers, artillery|
|Hit points|| Flint Lock (+10%)|
Thin Red Line (+20%; British only)
Corselet (+25%; Spanish only)
Grand Encampment (+25%; campaign United States only)
Cree Tanning (+5%)
Navajo Weaving (+5%)
|Attack|| Socket Bayonet (+20% melee attack)|
Paper Cartridge (+15%)
Iroquois Lacrosse (+10%; vanilla Age of Empires III only)
Smokeless Powder (+30% siege attack)
Clenched Fist (+30% melee attack)
|Armor|| Hualcana (+10% resistance; Incas only)|
Somali Oryx Hide Shields (additional 10% melee/ranged resistance)
|Speed|| Military Drummers (+10%)|
Quechuan Mountaineering (+20%)
Apache Endurance (+5%)
Akan Fontomfrom (+5%)
|Sight||Town Watch (+2)|
|Creation speed|| Standing Army (-25%)|
Quechuan Diet (-25%)
Akan Fontomfrom (-20%)
|Train cost||Mapuche Ad-mapu (-10% coin cost)|
|Other|| Blue Guards (ships 30 Guard Musketeers; Dutch only)|
Westernization (grants Veteran upgrade; Russians only)
Petrine Reforms (grants Guard upgrade; Russians only)
Meritocracy (-20% upgrade cost)
British Army (ships 17 Redcoat Musketeers; Hausa only)
|Penalties|| Thin Red Line (-25% speed; British only)|
Coffee Trade (-10% speed; Dutch only)
Corselet (-15% speed; Spanish only)
Grand Encampment (-25% speed; campaign United States only)
Home City Cards
- Green: TEAM Shipment that is sent to each player in a team
- Purple: Shipment that can be sent an INFINITE number of times
|Musketeer/Grenadier Damage||Musketeers and Grenadiers get +15% attack||10|
|TEAM Musketeer/Grenadier Hitpoints||Musket Infantry and Grenade Trooper gets +15% hit points||10|
|Musketeer/Grenadier Combat||Musketeers and Grenadiers get +15% hit points and attack||25|
|TEAM Infantry Hitpoints||Infantry get +15% hit points||10|
|TEAM Coffee Consumption||Ranged Infantry get +5% speed|
|6 Musketeers||Ships 6 Musketeers||1|
|8 Musketeers||Ships 8 Musketeers||1|
|14 Musketeers||Ships 14 Musketeers||10|
|9 Musketeers||Ships 9 Musketeers||10|
|16 Musketeers||Ships 16 Musketeers||25|
|Fencing School||Infantry train time -40%||10|
- "6 Musketeers", "8 Musketeers", "14 Musketeers", and "9 Musketeers" are available to British and Portuguese.
- "16 Musketeers" is available to British, Portuguese, and Russians .
|TEAM Ranged Infantry Attack||Ranged Infantry get +15% attack||10|
|TEAM Scout Infantry||Infantry get +8 LOS||10|
|TEAM Inca Bridges||Infantry and civilian units get +5% speed; +1 Chasqui|
|Tupac Rebellion||Turns Villagers into Revolutionaries, Plumed Spearmen into Guard Musketeers, Chimu Runners into Veteran Hussars, Jungle Bowmen into Guard Skirmishers, Bolas Warriors into Veteran Dragoons, Huaracas into Guard Grenadiers, and Macemen into Light Cannons; costs 2,000 food, 2,000 wood, 2,000 coin|
|TEAM Shivaji's Tactics||All units get +5% hit points and attack||25|
|6 Musketeers||Ships 6 Musketeers|
|8 Musketeers||Ships 8 Musketeers|
|9 Musketeers||Ships 9 Musketeers|
|Red Shirts||Musketeers, Bersaglieri, Papal Zouaves, and Schiavoni get +15% damage attack|
|Infantry Hitpoints||Infantry get +15% hit points|
|Schiavoni Swords||All cavalry and infantry get +15% hand attack|
|TEAM Cheaper Unit Upgrades||Unit upgrades cost -20%||1|
|10 Musketeers||Ships 10 Musketeers||10|
|TEAM Gunpowder Infantry Hitpoints||Gunpowder Infantry get +15% hit points||10|
|Gunpowder Infantry Attack||Musketeers and Cassadores get +15% attack||10|
|Gunpowder Infantry Combat||Musketeers and Cassadores get +15% hit points and attack||25|
|Ransack||Infantry get +50% siege attack||25|
|11 Musketeers||Ships 11 Musketeers||1|
|Dueling School||Infantry train time -25%; Banner army train time -12%||25|
|National Redoubt||Musketeers can build Forts||40|
|TEAM Inquisition||All units get +10 LOS||10|
|TEAM Heavy Infantry Hitpoints||Heavy Infantry get +15% hit points|
The Outlaw Musketeer is a treasure guardian variant of the Musketeer which only appears in the campaign. It is one of the few Treasure Guardians with a damage multiplier against specific unit types. Overall, the Outlaw Musketeer is better than the normal Musketeers.
Outlaw Musketeer uses the French Musketeer's dialogue files.
- The Musketeer has four visual upgrades in total, although the first one is unused.
- Despite these model textures going unused in the original game, they were updated for the Definitive Edition.
- The Musketeer is based on generic 16th-17th century European musketeers.
- The Veteran Musketeer is based on French and Indian War period Compagnies franches de la marine. This was changed to British uniforms of the same era in the Definitive Edition.
- The Guard/Imperial Musketeer is based on Napoleonic Wars period French fusiliers.
- The Musketeer's unit portrait depicts the Veteran Musketeer model.
- In the beta, the Germans and Dutch could train Musketeers normally in the Barracks; German Musketeers' unused voice files still exist in the Scenario Editor and game files. In contrast, the Russians could not train Musketeers in the beta.
- John Black's Mercenaries, Spanish, and United States are the only civilizations with Musketeers that lack Home City Cards improving them (except "Advanced Arsenal").
- British Royal Guard/Consulate Musketeers are named after the Redcoat soldiers.
- Dutch Consulate Musketeers are named after the Dutch Blue Guards.
- Before the Definitive Edition, they are named Stadhouder, which refers to Statdholder, a provincial executive officer in the Low Countries, or Netherlands, from the 15th through the 18th century.
- Portuguese Royal Guard/Consulate Musketeers' name refers to the Portuguese Legion.
- Before the Definitive Edition, they are named Guerreiro, which translates to "Warrior" in Portuguese.
|“||Musketeers were infantry soldiers who stood in ranks two and three men deep, taking turns firing while other ranks reloaded. Musketeers were drilled and disciplined to stand as close as 80 yards away from an enemy firing at them. Musket balls ranged from about a half inch in diameter to three-quarters of an inch in diameter. Until long guns with rifled barrels that could be fired more than once every two minutes were developed, muskets were the ranged weapon of choice for infantry.|
Muskets had a relatively short range and were wildly inaccurate. Musketeers fought a lot like longbowmen, firing volley after volley in the direction of the enemy with no specific target. The barrage of lead was bound to hit something. A competent musketeer could fire three shots in a minute - four times slower than a longbow and twice as fast as an early rifle.
- Janissary – Ottoman counterpart
- Ashigaru Musketeer – Japanese counterpart
- Sepoy – Indian counterpart
- Boneguard Musketeer – Circle of Ossus counterpart
- Carolean – Swedish counterpart
- Maigadi – Hausa counterpart
- Regular – United States counterpart
- Soldado – Mexican counterpart
- Sentinel – Maltese counterpart