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Heavy ranged infantry. Armed with a bayonet to beat cavalry.
—In-game description

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 available to the British, French, Italians, Portuguese, Russians, and Spanish.

Overview[]

Musketeers are ranged heavy infantry that are especially effective against cavalry in melee due to a damage multiplier. They are vulnerable to artillery and Skirmishers.

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.

In The WarChiefs, Spanish Musketeers become the most damaging, thanks to the Unction effect.

Upgrades[]

Age Upgrade Cost Effect Civ.
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Veteran infantry.png Veteran Musketeers 200 wood
200 coin
Upgrade Musketeers to Veteran (+20% hit points and attack)
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Portuguese
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Spanish
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Guard infantry.png Guard Musketeers 600 wood
600 coin
Upgrade Musketeers to Guard (+30% hit points and attack); requires Veteran Musketeers
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Spanish
Guard infantry.png Redcoats 1,000 wood
1,000 coin
Upgrade Musketeers to Redcoats (Guard Musketeers with +10% hit points and attack); requires Veteran Musketeers
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Guard infantry.png Legionarios Upgrade Musketeers to Legionarios (Guard Musketeers with +10% hit points and attack); requires Veteran Musketeers
Portuguese
Imperial Age
Imperial infantry.png Imperial Musketeers 1,500 wood
1,500 coin
Upgrade Musketeers to Imperial (+50% hit points and attack); requires Guard Musketeers
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Spanish
Imperial infantry.png Imperial Redcoats Upgrade Redcoats to Imperial (+50% hit points and attack); requires Redcoats
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Imperial infantry.png Imperial Legionarios Upgrade Legionarios to Imperial (+50% hit points and attack); requires Legionarios
Portuguese

Civilization differences[]

Revolutionary[]

  • (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).

Further statistics[]

Unit strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Cavalry, infantry
Weak vs. Skirmishers, archers, artillery
Improvements
Hit points Flint lock.png Flint Lock (+10%)
Thin Red Line.png Thin Red Line (+20%; British only)
Corselet.png Corselet (+25%; Spanish only)
Grand Encampment.png Grand Encampment (+25%; campaign United States only)
Cree Tanning.png Cree Tanning (+5%)
Navajo Weaving.png Navajo Weaving (+5%)
Attack Socket Bayonet.png Socket Bayonet (+20% melee attack)
Paper cartridge.png Paper Cartridge (+15%)
Iroquois lacrosse.png Iroquois Lacrosse (+10%; vanilla Age of Empires III only)
Yoga.png Yoga (+5%)
Smokeless Powder.png Smokeless Powder (+30% siege attack)
Clenched Fist.png Clenched Fist (+30% melee attack)
Armor Hualcana.png Hualcana (+10% resistance; Incas only)
Somali oryx shields.png Somali Oryx Hide Shields (additional 10% melee/ranged resistance)
Speed Military Drummers.png Military Drummers (+10%)
Inca Road-building.png Quechuan Mountaineering (+20%)
Apache Endurance.png Apache Endurance (+5%)
Akan Drums.png Akan Fontomfrom (+5%)
Sight Town Watch.png Town Watch (+2)
Creation speed Standing Army.png Standing Army (-25%)
Inca Chaquis Messengers.png Quechuan Diet (-25%)
Akan Drums.png Akan Fontomfrom (-20%)
Train cost Mapuche Ad-mapu.png Mapuche Ad-mapu (-10% coin cost)
Other Stadhouders.png Blue Guards (ships 30 Guard Musketeers; Dutch only)
Westernization.png Westernization (grants Veteran upgrade; Russians only)
Petrine Reforms.png Petrine Reforms (grants Guard upgrade; Russians only)
Merritocracy.png Meritocracy (-20% upgrade cost)
British Army.png British Army (ships 17 Redcoat Musketeers; Hausa only)
Penalties Thin Red Line.png Thin Red Line (-25% speed; British only)
Coffee Trade.png Coffee Trade (-10% speed; Dutch only)
Corselet.png Corselet (-15% speed; Spanish only)
Grand Encampment.png 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

British[]

Card Description Age HC level
British Home City 2 (Musketeers and Longbowmen Damage).png Musketeer/Grenadier Damage Musketeers and Grenadiers get +15% attack
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10
British Home City 2 (Musketeers and Longbowmen Hitpoints).png TEAM Musketeer/Grenadier Hitpoints Musket Infantry and Grenade Trooper gets +15% hit points
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10
British Home City 2 (Musketeers and Longbowmen Combat).png Musketeer/Grenadier Combat Musketeers and Grenadiers get +15% hit points and attack
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25

Dutch[]

Card Description Age HC level
Dutch Home City 2 (Infantry Hitpoints).png TEAM Infantry Hitpoints Infantry get +15% hit points
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10

Ethiopians[]

Card Description Age
Ethiopian Home City 2 (TEAM Coffee Consumption).png TEAM Coffee Consumption Ranged Infantry get +5% speed
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Europeans[]

Card Description Age HC level
British Home City 2 (6 Musketeers).png 6 Musketeers Ships 6 Musketeers
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1
British Home City 2 (8 Musketeers).png 8 Musketeers Ships 8 Musketeers
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1
British Home City 2 (14 Musketeers).png 14 Musketeers Ships 14 Musketeers
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10
British Home City 2 (9 Musketeers).png 9 Musketeers Ships 9 Musketeers
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10
British Home City 2 (16 Musketeers).png 16 Musketeers Ships 16 Musketeers
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25
Spanish Home City 3 (Fencing School).png Fencing School Infantry train time -40%
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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 (at a level 1 Home City).

French[]

Card Description Age HC level
French Home City 2 (Ranged Infantry Attack).png TEAM Ranged Infantry Attack Ranged Infantry get +15% attack
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10

Haudenosaunee[]

Card Description Age HC level
Iroquois Home City 2 (Scout Infantry).png TEAM Scout Infantry Infantry get +8 LOS
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10

Incas[]

Card Description Age
Inca Home City 2 (TEAM Inca Bridges).png TEAM Inca Bridges Infantry and civilian units get +5% speed; +1 Chasqui
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Revolution.png 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
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Indians[]

Card Description Age HC level
Shivajis tactics.png TEAM Shivaji's Tactics All units get +5% hit points and attack
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25

Italians[]

Card Description Age
British Home City 2 (6 Musketeers).png 6 Musketeers Ships 6 Musketeers
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British Home City 2 (8 Musketeers).png 8 Musketeers Ships 8 Musketeers
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British Home City 2 (9 Musketeers).png 9 Musketeers Ships 9 Musketeers
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Italian Home City 2 (Red Shirts).png Red Shirts Musketeers, Bersaglieri, Papal Zouaves, and Schiavoni get +15% damage attack
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Iroquois Home City 2 (Infantry Hitpoints).png Infantry Hitpoints Infantry get +15% hit points
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Italian Home City 2 (Schiavoni Swords).png Schiavoni Swords All cavalry and infantry get +15% hand attack
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Japanese[]

Card Description Age HC level
Japanese Home City 3 (Cheaper Unit Upgrades).png TEAM Cheaper Unit Upgrades Unit upgrades cost -20%
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1

Portuguese[]

Card Description Age HC level
Portuguese Home City 2 (10 Musketeers).png 10 Musketeers Ships 10 Musketeers
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10
Portuguese Home City 2 (Gunpowder Infantry Hitpoints).png TEAM Gunpowder Infantry Hitpoints Gunpowder Infantry get +15% hit points
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10
Portuguese Home City 2 (Gunpowder Infantry Attack).png Gunpowder Infantry Attack Musketeers and Cassadores get +15% attack
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10
Portuguese Home City 2 (Gunpowder Infantry Combat).png Gunpowder Infantry Combat Musketeers and Cassadores get +15% hit points and attack
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25

Russians[]

Card Description Age HC level
Russian Home City 2 (Ransack).png Ransack Infantry get +50% siege attack
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25
Russian Home City 2 (11 Musketeers).png 11 Musketeers Ships 11 Musketeers
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1
Russian Home City 3 (Dueling School).png Dueling School Infantry train time -25%; Banner army train time -12%
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25
Russian Home City 3 (National Redoubt).png National Redoubt Musketeers can build Forts and get +10% hit points and attack
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40

Spanish[]

Card Description Age HC level
Spanish Home City 3 (Inquisition).png TEAM Inquisition All units get +10 LOS
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10

Swedes[]

Card Description Age
Dutch Home City 2 (Infantry Hitpoints).png TEAM Heavy Infantry Hitpoints Heavy Infantry get +15% hit points
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Outlaw Musketeer[]

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.

In-game dialogue[]

Outlaw Musketeer uses the French Musketeer's dialogue files.

Trivia[]

  • 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.

History[]

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.

Gallery[]

See also[]

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Military units in Age of Empires III
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CommonExplorer · Militiaman · Pikeman · Musketeer · Crossbowman · Skirmisher · Halberdier · Grenadier · Hussar · Dragoon · Cavalry Archer · Falconet · Culverin · Mortar · Heavy Cannon · Caravel · Galleon · Frigate · Monitor
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Flag DutchDE.png DutchRuyter · Fluyt
Flag FrenchDE.png FrenchCuirassier
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Flag SpanishDE.png SpanishRodelero · Lancer
WarchiefsIcon.png The WarChiefs
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Age3DE Icon.png Definitive Edition
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The African Royals
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Knights of the Mediterranean
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* added in The WarChiefs   ** in the Definitive Edition
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