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Skirmisher with high hitpoints. Good against heavy infantry and light ranged cavalry.
—In-game description

The Neftenya is a ranged gunpowder infantry in Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition - The African Royals that can be trained by the Ethiopians at the War Camp once the Fortress Age is reached. It is a Skirmisher with high hit points and can easily defeat light cavalry.



The Neftenya is automatically upgraded in the Fortress Age, getting +15% hit points and attack.

Age Upgrade Cost Effect
Age III tech tree aoe3.png
Elite Infantry Ethiopians.png Elite Infantry 250 wood,
250 coin
Upgrade Gascenyas, Shotel Warriors, and Neftenyas to Elite (+25% hit points and attack, -10% train time)
Age IV tech tree aoe 3.png
Champion Infantry Ethiopians.png Champion Infantry 800 wood,
800 coin
Upgrade Gascenyas, Shotel Warriors, and Neftenyas to Champion (+25% hit points and attack, -10% train time); requires Elite Infantry
Imperial Age
Legendary Infantry Ethiopians.png Legendary Infantry 2,000 wood,
2,000 coin
Upgrade Gascenyas, Shotel Warriors, and Neftenyas to Legendary (+50% hit points and attack); requires Champion Infantry

Further statistics[]

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

Unit strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Heavy infantry, light cavalry, Eagle Runner Knights
Weak vs. Heavy cavalry, Coyote Runners, artillery
Hit points Cree Tanning.png Cree Tanning (+5%)
Navajo Weaving.png Navajo Weaving (+5%)
Attack 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)
Speed Inca Road-building.png Quechuan Mountaineering (+20%)
Apache Endurance.png Apache Endurance (+5%)
Creation speed Inca Chaquis Messengers.png Quechuan Diet (-25%)
Train cost Mapuche Ad-mapu.png Mapuche Ad-mapu (-10% coin cost)
Other Merritocracy.png Meritocracy (-20% upgrade cost)

Home City Cards[]

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


Representing the elite guards of magnates, the Neftenya utilized a rifle and shield combination that became characteristic of East African troops. Deadly in combat and imposing in appearance, the mere sight of these bold riflemen and their colorful shields could be sufficient to put an enemy force to flight.