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Exceptionally well-drilled ranged infantry that specializes in utilizing the advantages of different formations.
—In-game description

The Nizam Fusilier is a ranged heavy infantry in Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition that is unique to the Ottomans and can only be shipped from the Home City in place of Janissaries once New Order Infantry is researched. It is a hybrid unit of a Skirmisher and a Musketeer which acts very distinctively when their unit stance is changed and have a charge attack similar to the Swedish Carolean.

Egypt can also access Nizam Fusiliers through the "Egyptian Army Reform" Home City Card.


Nizam Fusiliers have similar statistics to Janissaries, which are also unique to the Ottomans. They do, however, move slightly faster than them, have different multipliers in ranged attack and different type of resistance.

They have a 20% siege resistance like Wagons, Travois and Rickshaws. This makes them much durable against artillery fire and units like Grenadiers, Abus Guns, Arsonists, and Huaracas, but also slightly vulnerable to all ranged units and melee units.

Unit stance modifications[]

When Nizam Fusiliers are assigned to different unit stances, their ranged attack multipliers and range changes.

  • Volley mode.png In the Volley Mode, they have 12 range and x2.0 multiplier vs. Infantry.
  • Stagger mode.png In the Stagger Mode, they have 12 range and x2.0 multiplier vs. Artillery and Siege units.
  • Melee mode icon.png In the Melee Mode, they have x2.5 vs. Cavalry and x1.8 vs. Shock Infantry multipliers. Their base multipliers are only x2.0 vs. Cavalry and x1.5 vs. Shock Infantry, however, this is increased by +0.5 vs. Cavalry and +0.3 vs. Shock Infantry when the New Order Infantry technology is researched.
  • Defend mode.png In the Defend Mode, they have 12 range, x2.0 multiplier vs. Cavalry and x1.6 multiplier vs. Shock Infantry.
  • Stand ground.png In Stand Ground, they have 15 range and no multipliers.


By using the Mosque Construction card, the unique Mosque technologies become 60% cheaper, including the ones after sending Palace Intrigue card. The New Order Infantry technology will now give 15 Nizam Fusiliers and also converts all Janissary shipments to Nizam Fusilier shipments for 1,000 wood instead of 2,500 wood. Upon reaching the Industrial Age, it is also possible to research Topcu Corps to get 3 Great Bombards for 600 food instead of 1,500 food, which becomes very powerful when combined with Nizam Fusiliers.

Special ability[]

Ability bayonet charge lrg.png Sürat Assault: For the next 8 seconds, all Nizam Fusiliers have their speed increased by 1 but are locked into Melee Mode. 90 seconds cooldown; shared across all Nizam Fusiliers.


The Nizam Fusilier is automatically upgraded at every Age up starting in the Fortress Age.

Fortress age up.png Veteran Nizam Fusilier (+20% hit points and attack)
Industrial age up.png Guard Nizam Fusilier (+30% hit points and attack)
Imperial age up.png Imperial Nizam Fusilier (+50% hit points and attack)

Further statistics[]

Unit strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Cavalry, infantry
Weak vs. Skirmishers, archers, artillery
Hit points Flint lock.png Flint Lock (+10%)
Thin Red Line.png Thin Red Line (+20%, British 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%)
New order infantry.png New Order Infantry (+0.5x multiplier vs. cavalry, +0.3x melee multiplier vs. shock infantry; Ottomans only)
Yoga.png Yoga (+5%)
Smokeless Powder.png Smokeless Powder (+30% siege attack)
Clenched Fist.png Clenched Fist (+10% melee attack)
Speed Military Drummers.png Military Drummers (+10%)
Inca Road-building.png Quechuan Mountaineering (+20%)
Apache Endurance.png Apache Endurance (+5%)
Sight Town Watch.png Town Watch (+2)
Creation speed Standing Army.png Standing Army (-25%)
New order infantry.png New Order Infantry (-20%; Ottomans only)
Inca Chaquis Messengers.png Quechuan Diet (-25%)
Other New order infantry.png New Order Infantry (ships 15 Nizam Fusiliers; Ottomans only)
Penalties Thin Red Line.png Thin Red Line (-25% speed, British only)

Home City Cards[]


Definitive Edition[]


  • The Nizam Fusilier is the only military unit with siege resistance aside from melee infantry units, which get hidden 50% siege resistance while in Cover Mode stance.
  • Egyptian Nizams use a different skin.


Following devastating defeats at the hands of Russia and Austria, the Sultan Selim III (1761-1807) realized that the once-mighty Ottoman army required reforming to remain on par with that of its rivals. Modern drilling and the use of bayonets were among the improvements made to these new Ottoman infantry units; however, this new corps was soon engaged in a bitter rivalry with the Janissaries, elite troops of the Ottoman Empire. While this internal strife occasionally affected morale and caused violent incidents, the Nizam corps were more effective than their predecessors, even if they could not fully turn the tide against the Empire’s powerful enemies.