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Decoy unit which deals no damage but can take the shape of any common artillery. Good to distract the enemy and to attract enemy fire.
—In-game description

The Quaker Gun is a decoy artillery unit unique to the United States in Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition that can be trained at the Artillery Foundry once the Industrial Age is reached by choosing the South Carolina Federal State and shipping the Marion's Diversions Federal card. It can change its appearance to any common artillery unit to deceive the enemy, but deals no damage. It can only appear in the bombard mode of the artillery units, and has no real appearance for itself. It can also be accessed by shipping the TEAM North Carolina Quakers card.


The Quaker Gun can change its appearance to one of the following artillery units when chosen,


The Quaker Gun is automatically upgraded at every Age up starting in the Industrial Age.

Industrial age up.png +30% hit points
Imperial age up.png +50% hit points

Further statistics[]

Unit strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Nothing
Weak vs. Everything
Hit points Professional gunners.png Professional Gunners (+10%)
Sight Town Watch.png Town Watch (+2)
Gunners Quadrant.png Gunner's Quadrant (+6)
Speed Trunion.png Trunion (+15%)
Apache Endurance.png Apache Endurance (+5%)
Creation speed Inca Chaquis Messengers.png Incan Chasquis Messengers (-10%)

Home City Cards[]



Named after the pacifistic Quaker movement, "quaker guns" were false cannons, usually made from logs painted black, that were used to deceive enemy spies or troops into believing a fort or emplacement had more artillery than they actually did. Quaker guns were used throughout the 18th and 19th centuries; one of the first recorded instances came in the American Revolution, when Colonel George Washington had surrounded a group of British Loyalists in a farmhouse and barn near Camden, South Carolina. Washington had a pine log prepared to resemble a cannon, pointed it at the Loyalist position, and threatened to open fire if they didn't surrender. The Loyalists gave up without a fight.

Quaker guns were also occasionally used during World War II to fool enemy reconnaissance. Wooden or inflatable rubber tanks were used for similar purposes.