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Fast-moving sword gauntlet infantry. Good against cavalry and buildings.
—In-game description

The Rajput is a melee heavy infantry in Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties that is unique to the Indians and can be trained at Barracks and Galleon, as well as the Agra Fort wonder. It wields a pair of pata blades in battle and are effective at countering cavalry.

Overview[]

The Rajput does melee damage so it is vulnerable when closing in on a target. It is not very significant compared to the Sepoy, which generally outperforms it, as the Sepoy has more hit points, a ranged attack, more line of sight and less cost. But the Rajput has slightly more hand attack as well as speed, making them useful in certain specific situations.

One novel use for Rajputs is to use them to raid enemy villagers. They have a decent melee attack and almost have the same speed as Rodeleros. They become more effective when the Dravidian Martial Arts card is sent, which increases their melee attack by 30%.

Upgrades[]

Age Upgrade Cost Effect
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Disciplined infantry.png Disciplined Rajput 200 wood,
100 coin
Upgrades Rajputs to Disciplined (+20% hit points and attack)
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Honored infantry.png Honored Rajput 600 wood,
600 coin
Upgrades Rajputs to Honored (+30% hit points and attack); requires Disciplined Rajput
Imperial Age
Exalted infantry.png Exalted Rajput 1,500 wood,
1,500 coin
Upgrades Rajputs to Exalted (+50% hit points and attack); requires Honored Rajput

Mansabdar Rajput[]

Inspires all nearby Rajputs. Fast-moving sword gauntlet infantry. Good against cavalry and buildings.
—In-game description

The Mansabdar Rajput is a stronger version of the Rajput that can be trained from the Charminar Gate wonder. As a Mansabdar unit, the Mansabdar Rajput has twice the hit points of a Rajput and Imperial Service that increases the hit points and attack of nearby Rajputs, but are two times more expensive.

Special ability[]

Imperial service.png Imperial Service (passive): The Mansabdar Rajput increases the hit points and attack of Rajputs in a radius of 24 around him by 10%.

Further statistics[]

As (Mansabdar) Rajputs are unique to the Indians, only technologies that they have access to are shown in the following table:

Unit strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Cavalry, light infantry, buildings
Weak vs. Skirmishers, archers, artillery
Improvements
Hit points Cree Tanning.png Cree Tanning (+5%)
Maya Cotton Armor.png Maya Cotton Armor (+20%)
Navajo Weaving.png Navajo Weaving (+5%)
Attack Carib Kasiri Beer.png Carib Kasiri Beer (+10%)
Mapuche Tactics.png Mapuche Tactics (+50% siege attack)
Zapotec Cult of the Dead.png Zapotec Cult of the Dead (+20%)
Yoga.png Yoga (+5%)
Master Lessons.png Master Lessons (+10%)
Speed Inca Road-building.png Incan Road-building (+20%)
Apache Endurance.png Apache Endurance (+5%)
Creation speed Inca Chaquis Messengers.png Incan Chasquis Messengers (-25%)
Other Merritocracy.png Meritocracy (-20% upgrade cost)

Home City Cards[]

As (Mansabdar) Rajputs are unique to the Indians, only their cards and other civilizations' TEAM cards are shown in the following tables:

Changelog[]

The Asian Dynasties[]

  • Rajputs have 5.0 speed and 20 siege damage.
  • Mansabdar Rajputs cost 2 population and have 20 siege damage.

Definitive Edition[]

  • Rajputs have 5.5 speed and 25 siege damage.
  • Rajputs get additional 15% melee attack from the Dravidian Martial Arts card.
  • Mansabdar Rajputs have 25 siege damage.
  • With Update 20322, Mansabdar Rajputs cost 1 population.

History[]

The Rajput was a primarily Hindu warrior caste located in the northwestern region of India once known as Rajputana, now Rajasthan. Taking great pride in their ancestry and its emphasis on military virtues, the Rajput grew in power until 1616, when all the major clans had no choice but to submit to the might of Akbar and his Mughal Empire.

The Rajput warriors were known for using the unique and deadly pata, a sword-like weapon where the blade and the gauntlet were integrated into a single piece that was held by the wielder. Earlier iterations of the pata were said to have started at 10 inches in length, with later variations reaching a length of nearly 44 inches. This sturdy blade was effective at repelling armored cavalry, but could also be used in assaults against infantrymen, swung and slashed like a traditional sword. Supposedly, Emperor Akbar himself used the pata in battle, most notably during the siege of Gujarat in 1576.

Gallery[]

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