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This article is about the unit in Age of Empires III: The WarChiefs. For similar units in other games of the series, see Ram.

Siege warrior. Good against buildings.
—In-game description

The Ram is a melee siege unit in Age of Empires III: The WarChiefs that is unique to the Haudenosaunee and can be trained at the Siege Workshop.

Overview[]

The Ram is a siege unit that is usually used to counter enemy buildings. It is slow compared to other artillery, but effective against buildings. It is not considered true artillery, and is therefore not vulnerable to Culverins. However, it can be easily killed by any unit with multipliers against siege units (such as most militia units and Oprichniks). It has a high siege attack and low rate of fire, which makes it turn enemy bases to dust in mere minutes. Four or five can do considerable damage to an enemy base.

But the Ram has no melee or ranged attack, making it very vulnerable. Without any support, the Ram cannot stand long in a protected enemy base. If the player is actually trying to wreck the enemy town without any support units, discretion is essential. One could sneak groups of these through the edges of the map without being seen. Then, draw the attention of the enemy with Forest Prowlers and use the Rams to destroy the enemy's important buildings, such as military buildings, Factories, and even Town Centers.

The Ram is capable of targeting ships along the coast and are devastating against Galleons (as they often train units along the shoreline). They are the only land hard counter to ships until Light Cannons are available in the Industrial Age.

Rams, much like Mantlets, are upgraded by Siege unit upgrade cards.

Upgrades[]

Age Upgrade Cost Effect
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
Champion iroquois siege unit Champion Rams 400 wood
200 coin
Upgrades Rams to Champion (+25% hit points and attack)
Imperial Age
Legendary iroquois siege unit Legendary Rams 1,500 wood
1,500 coin
Upgrades Rams to Legendary (+50% hit points and attack); requires Champion Rams

Further statistics[]

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

Unit strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Buildings
Weak vs. Units, especially cavalry
Improvements
Hit points Tar kilns Tar Kilns (+5%)
Attack Som ajuran engineers Somali Ajuran Engineers (+20% multiplier vs. Frontier fortification)
Speed Siege Drill Siege Drill (+10%)
Apache Endurance Apache Endurance (+5%)
Train time Immigrants Immigrants (-10%)
Other Merritocracy Meritocracy (-20% upgrade cost)

Home City Cards[]

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

Click for a list of Home City Cards related to the Ram
Some cards are highlighted with:
Green TEAM Shipment that is sent to each player in a team
Blue Shipment that arrives fast (5 seconds)

Chinese[]

Card Description Age
Team engineering school TEAM Engineering School Artillery, Fixed Gun, Siege Elephant, Flamethrower, Ram, Mantlet, and Huron Mantlet train time -15%; Heavy Cannon, Great Bombard, Rocket, Flying Crow, and Gatling Camel train time -5% instead
Age II tech tree aoe3

Haudenosaunee[]

Card Description Age
Iroquois Home City 2 (Iroquois Siege Party) Haudenosaunee Siege Party Ships 4 Mantlets and 6 Rams
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
Iroquois Home City 2 (Beaver Wars) Beaver Wars Rams and Mantlets get +15% ranged resistance; additional Mantlets get +15% and Rams get +30% siege resistance; grants the Champion Ram and Champion Mantlet upgrades.
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
Ottoman Home City 2 (Light Artillery Hitpoints) Siege Hitpoints Rams, Mantlets, and Light Cannons get +15% hit points
Age III tech tree aoe3
Ottoman Home City 2 (Artillery Attack) Siege Damage Rams, Mantlets, and Light Cannons get +15% attack
Age III tech tree aoe3
Artillery Combat Siege Combat Rams, Mantlets, and Light Cannons get +15% hit points and attack
Age III tech tree aoe3
Iroquois Home City 2 (4 Rams) 4 Rams Ships 4 Rams
Age III tech tree aoe3
Iroquois Home City 2 (Siege Construction) Siege Construction Rams, Mantlets, and Light Cannons take -1 population and get -30% train time
Age III tech tree aoe3
Haudenosaunee Home City 3 (Wampum) Wampum Training units and constructing buildings grants +35% XP; unit train time -20%, siege unit and artillery train time -5% instead
Age III tech tree aoe3
Iroquois Home City 5 (Mohawk Support) Mohawk Support Ships 5 Mantlets and 6 Rams; costs 1,000 coin
Age III tech tree aoe3
Iroquois Home City 5 (National Unity) National Unity Cayuga Support, Onondaga Support, Seneca Support, Tuscarora Support, Oneida Support, and Mohawk Support shipments cost -25%
Age III tech tree aoe3

Indians[]

Card Description Age
Shivajis tactics TEAM Shivaji's Tactics All units get +5% hit points and attack
Age IV tech tree aoe 3

Japanese[]

Card Description Age
Japanese Home City 3 (Cheaper Unit Upgrades) TEAM Sengoku Unit upgrades cost -20%
Age IV tech tree aoe 3

Maltese[]

Card Description Age
Maltese Home City 2 (TEAM Knights of the Round Table) TEAM Knights of the Round Table Ships 1 Hospitaller for each Town Center owned by the player; all units get +2% hit points
Age I tech tree aoe3

Mexicans[]

Card Description Age
Mexican Home City 2 (TEAM Mariachi) TEAM Mariachi For the next 30 seconds, military buildings work 400% faster and units get +10% speed
Age I tech tree aoe3

Spanish[]

Card Description Age
Spanish Home City 3 (Inquisition) TEAM Spanish Inquisition Ships 1 Inquisitor; all units get +10 Line of Sight
Age II tech tree aoe3

Chinese[]

Card Description Age HC level
Team engineering school TEAM Engineering School Abus Gun, Grenadier, Culverin, Falconet, Mortar, Organ Gun, Mantlet, Ram, Light Cannon, Petard, Horse Artillery, Siege Elephant, Morutaru, Flaming Arrow, Hand Mortar, and Flamethrower train time -30%; Heavy Cannon, Great Bombard, Rocket, and Flying Crow train time -5%
Age II tech tree aoe3
25

Dutch[]

Card Description Age HC level
Dutch Home City 2 (Infantry Hitpoints) TEAM Infantry Hitpoints Infantry get +15% hit points
Age II tech tree aoe3
10

Indians[]

Card Description Age HC level
Shivajis tactics TEAM Shivaji's Tactics All units get +5% hit points and attack
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
25

Iroquois[]

Card Description Age HC level
Iroquois Home City 2 (Infantry Attack) Infantry Attack Infantry get +15% attack
Age II tech tree aoe3
10
Iroquois Home City 2 (Infantry Hitpoints) Infantry Hitpoints Infantry get +15% hit points
Age II tech tree aoe3
10
Iroquois Home City 2 (Infantry Combat) Infantry Combat Infantry get +15% hit points and attack
Age III tech tree aoe3
25
Iroquois Home City 2 (Scout Infantry) TEAM Scout Infantry Infantry get +8 Line of Sight
Age II tech tree aoe3
10
Iroquois Home City 2 (Iroquois Siege Party) Iroquois Siege Party Ships 4 Mantlets and 6 Rams
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
25
Ottoman Home City 2 (Light Artillery Hitpoints) Siege Hitpoints Rams, Mantlets, and Light Cannons get +15% hit points
Age III tech tree aoe3
10
Ottoman Home City 2 (Artillery Attack) Siege Damage Rams, Mantlets, and Light Cannons get +15% attack
Age III tech tree aoe3
10
Artillery Combat Siege Combat Rams, Mantlets, and Light Cannons get +15% hit points and attack
Age III tech tree aoe3
25
Iroquois Home City 2 (4 Rams) 4 Rams Ships 4 Rams
Age III tech tree aoe3
1
Iroquois Home City 2 (Beaver Wars) Siege Discipline Rams, Mantlets, and Light Cannons take -1 population
Age III tech tree aoe3
40
French Home City 3 (Engineering School) Engineering School Abus Gun, Grenadier, Culverin, Falconet, Mortar, Organ Gun, Mantlet, Ram, Light Cannon, Petard, Horse Artillery, Siege Elephant, Morutaru, Flaming Arrow, Hand Mortar, and Flamethrower train time -40%; Heavy Cannon, Great Bombard, Rocket, and Flying Crow train time -10%
Age II tech tree aoe3
25
Iroquois Home City 5 (Mohawk Support) Mohawk Support Ships 5 Mantlets and 6 Rams; costs 1,000 coin
Age III tech tree aoe3
10
Iroquois Home City 5 (National Unity) National Unity Cayuga Support, Onondaga Support, Seneca Support, Tuscarora Support, Oneida Support, and Mohawk Support shipments cost -25%
Age III tech tree aoe3
40

Japanese[]

Card Description Age HC level
Japanese Home City 3 (Cheaper Unit Upgrades) TEAM Cheaper Unit Upgrades Unit upgrades cost -20%
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
1

Spanish[]

Card Description Age HC level
Spanish Home City 3 (Inquisition) TEAM Inquisition All units get +10 Line of Sight
Age I tech tree aoe3
10

Changelog[]

3WCIcon48px The WarChiefs[]

  • Rams have 200 hit points and are classified as infantry.

Age3DE Icon Knights of the Mediterranean[]

  • With update 13.18214, Rams have 250 hit points and are not classified as infantry.
  • With update 15.59076, Rams can now attack units, inflicting 10 damage with a 4x multiplier against artillery.

Trivia[]

  • Along with the Flail Elephant, the Ram is the only melee siege weapon in Age of Empires III and they are also the only two units with a siege RoF of 1.5.

History[]

The most direct way to attack a stone wall or other stone fortification was to knock it down with a battering ram. A typical ram was a stout log mounted on wheels or suspended from a frame so it could swing forward and backward. The frame was brought up to the wall or gate to be battered; men heaving in unison then repeatedly slammed the ram into the target. Given enough time, any obstruction could be knocked down, opening a breach for assault.

Gallery[]

Military units in Age of Empires III
Common/shared units
3Icon48px Age of Empires IIIExplorer aoe3de Explorer · Militiaman de Militiaman · Crossbow aoe3de Crossbowman · Pikeman aoe3de Pikeman · Halberdier de Halberdier · Musketeer icon aoe3de Musketeer · Skirmisher aoe3de Skirmisher · Grenadier de Grenadier · Hussar aoe3de Hussar · Dragoon aoe3de Dragoon · Cavalry archer portrait aoe3de updated Cavalry Archer · Falconet aoe3de Falconet · Culverin icon aoe3de Culverin · Mortar de Mortar · Heavy cannon de Heavy Cannon · Caravel aoe3de Caravel · Galleon aoe3de Galleon · Frigate aoe3de Frigate · Monitor aoe3de Monitor
3WCIcon48px The WarChiefsWarrior de Warrior · Horse art de Horse Artillery · Petard aoe3de Petard · Spy aoe3de portrait updated Spy · Native canoe aoe3de Canoe · War canoe aoe3de War Canoe · Ironclad aoe3de Ironclad
Age3DE Icon Definitive Edition*Captured mortar aoe3de Captured Mortar · Sloop aoe3de Sloop · Steamer aoe3de Steamer · Battleship portrait Battleship
Age3DE Icon The African RoyalsLevied spearman portrait aoe3de Levied Spearman · Levied bowman portrait aoe3de Levied Bowman · Levied gunner portrait aoe3de Levied Gunner · Javelin rider aoe3de Javelin Rider · Desert warrior portrait aoe3de Desert Warrior · Desert archer portrait aoe3de Desert Archer · Desert raider portrait aoe3de Desert Raider · Battle canoe portrait aoe3de Battle Canoe · Cannon boat portrait aoe3de Cannon Boat
Unique units
Flag BritishDE BritishLongbow aoe3de Longbowman · Ranger portrait Ranger · Rocket de Rocket
Flag DutchDE DutchRuyter de Ruyter · Fluyt aoe3de Fluyt
Flag FrenchDE FrenchCuirassier de Cuirassier
Flag GermanDE GermansGermans landwehr portrait Landwehr · Doppel de Doppelsoldner · Uhlan portrait aoe3de updated Uhlan · War wagon de War Wagon
Flag OttomanDE OttomansOttomans bashibozuk portrait Bashibozuk · Janissary aoe3de Janissary · Ottomans azap portrait Azap · Nizam icon Nizam Fusilier · Ottomans deli portrait Deli · Ottomans abus gunner portrait Abus Gunner · Ottomans humbaraci portrait Humbaraci · Great bombard de Great Bombard · Spy ottoman portrait Muhbir · Spahi de Sipahi · Galley aoe3de Galley
Flag PortugueseDE PortugueseOrdinance rifleman portrait Ordinance Rifleman · Cacador de Cassador · Organ aoe3de Organ Gun
Flag RussianDE RussiansStrelet de Strelet · Russians rekrut portrait aoe3de Rekrut · Russians poruchik portrait aoe3de Poruchik · Cossack de Cossack · Oprichink de Oprichnik
Flag SpanishDE SpanishRandelero de Rodelero · Lancer portrait aoe3de updated Lancer
Flag AztecDE AztecsAztecChief AoE3DE Aztec War Chief · Eagle scout aoe3de Eagle Scout · Coyote runner aoe3de Coyote Runner · Otontin slinger Otontin Slinger · Puma spearman de Puma Spearman · Arrow knight de Arrow Knight · Eagle runner knight de Eagle Runner Knight · Jaguar prowl knight de Jaguar Prowl Knight · Warrior priest de Warrior Priest · Skull knight aoe3de Skull Knight · Tlaloc aoe3de Tlaloc Canoe
Flag IroquoisDE HaudenosauneeIro warchief aoe3de Haudenosaunee War Chief · Aenna de Aenna · Tomahawk de Tomahawk · Forest prowler de Forest Prowler · Kanya de Kanya Horseman · Musket rider de Musket Rider · Ram aoe3de Ram · Iro mantlet de Mantlet · Light cannon de Light Cannon
Flag SiouxDE LakotaSx warchief aoe3de Lakota War Chief · Cetan de Cetan Bowman · Club warrior de Club Warrior · Wakina de Wakina Rifle · Axe rider de Axe Rider · Bow rider de Bow Rider · Rifle rider de Rifle Rider · Tashunke de Tashunke Prowler · Tokala soldier portrait updated Tokala Soldier
Flag ChineseDE ChineseShaolin master aoe3de Shaolin Master · Shaolin monk aoe3de Disciple · Sentry cn jp de Sentry · Irregular cn jp de Irregular · Chu ko nu aoe3de Chu Ko Nu · Qiang pikeman de Qiang Pikeman · Changdao de Changdao Swordsman · Arquebusier de Arquebusier · Steppe rider de Steppe Rider · Keshik de Keshik · Iron flail de Iron Flail · Meteor hammer de Meteor Hammer · Flamethrower de Flamethrower · Hand mortar de Hand Mortar · Flying crow de Flying Crow · Fire ship aoe3de Fire Junk · War junk aoe3de War Junk · Fuchuan aoe3de Fuchuan
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Flag JapaneseDE JapaneseIkkoIkkiDE Sohei Archer · Sentry cn jp de Sentry · Irregular cn jp de Irregular · Yumi archer de Yumi Archer · Ashigaru de Ashigaru Musketeer · Samurai aoe3de Samurai · Naginata de Naginata Rider · Yabusame de Yabusame · Flaming arrow aoe3de Flaming Arrow · Morutaru de Morutaru · Daimyo kiyomasa aoe3de Daimyo · Tokugawa aoe3de Shogun Tokugawa · Yamabushi aoe3de Yamabushi · Shinobi aoe3de Shinobi · Fune aoe3de Fune · Atakabune aoe3de Atakebune · Tekkousen aoe3de Tekkousen
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Flag Hausa HausaEmir aoe3de portrait Emir · Fulani Fulani Archer · Raider aoe3de portrait Raider · Lifidi knight aoe3de portrait Lifidi Knight · Maigadi aoe3de portrait Maigadi · Xebec portrait aoe3de Xebec
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