"Fast Chinese warrior armed with a shield and a sword. Heavily armored and good against archers, skirmishers, and artillery."
In-game description

The Rattan Shield is a melee light infantry native warrior in Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties that can be trained at a Trading Post built on a Shaolin Temple settlement. It is armed with a sword and a shield, and lacks any multipliers making it more of a fodder unit rather than an essential part of an army.

Overview Edit

Rattan Shields are cheap and can get rid of long-range/ranged infantry and artillery with ease. They are very vulnerable to heavy infantry, basically working like a weaker light infantry version of the Hussar. They do not, however, take bonus damage from ranged cavalry, so can be used effectively against Skirmishers or archers guarded by Dragoons. They are fast, cheap, lack any negative multipliers and are resistant to ranged attacks from defensive buildings, making them solid raiding units against Settlers and Villagers. 

When playing as the Japanese (Level 40 Home City required) these units perform well when mixed with Spanish Rodeleros from the Consulate, which are nearly as fast despite being heavy infantry. This is also due to the fact the Shaolin unit upgrades effect the Rodeleros. Combine the two units speed with the Golden Pavilion hit point and speed aura bonuses and they can respond quickly to threats and hold off the enemy if not kill them due to their durability.

Upgrades Edit

Age Upgrade Cost Effect
Ages fortress
Disciplined natives Shaolin Discipline Training 200 wood,
150 coin
Upgrades Rattan Shields to Disciplined (+25% hit points and attack)
Ages industrial
Honered natives Shaolin Honor Training 400 wood,
300 coin
Upgrades Rattan Shields to Honored (+40% hit points and attack); requires Shaolin Discipline Training
Ages imperial
Legendary natives Legendary Native Warriors
Exalted natives Exalted Natives
1,500 food,
1,500 wood
Upgrades native warriors to Legendary/Exalted (+50% hit points and attack)
The Legendary Native Warriors improvement is available in the Capitol for European civilizations and in the Town Center for Native American and Asian (as Exalted Natives) civilizations.

Further statistics Edit

Unit strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Ranged infantry, artillery
Weak vs. Heavy infantry, light cavalry
Hit points Infantry Breastplate Infantry Breastplate (+10%)
Comanche Horse Breeding Comanche Horse Breeding (+10%)
Cree Tanning Cree Tanning (+5%)
Maya Cotton Armor Maya Cotton Armor (+20%)
Navajo Weaving Navajo Weaving (+5%)
Attack Carib Kasiri Beer Carib Kasiri Beer (+10%)
Mapuche Tactics Mapuche Tactics (+50% siege attack)
Zapotec Cult of the Dead Zapotec Cult of the Dead (+20%)
Yoga Yoga (+5%)
Dim Mak Dim Mak (+50%)
Master Lessons Master Lessons (+10%)
Speed Apache Endurance Apache Endurance (+5%)
Sight Town Watch Town Watch (+2)
Other Merritocracy Meritocracy (-20% upgrade cost)
Penalties Thin Red Line Thin Red Line (-25% speed, British only)
Coffee Trade Coffee Trade (-10% speed, Dutch only)
Tillys Discipline Tilly's Discipline (+10% cost, Germans only)

Home City Cards Edit

In-game dialogue Edit

Main article: Chinese (Age of Empires III)#In-game dialogue

Words before the slash sign are rendered in simplified Chinese. Words after the slash sign are rendered in traditional Chinese.

  • 准备就绪 / 準備就緒 [Zhǔnbèi jiùxù.] ("Ready")
  • 怎么了 / 怎麼了 [Zénmele?] ("What [is happening]?")
  • 请下命令 / 請下命令 [Qǐng xià mìnglìng.] ("Please command")
  • 是的 [Shì de.] ("Yes")
  • 遵命 [Zūnmìng.] ("Affirmative")
  • 好的 [Hǎo de.] ("OK")
  • 出发 / 出發 [Chūfā.] ("Embarking")
  • 攻击! / 攻擊! [Gōngjí!] ("Attack!")
  • 开战 / 開戰 [Kāizhàn!] ("To battle!")

Trivia Edit

  • While the history section hints that the Rattan Shield is a unit that is meant to represent south Chinese Ming loyalist troops, they instead represent Shaolin monks.
    • Also, as with Iron Troopers, they speak Mandarin rather than Hokkien or Wu Chinese.
  • Rattan Shields have only two ranged counters, Fusiliers and Colonial Militia; all other counters to Rattan Shields must be in melee to do bonus damage.

History Edit

"The practice of rattan shield fighting is an art form consisting of six distinct fighting methods that is still practiced in parts of Taiwan. During the Chinese battles of Formosa in the seventeenth century, Ming military leader Koxinga expected every member of his army, from the generals to the foot soldiers, to be versed in the methods of the rattan shield.

Rattan shields were widely used for a variety of reasons. Palms blanketed the regions of Taiwan and Hokkien, China, making rattan readily available. The shields were extremely light but uncommonly strong, able to block incoming projectiles, including bullets. They were even so buoyant as to be used by soldiers as flotation devices when crossing shallow bodies of water.

Gallery Edit

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