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Swedish Skirmisher that can fight in the frontline thanks to his high hitpoints and melee damage. Benefits from Promotions.
—In-game description

The Royal Arquebusier is a ranged infantry native warrior in Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition - Knights of the Mediterranean that can be trained at a Trading Post built on a House of Vasa palace.

Overview[]

Royal Arquebusiers are ranged infantry units. They are available starting in the Commerce Age, effective against heavy infantry like Musketeers, but are vulnerable against melee cavalry and artillery. In comparison with other ranged infantry (like the Crossbowman or the State Militia), the Royal Arquebusier is similar in terms of range, speed, Line of Sight, and train time, has less ranged attack and increased food cost, but higher hit points, slightly higher melee attack, and resists melee damage.

Due to their increased hit points and melee resistance, in addition to their attack multipliers, the Royal Arquebusier can defeat melee heavy infantry like the Pikeman in close combat more easily. However, since heavy infantry also resist melee damage, it is recommended to make use of the Royal Arquebusier in ranged combat before entering melee.

With update 13.12327, Royal Arquebusiers benefit from the Combat Promotion, which increases their hit points and attack for each enemy military unit they defeat, up to a maximum of three units. They get +15% hit points and attack for the first defeated enemy unit; +30% hit points and attack for the second one; +45% hit points and attack for the third defeated unit. These values can be increased with Home City Cards or upgrades that benefit light infantry units, like Flint Lock or Counter Infantry Rifling.

Upgrades[]

Age Upgrade Cost Effect
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Veteran infantry.png Veteran Vasa 125 wood,
125 coin
Upgrades Royal Arquebusiers to Veteran (+20% hit points and attack)
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Guard infantry.png Royal Guard Vasa 300 wood,
300 coin
Upgrades Royal Arquebusiers and Winged Hussars to Royal Guard (+40% hit points and attack); requires Veteran Vasa
Imperial Age
Legendary natives.png Legendary Native Warriors
Exalted natives.png Exalted Natives
1,500 food,
1,500 wood
Upgrades native warriors to Legendary/Exalted/Imperial (+50% hit points and attack)

Strategy[]

Further statistics[]

Unit strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Heavy infantry, light cavalry, ranged shock infantry
Weak vs. Heavy cavalry, Shock Infantry, counter-skirmishers, artillery
Improvements
Hit points Flint lock.png Flint Lock (+10%)
Thin Red Line.png Thin Red Line (+20%; British only)
Gadaa System.png Gadaa System (+5%; Ethiopians only)
Cree Tanning.png Cree Tanning (+10%)
Navajo Weaving.png Navajo Weaving (+5%)
Tar kilns.png Tar Kilns (+5%)
Attack Counter Infantry Rifling.png Counter Infantry Rifling (+1.0× multiplier vs. heavy infatry)
Paper cartridge.png Paper Cartridge (+15%)
Yoga.png Yoga (+5%)
Smokeless Powder.png Smokeless Powder (+10%)
Clenched Fist.png Clenched Fist (+30% melee attack)
Somali jile daggers.png Somali Jile Daggers (-35% melee attack ROF)
Armatoloi.png Armatoloi (+5%)
Kalthoff repeaters.png Kalthoff Repeaters (+0.1× multiplier vs. light infantry)
Armor Somali oryx shields.png Somali Oryx Hide Shields (additional +10% melee/ranged resistance)
Hualcana.png Hualcana (+0.5; Incas only)
Range Schutzenfest.png Schützenfest (+1)
Speed Military Drummers.png Military Drummers (+10%)
Tillys Discipline.png Tilly's Discipline (+20%; Germans only)
Quechuan Mountaineering.png Quechuan Mountaineering (+10%)
Apache Endurance.png Apache Endurance (+5%)
Akan Drums.png Akan Fontomfrom (+5%)
Sight Town Watch.png Town Watch (+2)
Creation speed Standing Army.png Standing Army (-25%)
Cree Kinship.png Cree Kinship (-45%)
Quechuan Diet.png Quechuan Diet (-15%)
Akan Drums.png Akan Fontomfrom (-25%)
Philhellenism.png Philhellenism (-10%)
Train cost Philhellenism.png Philhellenism (-10%)
Other Merritocracy.png Meritocracy (-20% upgrade cost)
Penalties Thin Red Line.png Thin Red Line (-25% speed; British only)
Coffee Trade.png Coffee Trade (-10% speed; Dutch only)
Tillys Discipline.png Tilly's Discipline (+10% cost; Germans only)

Home City Cards[]

  • Green: TEAM Shipment that is sent to each player in a team
  • Blue: Shipment that arrives fast (5 seconds)

All[]

Card Description Age HC level
Spanish Home City 3 (Native Treaties).png Native Treaties Each different allied native tribe sends a shipment of their respective native warriors
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1
Spanish Home City 3 (Native Warriors).png Native Warriors Native warriors cost 25% less resources
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10
French Home City 3 (Native Warrior Combat).png Native Warrior Combat Native warriors get +25% hit points and attack
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25
Iroquois Home City 3 (Native Warrior Societies).png TEAM Native Warrior Societies Native warrior train limit +30%
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25
Spanish Home City 3 (Blood Brothers).png Blood Brothers Upgrades native warriors to Elite/Disciplined/Veteran and Champion/Honored/Royal Guard (if not already)
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25
Spanish Home City 3 (Fencing School).png Fencing School Infantry train time -40%
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10
Mexico card Liberation March.png Liberation March Infantry, cavalry, and Shock Infantry get +5% speed and train time -35%
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N/A
Iroquois Home City 2 (Infantry Hitpoints).png Infantry Hitpoints Infantry get +15% hit points
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10
The Native Treaties and Native Warriors cards are available to European and Native American civilizations.
The Native Treaties card ships 4 Royal Arquebusiers if the player had built a Trading Post on a House of Vasa palace.
The Native Warriors card is not available to Chinese, Ethiopians, Hausa, Indians, Italians and Japanese.
The Native Warrior Combat card is available to French, Haudenosaunee and Incas.
The Blood Brothers card is available to Aztecs, French, Germans, Haudenosaunee, Portuguese, Russians, Lakota, and Spanish.
The TEAM Native Warrior Societies card is available to Aztecs, Dutch, Haudenosaunee and Lakota.
The Fencing School card is not available to Chinese, Haudenosaunee, Japanese, Lakota, Mexicans, Ottomans and Spanish.
The Liberation March card is available to Mexicans and Spanish
The Infantry Hitpoints card is available to Haudenosaunee and Italians.

Africans[]

Card Description Age
Trainspeed africa.png Feudal Armies Unit train time -15%; Hero respawn time -15%
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Asians[]

Card Description Age HC level
Japanese Home City 3 (Native Alliance).png Native Alliance Native warrior train limit +20% and cost -10% (also +1 Villager for the Indians)
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1
Native Warrior Hitpoints.png Native Warrior Hitpoints Native warriors get +30% hit points and +10% speed (also +1 Villager for the Indians)
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10
Japanese Home City 3 (Native Warrior Attack).png Native Warrior Attack Native warriors get +30% attack and train time -25%
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10
The Native Alliance card is not available to the Chinese.
The Native Warrior Hitpoints card is not available to the Japanese.
The Native Warrior Attack card is not available to the Indians.

Chinese[]

Card Description Age HC level
Western reforms.png Western Reforms All units get +8% hit points and attack
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40
Acupuncture aoe3.png Acupuncture Unit train time -20%
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10

Dutch[]

Card Description Age HC level
Dutch Home City 2 (Infantry Hitpoints).png TEAM Infantry Hitpoints Infantry get +15% hit points
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10

Ethiopians[]

Card Description Age
Ethiopian Home City 2 (TEAM Coffee Consumption).png TEAM Coffee Consumption Ranged Infantry get +5% speed
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Temenyas.png Temenyas Gunpowder infantry get +5% attack; Neftenya available in the Commerce Age
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Ignatian spirituality.png Ignatian Spirituality All units get +5% hit points and regeneration capability even while in combat
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Loyal warriors.png Loyal Warriors Native warriors, mercenaries, and outlaws cost -15% (also affects shipments)
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French[]

Card Description Age HC level
French Home City 2 (Ranged Infantry Attack).png TEAM Ranged Infantry Attack Ranged Infantry get +15% attack
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10
French Home City 3 (Wilderness Warfare).png Wilderness Warfare Coureurs des Bois, Skirmishers, and native warriors get +20% hit points
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25
French Home City 3 (Improved Native Warrior Combat).png TEAM French Auxiliaries Combat Native warriors get +15% hit points and attack
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1

Haudenosaunee[]

Card Description Age HC level
Iroquois Home City 2 (Infantry Attack).png Infantry Attack Infantry get +15% attack
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10
Iroquois Home City 2 (Infantry Combat).png Infantry Combat Infantry get +15% hit points and attack
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25
Iroquois Home City 2 (Scout Infantry).png TEAM Scout Infantry Infantry get +8 LOS
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10

Hausa[]

Card Description Age
Hausa Home City Cards 5 (Sahelian Kingdoms).png Sahelian Kingdoms Native warriors get +15% hit points and attack; Mercenaries and outlaws get +10% hit points and attack
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Incas[]

Card Description Age
Inca Road-building.png Road Building All land military units get +10% speed
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Inca Chaquis Messengers.png Couriers Infantry, shock infantry and cavalry train time -45%
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Inca Home City 2 (TEAM Inca Bridges).png TEAM Inca Bridges Infantry and civilian units get +5% speed; +1 Chasqui
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Japanese Home City 3 (Native Alliance).png Native Alliance Native warrior train limit +20% and cost -10%
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Indians[]

Card Description Age HC level
Dravidian martial arts.png Dravidian Martial Arts All units get +15% melee attack +1 Villager
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40
Shivajis tactics.png TEAM Shivaji's Tactics All units get +5% hit points and attack
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25

Italians[]

Card Description Age
Italian Home City 2 (Schiavoni Swords).png Schiavoni Swords All cavalry and infantry get +15% hand attack
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Japanese[]

Card Description Age HC level
Onin war.png Onin War Infantry get +33% siege attack
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40
Japanese Home City 3 (Cheaper Unit Upgrades).png TEAM Sengoku Unit upgrades cost -20%
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1
Bakufu.png Bakufu Daimyo and Shogun Tokugawa get +10% speed, +20 LOS and train units 15% faster; Banner army train time -10%; Land military unit train time -20%
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25

Lakota[]

Card Description Age HC level
Sioux Home City 2 (Wind Runner).png Moccasins Infantry get +10% speed
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10
Sioux Home City 3 (Black Arrow).png Black Arrow Native warrior train time -85%
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10

Maltese[]

Card Description Age
Maltese Home City 2 (TEAM Knights of the Round Table).png TEAM Knights of the Round Table Ships 1 Hospitaller for each Center owned by the player; increases all unit hit points by 2%
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Mexicans[]

Card Description Age
Mexico card Plan of Miramare.png Plan of Miramare [Plan] Turns all Salteadores into Voltigeur Skirmishers; Rifle Infantry get +2 LOS and range; costs 1000 food, 1000 wood.
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Mexican Home City 3 (Chimayo Genizarios).png Chimayo Genizarios Native warrior train time -10%; Native warrior shipments and "Native Treaties" arrive twice as fast; costs 500 food, 500 wood
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Mexico card TEAM Mariachi.png TEAM Mariachi For the next 30 seconds, military buildings have their work rate increased by 400% and units have their speed increased by 10%
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Portuguese[]

Card Description Age HC level
Portuguese Home City 2 (Gunpowder Infantry Hitpoints).png TEAM Gunpowder Infantry Hitpoints Gunpowder Infantry get +15% hit points
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10

Russians[]

Card Description Age HC level
Russian Home City 2 (Ransack).png Ransack Infantry get +50% siege attack
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25
Russian Home City 3 (Dueling School).png Dueling School Infantry train time -25%
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25

Spanish[]

Card Description Age HC level
Spanish Home City 2 (Peninsular Guerrillas).png Peninsular Guerrillas Ranged infantry get +25% attack and Skirmishers now see the LOS of enemies they attacked for 3 seconds
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N/A
Spanish Home City 3 (Inquisition).png TEAM Inquisition All units get +10 LOS
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10

United States[]

Card Description Age
US Home City 2 (Continental Rangers).png Continental Rangers Rifle Infantry get +15% hit points and attack
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Mexican Home City 3 (Chimayo Genizarios).png Indian Friendship Each different allied native tribe sends a large shipment of their respective native warriors; Native warrior train time -10%; Native warrior shipments arrive twice as fast; costs 500 food, 500 wood
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In-game dialogue[]

The Royal Arquebusier speaks Swedish using the Swedish Crossbowman's dialogue files.

Changelog[]

Knights of the Mediterranean[]

  • With update 13.12327, Royal Arquebusiers benefit from the Combat Promotion (incorrectly referred as Valor Promotion) which increases their hit points and attack for each enemy military unit they defeat.
  • Originally, Royal Arquebusiers' in-game description was "Swedish Skirmisher that can fight in the frontline thanks to his high hitpoints and melee damage.". With update 13.12327, the Royal Arquebusiers' in-game description is "Swedish Skirmisher that can fight in the frontline thanks to his high hitpoints and melee damage. Benefits from Promotions."

Trivia[]

  • In its portrait and in-game model, the Royal Arquebusier is armed with a matchlock arquebus
  • The Royal Arquebusier resembles arquebusiers from the 17th century.
  • The Royal Arquebusier is the second unit that uses an arquebus, the first one being the Chinese Arquebusier.

History[]

The House of Vasa ruled Sweden and much of Poland during the 16th and 17th centuries. When engaged in the Thirty Years’ War (1618-48), Gustavus Adolphus assembled an army that he diligently trained himself, using innovative tactics to compete with the larger and better-equipped armies of his adversaries. The royal arquebusiers were one component of this combined arms force, and they helped engineer groundbreaking victories at battles such as Breitenfeld and River Lech.

Gallery[]

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A replaces the Aztecs
I replaces the Iroquois
L replaces the Lakota
* added in the Definitive Edition
** formerly Sufi unit
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