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Revolutionary Greek musketeer that is stronger in groups. Good against cavalry.
—In-game description

The Sacred Band Infantry is a ranged infantry native warrior in Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition - Knights of the Mediterranean that can only be obtained through the Greek Revolution ability after building a Trading Post on a House of Phanar palace.

Overview[]

The Sacred Band Infantry is a ranged heavy infantry similar to the Musketeer. It is effective against cavalry in melee combat, but vulnerable against Skirmishers and artillery.

They are similar to Black Brunswickers, sharing their hit points, speed, Rate of Fire, attack, and range, but use one population space and do not benefit from the Combat Promotion (they do not increase their hit points and attack for each defeated enemy military unit). Sacred Band Infantry can perform hit-and-run tactics more easily due to their higher speed, range, and faster Rate of Fire; these stats can be increased with Home City Cards or upgrades that benefit Musketeer-type units.

However, Sacred Band Infantry are not trainable, as they can only be obtained through the Greek Revolution Royal House Ability, which increases the amount of Sacred Band Infantry that can be spawned the longer the player waits before using it, which makes them very situational late-game units.

Upgrades[]

The Sacred Band Infantry is automatically upgraded in the Fortress Age and Industrial Age. Unlike other units, however, its name is not changed to reflect this.

Fortress age up.png +20% hit points and attack
Industrial age up.png +40% hit points and attack
Age Upgrade Cost Effect
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. Cavalry, infantry
Weak vs. Light infantry, artillery
Improvements
Hit points Flint lock.png Flint Lock (+10%)
Thin Red Line.png Thin Red Line (+20%; British only)
Corselet.png Corselet (+25%; Spanish 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 Socket Bayonet.png Socket Bayonet (+20% melee attack)
Paper cartridge.png Paper Cartridge (+15%)
New order infantry.png New Order Infantry (+0.5× melee multiplier vs. cavalry, +0.3× vs. Shock Infantry; Ottomans only)
Gadaa System.png Gadaa System (+5%; Ethiopians only)
Smokeless Powder.png Smokeless Powder (+10%)
Yoga.png Yoga (+5%)
Clenched Fist.png Clenched Fist (+25% melee attack)
Armatoloi.png Armatoloi (+5%)
Armor Somali oryx shields.png Somali Oryx Hide Shields (+10% melee/ranged resistance)
Hualcana.png Hualcana (+5% melee/ranged resistance; Incas only)
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%)
New order infantry.png New Order Infantry (-20%; Ottomans only)
Quechuan Diet.png Quechuan Diet (-10%)
Akan Drums.png Akan Fontomfrom (-25%)
Philhellenism.png Philhellenism (-10%)
Train cost* Mapuche Ad-mapu.png Mapuche Ad-mapu (-10% coin cost)
Golden liberty.png Golden Liberty (-5% coin cost)
Philhellenism.png Philhellenism (-10%)
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)
Corselet.png Corselet (-15% speed; Spanish only)
*: These technologies' effects are redundant, since the Sacred Band infantry can only be acquired through the Greek Revolution ability.

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 Warriors).png Native Warriors Native warriors cost 25% less resources
Age III tech tree aoe3.png
10
French Home City 3 (Native Warrior Combat).png Native Warrior Combat Native warriors get +25% hit points and attack
Age III tech tree aoe3.png
25
Iroquois Home City 3 (Native Warrior Societies).png TEAM Native Warrior Societies Native warrior train limit +30%
Age II tech tree aoe3.png
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)
Age IV tech tree aoe 3.png
25
Spanish Home City 3 (Fencing School).png Fencing School Infantry train time -40%
Age II tech tree aoe3.png
10
Mexico card Liberation March.png Liberation March Infantry, cavalry, and Shock Infantry get +5% speed and train time -35%
Age III tech tree aoe3.png
N/A
Iroquois Home City 2 (Infantry Hitpoints).png Infantry Hitpoints Infantry get +15% hit points
Age II tech tree aoe3.png
10
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%
Age III tech tree aoe3.png

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)
Age II tech tree aoe3.png
1
Native Warrior Hitpoints.png Native Warrior Hitpoints Native warriors get +30% hit points and +10% speed (also +1 Villager for the Indians)
Age III tech tree aoe3.png
10
Japanese Home City 3 (Native Warrior Attack).png Native Warrior Attack Native warriors get +30% attack and train time -25%
Age III tech tree aoe3.png
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.

British[]

Card Description Age HC level
British Home City 2 (Musketeers and Longbowmen Hitpoints).png TEAM Musketeer/Grenadier Hitpoints Musket Infantry and Grenade Trooper get +15% hit points
Age IV tech tree aoe 3.png
40

Chinese[]

Card Description Age HC level
Western reforms.png Western Reforms All units get +8% hit points and attack
Age IV tech tree aoe 3.png
40
Acupuncture aoe3.png Acupuncture Unit train time -20%
Age III tech tree aoe3.png
10

Dutch[]

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

Ethiopians[]

Card Description Age
Ethiopian Home City 2 (TEAM Coffee Consumption).png TEAM Coffee Consumption Ranged Infantry get +5% speed
Age IV tech tree aoe 3.png
Temenyas.png Temenyas Gunpowder infantry get +5% attack; Neftenya available in the Commerce Age
Age I tech tree aoe3.png
Ignatian spirituality.png Ignatian Spirituality All units get +5% hit points and regeneration capability even while in combat
Age IV tech tree aoe 3.png
Loyal warriors.png Loyal Warriors Native warriors, mercenaries, and outlaws cost -15% (also affects shipments)
Age I tech tree aoe3.png

French[]

Card Description Age HC level
French Home City 2 (Ranged Infantry Attack).png TEAM Ranged Infantry Attack Ranged infantry get +15% attack
Age III tech tree aoe3.png
10
French Home City 3 (Wilderness Warfare).png Wilderness Warfare Coureurs des Bois, Skirmishers, and native warriors get +20% hit points
Age II tech tree aoe3.png
25
French Home City 3 (Improved Native Warrior Combat).png TEAM Improved Native Warriors Native warriors get +15% hit points and attack
Age II tech tree aoe3.png
1

Haudenosaunee[]

Card Description Age HC level
Iroquois Home City 2 (Infantry Attack).png Infantry Attack Infantry get +15% attack
Age II tech tree aoe3.png
10
Iroquois Home City 2 (Infantry Combat).png Infantry Combat Infantry get +15% hit points and attack
Age III tech tree aoe3.png
25
Iroquois Home City 2 (Scout Infantry).png TEAM Scout Infantry Infantry get +8 LOS
Age II tech tree aoe3.png
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
Age IV tech tree aoe 3.png

Incas[]

Card Description Age
Inca Road-building.png Road Building All land military units get +10% speed
Age II tech tree aoe3.png
Inca Chaquis Messengers.png Couriers Infantry, shock infantry and cavalry train time -45%
Age III tech tree aoe3.png
Inca Home City 2 (TEAM Inca Bridges).png TEAM Inca Bridges Infantry and civilian units get +5% speed; +1 Chasqui
Age I tech tree aoe3.png
Japanese Home City 3 (Native Alliance).png Native Alliance Native warrior train limit +20% and cost -10%
Age II tech tree aoe3.png

Indians[]

Card Description Age HC level
Dravidian martial arts.png Dravidian Martial Arts All units get +15% melee attack +1 Villager
Age II tech tree aoe3.png
40
Shivajis tactics.png TEAM Shivaji's Tactics All units get +5% hit points and attack
Age IV tech tree aoe 3.png
25

Italians[]

Card Description Age
Italian Home City 2 (Schiavoni Swords).png Schiavoni Swords All cavalry and infantry get +15% hand attack
Age II tech tree aoe3.png

Japanese[]

Card Description Age HC level
Onin war.png Onin War Infantry get +33% siege attack
Age II tech tree aoe3.png
40
Japanese Home City 3 (Cheaper Unit Upgrades).png TEAM Sengoku Unit upgrades cost -20%
Age IV tech tree aoe 3.png
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%
Age III tech tree aoe3.png
25

Lakota[]

Card Description Age HC level
Sioux Home City 2 (Wind Runner).png Moccasins Infantry get +10% speed
Age II tech tree aoe3.png
10
Sioux Home City 3 (Black Arrow).png Black Arrow Native warrior train time -85%
Age III tech tree aoe3.png
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%
Age I tech tree aoe3.png

Mexicans[]

Card Description Age
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
Age IV tech tree aoe 3.png
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%
Age I tech tree aoe3.png

Portuguese[]

Card Description Age HC level
Portuguese Home City 2 (Gunpowder Infantry Hitpoints).png TEAM Gunpowder Infantry Hitpoints Gunpowder infantry get +15% hit points
Age III tech tree aoe3.png
10

Russians[]

Card Description Age HC level
Russian Home City 2 (Ransack).png Ransack Infantry get +50% siege attack
Age III tech tree aoe3.png
25
Russian Home City 3 (Dueling School).png Dueling School Infantry train time -25%
Age I tech tree aoe3.png
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
Age IV tech tree aoe 3.png
N/A
Spanish Home City 3 (Inquisition).png TEAM Inquisition All units get +10 LOS
Age I tech tree aoe3.png
10

Swedes[]

Card Description Age
Swedish Home City 2 (TEAM House of Bernadotte).png TEAM House of Bernadotte Heavy infantry get +15% hit points
Age II tech tree aoe3.png

United States[]

Card Description Age
US Home City 2 (United States Army).png United States Army The General, Minutemen, and Heavy Infantry get +15% hit points and attack
Age III tech tree aoe3.png
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
Age IV tech tree aoe 3.png
The Indian Friendship card does not ship Sacred Band Infantry if the player had built a Trading Post on a House of Phanar palace.

In-game dialogue[]

The Sacred Band Infantry speaks Greek, which is also spoken by the Evzone.

History[]

The Houses of Phanar held considerable influence in the Ottoman Empire and the Balkans from the 16th century through the 19th century. At the outbreak of the Greek War of Independence (1821-29) Phanariot general Alexander Ypsilantis formed the first military volunteer unit of the conflict, the Sacred Band. Their dark uniforms were directly inspired by those of the Black Brunswickers, a German volunteer force that successfully fought against Napoleon's occupation. The unit's name was a reference to the Sacred Band of Thebes that was considered an elite force in Ancient Greece. Although the unit did not survive the war of independence its initiative to pick up arms inspired other Greeks to do the same.

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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