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Trains sinister outlaws and mercenaries.
—In-game description

The Saloon is a military building in Age of Empires III: The WarChiefs that is available once the Commerce Age is reached. It trains various outlaw and mercenary units.

Before the Definitive Edition, the Saloon is only available to European civilizations. In the Definitive Edition, the Saloon becomes unique to American civilizations (United States and Mexicans) with European civilizations having the Tavern instead.

In the Commerce Age, only outlaws are available for "hire". With every Age up until the Industrial Age, mercenaries become available. The former are preset while the latter are randomly generated in each map. Mercenaries available at the Saloon in a game are shared across all players.

Tactics[]

The "Advanced Saloon" Home City Card make Saloons support 20 population and allows them to be built in the Exploration Age, in addition to gaining +2 build limit.

The "Dance Hall" (United States)/"Cantinas" (Mexicans) card upgrades the Saloon to the Dance Hall/Cantina, which allows the player to hire Ronin and reduces the population used by outlaw units by 1.

United States[]

Units[]

Main article: Mercenaries (Age of Empires III)
Age Unit Cost Pop. Civ.
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Gunslinger aoe3de.png Gunslinger 85 coin 4
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Desperado portrait.png Desperado
Flag MexicanDE.png
Cowboy aoe3de.png Cowboy 120 coin 6
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Vaquero portrait.png Cuatrero
Flag MexicanDE.png
Owlhoot aoe3de.png Owlhoot 100 coin 5
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Bandido portrait.png Bandido
Flag MexicanDE.png

Technologies[]

Age Technology Cost Effect
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Refreshing Beverages.png Refreshing Beverages 600 coin Outlaw and Hero charged ability cooldown -30%
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Dance Hall.png Wild West 200 food,
250 wood
Outlaw hit points and attack +20%, train time -50%
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Peacemakers.png Peacemakers 1,000 wood,
1,000 coin
Outlaws get +30% hit points and attack; Requires Wild West

Further statistics[]

Building strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Nothing
Weak vs. Everything
Improvements
Hit points Flying Buttress.png Flying Buttress (+20%)
Sight Gas Lighting.png Gas Lighting (+4)
Construction cost Cree Textile Craftsmanship.png Cree Textile Craftsmanship (-25% wood)
Tupi Forest Burning.png Tupi Forest Burning (-20% wood)

Home City Cards[]

As Saloons are unique to the United States, 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 Saloon
  • Green: TEAM Shipment that is sent to each player in a team
  • Violet: Shipment that can be sent an INFINITE number of times

Indians[]

Card Description Age HC level
Team improved buildings.png TEAM Improved Buildings Buildings get +25% hit points
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10

United States[]

Card Description Age
US Home City 3 (Arkansas Post).png Arkansas Post Ships 3 Trading Post Wagons and also allows them to build Market, Saloon and Meeting House
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Advanced Saloon.png Advanced Saloon Saloons support 25 population and can be built in Exploration Age, Saloons also gain +2 build limit
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US Home City 5 (Poker).png Poker Enables up to 3 random mercenaries in the Saloon and ships 13 random mercenary units; costs 3,500 coin
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Dance Hall.png Dance Hall Upgrades the Saloon to the Dance Hall which can train Ronin and outlaws use -2 population
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Random names[]

Click for a list of United States Saloon names
  • Silver Dollar
  • Bull's Head
  • Wyatt Earp's Saloon
  • The White Elephant
  • The Bob Saloon
  • The Old Onion
  • Trevor's Taps
  • The Daily Dance
  • Colbert's Colts
  • The Late Saloon
  • The Summer Saloon
  • Long Branch
  • The Lone Tree
  • The Buckhorn
  • The Pozo Saloon
  • The Alpine Inn
Click for a list of Mexican Saloon names
  • Cantina El Nivel
  • Cantina El Tío Pepe
  • Cantina La Opera
  • Cantina La Peninsular
  • Cantina La Imperial
  • Cantina Que Pasa
  • Cantina El Gato de Monte

Trivia[]

  • The two crossed revolvers in the original Saloon icon look like the Remington Model 1858 (which is apparently the same weapon used by Major Cooper). However, in the Saloon icon of the Definitive Edition, the revolvers look like the Colt Single Action Army 1873.
  • In the Saloon icon and in-game model, is possible to see two glasses of beer on the wall. For unknown reasons, this was removed in the Definitive Edition.

History[]

Taverns, Inns, and Public Houses (a.k.a. Pubs) have a long and colorful history across Europe and North America. While the term Saloon commonly refers to establishments associated with the American Old West, businesses where local townsfolk gather to consume alcohol and discuss the issues of the day have existed for centuries.

The common denominator, of course, is the ready availability of alcohol, noted for its ability to loosen the tongue and inflame passions. The future course of nations was most often argued and planned within such walls. From Paul Revere to Wild Bill Hickock, the day's movers and shakers typically gathered in a local watering hole.

Gallery[]

See also[]

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