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Specialized Light Infantry that only counters other Light Infantry, but does so very effectively.
—In-game description

The Schiavone (plural Schiavoni) is an infantry unit in Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition - Knights of the Mediterranean that is unique to the Italians.


The Schiavone is an infantry unit with low hit points and attack, but a long range and Line of Sight. Schiavoni are Rifle Infantry that counter light infantry units like foot archers and Skirmishers, which makes them unique among infantry units armed with rifles. In contrast, Schiavoni are slightly effective against heavy infantry, but lack multipliers against light cavalry, so they are unsuited to handle Dragoons or Cavalry Archers.

Schiavoni are trained in batches of seven at the Basilica for 300 food, 300 wood, and 300 coin, which take 60 seconds to train. These batches, however, are queued as shipments and they will be delayed if other Home City Cards have been sent before, but in exchange, they do not require the player to have available shipments to train them.

Schiavoni are vulnerable against cavalry, Shock Infantry, and artillery, so it is recommended to combine them with melee heavy infantry or ranged cavalry that can handle these units. However, they are very useful if the enemy constantly uses Skirmishers or light infantry units that can take down heavy infantry or light cavalry that counter heavy cavalry.


The Schiavone is automatically upgraded in the Fortress Age, Industrial Age and Imperial Age, but its name is not changed to reflect this.

Fortress age up.png +20% hit points and attack.
Industrial age up.png +30% hit points and attack.
Imperial age up.png +50% hit points and attack.


Further statistics[]

Unit strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Light infantry, heavy infantry
Weak vs. Cavalry, Shock Infantry, artillery
Hit points Flint lock.png Flint Lock (+10%)
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. light infantry)
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)
Speed Military Drummers.png Military Drummers (+10%)
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 LOS)

Home City Cards[]

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


Card Description Age HC level
Dutch Home City 2 (Infantry Hitpoints).png TEAM Infantry Hitpoints Infantry get +15% hit points
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Card Description Age
Ethiopian Home City 2 (TEAM Coffee Consumption).png TEAM Coffee Consumption Ranged Infantry get +5% speed
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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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Card Description Age HC level
Iroquois Home City 2 (Scout Infantry).png TEAM Scout Infantry Infantry get +8 LOS
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Card Description Age
Inca Home City 2 (TEAM Inca Bridges).png TEAM Inca Bridges Infantry and civilian units get +5% speed; +1 Chasqui
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Card Description Age HC level
Shivajis tactics.png TEAM Shivaji's Tactics All units get +5% hit points and attack
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Card Description Age
Spanish Home City 3 (Fencing School).png Fencing School Infantry train time -40%
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Iroquois Home City 2 (Infantry Hitpoints).png Infantry Hitpoints Infantry get +15% hit points
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Italian Home City 2 (Schiavoni Swords).png Schiavoni Swords All cavalry and infantry get +15% hand attack
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Italian Home City 2 (Red Shirts).png Red Shirts Musketeers, Bersaglieri, Papal Zouaves, and Schiavoni get +15% damage attack
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Italian Home City 3 (Papal Arsenal).png Papal Arsenal Basilica shipments arrive 33% faster; Papal Bombards get the 'Holy Fire' action, Papal Guards get the 'Pistol Attack' action, Papal Lancers get the 'Lance Charge' action and Papal Zouaves get the 'Carbine Attack' action
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Italian Home City 5 (Croatian Company).png Croatian Company Ships 6 Crabats and 7 Schiavoni; costs 300 food, 300 wood, 300 coin
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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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Card Description Age
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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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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Card Description Age HC level
Spanish Home City 3 (Inquisition).png TEAM Inquisition All units get +10 LOS
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In-game dialogue[]

The Schiavone speaks Croatian, which is also spoken by the Bosniak, Crabat, Mounted Infantry, Pandour and Shock Rider.


  • Despite being tagged as a "Basilica unit", the Schiavone does not get any special ability with the "Papal Arsenal" Home City Card.


Schiavone, literally "Slav", is an Italian term for Slavic migrants, many of whom settled in the territory of the Republic of Venice. Variously serving in military terms as soldiers, sailors, and shipwrights, some of these troops attained a special status as bodyguards of the Doge. Among other things, they gave their name to a fearsome sword of Balkan origin as well as the Riva degli Schiavoni, a famous section of the Venetian waterfront.


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Military units in Age of Empires III
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Knights of the Mediterranean
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* added in The WarChiefs   ** in the Definitive Edition