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Defensive Musketeer that may construct Outposts. Stronger near Buildings, especially Fortifications.
—In-game description

The Sentinel is a ranged gunpowder infantry in Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition that is unique to the Maltese.


Special abilities[]

The Sentinel is a defensive Musketeer that may construct Outposts. It is stronger near buildings, receiving a +7.5% bonus to damage and hit points near allied buildings. Fortifications and Town Centers instead give a +15% bonus.

This bonus will also be received from enemy buildings after Crusader Knights is researched.


Age Upgrade Cost Effect
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Veteran sword infantry.png Veteran Sentinels 200 wood, 200 coin Upgrades Sentinels to Veteran (+20% hit points and attack)
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Guard sword infantry.png Guard Sentinels 600 wood, 600 coin Upgrades Sentinels to Guard (+30% hit points and attack); requires Veteran Sentinels
Imperial Age
Imperial sword infantry.png Imperial Sentinels 1,500 wood, 1,500 coin Upgrades Sentinels to Imperial (+50% hit points and attack); requires Guard Sentinels

Further statistics[]

As Sentinel are unique to the Maltese, only technologies that they have access to are shown in the following table:

Home City Cards[]

As Sentinel are unique to the Maltese, only their cards and other civilizations' TEAM cards are shown in the following tables:


Card Description Age
Maltese Home City 2 (8 Sentinels).png 8 Sentinels Ships 8 Sentinels
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Maltese Home City 2 (7 Sentinels).png 7 Sentinels Ships 7 Sentinels
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Maltese Home City 2 (16 Sentinels).png 16 Sentinels Ships 16 Sentinels
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Maltese Home City 2 (Sovereign Order of Malta).png Sovereign Order of Malta Sentinel, Hospitaller and Fire Thrower get +15% attack and hit points
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Maltese Home City 2 (Flintlock Rockets).png Flintlock Rockets Sentinels get +2 LOS, +35% attack and hit points, +35% build bounty, but food and coin cost +35%; Sentinels now use the 'Battle Buster' charged action which fires a rocket with AOE of 1 that deals siege damage
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Maltese Home City 3 (Fort Construction).png Fort Construction Grand Master and Sentinels can now build Forts in any age; Fort build limit +1
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Maltese Home City 3 (Wall Guns).png Wall Guns Sentinels now have +1% increased attack and +2.5% increased range for each nearby wall piece, up to 10% increased attack and 50% increased range
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Maltese Home City 3 (De Redin Towers).png De Redin Towers Ships 2 Outpost Wagons; Outposts can now train Crossbowmen, Pikemen, Hospitallers, Sentinels and Fire Throwers
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Owing to their position on the frontier against a powerful adversary in the Ottoman Empire, the Knights of Malta were often forced to adopt primarily defensive tactics. Their troops were expert at defensive operations and well-equipped for such tasks – most notably, in 1565, a small Maltese defense force commanded by the Grand Master Jean Parisot de la Valette repelled a vastly numerically superior Ottoman force at the Siege of Malta. The early modern period saw the introduction of more advanced firearms into armies, but for centuries soldiers still retained the melee weapons of the prior era, which remained reliable and trusty when in a pinch.


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Military units in Age of Empires III
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CommonExplorer · Militiaman · Pikeman · Musketeer · Crossbowman · Skirmisher · Halberdier · Grenadier · Hussar · Dragoon · Cavalry Archer · Falconet · Culverin · Mortar · Heavy Cannon · Caravel · Galleon · Frigate · Monitor
Flag BritishDE.png BritishLongbowman · Ranger** · Rocket
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Flag FrenchDE.png FrenchCuirassier
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Flag SpanishDE.png SpanishRodelero · Lancer
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Flag ChineseDE.png ChineseShaolin Master · Disciple · Sentry · Irregular · Chu Ko Nu · Qiang Pikeman · Changdao Swordsman · Arquebusier · Steppe Rider · Keshik · Iron Flail · Meteor Hammer · Flamethrower · Hand Mortar · Flying Crow · Fire Junk · War Junk · Fuchuan
Flag IndianDE.png IndiansBrahmin · Sentry · Irregular · Rajput · Sepoy · Gurkha · Urumi Swordsman · Sowar · Zamburak · Mahout Lancer · Howdah · Flail Elephant · Siege Elephant
Flag JapaneseDE.png JapaneseSohei Archer · Sentry · Irregular · Samurai · Ashigaru Musketeer · Yumi Archer · Naginata Rider · Yabusame · Flaming Arrow · Morutaru · Daimyo · Shogun Tokugawa · Yamabushi · Shinobi · Fune · Atakabune · Tekkousen
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CommonCaptured Mortar · General · Sloop · Steamer · Battleship
Flag IncanDE.png IncasInca War Chief · Plumed Spearman · Chimu Runner · Jungle Bowman · Bolas Warrior · Huaraca · Maceman · Chincha Raft
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Flag American act3 aoe3de.png United StatesMinuteman · State Militia · Regular · Sharpshooter · Carbine Cavalry · Gatling Gun · Quaker Gun · Gunslinger · Cowboy · Owlhoot
Flag MexicanDE.png MexicansPadre · Insurgente · Soldado · Salteador · Chinaco · Desperado · Cuatrero · Bandido
Revolution.png RevolutionBarbary Warrior · Californio · Cetbang Cannon · Corsair Marksman · Cowboy · Cruzob Infantry · Cuerudo · Filibuster · Gaucho · Jagunço · Javanese Spearman · Llanero · Morochuco · Mounted Granadero · Revolutionary Sharpshooter · Trek Wagon
The African Royals
CommonLevied Spearman · Levied Bowman · Levied Gunner · Javelin Rider · Desert Warrior · Desert Raider · Desert Archer · Battle Canoe · Cannon Boat
Flag Ethiopian aoe3de.png EthiopiansRas · Gascenya · Neftenya · Shotel Warrior · Oromo Warrior · Sebastopol Mortar · War Dhow
Flag Hausa.png HausaEmir · Fulani Archer · Maigadi · Raider · Lifidi Knight · Xebec
Knights of the Mediterranean
Flag ItalianDE.png ItaliansArchitect · Pavisier · Bersagliere · Schiavone · Papal Guard · Papal Lancer · Papal Zouave · Papal Bombard · Galleass · Leonardo's Tank
Flag MalteseDE.png MalteseGrand Master · Hospitaller · Sentinel · Fire Thrower · Order Galley · Fire Ship
* added in The WarChiefs   ** in the Definitive Edition