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Quick-training, Pikeman who quickly loses hitpoints, becoming less effective over time.
—In-game description

The Sentry is a melee heavy infantry in Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties that is unique to Asian civilizations (Chinese, Indians, and Japanese) and can be spawned through Sentry Uprising at Town Centers. It is similar to Minuteman and Warrior, but attacks in melee and does well against cavalry, similar to a Pikeman.

The Indian Sentry has a different appearance to the Chinese and Japanese ones, but are statistically identical.


Like Minutemen, Warriors, and Irregulars, Sentries quickly lose hit points over time, which only stops when they have only 1 hit point remaining. Any damage taken after that will kill them, making them almost useless once this occurs.

Sentries are a good tool for quickly defending Town Centers and also useful in temporary battles or to react quickly to an immediate crisis. They are also effective in large infantry armies due to their good attack and being protected by the numbers around them.

Players can essentially create endless armies of Sentries by having their Monk and Villagers continually build Town Centers and deploying Sentries from them. However, given their health degeneration and the time it takes to build a Town Center (unless a Town Rickshaw is assisting), it is not recommended to do so.

The Chinese have the Boxer Rebellion Home City Card which makes their Sentries and Irregulars no longer lose hit points over time, as well as Village Defense which allows their Villages to call a smaller pack of Sentries. This allows them to be included in an army for a relatively low cost.

Further statistics[]

Unit strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Cavalry, Shock Infantry
Weak vs. Skirmishers, archers, artillery
Hit points Cree Tanning.png Cree Tanning (+5%)
Maya Cotton Armor.png Maya Cotton Armor (+20%)
Navajo Weaving.png Navajo Weaving (+5%)
Attack Carib Kasiri Beer.png Carib Kasiri Beer (+10%)
Mapuche Tactics.png Mapuche Tactics (+50% siege attack)
Zapotec Cult of the Dead.png Zapotec Cult of the Dead (+20%)
Yoga.png Yoga (+5%)
Master Lessons.png Master Lessons (+10%)
Speed Inca Road-building.png Quechuan Mountaineering (+20%)
Apache Endurance.png Apache Endurance (+5%)
Sight Town Watch.png Town Watch (+2)
Other Chinese japanese sentry uprising.pngIndian sentry uprising.png Sentry Uprising (spawns 4 Sentries)
Chinese japanese city defense.pngIndian city defense.png Sentry Revolt (spawns 4 Sentries)
Rural sentry uprising.png Rural Sentry Uprising (spawns 2 Sentries, Chinese only)

Home City Cards[]


  • The depiction of the Chinese/Japanese Sentry and the Javanese Spearman using a bamboo spear is anachronistic. The bamboo spear is used only during and after World War 2, after the fashion of the Japanese takeyari, a bamboo spear used to repel airdropped troops.[1]


Military organizations that act outside the standard military are often called irregulars. They may also be soldiers in a traditional military that choose to employ irregular military tactics. This type of warfare involves an emphasis on small-scale hit-and-run tactics.

Throughout history, many nations have utilized irregulars to strengthen and augment their regular forces. It is common for irregulars to be drawn from the civilian communities involved in a conflict, such as tribal armies, or to be brought in from neighboring regions to supplement the traditional army with hunters turned warriors. Irregulars are called many things depending on the nation and the context of the conflict, including freedom fighters, guerillas, militiamen, partisans, and sentries.



  1. Isnaeni, Hendri F. (2014). Half Myth of Sharp Bamboo. Accessed 13 February 2021.