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The Shaolin Temple is a native Asian religious settlement featured in Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties. Like all natives, they can be allied with by building a Trading Post at their Trading Post site.


Ratten shield de.png Rattan Shield: Fast Chinese warrior armed with a shield and a sword. Good against Archers, Skirmishers, and Artillery.


Age Technology Cost Effect
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Clenched Fist.png Clenched Fist 200 wood,
200 coin
Ranged infantry get +25% melee attack (+10% for Melee Skirmishers and Caroleans)
Wood Clearing.png Wood Clearing 200 food,
200 coin
Settlers, Coureurs des Bois, Settler Wagons, and Villagers gather wood 20% faster
Dim Mak.png Dim Mak 300 wood,
300 coin
Rattan Shields get +50% attack


This Holy Site is identical to a Native Trade Site. Allying with Natives allows a player to train special Native units, usually warriors, and also grants access to a group of improvements to that tribe. Native units do not cost any population spaces, but can only be built in limited numbers.

One of the most famous Buddhist monasteries is the Shaolin Monastery, located in the Henan province of China, founded in 495 CE. The edifice is associated specifically with Chan Buddhism and the martial art of Kung Fu. Monastery legend states that the Indian monk Bodhidharma visited the temple in 527 CE. During his time meditating on the mountain overlooking the monastery, Bodhidharma taught himself a form of martial arts to defend against wild animals and bandits. He stayed at the temple for nine years, and before his departure he taught his disciples the skills he had learned, creating the martial arts legend that surrounds the Shaolin monks to this day.