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.

The Shaolin Temple is available the Mongolia, Silk Road and Yellow River maps.

Unit Edit

Rattan Shield: Cheap infantry with high ranged damage resistance and can get rid of light infantry and artillery with ease. Up to 15 can be trained per tribe.

Upgrades Edit

Age Icon Improvement Cost Effect
Ages discovery
Clenched Fist
Clenched Fist 200 wood, 200 coin Ranged infantry get +25% melee attack
Ages discovery
Wood Clearing
Wood Clearing 200 food, 200 coin Settlers/Villagers gather Wood 20% faster
Ages discovery
Dim Mak
Dim Mak 300 wood, 300 coin Rattan Shields get +50% attack
Ages fortress
Disciplined natives
Shaolin Discipline Training 200 wood, 150 coin Upgrades Rattan Shields to Disciplined
Ages industrial
Honered natives
Shaolin Honor Training 400 wood, 300 coin Upgrades Rattan Shields to Honored

Usefulness Edit

  • Clenched Fists enables ranged infantry to combat more effectively when faced with hand cavalry or hand infantry. This technology is very beneficial for Musketeers, but Skirmishers still cannot stand up to any hand cavalry unless massed.
  • Wood Clearing is useful for players who desire a turtle strategy or a native rushing one, due the fact which the majority of native and religious units cost additional wood. Principally, Wood Clearing is more useful for the Indians than other civilization due their special feature about the Indian villager cost, or for the Japanese, if the Home City card improvement Zen Diet is sent. Wood Clearing can be complemented with other woodcutting upgrades at the Market (and Deforestation at the Capitol, in the case of the Europeans).

History Edit

"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.