|“||Skirmisher with a long-ranged attack, but low hitpoints. Gains extra range per upgrade. Good against infantry.||”|
The Sharpshooter is a ranged gunpowder infantry in Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition that is unique to the United States and can be trained at the Barracks, Fort and Steamer. It replaces the Skirmisher for the United States.
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The Sharpshooter starts at the Veteran level, giving them +20% hit points and attack, +1 range.
|Guard Sharpshooters||600 wood,
|Upgrades Sharpshooter to Guard (+30% hit points and attack, +1 range)|
|Imperial Sharpshooters||1,500 wood,
|Upgrades Sharpshooter to Imperial (+50% hit points and attack); requires Guard Sharpshooters|
As Sharpshooter are unique to the United States, only technologies that they have access to are shown in the following table:
|Unit strengths and weaknesses|
|Strong vs.||Heavy infantry, light cavalry, Eagle Runner Knights|
|Weak vs.||Heavy cavalry, Coyote Runners, artillery|
|Hit points|| Flint Lock (+10%)|
Cree Tanning (+5%)
Navajo Weaving (+5%)
|Attack|| Counter Infantry Rifling (+1x multiplier vs. heavy infantry)|
Paper Cartridge (+15%)
Iroquois Lacrosse (+10%, vanilla Age of Empires III only)
Smokeless Powder (+30% siege attack)
Clenched Fist (+30% melee attack)
|Speed|| Military Drummers (+10%)|
Quechuan Mountaineering (+20%)
Apache Endurance (+5%)
|Sight||Town Watch (+2)|
|Creation speed|| Standing Army (-25%)|
Quechuan Diet (-25%)
|Other||Meritocracy (-20% upgrade cost)|
Home City Cards
As Sharpshooter are unique to the United States, only their cards and other civilizations' TEAM cards are shown in the following tables:
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Green: TEAM Shipment that is sent to each player in a team
- Originally, the Sharpshooter has a ranged attack of 14 and a range of 20. With hotfix 24632, it has a ranged attack of 15 and a range of 21.
- The Sharpshooter has 27 LOS.
The African Royals
- With update 50830, the Shapshooter has 28 LOS and 22 range.
- In its unit portrait, the Sharpshooter is armed with what appears to be a Scoped Sharps rifle.
|“||As firearm technology developed, long rifles enabled a new form of fighting -- one that emphasized individual accuracy over the collective power of a musket volley. The first American sharpshooters were frontiersmen and woodsmen who learned their craft out of necessity, whether through hunting to survive or fighting off enemy raids. This model is exemplified by Hawkeye, a character in several James Fenimore Cooper novels known for his accuracy with a gun at long range. As rifle manufacturing became more standardized, large units of troops could be equipped with specific weapon types, and thus arose specialized units such as the US Sharpshooters.||”|