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This article is about the unit in Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition. For the unit in Age of Empires II HD: The African Kingdoms, see Shotel Warrior (Age of Empires II).

Fast moving shock infantry that attacks quickly with two curved swords. Good against light infantry.
—In-game description

The Shotel Warrior is a melee shock infantry unit in Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition - The African Royals that is unique to the Ethiopians and can be trained at the War Camp once the Commerce Age is reached.


The Shotel Warrior is a shock infantry unit that largely resembles the Coyote Runners used by the Aztecs. In the Commerce Age, they fill a melee-cavalry-like role. Cheaper and weaker than a Hussar, but fast and hard-hitting when they can close the distance with Skirmishers or archers.

Shotel Warriors are effective raiders in the Commerce Age, able to pick off enemy villagers that stray too far from the opponent's Town Center. They pair quite well with the fast Desert Raider that Ethiopian players can train at the Watch Tower, as both units can reap a heavy toll on the opponent's economy, causing chaos and devastation until most European, Asian, and Native American civilizations unlock their powerful Dragoon units in the Fortress Age. This strategy isn't quite as effective against Lakota players, who can train Bow Riders, or Portuguese players, who can send the "TEAM Early Dragoons" card. Shotel Warriors and Desert Warriors can also be countered by Javelin Riders. If the player is careless, they can fall victim to heavy infantry like the Swedish Carolean.


Age Upgrade Cost Effect
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Elite Infantry Ethiopians.png Elite Infantry 250 wood,
250 coin
Upgrade Gascenyas, Shotel Warriors, and Neftenyas to Elite (+25% hit points and attack, -10% train time)
Age IV tech tree aoe 3.png
Champion Infantry Ethiopians.png Champion Infantry 800 wood,
800 coin
Upgrade Gascenyas, Shotel Warriors, and Neftenyas to Champion (+25% hit points and attack, -10% train time); requires Elite Infantry
Imperial Age
Legendary Infantry Ethiopians.png Legendary Infantry 2,000 wood,
2,000 coin
Upgrade Gascenyas, Shotel Warriors, and Neftenyas to Legendary (+50% hit points and attack); requires Champion Infantry

Further statistics[]

As Shotel Warriors are unique to the Ethiopians, only technologies that they have access to are shown in the following table:

Unit strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Ranged infantry, artillery
Weak vs. Heavy infantry, light cavalry
Hit points Comanche Horse Breeding.png Comanche Horse Breeding (+10%)
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 Apache Endurance.png Apache Endurance (+5%)
Creation speed Inca Chaquis Messengers.png Quechuan Diet (-25%)
Cheyenne Horse Trading.png Cheyenne Horse Trading (-25%)
Other Merritocracy.png Meritocracy (-20% upgrade cost)

Home City Cards[]

As Shotel Warriors are unique to the Ethiopians, only their cards and other civilizations' TEAM cards are shown in the following tables:

Historical Battles[]

Fast armored warrior. Good against skirmishers and artillery.
—In-game description

A variant of the Shotel Warrior appears in the Christopher Da Gama's Expedition scenario of the Historical Battles in Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition. It is used by both Ethiopians and Somalians, serving as a replacement for the Coyote Runner.

This unit is also accessible in the Scenario Editor under the Units category, as "INF SPC Shotel Warrior".


  • The Historical Battles Shotel Warrior reuses the in-game description of the Coyote Runner.


Shotels are deadly blades whose unique curvature reflects their original derivation from agricultural tools. Unique to East Africa and with a heritage dating back to the medieval Ethiopian kingdoms, shotels retained relevance as multipurpose weapons whose distinct shape permitted them to slash as well as circumvent obstacles to inflict unexpected puncture wounds.

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