|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.||”|
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.
|Elite Infantry||250 wood,
|Upgrade Gascenyas, Shotel Warriors, and Neftenyas to Elite (+25% hit points and attack, -10% train time)|
|Champion Infantry||800 wood,
|Upgrade Gascenyas, Shotel Warriors, and Neftenyas to Champion (+25% hit points and attack, -10% train time); requires Elite Infantry|
|Legendary Infantry||2,000 wood,
|Upgrade Gascenyas, Shotel Warriors, and Neftenyas to Legendary (+50% hit points and attack); requires Champion Infantry|
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 (+10%)|
Cree Tanning (+5%)
Maya Cotton Armor (+20%)
Navajo Weaving (+5%)
|Attack|| Carib Kasiri Beer (+10%)|
Mapuche Tactics (+50% siege attack)
Zapotec Cult of the Dead (+20%)
Master Lessons (+10%)
|Speed||Apache Endurance (+5%)|
|Creation speed|| Quechuan Diet (-25%)|
Cheyenne Horse Trading (-25%)
|Other||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:
|Click for a list of Home City Cards related to the Shotel Warrior|
|“||Fast armored warrior. Good against skirmishers and artillery.||”|
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.||”|