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This article is about the unit in Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties. For other uses, see Siege Elephant.

Elephant armed with a cannon. Good against artillery and buildings.
—In-game description

The Siege Elephant is an artillery unit in Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties that is unique to the Indians and can be trained at the Castle once the Fortress Age is reached, and the Agra Fort wonder once it is upgraded to Red Fort. It is an elephant with a siege cannon mounted on to its back.

Overview[]

The Siege Elephant is effective against buildings, ships and artillery. It is by far the most durable artillery unit of the game with the HP of a war elephant.

They have the advantage in mobility compared to many other artillery units as they don't need to stop and set up before firing. This allows for quick and destructive attacks against enemy structures. They can also flee losing battles as they are faster than normal cannons – especially with the Terror Charge aura effect. However, despite its brutal strength, the Siege Elephant can fall if overwhelmed with hand cavalry units.

They are categorized as light ranged cavalry, making Axe Riders less effective against them (until Battle Anger is researched), but also making Skirmishers, Abus Gunners, Fusiliers, and archers a large threat. They are also categorized as artillery, meaning that Culverins (or similar units) and ranged cavalry (especially Rifle Riders and Yabusame) counter them as well.

Finally, being an artillery unit in general, they are countered by melee cavalry – certain ones such as Meteor Hammers and Kanya Horsemen possess powerful multipliers as well. In fact, the only class of units (apart from standard artillery, which Siege Elephants counter) which is quite poor against Siege Elephants is Pikeman-style units, which have very low base damage and no multipliers against Siege Elephants (as Siege Elephants have 'Light Cavalry' tags, but they lack 'Cavalry' tags). Even Grenadiers and Flamethrowers perform quite well against them when in range.

Mansabdar Siege Elephant[]

Inspires all nearby Siege Elephants. Elephant armed with a cannon. Good against artillery and buildings.
—In-game description

The Mansabdar Siege Elephant is a stronger version of the Siege Elephant that can be trained from the Charminar Gate wonder. As a Mansabdar unit, the Mansabdar Siege Elephant has twice the hit points of a Siege Elephant and the Imperial Service ability that increases the hit points and attack of nearby Siege Elephants, but are two times more expensive.

Special ability[]

  • Imperial service Imperial Service (passive): The Mansabdar Siege Elephant increases the hit points and attack of Siege Elephants in a radius of 24 around them by 10%.

Upgrades[]

Siege Elephants and Mansabdar Siege Elephant automatically get +0.75 multiplier against Walls in the Industrial Age*.

Age Upgrade Cost Effect
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
Honored elephants Honored Siege Elephant 250 food
250 wood
Upgrades Siege Elephants and Mansabdar Siege Elephant to Honored (+25% hit points and attack)
Imperial Age
Exalted elephants Exalted Siege Elephant 1,000 wood
1,000 coin
Upgrades Siege Elephants and Mansabdar Siege Elephant to Exalted (+50% hit points and attack, and +2 Line of Sight and range); requires Honored Siege Elephant

Further statistics[]

As (Mansabdar) Siege Elephants are unique to the Indians, only technologies that they have access to are shown in the following table:

Unit strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Artillery, ships, buildings
Weak vs. Infantry, cavalry, shock infantry
Improvements
Hit points Tar kilns Tar Kilns (+5%)
Attack Som ajuran engineers Somali Ajuran Engineers (+20% multiplier vs. Frontier fortification)
Speed Apache Endurance Apache Endurance
Train time Terror Charge Terror Charge (-20%)
Immigrants Immigrants (-10%)
Cost Mapuche Ad-mapu Mapuche Ad-mapu (-10% coin cost)
Golden liberty Golden Liberty (-5% coin cost)
Other Merritocracy Meritocracy (-20% upgrade cost)

Home City Cards[]

As (Mansabdar) Siege Elephants are unique to the Indians, 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 Siege Elephant
Some cards are highlighted with:
Green TEAM Shipment that is sent to each player in a team
Blue Shipment that arrives fast (5 seconds)

Chinese[]

Card Description Age
Team engineering school TEAM Engineering School Artillery, Fixed Gun, Siege Elephant, Flamethrower, Ram, Mantlet, and Haudenosaunee Mantlet train time -15%; Heavy Cannon, Great Bombard, Rocket, Flying Crow, and Gatling Camel train time -5%
Age II tech tree aoe3

Germans[]

Card Description Age
German Home City 2 (Cavalry Attack) TEAM Cavalry Attack Heavy cavalry, light ranged cavalry, and shock infantry get +10% attack; Germans-only heavy cavalry, light cavalry, and shock infantry get +15% attack instead
Age III tech tree aoe3
  • "TEAM Cavalry Attack" does not stack with the Italian "TEAM Cavalry Attack" card.

Indians[]

Card Description Age
Indian Home City 2 (2 Siege Elephants) 2 Siege Elephants Ships 2 Siege Elephants; +1 Hindu Villager; costs 500 food
Age III tech tree aoe3
Indian Home City 2 (3 Siege Elephants) 3 Siege Elephants Ships 3 Siege Elephants; +1 Hindu Villager; 600 food
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
Indian Home City 2 (Elephant Combat) Elephant Combat Elephants get +20% hit points and attack; +1 Hindu Villager
Age III tech tree aoe3
Indian Home City 2 (Professional Handlers) Professional Handlers Mahout Lancers, Howdahs, and Flail Elephants take -1 population; Siege Elephants take -2 population; +1 Hindu Villager
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
Indian Home City 2 (Tame Elephants) Tame Elephants Elephants' cost and train time -10%; +1 Hindu Villager
Age III tech tree aoe3
Indian Home City 2 (Mughal Elephant Armors) Mughal Elephant Armors Mahout Lancers and Howdahs get +10% hand resistance, Flail Elephants get +10% siege resistance, Siege Elephants get +10% ranged resistance; +1 Hindu Villager; costs 500 wood, 500 coin
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
Shivajis tactics TEAM Shivaji's Tactics All units get +5% hit points and attack
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
Indian Home City 3 (Foreign Trading Companies) Foreign Trading Companies Gives a trickle of 0.75 export/sec.; banner army cost -15% export; Indian units cost +2.5% (Hindu Villagers, Fishing Boats, and Sacred Cows cost +5% instead); +1 Hindu Villager
Age III tech tree aoe3
Indian Home City 2(Grazing) Grazing Camels generate 0.05 food/sec.; Brahmins and elephants generate 0.1 wood/sec.; Sacred Cows generate 0.075 coin/sec.; +1 Hindu Villager
Age II tech tree aoe3

Italians[]

Card Description Age
German Home City 2 (Cavalry Attack) TEAM Cavalry Attack Heavy cavalry, light ranged cavalry, and shock infantry get +10% attack; Italians-only heavy cavalry, light cavalry, and shock infantry get +15% attack instead
Age III tech tree aoe3
  • "TEAM Cavalry Attack" does not stack with the German "TEAM Cavalry Attack" card.

Japanese[]

Card Description Age
Japanese Home City 2 (Team Japanese Artillery Damage) TEAM Odzutsu Mortars Artillery get +10% attack
Age III tech tree aoe3
Japanese Home City 3 (Cheaper Unit Upgrades) TEAM Sengoku Unit upgrades cost -20%
Age IV tech tree aoe 3

Maltese[]

Card Description Age
Maltese Home City 2 (TEAM Knights of the Round Table) TEAM Knights of the Round Table Ships 1 Hospitaller for each Town Center owned by the player; all units get +2% hit points
Age I tech tree aoe3

Mexicans[]

Card Description Age
Mexican Home City 2 (TEAM Mariachi) TEAM Mariachi For the next 30 seconds, military buildings work 400% faster and units get +10% speed
Age I tech tree aoe3

Spanish[]

Card Description Age
Spanish Home City 3 (Inquisition) TEAM Spanish Inquisition Ships 1 Inquisitor; all units get +10 Line of Sight
Age II tech tree aoe3

Chinese[]

Card Description Age HC level
Team engineering school TEAM Engineering School Abus Gun, Grenadier, Culverin, Falconet, Mortar, Organ Gun, Mantlet, Ram, Light Cannon, Petard, Horse Artillery, Siege Elephant, Morutaru, Flaming Arrow, Hand Mortar, and Flamethrower train time -30%; Heavy Cannon, Great Bombard, Rocket, and Flying Crow train time -5%
Age II tech tree aoe3
25

Europeans[]

Card Description Age HC level
Portuguese Home City 2 (Artillery Hitpoints) TEAM Artillery Hitpoints Artillery, Abus Guns, and Grenadiers get +15% hit points
Age II tech tree aoe3
10

Germans[]

Card Description Age HC level
German Home City 2 (Cavalry Attack) TEAM Cavalry Attack Heavy cavalry, light ranged cavalry, and shock infantry get +15% attack
Age II tech tree aoe3
10

Indians[]

Card Description Age HC level
Indian Home City 2 (2 Siege Elephants) 2 Siege Elephants Ships 2 Siege Elephants; +1 Villager; costs 500 food
Age III tech tree aoe3
1
Indian Home City 2 (3 Siege Elephants) 3 Siege Elephants Ships 3 Siege Elephants; +1 Villager; 600 food
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
1
Indian Home City 2 (Elephant Combat) Elephant Combat Elephants get +15% hit points and attack; +1 Villager
Age III tech tree aoe3
25
Indian Home City 2 (Professional Handlers) Professional Handlers Elephants take -1 population; +1 Villager
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
10
Indian Home City 2 (Tame Elephants) Tame Elephants Elephants' cost and train time -10%; +1 Villager
Age III tech tree aoe3
10
Shivajis tactics TEAM Shivaji's Tactics All units get +5% hit points and attack
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
25
Indian Home City 2(Grazing) Grazing Camels generate 0.05 food/sec.; Brahmins and elephants generate 0.1 wood/sec.; +1 Villager
Age II tech tree aoe3
40

Japanese[]

Card Description Age HC level
Japanese Home City 3 (Cheaper Unit Upgrades) TEAM Cheaper Unit Upgrades Unit upgrades cost -20%
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
1

Spanish[]

Card Description Age HC level
Spanish Home City 3 (Inquisition) TEAM Inquisition All units get +10 Line of Sight
Age I tech tree aoe3
10

Changelog[]

3ADIcon48px The Asian Dynasties[]

  • Siege Elephants cost 300 wood, 400 coin and have 29 Line of Sight.
  • Mansabdar Siege Elephants cost 600 wood, 800 coin, have 29 Line of Sight and take 14 population.
  • Exalted Siege Elephant increases Siege Elephant attack and hit points by 50%.
  • The Professional Handlers card reduces the population cost of Siege Elephants by 1.

Age3DE Icon Definitive Edition[]

  • Siege Elephants cost 300 wood, 350 coin and have 34 Line of Sight.
  • Mansabdar Siege Elephants cost 600 wood, 700 coin and have 34 Line of Sight.
  • Exalted Siege Elephant increases Siege Elephant attack and hit points by 50%, and grants +2 range and line of sight.
  • With update 13088, the Professional Handlers card reduces the population cost of Siege Elephants by 2.
  • With update 20322, Mansadbar Siege Elephants take 7 population.

Age3DE Icon Knights of the Mediterranean[]

Trivia[]

  • Every time a Siege Elephant's cannon fires, the elephant pulls its head and trunk up during recoil.
  • Though the Siege Elephant is correctly depicted as an Asian Elephant, its portrait in the History section shows an African elephant instead. The same happens with the Brahmin's elephant mount and the Wild Elephant.

History[]

The training of elephants started in the Indus Valley located between India and Pakistan about 4,000 years ago. Elephants had many different military uses both on and off the battlefield. Females were often used as pack animals, while males were equipped and ridden into combat. The thickness of an elephant's hide was natural protection against projectiles, such as arrows, while its incredible strength allowed it to trample incoming infantry and startle cavalry. Generals and officers often used elephants to gain a heightened view of the battlefield, enabling better tactical movement. The use of war elephants spread west from India as western rulers incorporated them into their armies. The most notable example of this was when the Carthaginian warlord, Hannibal, used war elephants against the Romans in 264 BCE.

While elephants were not very effective as siege weapons, many armies tried to capitalize on the beast's strength or size when attacking enemy fortifications. In some instances, the elephant's strength and tusks alone were enough to topple a wall. In other situations, light cannon, such as culverins, were mounted on the Howdah, or carriage, that was secured atop an elephant's back.

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