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Squid are a unique group of cephalopods that can be fished, available in Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties.

They are found only on two maps, Honshu and Regicide (set in Honshu). Squids can be found swimming alongside Humpback Whales and Catfish on the map. They have 100 hit points and yield 500 food.


Scientific Name: Architeuthis dux
Approx. Size: 33 ft. with tentacles, 330 lb. (male); 70 ft. with tentacles, 600 lb. (female)
Diet: Unknown

The giant squid is one of nature's most mysterious and misunderstood beasts. With related folklore dating back to the sixteenth century, most knowledge of this creature has been rooted in myth. This is due to the fact that no one had ever seen a giant squid alive in its natural habitat until September 2005, when footage of the squid was captured on video by Japanese researchers. Up until then, the giant squid's realm, the dark waters located 3,300 feet below the ocean's surface, revealed few clues. Even today, most information about the world's largest invertebrate comes from dead specimens that have washed ashore or been mistakenly caught in fishing nets.

The giant squid is a cephalopod, a member of the mollusk class identified by its bilateral symmetry. It is a speedy carnivore, capturing prey with long tentacles covered with suction cups and ringed at the base with teeth, and then finishing with a bite from its sharp beak. A squid moves by a form of natural jet propulsion, squirting water from its mantle through its siphon, which then shoots it through the water. Although the relationship has been highly dramatized by humans, the only known natural enemy of the giant squid is the sperm whale.
—History File


  • While the in-game squid is represented as a giant squid, its real-life counterpart is not consumed as food by humans, only by sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus). Species of a much smaller size are the ones that are eaten by humans.


Animals in Age of Empires III
HerdablesCow aoe3de Cow · Goat aoe3de Goat · Llama aoe3de Llama · Cow aoe3de Sacred Cow · Sanga aoe3de Sanga Cattle · Sheep aoe3de Sheep · Water buffalo aoe3de Water Buffalo · Yak portrait aoe3de Yak · Aoe3de zebu Zebu Cattle · Sanga aoe3de Big Benny
HuntablesBighorn sheep aoe3de Bighorn Sheep · Bison aoe3de Bison · Capybara aoe3de Capybara · Caribou aoe3de Caribou · Deer aoe3de Deer · Elephant aoe3de Elephant · Elk aoe3de Elk · Gazelle portrait Gazelle · Giant salamander aoe3de Giant Salamander · Giraffe portrait Giraffe · Guanaco aoe3de Guanaco · Ibex aoe3de Ibex · Marco polo sheep aoe3de Marco Polo Sheep · Moose aoe3de Moose · Musk deer aoe3de Musk Deer · Musk ox aoe3de Musk Ox · Nilgai aoe3de Nilgai · Ostrich portrait aoe3de Ostrich · Pronghorn aoe3de Pronghorn · Rhea aoe3de Rhea · Saiga aoe3de Saiga · Serow aoe3de Serow · Tapir aoe3de Tapir · Turkey aoe3de Turkey · Zebra portrait aoe3de Zebra
Treasure guardiansAlligator aoe3de Alligator · Tibetan macaque aoe3de Baboon · Black bear aoe3de Black Bear · Black panther aoe3de Black Panther · Beast portrait Beast · Beast portrait Beast of Gévaudan · Grizzly aoe3de Brown Bear · Cougar aoe3de Cougar · Pet wolf aoe3de Coyote · Alligator aoe3de Crocodile · Elephant aoe3de Elephant · Ethiopian Wolf portrait Ethiopian Wolf · Grizzly aoe3de Grizzly Bear · Hippo portrait Hippo · Honey Badger portrait Honey Badger · Hyena portrait aoe3de Hyena · Jaguar pet aoe3de Jaguar · Jaguar pet aoe3de Leopard · Lion aoe3de Lion · Liontailed macaque aoe3de Lion-Tailed Macaque · Guardian dog portrait Mad Dog · Monitor lizard aoe3de Monitor Lizard · Orangutan portrait aoe3de Orangutan · Panda portrait aoe3de Panda · Polar bear aoe3de portrait Polar Bear · Rhino aoe3de Rhinoceros · Snow leopard aoe3de Snow Leopard · Snowmonkey aoe3de Snow Monkey · Tibetan macaque aoe3de Tibetan Macaque · Tiger icon aoe3de Tiger · Warthog portrait Warthog
Unknown-exclusiveAoe3de zebu Cash Cow · Aoe3de zebu Wood Cattle
MilitaryWar dog aoe3de Dog · Turkey scout portrait aoe3de Intrepid Turkey Scout · Sheep aoe3de Lamb of the Creator · Pet wolf aoe3de Tengri Wolf
Treasure guardiansAlligator aoe3de Alligator · Hippo portrait Hippo · Greatwhiteshark aoe3de Great White Shark · Orca aoe3de Orca · White tiger aoe3de White Tiger · Warthog portrait Wild Boar · Pet wolf aoe3de Wolf
FishBass aoe3de Bass · Carp portrait aoe3de Carp · Catfish portrait aoe3de Catfish · Cod portrait aoe3de Cod · Mahi portrait aoe3de Mahi-mahi · Mola mola portrait aoe3de Mola Mola · Salmon aoe3de Salmon · Sardine portrait aoe3de Sardines · Squid portrait aoe3de Squid · Tarpon portrait aoe3de Tarpon · Tuna aoe3de Tuna
WhalesBeluga whale portrait aoe3de Beluga Whale · Whale humpback portrait aoe3de Humpback Whale · Minke whale portrait aoe3de Minke Whale
Bird · Bird unit icon AoE3DE Bird (unit)