"Weak but cheap skirmisher. Good against infantry."
In-game description

The Strelet (correct plural: Streltsy) is a ranged gunpowder infantry in Age of Empires III that is unique to the Russians and can be trained in blocks of ten at the Blockhouse or individually at Fort and Galleon.

Overview Edit

Streltsy are the Russian meat-shield and anti-infantry unit. They are weak, but cheap infantry, making them useful for rushing opponents in the Colonial Age, however, the Streltsy are weaker than other infantry units (they are the weakest and cheapest infantry), but if they are massed they can easily hit 200 population. The player can get the original cost if Streltsy are trained from Forts or Galleons. Streltsy are cost-effective, and even more after using cards that upgrade them. By the time the player reach the Fortress or the Industrial Age, the core of the Russian army should be made up of Musketeers and Cossacks since Streltsy are just too weak to be used beyond the Colonial Age but still can be used as a counter to Heavy Infantry and as a form of cannon fodder.

Streltsy are useful to outnumber enemies and taking down heavy infantry. Streltsy are also easy to mass since each queue will train a group of 10 Streltsy. It is advised to add the cards that upgrade the Streltsy in the player's deck, though, they still remain weak when compared to other Light Infantry. But once they are properly upgraded with all the cards, arsenal upgrades and barracks upgrades, the player will end up with a very cost-effective Anti-infantry unit (Skirmisher). Streltsy are very good at team games as nations that can boost Streltsy (team cards) will make them even more powerful. Streltsy costs 53% less resources than Musketeers, which means a Musketeer essentially equals to two Streltsy. Streltsy, when buffed, deal 23 damage and have 3x multipliers to heavy infantry. Streltsy are a good choice against nations that rely on Gunpowder Heavy Infantry, but they are extremely susceptible to cavalry or artillery-based strategies/civilizations.

Upgrades Edit

Age Upgrade Cost Effect
Ages fortress
Veteran infantry Veteran Strelets 200 wood,
200 coin
Upgrades Streltsy to Veteran (+20% hit points and attack)
Ages industrial
Guard infantry Guard Strelets 600 wood,
600 coin
Upgrades Streltsy to Guard (+30% hit points and attack); requires Veteran Strelets
Ages imperial
Imperial infantry Imperial Strelets 1,500 wood,
1,500 coin
Upgrades Streltsy to Imperial (+50% hit points and attack); requires Guard Strelets

Further statistics Edit

As the Strelet can only be trained by the Russians, only improvements available to them (including native improvements) are listed here.

Unit strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Heavy infantry, light cavalry (when massed), Eagle Runner Knights (when massed)
Weak vs. Heavy cavalry, Coyote Runners, artillery
Hit points Flint Lock Flint Lock (+10%)
Cree Tanning Cree Tanning (+5%)
Navajo Weaving Navajo Weaving (+5%)
Attack Counter Infantry Rifling Counter Infantry Rifling (+1x multiplier vs. heavy infantry)
Paper Cartridge Paper Cartridge (+15%)
Iroquois lacrosse Iroquois Lacrosse (+10%, vanilla Age of Empires III only)
Yoga Yoga (+5%)
Smokeless Powder Smokeless Powder (+30% siege attack)
Clenched Fist Clenched Fist (+30% melee attack)
Speed Military Drummers Military Drummers (+10%)
Inca Road-building Incan Road-building (+20%)
Apache Endurance Apache Endurance (+5%)
Sight Town Watch Town Watch (+2)
Creation speed Standing Army Standing Army (-25%)
Inca Chaquis Messengers Incan Chasquis Messengers (-25%)
Other Westernization Westernization (grants Veteran upgrade)
Petrine Reforms Petrine Reforms (grants Guard upgrade)
Merritocracy Meritocracy (-20% upgrade cost)

Home City Cards Edit

As the Strelet is exclusive to the Russians, only other civilizations' TEAM cards that affects them are listed here.

History Edit

"Strelets (technically "streltsy" in Russian, because "strelets" is singular) were a Russian light infantry formed in the mid-sixteenth century by Tsar Ivan IV, and were Russia's first permanent standing infantry. They received a salary, a plot of land, and allotments of food and drink. This pay was rather meager, and strelets often found it necessary to supplement their income. An elite group of mounted strelets were the tsar's bodyguard and passed service to the tsar to their sons. The only way a man could become a member of this elite body was by birth.

The word strelet is derived from the Russian word for arrow, strela, and while it once referred to archers, over time it came to refer to the Russian ranged infantry in general. Strelets carried heavy, unwieldy firearms, sabers, and two-handed axes. These axes had a sharp point that could be shoved into the ground to provide a rest for cumbersome strelet muskets.

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