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The Sudanese are a native African settlement found in Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition - The African Royals. Like all natives, they can be allied with by building a Trading Post at their Trading Post site.


  • Sudanese dervish portrait.png Sudanese Dervish: Fast Sudanese infantry which tosses knives from range to inflict melee damage. Attacks faster at close range. Good against heavy infantry, particularly in melee.


Age Technology Cost Effect
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Sudanese hakura system.png Sudanese Hakura System 200 food,
200 coin
Mill, Estate, Farm, and Rice Paddy cost and build time -30%; Field cost -30% and build time -15%
Sudanese red sea trade.png Sudanese Red Sea Trade Varies Can be researched twice:
  1. Ships 2 Red Sea Wagons; costs 250 food, 150 coin
  2. Ships 1 Red Sea Wagon for every 5 minutes of game time, up to 30 minutes; costs 500 food, 300 coin
Sudanese quilted armor.png Sudanese Quilted Armor 250 wood,
250 coin
Cavalry and shock infantry get +10% melee resistance
Askari Local Forces.png Sudanese Local Forces 50 food,
50 wood
Trading Posts on Sudanese settlements can train Askaris and Sennar Horsemen


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The Sudanese are also a Commerce Age Alliance option for the Ethiopians. Allying with the Sudanese to advance into the Commerce Age allow Sudanese Dervishes to be trained at the Palace and Native Embassy, and the Red Sea Trade and Quilted Armor technologies to be researched at the Mountain Monastery.


Colonial age up.png 1 Native Embassy Builder and 400 influence
Fortress age up.png 7 Sudanese Dervishes
Industrial age up.png 10 Sudanese Dervishes
Imperial age up.png 20 Sudanese Dervishes

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Sudanese units speak Sudanese Arabic, the regional variety of Arabic spoken in Sudan and parts of Eritrea.

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The Sudanese are a large collection of people-groups – the most numerous of which are Sudanese Arabs – indigenous to modern-day Sudan. During the early modern period, this region was ruled primarily by two sultanates: Darfur (17th-20th centuries) and Sennar (16th-19th centuries). Both of these profited immensely off the bustling trade networks running along the Nile and its tributaries as well as – infamously – the slave trade running along them.

As the centuries rolled on, Sudanese independence was threatened from several directions. The Ottomans expanded along the Nile from the north, while the Ethiopians campaigned from the east. The early 19th century saw the Ottomans briefly occupying many Sudanese lands, dismantling the Sennar Sultanate and subjugating the Darfur Sultanate. The British then occupied Sudan during the First World War in 1916, ending Ottoman rule. Four decades later, Sudan attained independence in 1956.