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Heals injured units. Can build Field Hospitals.
—In-game description

The Surgeon is a special unit in Age of Empires III that can be shipped from the Home City by European civilizations or trained at the Church by most European civilizations once the Master Surgeons Home City Card has been sent, and at the Meeting House by the United States. It fulfills a similar role to Priests, but can also build Field Hospitals.


Like other healers, Surgeons can heal friendly units at a rate of 10 HP per second and a range of 12, however, when enhanced with Home City Cards (see below), they are the best healers in the game.

Surgeons cannot destroy buildings since they have no siege attack.

British Manors can be upgraded with the Florence Nightingale card to provide healing to nearby units instead of having the Master Surgeons card.

The Spanish have Surgeons, however their Missionary is one of the fastest (if not the fastest) land units in the game. They also boosts the damage of nearby units if the Unction card is shipped.

Surgeons can be garrisoned in the same buildings as settlers. Town Centers consider a Surgeon the same as a settler for gaining and increasing attack.

Further statistics[]

Unit strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Nothing
Weak vs. Everything
Hit points Unction.png Mission Fervor (+35%)
Sight Town Watch.png Town Watch (+2)
Speed Unction.png Mission Fervor (+15%)

Home City Cards[]


Age of Empires III[]

  • Surgeons have 240 hit points, cost 300 coin, give 30 XP when trained or killed, train in 40 seconds, and have no train limit. Healing rate is set to 10.

The WarChiefs[]

The Asian Dynasties[]

Definitive Edition[]

  • Surgeons have 360 hit points and train in 30 seconds. Healing rate is set to 20. With update 9476, healing rate is set to 15.
  • Surgeons can be trained from Field Hospitals.
  • Surgeons sent from the Lakota Home City and shipped by the Chinese and Indians by allying with the British at the Consulate can build Field Hospitals.
  • With update 9476, Surgeons cost 225 coin and give 23 XP when trained or killed.
  • With update 23511, Surgeons have a train limit of 30.


  • In random map games, Surgeons usually remain silent. This is likely because they have no specific nationality. However, they might use the same lines as the Priest.


Battlefield surgery in the Napoleonic era was some of the earliest modern surgery, focusing chiefly on amputating severely broken or damaged limbs. Some surgeons advocated immediate amputation to take advantage of the effects grievous wounds had on the body: numbness around the injury and low blood pressure brought on by shock. Removing a limb required shutting off as much blood flow to the limb as possible by the application of tourniquets. A knife cut away the flesh in what would later become a stump. Arteries were then clamped off and a bone saw would make quick work of a femur or tibia. Arteries were then stitched closed, the wound bandaged, covered and left to heal.

Dominique Larrey was a pioneer in battlefield surgery, the first to use ambulances to bring first-aid to soldiers in battle and the first to use triage in determining which wounded to evacuate. He participated in dozens of battles with the French armies and was eventually made a baron by Napoleon.