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. It fulfills a similar role to Priests, but can also build Field Hospitals.

Overview[edit | edit source]

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.

Further statistics[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

Changelog[edit | edit source]

Age of Empires III[edit | edit source]

  • Surgeons have 240 hit points. Healing rate is set to 10.

Definitive Edition[edit | edit source]

  • Surgeons have 360 hit points. Healing rate is set to 20.
  • Surgeons can be trained from Field Hospitals.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • 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.

History[edit | edit source]

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.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

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