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The Engineer is a Industrial Age politician in Age of Empires III, available to all European civilizations except the Dutch. As soon as the player advances to the Industrial Age by choosing him, two Falconets (Organ Guns for the Portuguese and 3 Falconets for the Italians if the Advanced Politicians Home City Card was sent) appear in the Home City shipment point.

Before the Definitive Edition, The Engineer is available to the Germans at a level 30 Home City, the Spanish at a level 50 Home City, and the British at a level 60 Home City.


For players that focus on artillery units, The Engineer is the politician of choice in the Industrial Age. Falconets and Organ Guns (like most artillery units in Age of Empires III) are quite expensive, so getting two of them just for advancing age can complement almost any strategy. Having a deck that furthers improves the stats of Falconets should be considered when picking The Engineer.

For the Swedes, The Engineer may be used in combination with The Marksman if the player is pushing artillery, as The Marksman ships Leather Cannons for them. A good follow-up politician in the Imperial Age is The General if the player keeps pushing artillery units.

Recommended shipments[]

All civilizations[]

  • Advanced Artillery: Ships 1 Mortar; Mortars and Horse Artillery can be trained in the Fortress Age.
  • Advanced Arsenal (all except Italians and Swedes).
  • Engineering School (French, Ottomans, Portuguese, Russians and Swedes): Artillery train time -30%.
  • Factory shipments.
  • Infantry or Cavalry shipments for protecting the artillery
  • Artillery unit shipments.



  • Guardia di Finanza: Adds coin equal to 5% of the cost of all defeated enemy units to the player's stockpile up to a maximum of 3,000 coin.
  • Advanced Politicians.
  • Milanese Arsenal.
  • Venetian Arsenal: Ships 1 Arsenal Wagon; Arsenals now increase the work rate of nearby military buildings and Docks by 60%.


  • Flame Throwers: Ships 1 Artillery Foundry Wagon; Fire Throwers get the 'Flamethrower' charged action which deals burning damage in close range.


  • Topçular: Artillery get +15% hit points and attack.
  • Palace Intrigue: Provides the Mosque with Topçu Corps technology which ships 3 Great Bombards, Great Bombards take -1 population.
  • Derbentler: Janissaries and Azaps can build Barracks, Stables, and Artillery Foundries.


  • Artillery Hitpoints: Grenade troopers get +30% hit points; artillery get +15% hit points.
  • Grapeshot: Organ Guns get -0.5 Rate of Fire and +0.5 Area of Effect; removes Organ Gun packing animation.
  • Estremoz Field Guns: Upgrades Falconets to Field Guns and ships an increasing amount of Field Guns per Age: 1 Field Gun in the Fortress Age; 2 Field Guns in the Industrial Age; 2 Field Guns in the Imperial Age.
  • Rangefinding: Mortars get +8 Line of Sight and Cannon attack range, and +3 Barrage attack range.


  • Tsar Cannon: Ships 1 Tsar Cannon and upgrades it to Imperial; Imperial upgrades for Falconets, Culverins, Mortars, and Horse Artillery cost -10%.


  • Unction: Missionaries increase the attack of nearby friendly units.
  • TEAM Spanish Inquisition: Ships 1 Inquisitor; all units get +10 Line of Sight.
  • House of Trastamára: The next Age up is researched 8.5% faster and costs 80 resources less for each shipment that has been sent in the current Age including this one; Resources are proportional to amount required.


  • Julita Styckebruk: Ships 1 Leather Cannon and 1 Artillery Foundry Wagon.
  • Case Shot: Leather Cannons, Falconets, Culverins, Horse Artillery and Heavy Cannons get the Case Shot attack (used against enemies within half of the normal range or closer, which deals 10% of the normal damage with 7 projectiles and +2 Area of Effect, but with ×0.5 against cavalry and shock infantry, and also ×2.0 against infantry for Culverins).
  • Cronstedt Reforms: Leather Cannons, Falconets, and Heavy Cannons take -1 population.
  • Barrage: Mortars get the Barrage attack (used against enemies at 4-30 range, dealing 40 damage with 7 Area of Effect, ×0.5 against cavalry and shock infantry, and ×0.1 against artillery and Arrow Knight).


Age3DE Icon Definitive Edition[]

  • Home City level requirement removed.
Age up methods in Age of Empires III
Politicians for European civilizations
Colonial age up Commerce Age Politician governor The Governor · Politician imam The Imam · Politician inventor The Inventor · Politician logistician The Logistician · Politician naturalist The Naturalist · Politician philosopher prince The Philosopher Prince · Politician quarter master The Quartermaster · The Medici The Medici
Fortress age up Fortress Age Politician admiral The Admiral of the Ocean Sea · Politician adventurer The Adventurer · Politician bishop The Bishop · Politician ethiopian queen The Ethiopian Queen · Politician exiled prince The Exiled Prince · Politician gentlemen pirate The Gentleman Pirate · Politician marksman The Marksman · Politician mercenary contractor The Mercenary Contractor · Politician mohawk statesmen The Mohawk Statesman · Politician scout The Scout · Politician sergeant arms The Sergeant at Arms
Industrial age up Industrial Age Politician cavalier The Cavalry Marshal · Politician engineer The Engineer · Politician grand vizier The Grand Vizier · Politician kings musketeer The King's Musketeer · Politician logistician The Logistician · Politician papal guard The Papal Guard · Politician tycoon The Tycoon · Politician viceroy The Viceroy · Politician war minister The War Minister · The Pope The Pope
Imperial age up Imperial Age Politician el presidente El Presidente · Politician general The General · Politician black duke The Black Duke · Politician inventor The Inventor · Politician knight The Knight · Politician mercenary contractor The Mercenary Contractor · Politician Royalist The Royalist · Politician Scottish marshal The Scottish Marshal
Civilizations Flag BritishDE British · Flag DutchDE Dutch · Flag FrenchDE French · Flag GermanDE Germans · Flag ItalianDE Italians · Flag MalteseDE Maltese · Flag OttomanDE Ottomans · Flag PortugueseDE Portuguese · Flag RussianDE Russians · Flag SpanishDE Spanish · Flag SwedishDE Swedes
Tribal Council members for Native American civilizations
Colonial age up Commerce Age The Messenger · The Wise Woman · The Warrior · The Elder · The Chief
Civilizations Flag AztecDE Aztecs · Flag IroquoisDE Haudenosaunee · Flag IncanDE Inca · Flag SiouxDE Lakota
Wonders for Asian civilizations
Flag ChineseDE Chinese Confucian academy aoe3de Confucian Academy · PorcelainTowerDE Porcelain Tower · SummerPalaceDE Summer Palace · TempleOfHeavenDE Temple of Heaven · WhitePagodaDE White Pagoda
Flag IndianDE Indians AgraFortDE Agra Fort · CharminarGateDE Charminar Gate · KarniMataDE Karni Mata · TajMahalDE Taj Mahal · TowerOfVictoryDE Tower of Victory
Flag JapaneseDE Japanese GoldenPavilionDE Golden Pavilion · GiantBuddhaDE Great Buddha · ShogunateDE Shogunate · ToriiGatesDE Torii Gates · ToshoguShrineDE Toshogu Shrine
Federal States for United States
Colonial age up Commerce Age Federal state US delaware Delaware · Federal state US massachussetts Massachusetts · Federal state US pennsylvania Pennsylvania · Federal state US rhode island Rhode Island · Federal state US virginia Virginia
Fortress age up Fortress Age Federal state US indiana Indiana · Federal state US kentucky Kentucky · Federal state US maryland Maryland · Federal state US new hampshire New Hampshire · Federal state US tennessee Tennessee
Industrial age up Industrial Age Federal state US california California · Federal state US new jersey New Jersey · Federal state US ohio Ohio · Federal state US south carolina South Carolina · Federal state US vermont Vermont
Imperial age up Imperial Age Federal state US connecticut Connecticut · Federal state US florida Florida · Federal state US illinois Illinois · Federal state US new york New York · Federal state US texas Texas
Federal States for Mexicans
Colonial age up Commerce Age Durango Durango · Michoacán Michoacán · Tlaxcala Tlaxcala · Chiapas Chiapas · Querétaro Querétaro
Fortress age up Fortress Age Sonora federal state Sonora · Coahuila Coahuila · Sinaloa Sinaloa · San Luis Potosí San Luis Potosí · Tabasco Tabasco
Industrial age up Industrial Age Chihuahua Chihuahua · Zacatecas Zacatecas · Tamaulipas Tamaulipas · Guanajuato Guanajuato · Guerrero Guerrero
Imperial age up Imperial Age Oaxaca Oaxaca · Jalisco Jalisco · Estado de México Estado de México · Veracruz Veracruz · Puebla Puebla
Alliances for African civilizations
Flag Ethiopian aoe3de Ethiopians Alliance Habesha Habesha · Alliance Jesuits Jesuits · Alliance Portuguese Portuguese · Alliance Somalis Somalis · Alliance Sudanese Sudanese · Alliance Indians Indians· Alliance Oromo Oromo+ · Alliance Arabs Arabsx
Flag Hausa Hausa Alliance Akan Akan · Alliance Berbers Berbers · Alliance Hausa Hausa · Alliance Moroccans Moroccans · Alliance Songhai Songhai · Alliance Fulani Fulani· Alliance Yoruba Yoruba+ · Alliance British Britishx
* requires Fortress Age to be unlocked; + requires Industrial Age to be unlocked; x requires Imperial Age to be unlocked
Unused options for Tribal Council members, Wonders, and Alliances can be used in future Age-ups.