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The Papal Guard is an Industrial Age politician introduced in Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition, available to the French, Germans, Portuguese, Spanish, and Swedes. Choosing him to advance to the next Age confers different benefits depending on the civilization:

  • French and Germans: Pikemen and Crossbowmen are upgraded to the Guard level, and can be upgraded to the Imperial level in the Imperial Age.
  • Portuguese: Same as the French and Germans, but the Crossbowmen are upgraded to Royal Guard and can be upgraded to Imperial Guard.
  • Spanish: Same as the French and Germans, but the Pikemen are upgraded to Royal Guard and can be upgraded to Imperial Guard.
  • Swedes: Same as the Spanish, but only applies to the Pikemen (as Swedes do not have Crossbowmen).
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