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This article is about the politician in Age of Empires III. For other uses, see Scout.

The Scout is a Fortress Age politician in Age of Empires III, available to the Ottomans, Russians, and Spanish. As soon as the player advances to the Fortress Age by choosing him, the following units appear in the Home City shipment point:

Before the Definitive Edition, The Scout is available to the Spanish at a level 10 Home City and the French and Ottomans at a level 60 Home City.


If the player intends a cavalry strategy with the Russians, Ottomans, or Spanish, The Scout should be the politician of choice when advancing to Fortress Age. The units provided are melee cavalry in all cases; however, for the Russians, The Scout may be a bit more valuable, as they get Cossacks instead of Hussars. The player should have shipments that improve Hussars, Delis or Cossacks in their deck.

All three civilizations can follow up their cavalry strategy for advancing to the Industrial Age by picking The Cavalry Marshal, The Grand Vizier (for the Ottomans), or The War Minister (for the Russians). There are no politicians in the Imperial Age that further improve a cavalry strategy, but all the civilizations that have access to The Scout may instead prefer to revolt, since each one has some Revolution options that improve cavalry in several ways. The Spanish get Chile as an option, which turns all Hussars into Hussars of Death, so if the Spanish are intending to revolt into Chile, the Hussars provided by The Scout will add power to that strategy.

Recommended shipments[]

All civilizations[]

  • Cavalry Combat: Cavalry get +15% hit points and attack.
  • Advanced Arsenal.
  • Riding School (Ottomans and Russians): Cavalry train time -40%.
  • Kovat's Legion (ottomans and Russians through the Hungary revolution): Ships 15 Magyar Hussars; Magyar Hussars get +15% hit points and can be trained at Forts.
  • Military unit shipments that may be a complement for heavy cavalry or cavalry in general.



  • Boyars: Cavalry Archers, Cossacks, and Oprichniks get +10% hit points and attack.
  • Reformist Tsar: Provides the Church with Westernization, St. Petersburg Dragoons, Petrine Reforms. Westernization and Petrine reforms upgrades all Russian unique units including Cossacks.
  • Bashkir Rebellion: Turns all Cossacks into Bashkir Archers; upgrades Bashkir Archers to Disciplined (if not already); Bashkir Archers can be trained and upgraded to Honored at Trading Posts on Tengri Shrines and Native Embassies; removes Bashkir Archers' training limit, but now they take 1 population.
  • Finnhorses (through the Finland revolution): Hussars, Hakkapelits, Cossacks, Dragoons, Oprichniks, and Cavalry Archers get +15% hit points
  • Grand Duchy of Finland (Through the Finland revolution): Enables Counter Dragoons (Guard Dragoons with a ×1.2 multiplier against light cavalry) at stables.


  • Hand Cavalry Attack: Hand cavalry get +15% attack.
  • Hand Cavalry Hitpoints: Hand cavalry get +15% hit points
  • Liberation March (can be obtained from base deck or from the Chile revolution): Infantry, cavalry, and shock infantry get +5% speed and -35% train time.
  • TEAM Spanish Inquisition: Ships 1 Inquisitor; all units get +10 Line of Sight.
  • Unction: Missionaries increase the attack of nearby friendly units.
  • 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.
  • Blandengues (through the Argentina revolution): Hand cavalry cost -20%.
  • Junín Hussars (through Peru revolution): Hand cavalry and hand shock infantry get +5% speed and -30% train time (only get -20% train time if stacked with "Liberation March").


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  • French: Can choose The Scout to advance to the Fortress Age.
  • Ottomans: The Scout ships 4 Hussars.

Age3DE Icon Definitive Edition[]

  • French: The Scout removed from the Fortress Age politician options.
  • Home City level requirement removed.

Age3DE Icon Knights of the Mediterranean[]

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
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Tribal Council members for Native American civilizations
Colonial age up Commerce Age The Messenger · The Wise Woman · The Warrior · The Elder · The Chief
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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.