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The Tycoon is an Industrial Age politician in Age of Empires III, available to the British, Dutch, French, Germans, Ottomans and Portuguese. As soon as the player advances to the Industrial Age by choosing him, 1,000 coin appears in the Home City shipment point.

The Tycoon is also available to the United States in the Act III: Steel campaign, where choosing him causes a Factory Wagon to appear in the Home City shipment point instead.

Before the Definitive Edition, The Tycoon is available to the Ottomans and Portuguese at a level 10 Home City, and the French at a level 40 Home City.


The coin chests provided can help for several strategies; most prominently, mercenary/outlaw strategies, Fast Imperial Age or Fast Revolution. Since he provides coin, The Tycoon is an excellent bridge politician that makes good synergies with most other politicians from the Imperial Age or past ages.

If going for a Mercenary strategy, The Tycoon is the best pick for the civilizations that have access to him, being a great follow-up politician for The Mercenary Contractor in the Fortress Age, and can be also followed up with the Imperial Age Mercenary Contractor if the civilization has all three politicians available.

If going for a Fast Imperial Age or a Fast Revolution, the coin crates are quite helpful, saving gathering time. This is more noticeable if going for a Fast Revolution, as the player only has to gather 1,000 food and wood, which may also be shipped from the Home City.

The Tycoon has an Imperial Age counterpart with El Presidente, which also ships coin, and if the player picks both, they get 3,000 coin in total, which can pay the coin cost of two Imperial Age unit upgrades.

For the Ottomans, they get a better value from the coin crates if they shipped Silk Road.

Recommended shipments[]

All civilizations[]

  • Crates of Food, Cords of wood and Chests of coin,: If going for a Fast Revolution the player will just need Cords of 1000 wood and Crates of 1000 food, If going for a Fast Imperial Strategy then pick Chests of Coin and Crates of food but may still require to gather these resources.
  • Factory shipments.
  • Advanced Estate: Ships 1 Estate Wagon; Estates get +100% hit points, -31% cost, and can be built in the Exploration Age. This may help to start accumulate coin early.
  • Any economic upgrade.
  • Mercenary or ally unit shipments: These requires coin for being shipped so The Tycoon coin may help to pay some of them.
  • Capitalism (Germans and Ottomans): Gives a coin trickle
  • South Sea Bubble (British and Dutch): Exchanges all coin for 1.25× the wood, this may help at late game if the wood is running low and may allow for a fast expansion and gettin map control or if playing on a naval map for creating more Warships.
  • Mercenary Loyalty: Mercenary and native warrior shipments cost -25%
  • Advanced Market: Markets get +20% buy/sell factors, useful if the player needs to exchange the coin for other resource.
  • Native Warriors: Native warriors cost -25%. There are some native units that have a coin cost, like the ones from Royal Houses, so if playing on a map that has minor civilizations with units that cost coin, the 1,000 coin from The Tycoon may be used for training them.


  • Bank related shipments.
  • Dutch Paintings: Exchanges all coin for equal amount of food.
  • Flemish Revolution and Belgian Revolution: These shipments have a coin cost along costing wood and food so The Tycoon may cover the coin cost of these shipments at least.


  • Fur Trade: Exchanges all food for 1.2× the coin.


  • March Revolution: This shipment has the same cost of a regular revolution, so the player may use The Tycoon for covering the coin cost.


  • Silk Road: Crates and Trade Routes contain +25% resources and XP.


  • Feitorias: Town Centers generate 0.4 food, 0.24 wood, 0.24 coin/sec.


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.