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The War Minister is an Industrial Age politician in Age of Empires III, available to the Maltese, Russians, and Spanish. As soon as the player advances to the Industrial Age by choosing him, the following units appear in the Home City shipment point:

Before the Definitive Edition, The War Minister is available to the Spanish at a level 20 Home City.

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


Only three civilizations have access to The War Minister, and each one receives something different. For the Spanish, The War Minister gives a substantial army of Rodeleros that are melee archaic infantry, so he makes for a strategy based on archaic units that can be complemented if they previously picked The Adventurer or The Sergeant at Arms. For Russians and Maltese, The War Minister ships Oprichniks or Order Dragoons respectively, further improving cavalry for these two civilizations. For the Russians, The War Minister can be a good follow-up for The Scout.

Recommended shipments[]

All civilizations[]

  • Military unit shipments that complement or cover the weaknesses of the units shiped by The War Minister.
  • Advanced Arsenal.


  • TEAM Hand Infantry Attack: Hand infantry get +15% attack.
  • Tercio Tactics: Turns all Pikemen into Rodeleros.
  • Archaic Infantry Hitpoints: Rodeleros get +20% hit points instead.
  • Archaic Infantry Combat: Hand infantry and foot archers get +15% hit points and attack.
  • Reconquista: Ships 1 Conquistador for every 3 archaic infantry units lost (up to 10).
  • Liberation March: Infantry, cavalry, and shock infantry get +5% speed and -35% train time.
  • Royal Decree to Claim the New World: Provides the Church with Corselet a technology that increase Heavy infantry hit points by 25% but reduces their movement speed by 15% speed.
  • 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.
  • TEAM Spanish Inquisition: Ships 1 Inquisitor; all units get +10 Line of Sight.
  • Unction: Missionaries increase the attack of nearby friendly units.


  • Hospitality: The next Age up researches twice as fast and Hospital upgrades cost 150 wood, 150 coin less.
  • Squires: Military buildings train and research work rate +80%, except Forts which get train and research work rate +260%.
  • Commandery related shipments: Commanderies can train Order Dragoons already so improving them and getting more Commanderies helps to ammass this unit.


  • Boyars: Cavalry Archers, Cossacks, and Oprichniks get +10% hit points and attack.
  • TEAM Kamchatka Expeditions: Cavalry and shock infantry get +10% hit points and +4 Line of Sight.
  • Riding School: Cavalry train time -40%; Oprichnik train time -35% instead.
  • Reformist Tsar: Provides the Church with Westernization and Petrine Reforms which effects applies to Oprichniks.


3Icon48px Age of Empires III[]

  • Spanish: The War Minister ships 10 Rodeleros.

Age3DE Icon Definitive Edition[]

  • Spanish: The War Minister now ships 12 Rodeleros.
  • 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
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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
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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.