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A dangerous Indian thug armed with a rifle.
—In-game description

The Thuggee is an Indian outlaw in Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties. It is available on the Bengal, Ceylon, Deccan, Fertile Crescent and Punjab map.

Overview[]

The Repentant Thuggee and Marathan Thuggee are Indian rifle-wielding mercenary units that have a good ranged attack. They are better versions of the Renegado. The attack exceeds almost any standard and most upgraded ranged units attack (45 ranged damage) by a great margin, and they can really deal damaging blows to most infantry.

The Thuggee's main weakness is its high population cost, which reduces the total army size.

Further statistics[]

Unit strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Heavy infantry, light ranged cavalry, ranged shock infantry
Weak vs. Heavy cavalry, hand shock infantry, counter-skirmishers, artillery
Improvements
Hit points Atonement Compunction (+20%; Asians only)
Folk Heroes Folk Heroes (+20%; Europeans only)
Nomadic Bandits Nomadic Bandits (+20%; Africans only)
Dance Hall Wild West (+20%; Americans only)
Thin Red Line Thin Red Line (+20%; British only)
Flint lock Flint Lock (+10%)
Cree Tanning Cree Tanning (+5%)
Gadaa System Gadaa System (+5%; Ethiopians only)
Navajo Weaving Navajo Weaving (+5%)
Tar kilns Tar Kilns (+5%)
Attack Atonement Compunction (+20%; Asians only)
Folk Heroes Folk Heroes (+20%; Europeans only)
Nomadic Bandits Nomadic Bandits (+20%; Africans only)
Dance Hall Wild West (+20%; Americans only)
Paper cartridge Paper Cartridge (+15%)
Peacemakers Peacemakers (+10%)
Smokeless Powder Smokeless Powder (+10%)
Armatoloi Armatoloi (+5%)
Gadaa System Gadaa System (+5%; Ethiopians only)
Yoga Yoga (+5%)
Clenched Fist Clenched Fist (+25% hand attack)
Somali jile daggers Somali Jile Daggers (-35% hand attack Rate of Fire)
Counter Infantry Rifling Counter Infantry Rifling (+1.0 multiplier vs. heavy infantry)
Kalthoff repeaters Kalthoff Repeaters (+0.1 multiplier vs. light infantry)
Resistance Somali oryx shields Somali Oryx Hide Shields (+5% ranged resistance)
Hualcana Hualcana (+5% resistance; Inca only)
Range Schutzenfest Schützenfest (+1)
Line of Sight Town Watch Town Watch (+3)
Schutzenfest Schützenfest (+1)
Speed Tillys Discipline Tilly's Discipline (+20%; Germans only)
Military Drummers Military Drummers (+10%)
Quechuan Mountaineering Quechuan Mountaineering (+10%)
Akan Drums Akan Fontomfrom (+5%)
Apache Endurance Apache Endurance (+5%)
Train time Atonement Compunction (-50%; Asians only)
Folk Heroes Folk Heroes (-50%; Europeans only)
Standing Army Standing Army (-25%)
Immigrants Immigrants (-10%)
Penalties Coffee Trade Coffee Trade (-10% speed; Dutch only)
Thin Red Line Thin Red Line (-10% speed; British only)
Tillys Discipline Tilly's Discipline (+10% cost; Germans only)

Home City Cards[]

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All[]

Card Description Age
Mexican Home City 3 (Liberation March) Liberation March Infantry, cavalry, and shock infantry get +5% speed and -35% train time
Age III tech tree aoe3
Baja California Home City (Outlaw Combat) Outlaw Combat Upgrades Filibusters to Veteran (if not already); outlaws and mercenaries get +15% hit points and attack; costs 750 coin
Revolution
Sioux Home City 5 (Bandit Gang) Bandit Gang Ships 20 random outlaws; costs 2,000 coin
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
  • "Liberation March" is available to the Mexicans and Spanish.
  • "Outlaw Combat" is available to Baja California and Mexico.
  • "Bandit Gang" is available to the Lakota and Maya.

Asians[]

Card Description Age HC level
Atonement Atonement Iron Troopers/Jat Lancers/Yojimbo can be trained at the Monastery and available one age early; outlaws use -2 population (also +1 Villager for the Indians)
Age II tech tree aoe3
10

Chinese[]

Card Description Age HC level
Western reforms Western Reforms All units get +8% hit points and attack
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
40
Acupuncture aoe3 Acupuncture All units' train time -20%
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
10

Dutch[]

Card Description Age HC level
Dutch Home City 2 (Infantry Hitpoints) TEAM Infantry Hitpoints Infantry get +10% hit points; Dutch-only infantry get +15% hit points instead
Age II tech tree aoe3
10

Ethiopians[]

Card Description Age
Ethiopian Home City 2 (TEAM Coffee Consumption) TEAM Coffee Consumption Ranged infantry get +5% speed
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
Temenyas Temenyas Gunpowder infantry get +5% attack; Neftenya available from the Commerce Age
Age I tech tree aoe3
Shiftas Shiftas Villagers get +35% hit points; outlaws get +15% hit points and take -1 population; units affected by villager upgrades get +10% hit points
Age I tech tree aoe3
Ignatian spirituality Ignatian Spirituality All units get +5% hit points and regeneration capability even while in combat
Age IV tech tree aoe 3

Europeans[]

Card Description Age HC level
Spanish Home City 3 (Fencing School) Fencing School Infantry and shock infantry train time -40% (also +2 Uhlans for the Germans)
Age II tech tree aoe3
10
Theaters Theaters Upgrades the Tavern to the Theater which can train Ronin; outlaws use -2 population
Age II tech tree aoe3
1
  • "Fencing School" is not available to the Maltese, Ottomans, and Spanish.
  • "Theaters" is not available to the Germans.

French[]

Card Description Age HC level
Team ranged infantry damage TEAM Senegalese Riflemen Ranged infantry get +10% attack; French and Hausa-only ranged infantry get +15% attack instead
Age III tech tree aoe3
10
French Home City 3 (Royal Fencing School) Royal Fencing School Infantry and shock infantry train time -40%; +3 Royal Musketeers
Age II tech tree aoe3
N/A

Germans[]

Card Description Age
German Home City 5 (Witch Hammer) Witch Hammer Ships 3 Inquisitors; Inquisitors can be trained at Tavern/Mercenary Camps, Town Centers, Church, and Outposts; outlaws use -2 population; +2 Uhlans
Age II tech tree aoe3

Haudenosaunee[]

Card Description Age HC level
Iroquois Home City 2 (Scout Infantry) TEAM Scout Infantry Infantry get +8 Line of Sight
Age II tech tree aoe3
10

Hausa[]

Card Description Age
Hausa Home City Cards 5 (Sahelian Kingdoms) Sahelian Kingdoms Native warriors get +15% hit points and attack; mercenaries and outlaws get +10% hit points and attack
Age IV tech tree aoe 3

Inca[]

Card Description Age
Inca Home City 2 (Road Building) Road Building Land military units get +10% speed
Age II tech tree aoe3
Inca Home City 2 (TEAM Inca Bridges) TEAM Inca Bridges Ships 1 Chasqui; infantry, land villagers, healing units, and Envoys get +5% speed
Age I tech tree aoe3

Indians[]

Card Description Age HC level
Dravidian martial arts Dravidian Martial Arts All units get +15% hand attack; Rajputs get +30% hand attack instead; +1 Hindu Villager
Age II tech tree aoe3
40
Shivajis tactics TEAM Shivaji's Tactics All units get +5% hit points and attack
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
25
Spanish Home City 3 (Fencing School) Fencing School Infantry train time -40%; +1 Hindu Villager
Age II tech tree aoe3
10
Indian Home City 3 (Conscript Sepoys) Zamindars Infantry train time -20%; receives 2 Sepoys instead of 1 Villager with every Home City shipment; +2 Sepoys
Age II tech tree aoe3
1
Indian Home City 5 (Recruit Maratha +9 Thuggee) Recruit Maratha +6 Thuggee Ships 3 Marathan Catamarans with 6 Thuggees; +1 Hindu Villager; costs 500 coin
Age II tech tree aoe3
10
Indian Home City 5 (TEAM Recruit Maratha +10 Thuggee) TEAM Recruit Maratha +10 Thuggee Ships 4 Marathan Catamarans with 10 Thuggees; costs 1,000 coin
Age III tech tree aoe3
25

Italians[]

Card Description Age
Iroquois Home City 2 (Infantry Hitpoints) Infantry Hitpoints Infantry get +15% hit points
Age II tech tree aoe3
Italian Home City 2 (Schiavoni Swords) Schiavoni Swords Infantry and cavalry get +15% hand attack
Age II tech tree aoe3

Japanese[]

Card Description Age HC level
Onin war Onin War Infantry get +33% siege attack
Age II tech tree aoe3
40
Japanese Home City 3 (Cheaper Unit Upgrades) TEAM Sengoku Unit upgrades cost -20%
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
1
Bakufu Bakufu Daimyo and Shogun Tokugawa get +10% speed, +20 Line of Sight and train units 15% faster; land military units' train time -20%; Banner army train time -10%
Age III tech tree aoe3
10

Lakota[]

Card Description Age HC level
Sioux Home City 2 (Wind Runner) Moccasins Infantry get +10% speed
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
10
Sioux Home City 5 (Outlaw Band) Outlaw Band Ships 19 random outlaws; costs 1,000 coin
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
10

Maltese[]

Card Description Age
Maltese Home City 2 (TEAM Knights of the Round Table) TEAM Knights of the Round Table Ships 1 Hospitaller for each Town Center owned by the player; all units get +2% hit points
Age I tech tree aoe3
Maltese Home City 3 (Squires) Squires Military buildings train and research work 80% faster, except Forts which train and research work 260% faster
Age III tech tree aoe3

Mexicans[]

Card Description Age
Mexican Home City 2 (Guerrilla Tactics) Guerrilla Tactics Rifle infantry get +15% hit points and attack; Salteadores get the Guerrilla Tactics ability
Age III tech tree aoe3
Mexican Home City 2 (Plan of Tuxtepec) Plan of Miramare [Plan] Turns all Salteadores into Voltigeur Skirmishers; rifle infantry get +2 Line of Sight and range; costs 1,000 food, 1,000 wood
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
Mexican Home City 2 (TEAM Mariachi) TEAM Mariachi For the next 30 seconds, military buildings work 400% faster and units get +10% speed
Age I tech tree aoe3
Federal card colegio de san nicolas Colegio de San Nicolás Ships 500 XP; units get +4 and buildings (except Walls) get +8 Line of Sight; sees what enemies can see for 20 seconds
Age II tech tree aoe3
Federal card national servant National Servant All units get +10% hit points; Padre healing 200% faster
Imperial Age

Ottomans[]

Card Description Age
Ottoman Home City 3 (Matrakci School) Matrakci School Infantry and shock infantry train time -30%; Janissary, Azap, Nizam Fusilier, Abus Gunner, and Humbaraci train time -40% instead
Age II tech tree aoe3

Portuguese[]

Card Description Age HC level
Portuguese Home City 2 (Gunpowder Infantry Hitpoints) TEAM Gunpowder Infantry Hitpoints Gunpowder infantry get +15% hit points
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
10

Russians[]

Card Description Age HC level
Russian Home City 2 (Ransack) Ransack Infantry get +50% siege attack
Age III tech tree aoe3
25
Russian Home City 3 (Dueling School) Dueling School Infantry train time -25%
Age I tech tree aoe3
25

South Africa[]

Card Description Age
South Africa Home City (Wanderlust) Wanderlust Land units get +5% hit points; land villagers and wagons get +5% speed
Revolution

Spanish[]

Card Description Age HC level
Spanish Home City 2 (Peninsular Guerrillas) Peninsular Guerrillas Ranged infantry get +20% attack, musket infantry get +10% attack instead; Skirmishers now see the Line of Sight of enemies they attacked for 3 seconds
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
N/A
Spanish Home City 3 (Inquisition) TEAM Spanish Inquisition All units get +10 Line of Sight; +1 Inquisitor
Age II tech tree aoe3
10

United States[]

Card Description Age
US Home City 2 (Continental Rangers) Continental Rangers Rifle infantry get +15% hit points and attack
Age III tech tree aoe3

Delinquent Thuggee[]

The Delinquent Thuggee is the Treasure guardian version of the Thuggee. It yields more hit points and speed than their mercenary counterpart, but deal less damage and lack the melee multiplier against heavy infantry, light ranged cavalry, and cavalry. Nonetheless, it is recommended to tame Delinquent Thuggees rather than attack it, as it may take a long time to defeat it.

Delinquent Thuggees can be found guarding treasure in maps such as Indochina, Deccan, and Borneo.

Changelog[]

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In-game dialogue[]

Main article: Indians (Age of Empires III)#In-game dialogue
  • आदेश [Ādeś] (command)
  • तैयार [Taiyār] (ready)
  • हाँ? [Hān?] (yes?)
  • मैं जा रहा हूँ [Main jā rahā hūn] (I am going)
  • मैं करूँगा [Main karunga] (I will do it)
  • हाँ [Hān] (yes)
  • युद्ध करने के लिए [Yuddh karne ke liye] (to do war – To war/To battle)
  • हमला [Hamalā] (attack!)
  • हाँ! [Hāṃ!] (yes!)

History[]

The thuggee was a cult of Indian robbers and murderers operating primarily between the seventeenth and nineteenth centuries. The members were called "thugs," the root of the English word with the same meaning. Traveling in bands of twenty to one hundred men, they befriended wealthy travelers, waited for the right opportunity to strike, and then killed one or more victims before looting the corpses.

The thuggee were considered a cult because while their members were both Hindu and Muslim, they took the Hindu goddess of Khali[sic] as their patron and committed murders as acts of worship. It is said that the thuggee used a yellow scarf, or Rumaal (a symbol of Kali), to strangle their victims.

Most groups of thuggee were eradicated during the British occupation of India in the nineteenth century, yet the cult remains mysterious to this day. It is said to have been responsible for many deaths, the estimated number ranging from 50,000 to 2,000,000 people.

Trivia[]

  • The Thuggee was originally intended to have an area of 1 on ranged attacks as well, and serve loosely as a mercenary version of the Abus Gunner. This is evidenced by the fact they have an area damage cap in the game files. However, the Cannoneer added in The African Royals fulfills the role of being the mercenary version of the Abus Gunner.

Gallery[]

Mercenary and outlaw units in Age of Empires III
Aoe3 unit type mercenary Mercenaries
InfantryMercenary armored pistoleer portrait Armored Pistoleer · Arsonist aoe3de Arsonist · Askari aoe3de portrait Askari · Corsair de Barbary Corsair · Cannoneer portrait aoe3de Cannoneer · Dahomey amazon aoe3de portrait Dahomey Amazon · Fusilier de Fusilier · Mercenary giant grenadier portrait Giant Grenadier · Highlander de Highlander · Mercenary irish brigade portrait Irish Brigadier · Iron troop aoe3de Iron Troop · Jaeger portrait aoe3de updated Jaeger · Landsknecht de Landsknecht · Ninja de Ninja · Mercenary pandour portrait Pandour · Ronin de Ronin · Swiss pikeman aoe3de Swiss Pikeman · Zouave icon aoe3de Zouave
CavalryBlack rider aoe3de Black Rider · Mercenary bosniak rider portrait Bosniak · Elmeti aoe3de Elmetto · Gatling camel aoe3de portrait Gatling Camel · Hackapell aoe3de Hackapell · Harquebusier icon Harquebusier · Jat lancer de Jat Lancer · Kanuri guard aoe3de portrait Kanuri Guard · Mameluke aoe3de Mameluke · Manchu de Manchu · Mercenary mounted rifleman portrait Mounted Rifleman · Mercenary royal horseman portrait Royal Horseman · Sennar horseman aoe3de portrait Sennar Horseman · Stradiot aoe3de Stradiot · Yojimbo aoe3de Yojimbo · Zenata rider aoe3de portrait Zenata Rider
ArtilleryLil bombard aoe3de Li'l Bombard · Napoleon gun icon aoe3de Napoleon Gun · Gatling camel aoe3de portrait Gatling Camel
ShipBattleship portrait Battleship · Privateer aoe3de Privateer · War dhow portrait aoe3de War Dhow · Wokou junk aoe3de Wokou Junk · Xebec portrait aoe3de Xebec
Outlaws
InfantryAfrican vagabond portrait African Vagabond · Colonial looter portrait Colonial Looter · Cossack daredevil portrait Cossack Daredevil · Dacoit aoe3de Dacoit · Desert archer portrait aoe3de Desert Archer · Desert warrior portrait aoe3de Desert Warrior · Hajduk portrait Hajduk · Highwayman dismounted portrait Highwayman · Inquisitor portrait Inquisitor · Pistolero aoe3de Pistolero · Renegado aoe3de Renegado · Thuggee aoe3de Thuggee · Blind monk aoe3de Wokou Monk · Wayward ronin aoe3de Wokou Ronin
Shock infantryPirate aoe3de Pirate · Wokou pirate aoe3de Wokou Pirate
CavalryComanchero icon aoe3de Comanchero · Mounted cossack daredevil portrait Cossack Daredevil · Crabat portrait Crabat · Desert raider portrait aoe3de Desert Raider · Highwayman mounted portrait Highwayman · Wokou horseman aoe3de Wokou Horseman
ArtilleryCaptured mortar aoe3de Captured Mortar
ShipCatamaran aoe3de Marathan Catamaran
Flag MexicanDE MexicansDesperado portrait Desperado · Vaquero portrait Cuatrero · Bandido portrait Bandido
Flag American act3 aoe3de United StatesGunslinger aoe3de Gunslinger · Cowboy aoe3de Cowboy · Owlhoot aoe3de Owlhoot
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