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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 Deccan map.


The Repentant Thuggee and Marathan Thuggee are Indian rifle-wielding mercenary units that have a good ranged attack. The attack exceeds almost any standard and most upgraded ranged units attack (56 ranged damage) by a great margin, and they can really deal damaging blows to most infantry. The repentant version also counters cavalry, due to the fact it has no penalties and high damage.

Further statistics[]

Unit strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Heavy infantry, light cavalry, Eagle Runner Knights
Weak vs. Heavy cavalry, Coyote Runners, artillery
Hit points Flint lock.png Flint Lock (+10%)
Thin Red Line.png Thin Red Line (+20%, British only)
Cree Tanning.png Cree Tanning (+5%)
Navajo Weaving.png Navajo Weaving (+5%)
Folk Heroes.png Folk Heroes (+20%, Europeans only)
Atonement.png Compunction (+35%, Asians only)
Attack Counter Infantry Rifling.png Counter Infantry Rifling (+1.0x multiplier vs. heavy infantry)
Paper cartridge.png Paper Cartridge (+15%)
Yoga.png Yoga (+5%)
Smokeless Powder.png Smokeless Powder (+30% siege attack)
Clenched Fist.png Clenched Fist (+30% melee attack)
Folk Heroes.png Folk Heroes (+20%, Europeans only)
Atonement.png Compunction (+35%, Asians only)
Speed Military Drummers.png Military Drummers (+10%)
Tillys Discipline.png Tilly's Discipline (+20%, Germans only)
Inca Road-building.png Quechuan Mountaineering (+20%)
Apache Endurance.png Apache Endurance (+5%)
Sight Town Watch.png Town Watch (+2)
Creation speed Standing Army.png Standing Army (-25%)
Folk Heroes.png Folk Heroes (-50%, Europeans only)
Inca Chaquis Messengers.png Quechuan Diet (-25%)
Train cost Mapuche Ad-mapu.png Mapuche Ad-mapu (-10% coin cost)
Penalties Coffee Trade.png Coffee Trade (-10% speed, Dutch only)
Tillys Discipline.png Tilly's Discipline (+10% cost, Germans only)

Home City Cards[]

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 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.


Definitive Edition[]

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!)


  • 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 Gun. 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 Gun.


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 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.