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Hand Infantry with high hitpoints that protects nearby allies by absorbing some of the inflicted damage.
—In-game description

The Trabant is a heavy infantry native warrior in Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition - Knights of the Mediterranean that can be trained at a Trading Post built on a House of Wettin palace.

Overview[]

The Trabant is a melee heavy infantry. It is effective against cavalry and Shock Infantry, but vulnerable against artillery and Skirmishers.

Compared with the Halberdier, the Trabant shares its food and coin cost, speed, Line of Sight, and melee resistance, but it is available in the Commerce Age, has less hit points and attack, costs no population space, and has a build limit, which can be increased by building a Trading Post at another House of Wettin palace or sending the TEAM Native Warrior Societies or Native Alliance Home City Cards. Like the Papal Guard, the Trabant has the Deflection passive ability, which allows it to absorb some of the damage inflicted to nearby player or ally units in a radius of 12.

While they are expensive compared with other heavy infantry units available in Commerce Age, like Pikemen or Musketeers, Trabants are useful to protect units from enemy attacks. However, it is recommended to combine Trabants with Hussars to defeat long-ranged infantry units (like Skirmishers) or artillery units, which can counter heavy infantry.

Special ability[]

  • Ability pistol attack.png Pistol Attack (automatically activated with a cooldown of 60 seconds): The Trabant fires a pistol which deals 30 damage and has a maximum range of 12. Its multipliers are ×1.34 vs. Cavalry and ×1.2 vs. Shock Infantry.

Upgrades[]

Age Upgrade Cost Effect
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Veteran infantry.png Veteran Wettins 125 wood
125 coin
Upgrades Trabants to Veteran (+20% hit points and attack)
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Guard infantry.png Royal Guard Wettins 350 wood
350 coin
Upgrades Trabants and Saxon Cuirassiers to Royal Guard (+40% hit points and attack); requires Veteran Wettins
Imperial Age
Legendary natives.png Legendary Native Warriors
Exalted natives.png Exalted Natives
1,500 food
1,500 wood
Upgrades native warriors to Legendary/Exalted/Imperial (+50% hit points and attack)

Strategy[]

Further statistics[]

Unit strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Cavalry, Shock Infantry, buildings
Weak vs. Light infantry, artillery
Improvements
Hit points Infantry Breastplate.png Infantry Breastplate (+10%)
Thin Red Line.png Thin Red Line (+20%; British only)
Corselet.png Corselet (+25%; Spanish only)
Gadaa System.png Gadaa System (+5%; Ethiopians only)
Cree Tanning.png Cree Tanning (+10%)
Navajo Weaving.png Navajo Weaving (+5%)
Maya Cotton Armor.png Maya Cotton Armor (+20%)
Tar kilns.png Tar Kilns (+5%)
Attack Carib Kasiri Beer.png Carib Kasiri Beer (+10%)
New order infantry.png New Order Infantry (+0.5× multiplier vs. cavalry, +0.3× vs. Shock Infantry; Ottomans only)
Gadaa System.png Gadaa System (+5%; Ethiopians only)
Mapuche Tactics.png Mapuche Tactics (+50% siege attack)
Zapotec Cult of the Dead.png Zapotec Cult of the Dead (+20%)
Yoga.png Yoga (+5%)
Master Lessons.png Master Lessons (+10%)
Armor Somali oryx shields.png Somali Oryx Hide Shields (+10% melee/ranged resistance)
Hualcana.png Hualcana (+5% melee/ranged resistance; Incas only)
Speed Military Drummers.png Military Drummers (+10%)
Tillys Discipline.png Tilly's Discipline (+20%; Germans only)
Push of Pike.png Push of Pike (+10%; Swedes only)
Sight Town Watch.png Town Watch (+2)
Creation speed Standing Army.png Standing Army (-25%)
New order infantry.png New Order Infantry (-20%; Ottomans only)
Philhellenism.png Philhellenism (-10%)
Train cost Mapuche Ad-mapu.png Mapuche Ad-mapu (-10% coin cost)
Golden liberty.png Golden Liberty (-5% coin cost)
Somali oryx shields.png Somali Oryx Hide Shields (-10%)
Philhellenism.png Philhellenism (-10%)
Penalties Thin Red Line.png Thin Red Line (-25% speed; British only)
Coffee Trade.png Coffee Trade (-10% speed; Dutch only)
Tillys Discipline.png Tilly's Discipline (+10% cost; Germans only)
Corselet.png Corselet (-15% speed; Spanish only)
Push of Pike.png Push of Pike (+10% train time; Swedes only)

Home City Cards[]

  • Green: TEAM Shipment that is sent to each player in a team
  • Blue: Shipment that arrives fast (5 seconds)

All[]

Card Description Age HC level
Spanish Home City 3 (Native Treaties).png Native Treaties Each different allied native tribe sends a shipment of their respective native warriors
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1
Spanish Home City 3 (Native Warriors).png Native Warriors Native warriors cost 25% less resources
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10
French Home City 3 (Native Warrior Combat).png Native Warrior Combat Native warriors get +25% hit points and attack
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25
Iroquois Home City 3 (Native Warrior Societies).png TEAM Native Warrior Societies Native warrior train limit +30%
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25
Spanish Home City 3 (Blood Brothers).png Blood Brothers Upgrades native warriors to Elite/Disciplined/Veteran and Champion/Honored/Royal Guard (if not already)
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25
Spanish Home City 3 (Fencing School).png Fencing School Infantry train time -40%
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10
Mexico card Liberation March.png Liberation March Infantry, cavalry, and Shock Infantry get +5% speed and train time -35%
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N/A
Iroquois Home City 2 (Infantry Hitpoints).png Infantry Hitpoints Infantry get +15% hit points
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10
The Native Treaties and Native Warriors cards are available to European and Native American civilizations.
The Native Treaties card ships 4 Trabants if the player had built a Trading Post on a House of Wettin palace.
The Native Warriors card is not available to Chinese, Ethiopians, Hausa, Indians, Italians and Japanese.
The Native Warrior Combat card is available to French, Haudenosaunee and Incas.
The Blood Brothers card is available to Aztecs, French, Germans, Haudenosaunee, Portuguese, Russians, Lakota, and Spanish.
The TEAM Native Warrior Societies card is available to Aztecs, Dutch, Haudenosaunee and Lakota.
The Fencing School card is not available to Chinese, Haudenosaunee, Japanese, Lakota, Mexicans, Ottomans and Spanish.
The Liberation March card is available to Mexicans and Spanish
The Infantry Hitpoints card is available to Haudenosaunee and Italians.

Africans[]

Card Description Age
Trainspeed africa.png Feudal Armies Unit train time -15%; Hero respawn time -15%
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Asians[]

Card Description Age HC level
Japanese Home City 3 (Native Alliance).png Native Alliance Native warrior train limit +20% and cost -10% (also +1 Villager for the Indians)
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1
Native Warrior Hitpoints.png Native Warrior Hitpoints Native warriors get +30% hit points and +10% speed (also +1 Villager for the Indians)
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10
Japanese Home City 3 (Native Warrior Attack).png Native Warrior Attack Native warriors get +30% attack and train time -25%
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10
The Native Alliance card is not available to the Chinese.
The Native Warrior Hitpoints card is not available to the Japanese.
The Native Warrior Attack card is not available to the Indians.

Chinese[]

Card Description Age HC level
Western reforms.png Western Reforms All units get +8% hit points and attack
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40
Acupuncture aoe3.png Acupuncture Unit train time -20%
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10

Dutch[]

Card Description Age HC level
Dutch Home City 2 (Infantry Hitpoints).png TEAM Infantry Hitpoints Infantry get +15% hit points
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10

Ethiopians[]

Card Description Age
Ethiopian Home City 2 (TEAM Coffee Consumption).png TEAM Coffee Consumption Ranged Infantry get +5% speed
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Ignatian spirituality.png Ignatian Spirituality All units get +5% hit points and regeneration capability even while in combat
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Loyal warriors.png Loyal Warriors Native warriors, mercenaries, and outlaws cost -15% (also affects shipments)
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French[]

Card Description Age HC level
French Home City 3 (Wilderness Warfare).png Wilderness Warfare Coureurs des Bois, Skirmishers, and native warriors get +20% hit points
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25
French Home City 3 (Improved Native Warrior Combat).png TEAM Improved Native Warriors Native warriors get +15% hit points and attack
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1

Haudenosaunee[]

Card Description Age HC level
Iroquois Home City 2 (Infantry Attack).png Infantry Attack Infantry get +15% attack
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10
Iroquois Home City 2 (Infantry Combat).png Infantry Combat Infantry get +15% hit points and attack
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25
Iroquois Home City 2 (Scout Infantry).png TEAM Scout Infantry Infantry get +8 LOS
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10

Hausa[]

Card Description Age
Hausa Home City Cards 5 (Sahelian Kingdoms).png Sahelian Kingdoms Native warriors get +15% hit points and attack; Mercenaries and outlaws get +10% hit points and attack
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Incas[]

Card Description Age
Inca Road-building.png Road Building All land military units get +10% speed
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Inca Chaquis Messengers.png Couriers Infantry, shock infantry and cavalry train time -45%
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Inca Home City 2 (TEAM Inca Bridges).png TEAM Inca Bridges Infantry and civilian units get +5% speed; +1 Chasqui
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Japanese Home City 3 (Native Alliance).png Native Alliance Native warrior train limit +20% and cost -10%
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Indians[]

Card Description Age HC level
Dravidian martial arts.png Dravidian Martial Arts All units get +15% melee attack +1 Villager
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40
Shivajis tactics.png TEAM Shivaji's Tactics All units get +5% hit points and attack
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25

Italians[]

Card Description Age
Italian Home City 2 (Schiavoni Swords).png Schiavoni Swords All cavalry and infantry get +15% hand attack
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Japanese[]

Card Description Age HC level
Onin war.png Onin War Infantry get +33% siege attack
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40
Japanese Home City 3 (Cheaper Unit Upgrades).png TEAM Sengoku Unit upgrades cost -20%
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1
Bakufu.png Bakufu Daimyo and Shogun Tokugawa get +10% speed, +20 LOS and train units 15% faster; Banner army train time -10%; Land military unit train time -20%
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25

Lakota[]

Card Description Age HC level
Sioux Home City 2 (Wind Runner).png Moccasins Infantry get +10% speed
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10
Sioux Home City 3 (Black Arrow).png Black Arrow Native warrior train time -85%
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10

Maltese[]

Card Description Age
Maltese Home City 2 (TEAM Knights of the Round Table).png TEAM Knights of the Round Table Ships 1 Hospitaller for each Center owned by the player; increases all unit hit points by 2%
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Mexicans[]

Card Description Age
Mexican Home City 3 (Chimayo Genizarios).png Chimayo Genizarios Native warrior train time -10%; Native warrior shipments and "Native Treaties" arrive twice as fast; costs 500 food, 500 wood
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Mexico card TEAM Mariachi.png TEAM Mariachi For the next 30 seconds, military buildings have their work rate increased by 400% and units have their speed increased by 10%
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Russians[]

Card Description Age HC level
Russian Home City 2 (Ransack).png Ransack Infantry get +50% siege attack
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25
Russian Home City 3 (Dueling School).png Dueling School Infantry train time -25%
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25

Spanish[]

Card Description Age HC level
Spanish Home City 1 (Hand Infantry Attack).png TEAM Hand Infantry Attack Melee infantry get +15% attack
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10
Spanish Home City 3 (Inquisition).png TEAM Inquisition All units get +10 LOS
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10

Swedes[]

Card Description Age
Swedish Home City 2 (TEAM House of Bernadotte).png TEAM House of Bernadotte Heavy infantry get +15% hit points
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Swedish Home City 2 (Hand Infantry-HandCavalry Attack).png Hand Infantry/Hand Cavalry Attack Melee infantry and cavalry get +15% attack, except mercenaries which get +8%
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Spanish Home City 2 (Hand Infantry Hitpoints).png Hand Infantry/Hand Cavalry Hitpoints Melee infantry and cavalry get +15% hit points, except mercenaries which get +8%
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United States[]

Card Description Age
US Home City 2 (United States Army).png United States Army The General, Minutemen, and Heavy Infantry get +15% hit points and attack
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Mexican Home City 3 (Chimayo Genizarios).png Indian Friendship Each different allied native tribe sends a large shipment of their respective native warriors; Native warrior train time -10%; Native warrior shipments arrive twice as fast; costs 500 food, 500 wood
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The Indian Friendship card ships 3 Trabants if the player had built a Trading Post on a House of Wettin palace.

In-game dialogue[]

The Trabant speaks German using the German Mortar's dialogue files.

Changelog[]

Knights of the Mediterranean[]

  • Originally, Trabants cost 50 food, 70 coin, deal 15 melee damage, and have a ×3.0 multiplier vs. Cavalry and ×2.2 multiplier vs. Shock Infantry. With update 13.18214, Trabants cost 60 food, 70 coin, deal 22 melee damage, have a ×2.0 multiplier vs. Cavalry and ×1.6 multiplier vs. Shock Infantry, and have a Charged Pistol attack.

Trivia[]

  • The Drabant, Trabant, and Dorobant share the same root from trabant/drabant, originally a Hussite Czech word, "foot soldier".
  • In its portrait and Compendium section image, the Trabant is armed with a partisan, but the in-game model wields a halberd instead.
  • The Trabant is based on the Leibgarde der Fuß-Trabanten (Trabant Foot Guards, in German) from the Royal Saxon Army formed in 1682. This regiment was renamed as Garde du Corps (Lifeguards, in French) in 1701 and it was formed out of the Saxon Trabants.
    • As the History section says, the Saxon Garde du Corps met its end during Napoleon's Russian campaign in 1812, where almost all the trabants lost their lives.

History[]

The House of Wettin ruled German Saxony (among other territories) from the medieval period up through the 20th century. Trabants, deriving from German traben, ‘to walk’, were elite guards who fought on foot instead of from horseback and became mainstays in prestigious European households, where they literally shielded their rulers from attacks. Trabants saw notable action in Saxon armies from the 17th century on through the Napoleonic Wars, where, serving the French, they were wiped out during the Grande Armee’s invasion of Russia in 1812.

Gallery[]

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