Early on, it is important to collect Treasures that will speed the growth of your early economy. These Treasures are protected by Guardians that you will need to kill before collecting the reward.
—First lines spoken in the scenario.

Treasures is the second scenario of The Art of War in Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition. This scenario acts as a tutorial in teaching the player how to search for treasures and kill the Treasure Guardians defending them.

Video Instruction[edit | edit source]

Exploring, Prioritizing and Explorer Combat

Another way to obtain resources early in the game is to have your Explorer collect various treasures found in the New World. Treasures usually yield resources, but may sometimes grant you a unit or bonus instead. Your Explorer and your Settlers are able to collect treasures.

Small treasures can be found near your starting position, but you will need to venture outside of your town to find larger rewards. The Explorer is excellent at scouting the map and providing you with information about the surrounding area.

Most treasures are guarded and can only be collected once their guardians are defeated. The Explorer, with his higher hitpoints, attack, and special attack ability, is better than Settlers at fighting guardians.

Some guardians are too strong for even the Explorer to fight early on. As you advance through the ages, your Explorer becomes stronger and you can train military units to assist him in fighting guardians.

You will have to judge which treasures are worth taking, weighing the rewards with the danger posed by the guardians. Your enemies will also try to collect all of the treasures. You should prioritize the treasures that will bolster your early economy. Let us see how well you can manage this.

Scenario Instructions[edit | edit source]

Primary objectives[edit | edit source]

Secondary objectives[edit | edit source]

  • Collect one Treasure.

Medals[edit | edit source]

Gold: Complete the scenario in 3 minutes.
Silver: Complete the scenario in 3 minutes and 30 seconds.
Bronze: Complete the scenario in 4 minutes and 45 seconds.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

This is one of the easiest scenarios, so there is not much strategy needed in completing it. Since the player's civilization is the Ottomans, Settlers will be automatically trained for free. All the player must do is explore the land and collect treasures if the guardians are not too powerful. At the same time, the player must be sure that one or two Houses are built as to not halt the training of the Settlers.

The collecting of the 1000 food is the easier objective in the scenario, as the player just needs to set the Town Center's gather point on any huntable animal in the map, letting the civilization bonus of constant Settler training take care of the rest, leaving the player to put more focus on the Explorer collecting the treasures.

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