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Can be garrisoned by Villagers for transport and protection. Becomes faster and stronger the more units are garrisoned.
—In-game description

The Trek Wagon is a revolutionary unit in Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition that is unique to South Africa. It is an armed wagon that acts as a transport for villagers, who increases its attack and speed in a similar way to Battering Rams in Age of Empires II.


While their utility to protect and evacuate Settlers can be limited past the Industrial Age when map control, defensive structures and walls have been placed, Trek Wagons can be used to soak up large quantities of ranged damage from enemy infantry and cavalry, thanks their ranged resistance and good amounts of hit points, without occupying population space.

Although resources can be better expended on other units, Trek Wagons can be useful and trained if max population have been reached and there's a lot of spare wood.

Further statistics[]

As Trek Wagons are unique to South Africa, only technologies that their base European civilizations have access to are shown in the following table:

Unit strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Infantry
Weak vs. Cavalry, artillery
Sight Town Watch.png Town Watch (+2)

Home City Cards[]

As Trek Wagons are unique to South Africa, only their base European civilizations' cards and other civilizations' TEAM cards are shown in the following tables (for the base civilization, non-TEAM cards will only be applied if they are sent before revolting):

In-game dialogue[]

Regardless of which civilization South Africa revolted from, the Trek Wagon always uses the Dutch Male Settler's dialogue files.


When the British took over Dutch's Cape Colony in 1815, the Dutch-speaking settlers, or better known as Boers, entered into conflict with British administration and settlers that ultimately caused them to migrate eastward, seeking to reach the interior of the continent, in wagon trains. These people, known as voortrekkers, pursue a more isolated, semi-nomadic life that brought them into contact with the Xhosa and Zulu, the latter of which fought in a series of wars against the Boers. The migration, better known as Great Trek (from the Dutch word trekken, meaning "to draw/pull"), led to the foundation of South African Republic among others, and the collapse of the Zulu Kingdom.