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A Monk with keen senses. Good against infantry.
—In-game description

The Wokou Monk is a Chinese outlaw in Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties. It is available on the Central Asia, Central Plain, Kamchatka, Korea, Manchuria, Mongolia, Parallel Rivers, Silk Road and Yellow River map.

Overview[]

The Wokou Monk has similar stats to the Yumi Archers, but a higher population and coin cost, meaning that there is rarely a use for it, therefore it is not a recommended unit to use. One niche use for it could be the harassment of enemy villagers due to the Monk's large multiplier against them.

Upgrades[]

The Wokou Monk upgrades in the Industrial Age and the Imperial Age when Compunction, Folk Heroes, or Wild West are researched.

Industrial age up +30% hit points and attack
Imperial age up +50% hit points and attack

Further statistics[]

Unit strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Heavy infantry, light ranged cavalry, ranged shock infantry, villagers
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)
Dance Hall Wild West (+20%; Americans only)
Maya Cotton Armor Maya Cotton Armor (+20%)
Infantry Breastplate Infantry Breastplate (+10%)
Peacemakers Peacemakers (+10%; Federal Americans only)
Cree Tanning Cree Tanning (+5%)
Navajo Weaving Navajo Weaving (+5%)
Tar kilns Tar Kilns (+5%)
Attack Atonement Compunction (+20%; Asians only)
Folk Heroes Folk Heroes (+20%; Europeans only)
Dance Hall Wild West (+20%; Americans only)
Seminole Bowyer Seminole Bowyer (+15%)
Carib Kasiri Beer Carib Kasiri Beer (+10%)
Peacemakers Peacemakers (+10%; Federal Americans only)
Tupi Poison Arrow Frogs Tupi Poison Arrow Frogs (+10%)
Armatoloi Armatoloi (+5%)
Yoga Yoga (+5%)
Clenched Fist Clenched Fist (+25% hand attack)
Somali jile daggers Somali Jile Daggers (-35% hand attack Rate of Fire)
Carib Garifuna Drums Carib Garifuna Drums (+1.0 multiplier vs. villagers)
Kalthoff repeaters Kalthoff Repeaters (+0.1 multiplier vs. light infantry)
Resistance Somali oryx shields Somali Oryx Hide Shields (+5% ranged resistance)
Range Sarmatism Sarmatism (+1)
Schutzenfest Schützenfest (+1)
Line of Sight Town Watch Town Watch (+3)
Sarmatism Sarmatism (+1)
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%)
Other Merritocracy Meritocracy (-20% upgrade cost)
Penalties Coffee Trade Coffee Trade (-10% speed; Dutch only)
Tillys Discipline Tilly's Discipline (+10% cost; Germans only)

Home City Cards[]

Click for a list of Home City Cards related to the Wokou Monk
Some cards are highlighted with:
Green TEAM Shipment that is sent to each player in a team
Purple Shipment that can be sent an INFINITE number of times
Blue Shipment that arrives fast (5 seconds)

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
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.
  • "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

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 French, 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

Inca[]

Card Description Age
Inca Home City 2 (TEAM Inca Bridges) TEAM Inca Bridges Infantry, Villagers, Healing units, and Envoys get +5% speed; +1 Chasqui
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

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 (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

Mexico[]

Card Description Age
Baja California Home City (Outlaw Combat) Outlaw Combat Outlaws and mercenaries get +15% hit points and attack; costs 750 coin
Revolution

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

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 (Hand Infantry Hitpoints) Archaic Infantry Hitpoints Hand infantry and foot archers get +15% hit points; Rodeleros get +20% hit points instead
Age II tech tree aoe3
10
Spanish Home City 2 (Hand Infantry Combat) Archaic Infantry Combat Hand infantry and foot archers get +15% hit points and attack
Age III tech tree aoe3
25
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 Ships 1 Inquisitor; all units get +10 Line of Sight
Age II tech tree aoe3
10

Changelog[]

3ADIcon48px The Asian Dynasties[]

Age3DE Icon Definitive Edition[]

Age3DE Icon The African Royals[]

Age3DE Icon Knights of the Mediterranean[]

In-game dialogue[]

The Wokou Monk uses the Chinese Monk's dialogues.

Main article: Chinese (Age of Empires III)#In-game dialogue

History[]

The term "wokou" is a combination of the Chinese word "wo," referring to Japanese, and "kou," meaning bandit or invasion.

Beginning in the thirteenth century, no group of sailors was as feared or as mighty as the plundering wokou pirates, a clan of Japanese raiders and smugglers who terrified the Chinese and Korean coasts. The first attacks occurred in 1223, triggering immediate calls for the Kamakura shogunate of Japan to corral these scoundrels and prevent further attacks on the Korean coast. In 1227, as a show of strength, the shogun had ninety suspected pirates decapitated before the visiting Korean envoy.

During the Mongol invasions of the mid-thirteenth century, wokou attacks fell, most likely due to a heightened military preparedness on the part of both the Japanese and Korean governments. But this did not last. In the late fourteenth century, as central authority in Japan weakened, the wokou took full advantage, even branching out to initiate attacks along the coast of China. They profited highly from a severe trade embargo forced on Japan by the Qin and then Ming Dynasties of China, reaping rewards as black markets flourished. The wokou experienced periods of rise and decline, even attacking China with a makeshift fleet in 1419, but ultimately became obsolete, aided by the sword hunt.

At its peak, the wokou culture was enough to threaten even the most powerful Asian ruler, and to appeal to the most ordinary of citizenry. Many men left behind their lives to seek fortunes at sea. Chinese merchants, militiamen, and smugglers, Korean pirates, Portuguese sailors, traders, and even missionaries joined up with the notorious wokou pirates.

Blind Monk[]

The Blind Monk is the Treasure guardian version of the Wokou Monk with more hit points but no multipliers. Like the Wokou Monk, it's not the most useful unit in the game.

He appears on many East Asian themed maps, such as Honshu and Yellow River. Most notably, they compose the guardians of the Trading Posts at the Silk Road, where they must be defeated in order to claim it.

History[]

This blind monk is a wandering Chinese holy man. He is a master of the bow and arrow despite his inability to see. His faith guides his aim.

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
Treasure guardians in Age of Empires III
HumansAfrican vagabond portrait African Vagabond · Ambushing shongo thrower portrait Ambushing Shongo Thrower · Caravan bandit portrait Caravan Bandit · Carib blowgunner aoe3de Carib Blowgunner · Colonial gunslinger portrait Colonial Gunslinger · Colonial looter portrait Colonial Looter · Colonial officer portrait Colonial Officer · Colonial oppressor portrait Colonial Oppressor · Colonial swashbuckler portrait Colonial Swashbuckler · Comanchero icon aoe3de Comanchero · Phanar evzone portrait Evzone · Guardian haramija portrait Haramija · Knife thrower aoe3de Knife Thrower · Outlaw pirate portrait aoe3de updated Pirate · Pistolero aoe3de Pistolero · Plague doctor portrait Plague Doctor · Renegado aoe3de Renegado · Wokou horseman aoe3de Wokou Horseman · Blind monk aoe3de Wokou Monk · Wokou pirate aoe3de Wokou Pirate · Wayward ronin aoe3de Wokou Ronin
Land animalsTibetan macaque aoe3de Baboon · Beast portrait Beast · Black bear aoe3de Black Bear · Black panther aoe3de Black Panther · Grizzly aoe3de Brown Bear · Cougar aoe3de Cougar · Pet wolf aoe3de Coyote · Elephant aoe3de Elephant · Ethiopian Wolf portrait Ethiopian Wolf · Hippo portrait Hippo · Honey Badger portrait Honey Badger · Hyena portrait aoe3de Hyena · Jaguar pet aoe3de Jaguar · Jaguar pet aoe3de Leopard · Lion aoe3de Lion · Liontailed macaque aoe3de Lion-Tailed Macaque · Guardian dog portrait Mad Dog · Orangutan portrait aoe3de Orangutan · Panda portrait aoe3de Panda · Polar bear aoe3de portrait Polar Bear · Rhino aoe3de Rhinoceros · Snow leopard aoe3de Snow Leopard · Snowmonkey aoe3de Snow Monkey · Tibetan macaque aoe3de Tibetan Macaque · Tiger icon aoe3de Tiger · Warthog portrait Warthog · White tiger aoe3de White Tiger · Warthog portrait Wild Boar · Pet wolf aoe3de Wolf
Marine animalsAlligator aoe3de Alligator · Alligator aoe3de Crocodile · Hippo portrait Hippo · Monitor lizard aoe3de Komodo Dragon · Orca aoe3de Orca · Greatwhiteshark aoe3de Shark
ShipsCatamaran aoe3de Marathan Catamaran · Wokou junk aoe3de Wokou Junk
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