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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 Yellow River map.


The Wokou Monk has similar stats to the Skirmisher, 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.

Further statistics[]

Unit strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Heavy infantry, villagers
Weak vs. Heavy cavalry, Coyote Runners, artillery
Hit points Infantry Breastplate.png Infantry Breastplate (+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 Carib Kasiri Beer.png Carib Kasiri Beer (+10%)
Carib Garifuna Drums.png Carib Garifuna Drums (+1.0× multiplier vs. villagers)
Seminole Bowyer.png Seminole Bowyer (+25%)
Tupi Poison Arrow Frogs.png Tupi Poison Arrow Frogs (+10%)
Yoga.png Yoga (+5%)
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 Thin Red Line.png Thin Red Line (-25% speed, British only)
Coffee Trade.png Coffee Trade (-10% speed, Dutch only)

Home City Cards[]


Definitive Edition[]

In-game dialogue[]

The Wokou Monk uses the Chinese Monk's dialogues.

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


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.


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.