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Ships 4 Young Guards (powerful Grenadiers) and enables Grenadier training in the Artillery Foundry.
—In-game description

Young Guard is a technology in Age of Empires III that is unique to the French and can be researched at the Church once the Edict of Nantes Home City Card has been sent. Once researched, 4 Young Guards will appear in the Home City shipment point, allows Grenadiers to be trained at Barracks, Artillery Foundries, Forts, and Galleons, Grenadier unit upgrades to be researched at both Barracks and Artillery Foundries, and Artillery Foundries to be built in the Commerce Age.

Young Guard, along with its further upgrades Middle Guard and Old Guard, is the only way for the French to acquire Grenadiers. Researching Guard technologies will automatically research the Incendiary Grenades technology and grant "Grenade Launchers" Home City Card effects, which is no longer available to the French.

Young Guards are consulate units, start with +10% hit points and attack, and are automatically upgraded in every Age up starting from the Fortress Age.

Changelog[]

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  • The technology is named Garde Imperial 1, is researchable in the Colonial Age, ships regular Grenadiers, grants the Veteran Grenadiers upgrade, and the in-game description is "Ships 4 Young Guard Grenadiers from the motherland."

Age3DE Icon Definitive Edition[]

  • The technology is renamed to Imperial Young Guard.
  • The technology is made researchable from the Fortress Age. With update 23511, this change is reverted.

Age3DE Icon Knights of the Mediterranean[]

  • With update 13.27885, the technology is renamed to Young Guard, no longer grants Veteran Grenadiers, ships Consulate Grenadiers, allows Grenadiers to be trained at the Artillery Foundry, Fort, and Galleon, Grenadier unit upgrades to be researched at both Barracks and Artillery Foundries, Artillery Foundries to be built in the Commerce Age, and the in-game description is "Ships 4 Young Guards (powerful Grenadiers) and enables Grenadier training in the Artillery Foundry."

Trivia[]

Unique religious technologies in Age of Empires III
Flag BritishDE BritishThin Red Line · The Black Watch · Roger's Rangers · Queen's Rangers
Flag DutchDE DutchCoffee Trade · Red Lancers · Blue Guards
Flag FrenchDE FrenchCode Napoleon · Young Guard · Middle Guard · Old Guard
Flag GermanDE GermansTilly's Discipline · Wallenstein's Contracts · Zweihänder
Flag OttomanDE OttomansNew Order Infantry · Topçu Corps · Kapikulu Corps · Tufanci Corps*
Flag PortugueseDE PortugueseEncomienda Manor · Ordenança · Order of the Tower and the Sword · Besteiros*
Flag RussianDE RussiansWesternization · St. Petersburg Dragoons · Petrine Reforms · Lifeguard Jaegers
Flag SpanishDE SpanishCorselet · Royal Halberdiers · Wild Geese · Walloon Guards
Flag SwedishDE SwedesPush of Pike · Savolax Jaegers · Gustavian Guards
Flag American act3 aoe3de United States^Pennsylvania Pound · 1st Pennsylvania Rifles · Pennsylvania Cavalry
Flag MexicanDE MexicansFirst Guarantee · Second Guarantee · Third Guarantee
Flag ItalianDE ItaliansCarabinieri · Risorgimento · Papacy
Flag MalteseDE MalteseTeutonic Knights · Crusader Knights · Knights of the Hospital
Campaign-only and Historical Battle-only civilizations
Flag John Black's Mercenaries DE John Black's MercenariesIndian Friendship · Customized Merc Weapons
Flag Maltese Cross Knights of St. JohnCorselet · Tax Burden · High Crusade
Flag American act3 aoe3de United StatesGrand Encampment · American Patriots
^ United States requires the "Philadelphia Convention" Federal Card to unlock unique religious technologies
* Before the Definitive Edition
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