Elmeti Icon
First appearanceThe WarChiefs
Cost400 Coin Icon coin
AgeFortress Age
Ages fortress
Base hit points1000
Pop. use4
Line of Sight12
Resists30% vs. Ranged
Melee damage40
Melee multipliersx3.0 vs. Infantry
Siege damage40
Siege range6
Rate of Fire1.5 / 3.0 (Siege)
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The Elmeti is an Italian heavy cavalry mercenary unit that excels against enemy infantry and is available from the Saloon in the Age of Empires III: The WarChiefs.


It has lower base damage than other cavalry, such as the Hackapell and the Stradiot, but it has a large bonus against infantry. It can kill most infantry in just one hit, and if there are many, the Elemeti can devastate an army of enemy infantry. Despite having a multiplier against heavy infantry, one must be careful to not march their armies of Elmeti into an army of heavy infantry, because the heavy infantry are much cheaper and more expendable so will likely outnumber the Elmeti. Heavy infantry are reasonably effective against Elmeti, especially by the Industrial Age when Elmeti are available. When using the Elmeti one should be careful to look out for other cavalry units, as they will have higher base damage, and are more than a match for the Elmeti.

Usage Edit

With a 1000 hit points and a monstrous attack of 120 vs Infantry, players should use Elmeti as they would with (Jat) Lancers. Despite their slow speed, they massacre nearly everything that gets in their way, and players should produce them instead of Hussars if possible. Available by shipment in the Industrial Age, six of them can greatly influence a battle. Although they are tough, Agents/Assassins/Spies or any type of cavalry will kill them with relative ease.

The Elmeti is more powerful and slower than other typical lancer units. Compared to the Dog soldier, it is much slower and has less attack but is more powerful versus infantry and is more durable. Compared to the mass-produced Spanish Lancer, the Elmeti surpasses them in all aspects except for speed. Compared to the Jat Lancer, it is much better, considering their similar price. The Elmeti has higher stats in every category than the Jat Lancer except for 10% less resistance and 1.0 less speed.

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In-game dialogue language Edit

Elmeti speak Italian.

  • (yes)
  • Pronto (Ready)
  • Lo farò (I'll do it)
  • Sto per farlo (I will do it)
  • Comando? (Order?)
  • Alla battaglia! (To the battle!)
  • Vado all'attacco! (I go to the attack!)

History Edit

"The Elmeti were non-noble knights of Italy. Their name is derived form the Italian term for helmet, referring to the headgear they wore along with their finely crafted plate armor. The Elmeti fought in a series of skirmishes between Italy and other European states during the latter half of the fifteenth century. One key battle occurred in 1487 at Ponte di Crevola, where the Milanese army, led by Trivulzio, defeated Swiss forces in a battle that foreshadowed nearly a half century of further European encroaches into Italy - a period now known as the Italian Wars."