Grenadier Icon
First appearanceAge of Empires III
Heavy infantry
Cost120 foodIcon food
60 coinIcon coin
AgeAges colonial Colonial Age
BuildingArtillery Foundry
Base hit points200
Pop. use2
Line of Sight15
Resists50% vs. Ranged
Melee damage8
Range damage16 (Siege Damage)
Range multipliersx0.5 vs Cavalry
x0.5 vs Light infantry
Area of Effect3
Siege damage54
Siege range12
Rate of Fire1.5 / 3.0 (Melee/Ranged)
Train time42 seconds
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The Grenadier in Age of Empires III is a heavy infantry unit with light artillery attributes. It is trained at the Artillery Foundry from the Colonial Age.

Overview Edit

The Grenadiers are a type of fairly expensive light artillery which acts as a very weak artillery piece though they are not considered true artillery for purposes of damage multipliers on units like for example Culverins. The Grenadier is effective at destroying buildings early since they have fairly high hitpoints and a high siege attack. They are also effective against groups of heavy infantry like Halberdiers and Pikemen due to their area of effect attack of three (four with Incendiary Grenades). Due to their heavy infantry classification they are easily dispatched by units with high melee attack and multipliers versus heavy infantry or infantry, such as anti-infantry cannons or Abus Guns (siege damage, multipliers against heavy infantry).

Upgrades Edit

Grenadiers can be upgraded into Veteran Grenadiers, Guard Grenadiers and Imperial Grenadiers depending on the age reached. They can further be improved with home city shipments, minor civilization upgrades, and Arsenal upgrades.

Veteran Grenadiers Edit

Veteran Grenadiers is the upgrade of the Grenadier in the Fortress Age. Veteran Grenadiers have +20% hit points and damage compared to regular Grenadiers.

Hit Points: +20% (240)
Hand Attack: +20% (9)
Ranged Attack: +20% (19)
Siege Attack: +20% (64)

Guard Grenadiers Edit

Guard Grenadiers is the upgrade of the Grenadier in the Industrial Age. The upgrade gives +30% Hit Points and damage and stacks with Veteran Grenadiers, for a total of +50%.

Hit Points: +30% (300)
Hand Attack: +30% (12)
Ranged Attack: +30% (24)
Siege Attack: +30% (81)

Royal Guard Grenadiers Edit

The Russians and Ottomans can upgrade Grenadiers to Royal Guard level instead of Guard level, making them the strongest out of all the civilizations. Russian Royal Guard Grenadiers are Pavlov Grenadiers while Ottoman Royal Guard Grenadiers are Baractu Grenadiers. Royal Guard units have 10% more Hit Points and damage than Guard units, for a total of +60%.

Hit Points: +40% (320)
Hand Attack: +40% (13)
Ranged Attack: +40% (26)
Siege Attack: +40% (86)

Imperial Grenadiers Edit

Imperial Grenadiers is the upgrade of the Grenadier in the Imperial Age. Imperial Grenadiers have +50% Hit Points and damage, for a total of +100% compared to regular grenadiers.

Hit Points: +50% (400)
Hand Attack: +50% (16)
Ranged Attack: +50% (32)
Siege Attack: +50% (108)

Imperial Guard Grenadiers Edit

The Imperial Guard Grenadiers are the upgrades of the Royal Guard Grenadiers. Available to Russians and Ottomans, they have 50% more Hit Points and damage than Royal Guard Grenadiers, for a total of +110% compared to regular grenadiers.

Hit Points: +50% (420)
Hand Attack: +50% (17)
Ranged Attack: +50% (34)
Siege Attack: +50% (113)

The French can acquire grenadiers through their unique Church upgrades (requires unique Home City Card shipment). First upgrade (Garde Imperial 1) send Young Guard Grenadiers which is similar to Veteran Grenadiers. Second upgrade (Garde Imperial 2) send Middle Guards Grenadiers which is similar to Guard Grenadiers. Third upgrade send Old Guard Grenadiers which have 10% more Hit Points and damage than Middle Guard units.

History Edit

"Grenadiers began as a unit of siege infantry that hurled grenades - iron spheres filled with gunpowder -- at their targets. Grenadiers needed to be tall, strong men so they could lob the grenades to their targets, or at least far enough away so that the explosion didn't damage their own troops. Over time, tactics and technology changed, and Grenadiers evolved into elite, highly trained and storied infantry regiments.

Grenadiers wore long-tailed coats festooned with buttons, braid, and brass. The classic Grenadier wears a tall, cylindrical hat trimmed in or covered with bearskin. The hat originally had no brim, or a very little one at most, so it would not interfere with throwing, even though later Grenadiers fought as traditional infantry.

Shipments Edit

Trivia Edit

  • The Russian Royal/Imperial Guard Grenadiers may be named after the Pavlov Grenadier Regiment.

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