|This article is about the general information about gunpowder units. For the armor class in Age of Empires II HD: The Forgotten, see Armor class: Gunpowder unit.|
Gunpowder units are a type of ranged infantry unit using gunpowder and chemicals to fire projectiles instead of using traditional bow-like weaponry. They feature more prominently in later games of the Age of Empires series. In Age of Empires II, such units are powerful and only available in later Ages. In Age of Empires III, they function as the primary ranged-type infantry unit for European civilizations.
Age of Empires II Edit
Gunpowder units first become available in the Imperial Age. To train any non-unique gunpowder unit, Chemistry must first be researched at the University. However, Janissaries, Conquistadors, Organ Guns, and Turtle Ships - unique units to each of their respective civilizations - can be trained in the Castle Age without the need to research Chemistry.
Before The Forgotten expansion, all Middle Eastern civilizations had access to generic gunpowder units, indicating notable scientific advancement in the region during the Middle Ages. Aztecs, Huns, Incas, and Mayans cannot access gunpowder units without conversion.
The full list of all gunpowder units in the game:
Marked with yellow background are unique units.
|Hand Cannoneer||Ar. Range||IV||35||17||1||0||7||3.49||9||0.96||45||0||50||34||16|
|Bombard Cannon||Siege W.||IV||80||40||2||5||12||6.5||14||0.7||0||225||225||56||19|
|Elite Cannon Galleon||Dock||IV||150||45||0||8||15||10||17||1.1||0||200||150||46||15|
|Elite Turtle Ship||Dock||IV||300||50||8||6||6||6.04||9||0.9||0||180||180||50||1|
|Elite Organ Gun||Castle||IV||70||20||2||6||7||3.49||9||0.85||0||80||70||21||1|
Despite not being a unit, the Bombard Tower is usually listed among gunpowder-type units.
Age of Empires III Edit
In Age of Empires III, the gunpowder units are very common since the game is ambiented between the Age of discovery and the early Industrial Age. Arquebus, pistols, and muskets in that period were standard weapons for the armies in that period, practically all civilizations in this game have at least one unit that uses a gunpowder weapon, with the exception of the Aztecs.