Hackapell Icon
First appearanceAge of Empires III
Cost300 Coin Icon coin
AgeAges fortress Fortress Age
Base hit points295
Pop. use3
Line of Sight15
Resists30% vs. Ranged
Melee damage121
Siege damage30
Siege range6
Rate of Fire1.5 / 3.0 (Siege)
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The Hackapell is a powerful Finnish mercenary cavalry unit that is featured in Age of Empires III. It can be obtained through the Saloon or Home City Cards.

Gameplay Edit

Hackapells are a very delicate heavy cavalry that function as improved Uhlans. Although Hackapells can strike with great force (they can kill Zamburaks with one hit), they should not be used on their own during battle, since their low hit points make them vulnerable to enemy attacks. They excel at raiding enemy Villagers - In two strikes, a Villager or Coureur is dead. Hackapells should be used like Hussars, but mixed with regular hand cavalry or other Heavy Cavalry mercenaries. Hackapells have significantly more attack but significantly fewer hit points than the Mameluke.

Shipments Edit

In-game dialogue language Edit

The Hackapells speak Finnish:

  • Mitä? (What)
  • Käsky? (Order[s])
  • Valmiina (Ready)
  • Kyllä (Yes)
  • Aion (I will)
  • Selvä (Roger)
  • Hyökkäykseen! (To attack!)
  • Hyökätkää! (Attack!)

Notes Edit

  • The in-game history section states that Gustav II Adolph was a Finnish king. He was actually Swedish, though Finland was part of Sweden at that time.
  • The in-game history section gives the warcry as "Hakka paalle". It should actually be "Hakkaa päälle".
  • Even though the Hackapell's icon shows a flintlock pistol and a saber, he always uses the saber instead.

History Edit

"The Hackapells, or Hakkapeliitta, were an elite cavalry of Finnish King Gustav II Adolph during the Thirty Years War. They get their name from their battle cry of, "Hakka paalle!" It roughly translates to "Cut them down!" but in spirit means, "Charge on!" Crying this, they were apparently so fearsome that their enemies thought they were protected by witchcraft.

Hackapells were very lightly armored, using their speed in the charge to get them into the thick of a fight quickly where they fought with swords and, later, small firearms.

In-game history

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