The Indians are one of the three civilizations available in the Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties. They require Wood to train their Villagers, therefore, playing them will require an overhaul of the usual tactics used by traditional civilizations, making them essentially the "Dutch of the East". The Indians in-game are based on the Mughal Empire, which controlled the vast majority of present-day India and surrounding territories, under its illustrious ruler Akbar the Great, under whom the empire reached its greatest extent.
Overview EditLike the Spanish, the Indians main advantage in battle is a wide and balanced selection of different types of units. The Indians have one of the most well-balanced army in the game. The Indians have a unit to fulfill every role in war - their Sepoys fight well as musketeers, the Gurkhas provide good skirmisher support, and Rajputs help shield the light infantry and assault enemy lines. The Indian hand cavalry, the Sowar, is fast, even when compared to other cavalry, although fairly fragile. The Indians have another hand infantry unit, the Urumi. The Urumi can only be sent from the Home City as it is one of the most vital constituents of any Indian force. The Urumi has bonuses against heavy infantry and ranged cavalry, although it is a hand infantry unit. The Indian dragoon is the Zamburak, equally quick footed as the Sowar, though just as fragile.
All Indian units are unique, although most are modelled after a particular European civilization's troops. The Mansabdar units can be visually identified easily during combat, protecting them is an important endeavor if they are trained.
Civilization Bonus: Villagers costs Wood instead of Food. They lack Villagers shipment cards but receives free Villagers with every shipment sent. Can't hunt from Herdables instead generate experience from them, even faster when tasked on a Sacred Field. They have some of the best wonders of the game.
Unique Units: All except Villagers and Boats.
Personality: Akbar the Great
Elephant Mounts Edit
In order to re-balance the generally fragile camel units of the Indians, the Indians primary shock troopers are their mighty elephants - powerful cavalry units with incredibly high hitpoints, siege and splash damage. The Indians have four distinct elephant units, excluding their monks, each with a different role.The Indians have some of the most powerful cavalry units in the game.
Mansabdar units Edit
The Charminar Gate wonder acts as a barracks and stable, however the units produced here are special and take on the name Mansabdar. They increase the attack and hitpoints of similar (Mahout Mansabdar boosts Mahout Lancers, etc) nearby units by 10%.
The Indians main economic distinction is that their villagers costs wood , rather than food . Thus, instead of sending villagers to forage berries or hunt, an Indian player would be mostly chopping wood. This leaves them somewhat weakened if they are in a map with little trees. The Indian civilization will also need to distribute the wood stock between building houses or training villagers early in the game. Fortunately, Indian players will receive free villagers with every shipment, much like how Germans receive Uhlan with every shipment, although the Indians lack any villager shipment cards. Due to this unique ability, Indian players are considered to be far too reliant on the Home City card deck, thus, a blockade would be devastating.
The Indians are unable to slaughter cows due to religious reasons, but this is viewed as a bonus rather than a handicap (they are also free to slaughter other animals for food). When a cow is obtained it generates experience, it generates even more when tasked on a Sacred Field. The total bonus from two full Sacred Fields is comparable to the Spanish experience bonus.
Wonders EditIndian wonders are among the best in Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties. Like other Asian civilizations, the Indians advances in age by buildings wonders. Below is a list of Wonders available to the Indians and the bonuses they provide:
boosts land units speed, hitpoints and damage for 15 seconds.