The Iron Flail is a Chinese heavy cavalry unit featured in Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties.

Overview Edit

The Iron Flail is one of the most important heavy cavalry units offered by the Chinese. It is trained in the War Academy as a part of the Forbidden banner army along with the Meteor Hammer and in the Imperial Banner Army together with Arquebusiers.

Depending on the situation, if used with Beiyang Army (Keshiks + Steppe Riders) units, the Forbidden Army proves good against artillery, light cavalry, light infantry, Skirmishers, and archers. When used with the Imperial Army, they are good against heavy infantry, heavy cavalry, archers, skirmishers and light infantry; for heavy artillery have lesser impact. However, they are most effective when combined with either Hand Mortars or/and Flying Crows and with Territorial Army or Old Han Army units.

Upgrades Edit

The overall stats for Iron Flail can be improved by sending improvement-based shipments. A default Iron Flail has already acquired the stats of a disciplined soldier with +20% stats, hence when trained, the unit is called "Disciplined Iron Flail".

Hit Points: +20% (350)
Hand Attack: +20% (22)
Siege Attack: +20% (20)

Honored Iron FlailEdit

Honored Iron Flail is the first upgrade for the Iron Flail. It is available for 300 coinIcon coin and 300 woodResources wood once Industrial Age is reached.

Hit Points: +30% (438)
Hand Attack: +30% (28)
Siege Attack: +30% (25)

Exalted Iron FlailEdit

Exalted Iron Flail is the second upgrade for the Iron Flail. It is available for 750 coinIcon coin and 750 woodResources wood once Imperial Age is reached.

Hit Points: +50% (584)
Hand Attack: +50% (38)
Siege Attack: +50% (34)

History Edit

"The flail is a medieval weapon used primarily in Europe during the thirteenth to fifteenth centuries. Its construction consists of a weighted head, often spiked, that is attached to a wooden handle with a whip or length of chain. While not as commonly used in Asia, the flail was quite similar to other flail weapons, such as the Chinese nunchaku, or two-section staff, and Sanjiegun, or three-section staff."

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