Jaeger Icon
First appearanceAge of Empires III
Cost180 Coin Icon coin
AgeFortress Age
Ages fortress
Base hit points250
Pop. use2
Line of Sight24
Resists40% vs. Ranged
Melee damage15
Melee multipliersx2.0 vs. Heavy infantry
x2.0 vs. Light cavalry
x2.0 vs. Eagle Runner Knight
x0.75 vs. Cavalry
x0.75 vs. Coyote Runner
Range damage30
Range multiplierssame as melee
Siege damage18
Siege range6
Rate of Fire1.5 / 3.0 (Ranged and Siege)
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The Jaeger is a fast moving German light infantry mercenary unit in Age of Empires III.

Overview Edit

The Jaeger is effective against Heavy Infantry and is essentially a stronger version of the Skirmisher.

The Jaeger is one of the units that featured in the very first stages of the first act in the campaign of The WarChiefs.

The Jaeger is best used to counter Heavy Infantry; they benefit from the Counter-Infantry tech from the Arsenal making them very strong against any Heavy Infantry. They are countered by Hand Cavalry and Artillery so these units should be guarded well.

The Hessian Jaeger can be obtained from the Home City in the Fortress Age onwards, or built from a Saloon depending on the game and map. The Jaeger shipment that some civilizations get in the Fortress Age is a good way of repelling large numbers of heavy infantry units. Due to their low cost and low pop space a civilization should replace them form their normal skirmisher as they have higher stats. However, the French and Germans have stronger skirmishers, so when dealing with an army of cavalry, jaegers should be used to support while other units fight the cavalry.

In-game dialogue languageEdit

The Jaegers speak German in the game and shares several quotes with the German standard units.

  • Auftrag? (order?)
  • Bereit (ready)
  • Jawohl (Yes, sir)
  • Verstanden (understood)
  • Wird erledigt (it will be done)
  • In den Kampf! (into the battle)
  • Angriff (attack)


  • The word 'Jaeger' means hunter in German. It is usually spelled "Jäger", but the alternative spelling is used when no umlaut is available. When tasking a villager to hunt while playing as Germany, they will say "Jäger" (male) or "Jägerin" (female).
  • The Jaeger unit is based on the Hessian mercenaries employed by the British during the American Revolutionary War.
  • The Jaeger is wearing a forage cap.

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History Edit

"Many nations in the late eighteenth century had one version or another of lightly armed huntsmen turned soldiers. They were highly mobile and good marksmen. Companies of these jaegers (German for hunters) were sold into mercenary service by their rulers to accompany British troops during the American Revolution, and they participated in every major engagement. Some were actual hunters, while others were debtors or criminals. The bulk of these jaegers were from Hesse-Cassel in Germany, and the whole group of them came to be known as Hessians. George Washington crossed the Delaware River on Christmas Eve in 1776 to make a surprise attack on the British at Trenton. His attack captured hundreds of Hessian soldiers and was a turning point for the flagging morale of Washington's troops and the American Revolution in general.

Jaegers carried rifles and a hunting sword called a hirschfaenger used for dressing elk. They wore green coats, wool pants, and three-cornered hats (or sometimes tall, pointed Grenadier miters). When mounted, Hessian jaegers carried carbines and sabres.