|First Appearance||Age of Empires III|
|Cost||100 Food |
|Age Available||Colonial Age|
|Base Hit Points||235|
|Resists||20% vs. Hand|
|Melee Multipliers||x2.0 vs. Cavalry|
x1.5 vs. Light Infantry
|R.O.F.||1.5 / 3.0 (Ranged and Siege)|
The Janissary (derives from Ottoman Turkish: يكيچرى (yeniçeri) meaning "new soldier") is an Ottoman infantry unit that fulfills the role of the Musketeer from other civilizations, though it costs more food than a Musketeer. They are the only heavy infantry unit available to the Ottomans. They have many more hitpoints than Musketeers.
Although the Janissary marches slowly and is weak against Artillery and Light Infantry, it is strong against cavalry. The Janissary fights at range with a musket and does slightly less ranged damage than a Musketeer and uses a scimitar for melee attacks, doing less damage to cavalry than a Musketeer, but more damage to other units. The Janissary can be upgraded to Veteran, Guard, and Imperial ranks, respectively. They can be combined with Abus Guns to form a deadly combo in early ages.
In the Age of Empires III campaign, Jannisaries fight against Morgan Black and his Knights of St. John on Malta, then later join him to defeat the Circle of Ossus and Alain Magnan.
The Janissaries were usually Christian born servants who were conscripted into the Ottoman army by the use of the devshirme (child levy), in which the eldest (approaching military age 14-20) male child of a non-Muslim family located within a dhimmi (vassal) community was forcibly taken from their homes and converted to Islam in a monastic, yet martial environment. Without a responsibility to or contact with their biological family their only loyalty was to the Ottoman Sultan, and Dhimmi states from which they originated were thus left less able to rebel against their Ottoman overlords. They formed the Ottoman sultan's household troops and bodyguard. The force originated in the 14th century and it was abolished by Sultan Mahmud II in 1826 in The Auspicious Incident due to desire for reforming the military.