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A Jesuit settlement in peacetime.
Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties
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"" A wise man gets more use from his enemies than a fool from his friends. ""

The Jesuit Missions are a native settlements featured in the Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties expansion.


A religious order of Roman Catholic followers who strove to spread the church's teachings throughout the world during the Age of Exploration, the Jesuits were actively engaged in missionary efforts and made contributions to the fields of education and scholarship. Some would argue that they were also responsible for the destruction of pre-existing cultural belief structures, and that they forced their views on some tribes or were indirectly responsible for their destruction or enslavement. Jesuits were very popular in South America until their expulsion in the 1870s and for a time were highly popular in China. While in China, their knowledge of cannons and calenders reversed the ancient Chinese stereotype of stupid Europeans. They were kicked out of China after their numerous corrections angered the bureaucrats and aristocracy.

Units Edit

Upon constructing a Trading Post at Jesuit mission, players can train Conquistadors. Similar to Dragoons, these mounted units are effective against cavalry and artillery.

Upgrades Edit

Jesuit technologies focus on Settler training time reductions, gunpowder units damage against buildings, conquistador improvements as well as building hitpoints.

Smokeless Powder: +30% siege damage for all gunpowder units.
Cost: 250 Food,250 Coin

Christian School: Settlers train 15% faster.
Cost: 100 Food, 100 Wood

Flying Buttress: +20% building hitpoints.
Cost: 250 Wood.250 Coin

Veteran Conquistador: +20% hitpoints and damage.

Guard Conquistador: +30% hitpoints and damage.


  • Stacking Medicine or TEAM Medicine with Christian schools will reduce the training time for new settlers by 30%. The cards are available in the Colonial Age for most civilizations, while the upgrade is only available in the Fortress Age from the Jesuit Mission. This translates to 5 settlers trained for every 3 Coureur des Bois trained by the French (reducing their economic advantage until maximum settler limit is reached).
  • All native tribes can only be upgraded to Legendary/Exalted status at the town center or Capitol, they can be upgraded to Elite/Disciplined or Champion/Honored for free through some home city shipments.
  • Civilizations can remove the upgrade gold costs, or cut the upgrade costs in half depending on their home city cards.


  • Despite being categorized as native Asians, Jesuits are of European origin. As such, they are the only natives whose units can be upgraded to Veteran, Guard, and Imperial statuses instead of Elite/Disciplined, Champion/Honored, or Legendary/Exalted statues.

History Edit

"This Holy Site is identical to a Native Trade Site. Allying with Natives allows a player to train special Native units, usually warriors, and also grants access to a group of improvements to that tribe. Native units do not cost any population spaces, but can only be built in limited numbers.

The Jesuits are an order of Roman Catholic men who follow the Latin phrase: Ad majorem Dei gloriam, meaning “for the greater glory of God.” The order’s primary goal has been to spread the teachings of the church, and in doing so it has made lasting contributions in the fields of education and scholarship.

Founded by Saint Ignatius of Loyola in 1534 and confirmed by Pope Paul III in 1540, the Jesuits original mission was to travel to the Holy Land and convert all of the Muslims to Christianity, but with the outbreak of war with the Ottoman Empire, the plan never came to fruition. Instead, the order subjected its authority to the will of the Pope and became missionaries wherever they were needed. Missions were established in India and Japan, into the interior of China, and along the coast of Africa. Perhaps the most well known Jesuit missionaries lived and taught in the New World, where they created reductions, village communities under their spiritual guidance and leadership.

As many in the order voyaged abroad, scores of Jesuits traveled throughout Europe building communities and doing their best to embolden the Counter Reformation movement, strengthening Roman Catholicism and weakening the growing Protestant threat. By 1740, more than 650 Jesuit universities had been founded across the continent, as well as 200 seminaries and academies of religious study.

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