|First Appearance||The WarChiefs|
|Age Available||Industrial Age|
|Base Hit Points||600|
|Resists||75% vs. Ranged|
|Siege Multipliers||x0.5 vs. Artillery|
x0.5 vs. Arrow Knight
The Li'l Bombard is a mercenary artillery unit that can be trained at the Saloon. It has an acceptable number of hit points, unlike other artillery units. It is very slow but is very good at taking down ships and buildings. It can also attack other units, but it is very vulnerable to cavalry designed to counter artillery. The Li'l Bombard is a smaller version of the Great Bombard.
Although slow and extremely expensive, just 3 of these Bombards destroy nearly all infantry that approaches them. They also surprisingly do well against Cavalry because they have high base damage instead of having a large bonus against infantry, and don't have a negative multiplier against cavalry. They are actually capable of taking out entire armies of cavalry provided they are guarded well. Use Li'l Bombards as you would Heavy Cannons. Be sure to guard them with Heavy Infantry or Light Cavalry.
- Effective Against: Infantry, Ships
- Weak Against: Spies, Heavy Cavalry, Light Cavalry,Ninja, Culverins and equivalents.
Li'l Bombards have no historical information, they are simply "powerful artillery from the factories in Europe."
Artillery has existed for hundreds of years, practically since the invention of gunpowder. Early artillery, such as the Great Bombard, was extremely large, heavy and difficult to manoeuvre across the field of battle. Military tacticians envisioned the value of more lightweight pieces, leading to the creation of the first mortars in the mid-seventeenth century. Armies soon discovered that the trade off in firepower for increased mobility was valuable in certain situations. Today, the mortar and similar weapons play a strong role in the blend of weaponry used in modern combat scenarios.
|Age of Empires III Mercenaries|
|Infantry||Swiss Pikeman · Landsknecht · Barbary Corsair · Highlander · Fusilier · Arsonist · Ninja · Jaeger · Ronin (Requires Dance Hall card) · Iron Troop (Requires the Atonement card from the Chinese)|
|Cavalry||Hackapell · Stradiot · Elmeti · Mameluke · Manchu Horse Archer · Black Rider · Jat Lancer (Requires the Atonement card from the Indians) · Yojimbo Cavalry Archer (Requires the Atonement card from the Japanese)|
|Naval Vessel||Privateer · Wokou Junk|
|Infantry||Pirate · Wokou Pirate · Dacoit · Wokou Ronin · Pistolero · Renegado · Thuggee · Wokou Monk|
|Light Cavalry||Comanchero · Wandering Horseman|