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This article is about the unit type in Age of Empires III. For other uses of the term, see Mercenary.
Barbary Corsair

A Barbary Corsair

Mercenaries are specialist units in Age of Empires III.

OverviewEdit

There are two types of Mercenaries:

  • Outlaws
  • Mercenaries

OutlawsEdit

In the Colonial Age, only outlaw units are available for training. Outlaws are like mercenaries, they are improved versions of units, but, unlike mercenaries, are the improved version of very basic units. They usually cost more population but less coins compared to mercenaries. The types of outlaws available are fixed depending on the map.

Examples are Renegado, which are improved Skirmishers and Pirates, which are improved Rodelero.

MercenariesEdit

Mercenaries can be shipped from the Home City, trained in the Saloon or trained from a Spanish Galleon (with a card shipment). Unlike standard unit shipments (such as military units and Villagers), mercenaries cost large amounts of coin (usually ~100 coin per unit), 1000 coin for Fortress Age shipments of a large squad, and 2000 for Industrial Age shipments of small armies of varied units. The mercenaries themselves are tougher versions of their normal counterparts. They usually cost more coins but less population compared to outlaws.

Examples of mercenaries include Swiss Pikemen, which have greatly increased HP and 22 attack compared to the normal 8, and Hackapells, which do not have a significant durability bonus compared to normal cavalry but the 121 attack (compared to the normal Hussar's 36 in the Fortress Age, when you can get them) tends to make up for this somewhat. Also, although not technically a mercenary, the shipments provided by the 'Church Upgrade' cards function similarly to mercenaries, such as Kalmucks (Dragoons) for the Russians and L'Armée D'Imperial (27 Grenadiers by the Industrial Age) shipments for the French, as you pay a load of resources and can only order them once, although this doesn't use up a shipment card. When a player constructs a Saloon, the mercenaries they train will vary depending on the map and are randomly available every game.

NOTE: Mercenaries are not available in the demo version.

Available MercenariesEdit

OutlawsEdit

Outlaw Use Base unit Maps
Pirate Melee Infantry Rodelero Amazonia, Carribean, Hispañola, New England, Orenoque, Patagonia, Saguenay
Renegado Ranged Skirmisher Andes, Bayou, California, Carolina, Great Lakes, Great Plains, New England, Rockies, Texas
Comanchero Ranged Cavalry Dragoon Andes, Araucania, California, Great Lakes, Great Plains, Northwest Territory, Painted Desert, Pampas, Patagonia, Saguenay, Sonora, Texas, Yucatàn, Yukon
Pistolero Musketeer Musketeer Amazonia, Araucania, Bayou, Carolina, Orenoque, Painted Desert, Pampas, Rockies, Sonora, Unknown, Yucatàn, Yukon
Wokou Pirate Hand Infantry Rodelero Borneo, Indochina
Dacoit Ranged Infantry Musketeer Deccan, Indochina, Himalayas, Silk Road
Thuggee Ranged Infantry Skirmisher Deccan
Wokou Ronin Melee Infantry Samurai Mongolia, Siberia
Wokou Horseman Cavalry Archer Cavalry Archer Himalayas, Mongolia, Siberia, Silk Road, Yellow River
Wokou Monk Archer Infantry Yumi Archer Yellow River

MercenariesEdit

Mercenaries Use Base unit
Arsonist Grenadier Grenadier
Jaeger Skirmisher Skirmisher
Black Rider Ranged Gunpowder Cavalry Dragoon
Landsknecht Hand Infantry Halberdier 
Hackapell Cavalry Uhlan
Highlander Musketeer Musketeer
Stradiot Cavalry Hussar
Li'l Bombard Artillery Great Bombard
Fusilier Musketeer Colonial Militia
Elmeti Melee Cavalry Lancer
Swiss Pikeman Melee Infantry Pikeman
Mameluke Melee Cavalry Hussar
Barbary Corsair Melee Infantry Rodelero
Manchu Cavalry Archer Horse Archer
Ronin Melee Infantry Samurai
Ninja Spy Spy
Jat Lancer* Melee Cavalry Lancer
Iron Troop* Infantry Archer Crossbowman
Yojimbo Cavalry Archer* Ranged Cavalry Horse Archer

( * ) Requires the Atonement card from Home City

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