Meteor Hammer
Meteor Hammer Icon
First appearanceThe Asian Dynasties
Melee cavalry
Cost175 coinIcon coin
AgeAges fortress Fortress Age
BuildingWar Academy
Base hit points217
Pop. use2
Line of Sight14
Resists30% vs. Ranged
Melee damage29
Melee multipliersx2.0 vs. Artillery
Range5 (Melee)
Siege damage13
Siege range6
Rate of Fire1.5 / 3.0 (Siege)
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The Meteor Hammer is a heavy cavalry unit unique to the Chinese in Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties.


Meteor Hammers are strong units with a high base attack effective against light infantry and powerful against artillery. The Meteor Hammer also has a range of five, but still deals hand damage, making it strong for ranged support in crowded fights. It is trained in the Forbidden Army with Iron Flails, making it a very powerful cavalry army. Combining these two with Beiyang Army provides strong raiding potential against settlers, skimishers, archers, artillery, and heavy cavalry. Adding the Territorial or Old Han Armies to these makes a good force with counters that provide against any type of enemy unit you might face.

Upgrades Edit

The overall stats for Meteor Hammer can be improved by sending improvement-based shipments. A default Meteor Hammer has already acquired the stats of a disciplined soldier with +20% stats, hence when trained, the unit is called "Disciplined Meteor Hammer".

Hit Points: +20% (260)
Hand Attack: +20% (34)
Siege Attack: +20% (15)

Honored Meteor HammerEdit

Honored Meteor Hammer is the first upgrade for the Meteor Hammer. It is available for 300 coinIcon coin and 300 woodResources wood once Industrial Age is reached.

Hit Points: +30% (325)
Hand Attack: +30% (43)
Siege Attack: +30% (19)

Exalted Meteor HammerEdit

Exalted Meteor Hammer is the second upgrade for the Meteor Hammer. It is available for 750 coinIcon coin and 750 woodResources wood once Imperial Age is reached.

Hit Points: +50% (434)
Hand Attack: +50% (52)
Siege Attack: +50% (23)

History Edit

"Classified as a martial arts chain weapon, the meteor hammer evolved from ancient Chinese hunting weapons and basically consists of two weights connected by a rope or a chain. The “hammer” is a small ball of bronze about the size of a duck’s egg, and the chain can vary in length, from 6 to 15 feet. The meteor hammer offers an unparalleled level of speed when striking, and can be utilized in different attack styles depending on the conditions of the battlefield: thrown, swung, or whipped. The most skillful wielder can wrap the chain around a number of body parts before unwrapping it to release the hammer with a jolt of accumulated energy. This causes the hammer to shoot forward with such speed that it strikes a target with deadly force. It is this burst of speed that earned the weapon its name. If space did not allow for this kind of combat, the meteor hammer could be modified to ensnare the weapon of an enemy attacker, or to strangle an enemy from a distance."