The Morutaru is the Japanese version of the Mortar in Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties.



An in game Morutaru

Compared with the Mortar, Morutarus are slightly cheaper and take up 1 less Population per unit. They also cause less Siege Damage and move slower than Mortars when in Limber Mode but also move faster when in Bombard Mode.

With the Morutaru Range upgrade, available at a level 25 Japanese Home City, Morutarus acquire an amazing 46 range (and 50 LOS). The only Mortar that beats its range is the Portuguese one, with 50 range and 54 LOS.

Upgrades Edit

The overall stats for Morutaru can be improved by sending improvement-based shipments.

Honored Morutaru Edit

Honored Morutaru is the first upgrade for the Morutaru. It is available for 250 foodIcon food and 250 woodResources wood once Industrial Age is reached.

Hit Points: +25% (281)
Bombard Attack: +25% (481)

Exalted Morutaru Edit

Exalted Morutaru is the second upgrade for the Morutaru. It is available for 1000 coinIcon coin and 1000 woodResources wood once Imperial Age is reached.

Hit Points: +50% (393)
Bombard Attack: +50% (673)


This is a list of shipments that concern Morutarus.

History Edit

"In the late sixteenth century, when armies of Japan returned from their military campaigns on the Korean peninsula, they brought with them many lessons in siege acquired from their sophisticated Korean enemy. Unfortunately, use of the mortar, a military art that the Koreans had perfected, was something in which the Japanese did not appear interested. They continued their usual practice of importing European cannons. However, in 1639 the Japanese played host to visiting Dutch advisors who demonstrated a mortar for the Shogun and his representatives. The demonstration caused an uproar even though not one shell fired hit its intended target."