Rattan Shield
Rattan Shield
Numbers after / represent the MercType1 variation, all versions are also HandInfantry, LightInfantry and NativeWarrior as well.
First AppearanceAge of Empires III
Light Infantry
Cost50 Food Icon food
60 Wood Resources wood
Age AvailableAges colonial Colonial Age
Base Hit Points185
Pop. Use0 (Limit 15) / (Limit 30)
Resists20% vs. Ranged
Melee Damage15
Siege Damage10
Siege Range0-6
R.O.F.1.5 / 3.0 (Siege)
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The Rattan Shield is a light infantry unit that can be trained at the Shaolin Temple (after a Trading Post is constructed), it is armed with a sword and a shield. It lacks any multipliers making it more of a fodder unit rather than an essential part of an army.

Overview Edit

The Rattan Shields are cheap and can get rid of long-range/ranged infantry and the artillery with ease. They are very vulnerable to Heavy Infantry.

When playing as the Japanese (Level 40 Home City required) these units perform well when mixed with Spanish Rodeleros from the Consulate, which are nearly as fast despite being Heavy Infantry. This is also due to the fact the Shaolin unit upgrades effect the Rodeleros. Combine the two units speed with the Golden Pavilion hit point and speed aura bonuses and they can respond quickly to threats and hold off the enemy if not kill them due to their durability.

Shipments Edit

History Edit

"The practice of rattan shield fighting is an art form consisting of six distinct fighting methods that is still practiced in parts of Taiwan. During the Chinese battles of Formosa in the seventeenth century, Ming military leader Koxinga expected every member of his army, from the generals to the foot soldiers, to be versed in the methods of the rattan shield.

Rattan shields were widely used for a variety of reasons. Palms blanketed the regions of Taiwan and Hokkien, China, making rattan readily available. The shields were extremely light but uncommonly strong, able to block incoming projectiles, including bullets. They were even so buoyant as to be used by soldiers as flotation devices when crossing shallow bodies of water.

Trivia Edit

  • While the history section hints that the Rattan Shield is a unit that is meant to represent south Chinese Ming loyalist troops, they instead represent Shaolin monks.
    • Also, as with the Iron Troops, they speak Mandarin rather than Hokkien or Wu Chinese.

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