|First Appearance||Age of Empires III|
|Age Available||Fortress Age|
|Base Hit Points||540|
|Resists||20% vs. Melee|
|Melee Multipliers||x3.0 vs. Cavalry|
x2.25 vs. Light Infantry
|Area of Effect||2|
|R.O.F.||1.5 / 3.0 (Siege)|
Ronin are very strong units specializing in melee combat. The Ronin are mercenary units so they can be shipped from some civilizations' Home Cities; in the original version of the game, only the Spanish, Portuguese and Ottomans can hire Ronins. This makes them the rarest mercenaries in-game, along with the Manchu.
Ronin can only be sent during the Industrial Age by these civilizations through the "Asian Mercenary Army" card, which consists of 7 Manchu and 5 Ronin. However, the Portuguese can hire them in the Fortress Age with the "Passage to Nipon" card, which sends 5 Ronin.
Ronins function as a far more superior version of the Doppelsoldner, their attacks dealing AoE damage and having high multipliers against cavalry. The Ronin's siege damage is also extremely high, as they match those of an Imperial Doppelsoldner (without any upgrades).
They can be trained from the Saloon (depending on the map) after the Dance Hall card arrives; Ronin can also be trained at the Japanese Consulate when Isolationism has been selected (but their names are changed to Hatamoto Samurai instead). They are similar to Samurai, but with more HP and a much stronger attack. They also have a 3x cavalry bonus which makes them deadly against cavalry. With their area of effect attack, they are essentially powerful Samurai.
There are two types of Ronin: "Saloon Ronin", which come from either the Home City (typically Japan has the most Ronin cards) or the Saloon. All European civilizations have a card called "Dance Hall" which enables Ronin to be trained from the Saloon. A Ronin from the saloon costs 400 coin and shipments usually have a discount.
Another type of Ronin/Samurai is called a Hatamoto Samurai. These Samurai are unique to the Japanese and are available at the consulate when the isolation option is chosen at the consulate and cost 290 export (a high price for a single unit), cost four population, and are accessible from the Industrial Age on. The Hatamoto Samurai's hitpoints and attack will increase with each age researched after the Industrial Age.
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The Hatamoto Samurai is a unique Japanese infantry unit available in the Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties expansion. An incredibly powerful swordsman that deals splash damage against multiple targets, they can only be trained from the Japanese Consulate if Japanese Isolation is chosen. An individual Samurai costs 290 Export to train and takes up four population slots. They use profile of the Ronins, but, as they are not a mercenary unit, they benefit from all upgrades that normal Samurai will. Another difference between Hatamoto Samurai and Ronin is that Hatamoto Samurai has a higher resistance in melee attack, which is 40%, higher than Ronin, which is only 20%.
- There is a unit in the Editor called the 'Repentant Ronin'. This suggests that they were going to be available for Asians as well.
- There is an occasional glitch in the Editor where Ronins can attack, but will be unable to deal damage to other units, including other Ronin.
"Ronin were samurai who had no lord and, by extension, an uncertain role in feudal Japan. A famous group of ronin were samurai loyal to the daimyo Asano, who was disgraced and forced by the strictures of honor to commit ritual suicide, or seppuku. His death made ronin out of 47 of his samurai, who set out to avenge their master's dishonor. They killed the daimyo Kira who had lured their master into disgrace and, while admired by the people and considered heroes, these Ronin were eventually sentenced to death. They were given permission to follow their daimyo into the afterlife by commiting seppuku, rather than being executed as criminals.
Ronin, as samurai, fought with a wide array of weapons: katana, nodachi, kama, jutte, and their bare hands - though the katana is iconically associated with samurai. They wore elaborate armor, enameled and richly decorated."
The Ronin speak Japanese. They share this dialogue with Ninjas.
- Hai? (Yes?)
- Ryoukai shimashita (I understand)
- Suguni kakarimasu (Immediately)
- Youi! (Ready!)
- Meireiha? (Command?)
- Souda (It is!)
- Kougeki (Attack!)
- Tatakae, tatakaunda! (Fight!, do fight!)
|Age of Empires III Mercenaries|
|Infantry||Swiss Pikeman · Landsknecht · Barbary Corsair · Highlander · Fusilier · Arsonist · Ninja · Jaeger · Ronin · Iron Troop|
|Cavalry||Hackapell · Stradiot · Elmeti · Mameluke · Manchu · Black Rider · Jat Lancer · Yojimbo Cavalry Archer|
|Naval Vessel||Privateer · Wokou Junk|
|Infantry||Pirate · Wokou Pirate · Dacoit · Wokou Ronin · Pistolero · Renegado · Thuggee · Wokou Monk|
|Light Cavalry||Comanchero · Wokou Horseman|