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Skull Knight
Skull Knight Icon
Skull Knight in game
First AppearanceThe WarChiefs
Heavy Infantry
Cost250 CoinIcon coin
Age AvailableAges colonial Colonial Age
Base Hit Points300
Pop. Use2
Speed4
LOS12
Resists20% vs. Hand
Melee Damage20
Melee Multipliersx3.0 vs. Cavalry
x2.0 vs. Light Infantry
Area of Effect2
Siege Damage72
Siege Range6
R.O.F.1.5 / 3.0 (siege)
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The Skull Knight is a very powerful infantry unit of the Aztec civilization in Age of Empires III: The WarChiefs. It is the strongest native infantry unit.

Overview Edit

The Skull Knight has a lot of hit points, but a low speed and no ranged attack, making it very vulnerable against artillery. It is very strong in melee combat because does AoE damage, and it is very effective vs. cavalry due to its multipliers.

They are similar to the German Doppelsoldner and the Japanese Samurai, since they have an area of effect attack, and are good against cavalry.

It can be trained from the Fire Pit with Garland War Dance and automatically upgrades as player advances in Age.

They work well when utilized in numbers considering their splash damage can be dramatically more powerful against infantry and cavalry when in a massed clump.

Unfortunately, since their lack of speed leaves them vulnerable to artillery, it is recommended to support them with Arrow Knights, since their high range allows them to do increased damage to artillery, while the Skull Knights are unable to close the gap before many Skull Knights are lost or severely damaged.

Another good combination is with the Coyote Runner, since they will reach the artillery quicker and destroy them before they cause too much damage.

Upgrades Edit

This Unit Auto-Upgrades with the Age technologies.

  • Elite Upgrade: +25% HP & Damage
  • Champion Upgrade: +25% HP & Damage
  • Legendary Upgrade: +50% HP & Damage

HC Shipments Edit

  • 3 Skull Knights
  • 5 Skull Knights
  • 4 Skull Knights
  • 7 Skull Knights
  • Temple Huitzilopochtli (11 Skull Knights and +1 Skull Knight Area of Effect)

Gallery Edit

History Edit

"In Aztec society, membership in the calpulli established each individual's religious and secular schooling, as well as how they would be trained in warfare. The men of a calpulli served together in battle and on the numerous public works projects. Their soldiers wielded weapons of wood and stone, and they often sought prisoners to be sacrificed in religious ceremonies.

The most-feared and powerful division in the Aztec army was made up of skull knights. Their name, Tzitzimitl, translates as "frightful specters," the skull knight dressed as a kind of undead horror, and the enemy often fled at their advance.
"

In Other Languages Edit

  • Spanish: Caballero Cráneo
  • French: Chevalier Crâne
  • German: Totenkopfritter
  • Italian: Cavaliere del Teschio
  • Japanese: 髑髏の騎士 (Dokuro no Kishi)
  • Portuguese: Cavaleiro Caveira
  • Russian: Рыцарь черепа (Rytsar' cherepa)
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