Values after after / represent the base values without the Russian discount and weakening.
|First Appearance||Age of Empires III|
|Cost||37,5/50 Food |
|Age Available||Colonial Age|
|Base Hit Points||72/90|
|Resists||30% vs. Ranged|
|Melee Multipliers||x2.0 vs. Heavy Infantry|
|Range Multipliers||x2.0 vs. Heavy Infantry|
|R.O.F.||1.5 / 3.0 (Ranged and Siege)|
Streltsy are the Russian meat-shield and anti-infantry unit. They are weak and cheap, making them useful for rushing in the Colonial Age, however, the Streltsy are weaker than other infantry units but each still costs 1 population slot, and if they are massed they can easily hit 200 population. The costs in brackets refer to the blockhouse's ability to train Streltsy in groups of 10. You can get the original cost if you train from another Strelets-producing building such as the Fort or the Galleon. Streltsy are very cost-effective, and even more so after using cards that upgrade them, but by the time you reach the Fortress Age, you should support your Streltsy with Musketeers or Cossacks.
Streltsy are useful to outnumber your enemy and taking down enemy heavy infantry. Streltsy are also easy to mass since each queue will train a group of 10 strelets. In later stages of the game, it is advised to add the cards that upgrade the Strelets in your deck, but even with these upgrades Streltsy still remain weak when compared to Musketeers or most other light infantry. Once upgraded with all the cards, arsenal upgrades and barracks upgrades, you will end up with a strong anti-infantry unit for a very low price. Strelets are very good at team games as nations that can boost strelets (Team cards) will make them even more powerful. Strelets costs 53% less resources than Musketeers, which means that the player does not need an even win/lose ratio in order to make ends meet. Strelets, when buffed, deal 23 damage and have 3x multipliers to heavy infantry. Strelets are a good choice against nations that rely greatly on Heavy Infantry, but they have low hitpoints, and are extremely susceptible to cavalry- or artillery-based strategies.
This is a list of shipments that benefit Strelets in any way.
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The term "Streltsy" (plural of 'strelets' in the original Russian) refers to light infantry in the employ of the Tsar. They were the first standing infantry of the Russian army, but only received meager pay for their mostly meager services. There was elite group of mounted streltsy in employ of the Tsar who formed his bodyguards (the only way to be a member was to be a son of a member). This elite Streltsy regiment was disbanded by Peter the Great after an attempted revolt in which they were involved. Some streltsy were professional soldiers (conscription duties tended to last a while) that acted as personal bodyguards and messengers for the Tsar. Originally armed with bows (which is where their name came from), Strelets were later armed with long, heavy muskets and used their traditional axe as a makeshift stand for the musket.