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The War Coast
Unique UnitsMeteor Hammer
Qiang Pikeman
Chinese Flamethrower
Steppe Rider
Chu Ko Nu
Iron Flail
Exclusive BuildingsVillage
Home CityBeijing
Starting unitShaolin Master

Our very notion of civilization is difficult to contemplate without regard to the four great inventions of ancient China: paper, printing, the compass, and gunpowder. No written language system has been in continuous use longer than Chinese. China is one of the world's oldest still-thriving civilizations.

The Ming ("bright") Dynasty oversaw the development of an impressive navy and a huge standing army during this period. Ruler Hongwu employed the Wei-so system of military organization to prevent bonds of loyalty between officers and soldiers, as well as to reduce the overall cost of maintaining a permanent military force.


Civilizations from The Asian Dynasties
  • Villages in The Asian Dynasties replace Houses from previous Age of Empires III games. You can garrison Villagers in the Villages to protect them from attack.
  • Starts with a Shaolin Master and a Disciple instead of an Explorer.
  • Each Banner Army consists of unique combinations of units.

Unique unitsEdit

Chinese Coastal Village

Chinese coastal colony

An advanced knowledge of gunpowder and a well-organized military are hallmarks of the in-game Chinese civilization. Instead of individual types of units, the Chinese train Banner Armies.
  • The Arquebusier is a Chinese skirmisher unit who uses an arquebus, or ancient musket, in battle. It has bonuses against heavy infantry and light cavalry units. The arquebus was a European matchlock gun that was adopted by Asian cultures in the sixteenth century, and once introduced to the Chinese it became a standard issue weapon. In 1558 alone, Chinese gunsmiths manufactured a total of 10,000 for Chinese Imperial Army.
  • The Meteor Hammer is a Chinese heavy cavalry unit that wields the deadly meteor hammer chain weapon, which causes great damage to siege units. Classified as a martial arts chain weapon, the meteor hammer evolved from ancient Chinese hunting weapons and basically consists of two weights connected by a rope or a chain. It offers an unparalleled level of speed when striking, and can be utilized in different attack styles-- thrown, swung, or whipped-depending on the conditions of the battlefield.
  • The Qiang Pikeman is a Chinese infantry unit that uses a pike called a qiang to cause melee and anti-cavalry damage. The qiang spear is often called the "King of Weapons" because of its ubiquitous role as one of the longest used and most reliable Chinese weapons, popularized during the Shang Dynasty (seventeenth century-eleventh century BCE) and used up until the end of the Qing Dynasty (1616-1911 CE). In that time, it changed very little.
  • The Changdao is a Chinese swordsman unit that wields a long, straight blade, making it powerful against cavalry. The long sword known as "changdao" was actually a Chinese modification of a Japanese design carried by wokou pirates of the sixteenth century. The famed Chinese pirate fighter, General Qi Jiguang, is said to have taken the existing Japanese odachi sword, lengthened it, and straightened its curve, creating a blade that was over three feet long and ideal for repelling cavalry.
  • The Chinese Flamethrower is a siege weapon that fires a continuous stream of flame, incinerating enemy infantry and burning down enemy buildings from short range. The flamethrower was the first use of gunpowder in warfare, before it was imbued with enough saltpeter to explode. The most common depiction of the weapon has it mounted on a four-wheeled pushcart, allowing it to be used on the battlefield to deter to enemy attacks by projecting a shield of flame for advancing soldiers.
  • The Steppe Rider is a Chinese heavy cavalry unit that is cheap, fast, and good at siege. The Mongol army of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries was one of the most effective fight forces of all time, centering its battlefield strategy on the tenets of flexibility, mobility, and siege. Clad in light armor, horse archers rode and fought independently of cumbersome supply lines, collecting valuable reconnaissance information as they disrupted enemy positions and sowed seeds of panic.
  • The Chu Ko Nu is a cheap and relatively weak Chinese crossbow unit that fires three times faster than regular archer units. The cho ko nu repeating crossbow was known for its simple design and incredible rate of fire, as it held a magazine of 10 bolts with steel tips, which it shot in rapid succession. Stories of the chu ko nu date back to 250 BCE, when legend has it that the first Chinese emperor Qin Shi Huang used the weapon to shoot sharks for sport.
  • The Iron Flail is a Chinese heavy cavalry unit that wields the iron flail weapon to cause great melee damage. The flail is a medieval weapon used primarily in Europe during the thirteenth to fifteenth centuries. Its construction consists of a weighted head, often spiked, that is attached to a wooden handle with a whip or length of chain.


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Chinese villager arrivng at a Shaolin Temple native site

Consulate allies:
  • British
  • French
  • Russian
  • German

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