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Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition – Update 15.30007

Welcome trailblazers to another exciting update for Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition! We’ve got a ton of balance updates, bug fixes, and more!

Thank you for sharing in yet another major milestone for Age of Empires with us!

—The Age of Empires Team

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Stability and Performance

  • Fixed an issue where players can sometimes get stuck while loading into a ranked match.
  • Fixed an issue that limited the number of observable matches displayed in the Browse Games list to a maximum of 20 of each game type.

Civilization Balance


Units & Buildings
  • American Citadel (Maya): Fixed an issue that prevented Chinese from properly training their banner armies.
  • Askari: Ranged damage multiplier versus cavalry reduced to 1.5x (from 2x) in Volley mode.
  • Battle Canoe: Damage reduced to 13 (from 14).
  • Boyar (Houses of Phanar): Fixed an issue where Boyars from the homecity would not upgrade to Guard status.
  • Command Post (SPC): Fixed missing interactions with certain cards and technologies.
  • Consulate units: Fixed several discrepancies between Consulate units and their Royal Guard unit equivalents.
  • Corsair Marksman: Hitpoints increased to 110 (from 95).
  • Cover Mode: Corrected several unit attacks that were too high in Cover mode.
  • Giant Grenadier:
    • Population cost reduced from 3 to 2 and hitpoints from 300 to 250.
    • Melee damage reduced from 42 to 36, but anti-cavalry damage multipliers increased by +0.25.
  • Granary: Field aura expanded to support an extra line of Fields.
  • Napoleon Gun: No longer tagged as Gunpowder Trooper. XP bounties corrected.
  • Nootka Warchief: No longer classified as a hero and can no longer train Nootka Clubmen.
  • Order Besteiro (Consulate): Cost changed to 40w 40f (from 30f 30c).
  • Pikeman: Fixed the missing range increase for Imperial Dalkarl Pikemen, Imperial Tercios, Imperial Ordinance Pikemen and Consulate Tercios.
  • Royal Hunter (House of Oldenburg): Ranged damage decreased to 14 (from 15).
Cards & Technologies
  • Advanced Dock (I): Fixed an issue that allowed sending the card infinitely.
  • Bastion, City Walls, Redoubts (III): Cost increased to 600w 600c (from 400w 600c).
  • Caballeros: Fixed some unit’s attacks not being affected by the card.
  • Cotton Armor (Maya): Corrected the cost and hitpoint percentages.
  • Oryx Hide Shields (Somali): Corrected the armor increase for units with armor stances.
  • Heavy Fortifications (IV): Added cost of 250w.
  • Victorian Era (House of Hanover): Initial cost reduced to 10,000 food and coin (down from 11,000).


  • Founder (I, Big Button): Cost increased to 100 of each resource (up from 50).
  • Jaguar Prowler Knight: Combat promotion rewards reduced to 10/20/30% (from 15/25/45%).
  • Oztuma Citadel (III): Now also adds +1 to build limit for synergy with the Mayan Pyramids technology.


  • Gentlemen of the Pike (IV): Now sends 17 Pikemen (up from 10).


  • Blue Guard: Now improve upon reaching the Imperial Age by 30% (up from 25%).
  • Infantry Attack (II), Infantry Combat (III): Now also affect Blue Guards.
  • Red Lancers (III, Religious Freedom): Fixed a bug where Red Lancers would lose multipliers when switching stances.


  • Improved Cannon Trade (IV, 250i): Can be researched after Imported Cannons in the Palace. Splits artillery cost into 40% Influence and 60% Coin.


  • Napoleonic Era (French Revolution): Fixed a bug that resulted in double population costs for Royal Musketeers and Royal Dragoons.
  • Sansculotte (French Revolution): Are now considered gatherers in the UI.


  • Advanced Dock (I): No longer sends a Dock wagon for Germans.
  • Improved Mercenaries (III): Mercenary hitpoints and damage increase reduced to 15% (from 20%).
  • Prince-Electors (I): Doubled most build limits for allied native units.
  • Wallenstein’s Contracts (III, Treaty of Westphalia): No longer fully removes coin cost of Mercenary shipments. Instead, mercenaries train faster and are cheaper (including mercenary shipments). Cost reduced to 1500c (from 3000).
  • Zweihänder (IV, Treaty of Westphalia): Cost reduced to 1800c (from 2000).


  • Forest Prowler:
    • Reduced hitpoints to 135 (from 137.5).
    • Reduced ranged damaged to 19 (from 20).


  • Fulani Archer:
    • Movement speed reduced to 4.25 (from 4.5).
    • Fixed an issue where the LOS was less than their long ranged attack’s range.
  • Improved Cannon Trade (IV, 250i): Can be researched after Imported Cannons in the Palace. Splits artillery cost into 40% Influence and 60% Coin.
  • Raider: Cost increased to 100f 45c (from 100f 40c).
  • Sarkin Dogarai: Fixed a visual glitch with the Maigadi unit.
  • Sokoto Chronicle (IV): Converted Kingdom Builders now correctly provide 200 Influence.
  • Songhai Alliance (I → II): Now delivers 200 coin (down from 300).
  • Songhai Raid Ability: Raider spawn ability now takes 10 seconds (up from 5).


  • Chasqui: Automatic damage improvements from Age 3 upwards are now set to +8 damage per age (down from +10/+15/+15).
  • Chimu Runner: Melee damage reduced by -1.
  • Huaraca:Damage multiplier against Artillery reduced from 2.5x to 2.0x. Gets increased to 2.5x again upon researching Champion Huaracas .
  • Priestess: Successful conversions now play a sound.
  • Quipu Kamayuks (I): Chasqui speed improvement reduced to +5% (down from 10%).


  • Homecity shipment XP penalty reduced from 10% to 9%.


  • Architect:
    • Now take 34s to train to train (up from 25s).
    • Speed reduced to 4 (from 4.5)
  • Freemasonry (III):
    • Fixed an issue that allowed Architects to construct Forts when a Fort card has been sent.
    • Lets Architects construct Military buildings only +45% faster (before only walls).
  • Schiavone: Range reduced to 18 in Age 2, but automatically increases to 20 in Age 3.


  • Bakufu (III): Daimyo speed increase reduced to 5% (down from 10%) and LOS increase reduced to +10 (down from +20).
  • 8 Samurai (IV): Fixed an issue that prevented the card from being sent again in the Imperial Age.


  • Seven Council Fires (IV):
    • Cost reduced to 250c (from 400c).
    • Now ships 4 Club Warriors and 3 Wakina Riflemen instead of 2 Cetan Bowmen, 2 Club Warriors and 3 Wakina Riflemen.


  • Wignacourt Constructions (II): Fixed range display for the aura on several buildings.


  • Advanced Frontier Defenses (Central America): Cost reduced to 150w (from 200w).
  • Chinaco: Damage bonus against Heavy Cavalry reduced to 1.2x (from 1.25x).
  • Outlaw Combat (Filibusters): Cost reduced to 500c (from 750c).
  • Plan of Ayutla (IV): Fixed an issue that prevented the card from enabling Revolutionaries.
  • Plan of Miramare (IV): Now also improves the range of the Bandido’s dynamite attack.
  • Plan of Tuxtepec (III): Cost decreased to 500w 500f (from 1000w 1000f).
  • Salvadoran Coffee (Central America): Now caps at 10 Settlers.
  • Third Guarantee (II, Plan of Iguala): Now reduces Hacienda hitpoints by -35% (down from -50%).


  • Abus Gunner: Cost increased to 105c 50f (from 100c 50f).
  • Acemi Oglan (IV): No longer affects Abus Gunners, but Ottoman Heavy Infantry instead.
  • Azap:
    • Increased costs to 55f 40w (from 55f 35w) and train time to 29s (from 27s).
    • Corrected damage multiplier in melee from Ranged Shock Infantry to Shock Infantry.
  • Humbaraci: Cost increased to 110f 80c (from 110f 75c).
  • Yörük: Town Center construction rate slowed down to -50% (from -15%).


  • Grapeshot (IV): Fixed an issue that prevented some Organ Guns from moving after shipping this card.
  • Ordenança (III, Treaty of Tordesillas):
    • No longer improves hitpoints of Crossbowmen and Pikemen. Pikemen now gain extra hitpoints and damage from their Guard upgrade instead.
    • Crossbowmen no longer benefit from Valor Promotions, but instead have their cost reduced and are given rifles.
    • Cost increased to 2000f (from 1000f) and moved to Age 4. Icon updated.
  • Order Besteiros (IV): No longer reduces Crossbowman costs.
  • Organ Gun: Target lock removed.


  • Fixed the grunt voices of the Rekrut and Poruchik.
  • 17 Hussars (IV, 2000c): Added to homecity.
  • Bashkir Rebellion (III): Fixed an issue that prevented the Tengri alliance from working on some maps.
  • Landed Gentry (II): Moved to Age 1.
  • Poruchik:
    • Increased hitpoints to 130 (up from 120).
    • Damage increased to 17 (up from 16).
    • Upgrades now scale from about -20% lower base values.
  • Tsar Cannon (IV): Fixed a bug that allowed sending the card again in the Imperial age. Added cost of 200c.


  • Marvelous Year (III): Settler train time is now reduced by -25% (instead of -33%).
  • Walloon Guards (IV, Royal Decree To Claim The New World): Cost reduced to 2000c (from 3000).

United States

  • Carbine Cavalry: ROF slowed down to 2.5 (from 2.25) and damage increased to 19 (from 18.5).
  • Morris Canal: Future shipments arrive in 10s (up from 5s).
  • Boston Tea Party: Coin conversation rate down to +15% (from +25%).
  • Advanced Homesteading: Now adds 5 population space to Mills and Estates (down from 10) and increases LOS by +8 (down from +15).
  • Connecticut Shipwrights: Improves artillery train time by -15% (down from -25%) and for Heavy Cannons by -10%.
  • Hamiltonian Economics: Now correctly improves market buy rates by 5%.
  • Indiana Mobilization: No longer reduces the train time of Heavy Cannons.
  • Knox Artillery Train: Improves the the train time of Horse Artillery by -20% (down from -25%) and Heavy Cannons by -10% (down from -15%).
  • Kentucky Hunters: Added cost of 500c.
  • Kentucky Coalfields: Added cost of 200w.
  • German Immigrants: Cost increased to 250w (up from 200).


  • Outlaw Combat:
    • Cost of 750c removed in all revolutions except Baja California.
    • Fixed a duplicate appearance of this card when revolting from Malta.
  • Added several building and mercenary cards.
  • Barbary Combat: Added a combat card for Corsair Marksmen and Barbary Warriors.
  • Guard of Honor: Now also grants the Legion Dragoon upgrade for Portuguese Dragoons.
  • Added several resource cards.
  • Hudson Bay Company: Now sends 16 Deer (up from 12).
  • Added several Native cards.
  • Ranged Infantry Combat: Added a combat card for Khevite Fusiliers.
  • Armfelt’s Autonomy: Added cost of 500c.
  • Grand Duchy of Finland: Added cost of 500c.
  • Karelian Jaeger: Can now construct Arsenals.
  • African Roots: Yoruba Eso Rider population cost decreased to 2 (from 3)
  • Buccaneer: ROF improved to 2.5 (from 3).
  • Native Warrior Combat: Fixed the missing card for the British.
  • Wilderness Warfare: Card removed.
  • 1 Fort (infinite): Replaced with 1 Stronghold Travois.
  • Added several Inca cards.
  • Danubian Principalities: Now also sends an European Embassy wagon. Icon updated.
  • 1 Fort (infinite): Card removed.
  • Raadsaal (South Africa):
    • Added cost of 500c.
    • Reduced the discounts for Deforestation, Excessive Taxation and Large Scale Agriculture to -20% (from -25%) .
  • Trek Wagon: Reduced hitpoints to 350 (from 450).
  • Wagon Warfare (South Africa): Cost increased to 1000w (up from 400w) and now takes 60s to arrive (up from 40s).
  • Bushnell’s Continental Sappers:️ Now costs 800c (up from 500c) and sends 6 Petards (down from 10).
  • Knowlton’s Rangers:
    • Cost increased to 1000f (from 500f) and heavily limited benefits from Agents, Assassins, Military Drummers, and comparable cards.
    • Range reduced to 12 (down from 16) and hitpoints confined to 240.
    • Negative damage multipliers against Heavy Cavalry now apply to all Cavalry.
  • Knox Continental Artillery: Now costs 1000w (up from 500w). Fixed an issue where Culverins had no voice overs.
  • Lee’s Continental Light Dragoons: Fixed a bug that prevented the Dutch from receiving Guard Carbine Cavalry.

Random Maps

Map Set Changes

Team maps:

  • Removed Andes – Upper
  • Removed Niger Delta
  • Added Pampas Sierras
  • Added Malaysia
  • Added Fertile Crescent

Map Changes

  • Arabia: Adjusted huntable animals.
  • California: Improved resource placement.
  • Ireland: Adjusted whale constraints.
  • Savannah: Made several adjustment for Treaty.
  • Great Northern War: Fixed a bug that led to misplaced groupings.
  • Various other small bug fixes on several maps.


Please note that this list is subject to change, and should not be considered a comprehensive list of all the known issues we’re tracking. The above is to inform you of the team’s current priorities, which will change as other issues arise or take precedence.

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