--==---==---==---==---==---==---==---=+=---==---==---==---==---==--- ==---==---==- Age of Empires III Full FAQ/Guide Written by Michael Ye (Yeasty) Recosta07@gmail.com Version 0.3 --==----==---==---==---==---==---==---==---==---==---==---==---==--- --==----==---==---==---==---==---==---==---==---==---==---==---==--- ==---==---==- INTRODUCTION Welcome to my pride and joy, something that I personally have spent multiple weeks to make, something that I hope will be the ultimate Age of Empires 3 guide. Now, this is the first FAQ that I am writing, so don't hurt me. --==----==---==---==---==---==---==---==---==---==---==---==---==--- LEGAL INFORMATION -=Copyrights=- This list is copyrighted by me, and I don't care who uses it, as long as someone doesn't profit from it. Contact me if plan to use it, as I want to keep track of who has one. PURPOSE ------------- Gamers like games, and like a lot of people, they run to someone else when they have a problem, now that's where I come in. I help people through those difficult spots as well as entertain those people who simply likes to read. RULES FOR SUBMISSION ----------------------------------- Feel free tell me anything that I may have missed on my countless playthroughs of the game (though not likely) but also inform me of any suggestions. A) Be polite and make your point clearly, and I might just take your suggestions seriously. B) I'm a busy person, and you should fell lucky that I took time to write this, so don't send anything which might offend me. --==---==---==---==---==---==---==---=+=---==---==---==---==---==--- GAME INFORMATION This is next anticipated game from the Age of Empires series, Age of Empires III places players in the time period of roughly 1500-1850, picking up roughly where Age of Empires II left off. In this game, players take on the role of a European empire which seeks to colonize and conquer the new world. Age of Empires III introduces exciting new system of home cities. Players have all new civilizations to play as, random maps to play on, and a single-player campaign which is much improved. Players will also find that graphics is also much improved. --==----==---==---==---==---==---==---==---==---==---==---==---==--- CAMPAIGNS All Campaign levels in this FAQ are based on the Medium difficulty. I only give brief outlines about what you need to do to complete the objectives to allow you to experience to game for yourself, you wont learn unless you try things for yourself. ACT 1: BLOOD --==---==---==---==---==---==---==---=+=---==---==---==---==---==--- MISSION 1: BREAKOUT PRIMARY OBJECTIVE: Defend the Fort Command Post This is the first level of the game and already they are throwing you in the deep end, but don't worry since all you have to do is defend colony against seemingly endless waves of janissaries, and later bombards. Your colony should already be established, so all you need to concentrate on is military micromanagement. First thing to do is to upgrade your outposts into frontier outposts and produce lots of crossbowmen and since you need a lot of them, you should also upgrade them to veteran status. The janissaries should fall pretty quickly, but soon the Ottomans should be sending up cavalry, you could train pikemen to counter them, but if you're like me, simply focus all crossbowmen on single targets until they are all dead. Once the cavalry are dead, the ottomans will send up great bombards and you will receive your next mission. PRIMARY OBJECTIVE: Use Settlers to gather the wood on the hill to light the signal fire Alright, the great bombards are demolishing your colony and you have no hope of defeating them with crossbowmen so you must run to superior officer for reinforcements. To call Alain, you must send settlers to gather wood on top of a hill, since you don't have a town center to train settlers with, you will have to send those settlers gathering from the mill since you probably already have enough food to last you the rest of the game. The Ottomans sees this coming and sends up 4 janissaries to stop you, counter them however you wish, just make sure that all the wood is collected. PRIMARY OBJECTIVE: Destroy all the Great Bombards This objective pretty much explains itself, all you have to do is to send to new cavalry you just got to the bombard and let them do what they are good at, nothing hard about this at all. SECONDARY OBJECTIVE: Collect all the Treasures on the map (300 XP) Very simple, send someone around to collect any treasure that you see, use a settler for this, Morgan's combat skills are too valuable. --==----==---==---==---==---==---==---==---==---==---==---==---==--- MISSION 2: INTO THE CAVES PRIMARY OBJECTIVE: Defend the base from the Ottoman attack This is the second level and at the start your colony is under attack from janissaries, this is a very simple objective and simply requires you to kill all those janissaries. Move the great bombard forward and bombard those janissaries while backing up your crossbowmen with Alain and Morgan as well as anything else that is able to fight, as soon as all the janissaries are dead, this objective is complete. PRIMARY OBJECTIVE: Destroy all the Ottoman Weapon caches This objective will have you attempting to drive the Ottoman out of Malta, they will leave once you destroy their precious weapons. You will need to destroy 8 weapon caches, 1 outside and 7 inside the cave, but to get inside, you will need to go through their base and the only way that can happen is if its completely destroyed. First you will need to do what you need to do to build your base, once you get your economy stabilized, build an artillery foundry and train lots of hoop throwers because they are very effective. Once you have a reasonable army, rush their base with everything you got, their base will fall very quickly, leaving the entrance to the cave clear to send your men through. After this part, it will be a simple matter of moving whatever you have through the cave and destroying everything that belongs to the Ottomans along the way. SECONDARY OBJECTIVE: Claim the nearby Treasure (300 XP) You will receive this objective when you discover the treasure just north of your base. This is a very simple objective, probably the easiest objective there is in this game. This simply requires that you take Morgan up to the treasure to the north of your base, kill the guardians and claim the treasure, very easy experience to be gained. SECONDARY OBJECTIVE: Find a Shipwreck and gather any supplies near it (300 XP) You will receive this objective when you discover the shipwreck. This sounds easy enough but I can't seem to get it to work. I took some settlers, collected all the supplies near it but cant seem to be able to complete the objective. SECONDARY OBJECTIVE: Build an Artillery Foundry and train at least 10 Hoop Throwers (500 XP) You should have completing this objective along the mission anyway so you should have no trouble. You should be doing this even if this wasn't an actual objective that you need to complete. --==----==---==---==---==---==---==---==---==---==---==---==---==--- MISSION 3: PIRATES! PRIMARY OBJECTIVE: Build a Town Center After that brief cut scene, you now have to go to America to find the lake of the moon, you met some pirates on the way and now you're your ship is damaged so you have to land and build a base to kill some pirates. Yes, someone is going to die today, but first you must build your base, the first part is that you get a covered wagon, you may or may not have seen these before, but they build town centers, so use it to build a town center wherever you see a clear piece of land. PRIMARY OBJECTIVE: Build a Barracks and a Dock Now that you got your town center you need troops if you want to kill some pirates. Before you do this however, you need to get your economy going, get some settlers on food, wood and gold while at the same time to use your troops to explore the rest of the island and kill any pirates or natives that you come across. Once you feel that your economy can support an army, then build one, but to complete this objective just build a barracks and a dock. PRIMARY OBJECTIVE: Find and collect three Navigation Charts This is the part of the mission that you have to kill a lot of pirates, before you take on the main pirate base to get their piece of the map, you may want to collect the other two pieces first, so that this mission is easier and also you get the help of any treasure you collect along the way. Start with the island just to the south of the one you start on, then move to the one on the bottom of the map, eventually coming around to the large island in the middle of the map. By doing it this way, you can rush to the pieces of the map and finish the mission instead of having to completely demolish the pirate base, I find this mission quite annoying. SECONARY OBJECTIVE: Build a second Town Center (200 XP) You will receive this objective when you when you find a covered wagon, the covered wagon is in the form of treasure on the island just to the south of the island you start on, try to build this town center somewhere useful like the pirate island where you can have easy access to troops for when you have to tear their base down. --==----==---==---==---==---==---==---==---==---==---==---==---==--- MISSION 4: THE OTTOMAN FORT PRIMARY OBJECTIVE: Build a Town Center You got past the pirates and landed on land in America chasing the Turks and going to find the lake, the Turks have beaten you here and constructed a fort. You will worry about them later, but first you must get your colony started. You started with a covered wagon along with some settlers, get the wagon to build a town center. PRIMARY OBJECTIVE: Go to the Home City and send a Shipment This is the first mission that you get the advantage of being able to use the home city, but because you cant do anything to your home city at the end of earlier levels, you wont have any good card, but for this mission it doesn't really matter. Go to your home city and select the settler shipment since you need to get your economy going and your base started really fast, once the shipment arrives, you will receive your next objective. PRIMARY OBJECTIVE: Find and ally with at least two local Natives This mission certainly teaches you a lot of things about how this game works but you should already know how to ally with the natives. There are three native villages on this map, but you only have to ally with two. I suggest the village right next to your base and the one to the north west of your base because it will be easier to defend them if you position your troops carefully, your enemies also wants to ally with the natives so get to them before they do and don't let them take more than one village. PRIMARY OBJECTIVE: Find and destroy the Ottoman Command Post and Town Center So you have completed the prior objective to establish a stable colony and now you can take on a fort. I wont give too much detail, (I let you make most decisions) but it involves taking a lot of unit and rushing the fort over and over again until every inside in dead. This is the kind of objective that you would and done over and over again in just about every game. SECONDARY OBJECTIVE: Destroy the ottoman Fishing Dock (500 XP) You will receive this objective when you discover the dock. Destroying this building will stop the Turks from getting extra food from fishing and also it would stop any annoying galleys that they send to harass you with. The best time to destroy this dock is very early when the mission just started so that you wont have any galleys to worry about. There wont be anything to protect it unless you leave this until late game when they have built galleys. --==----==---==---==---==---==---==---==---==---==---==---==---==--- MISSION 5: TEMPLES OF THE AZTEC PRIMARY OBJECTIVE: Build a Trading Post at the Aztec village Now you have to find the map to the lake of the moon, you know it is inside the Aztec city so you must help them if you want to have a look at it. From the location you start, take a few steps in the only direction you can and you will see some natives mining gold for the Spanish, since the Ottomans are defeated, the Spanish are your new enemies. Kill the Spanish guards and the natives will show you the way to the Aztec city, make your way to the Aztec city and build a trading post in it. PRIMARY OBJECTVE: Build a Town Center When you have built a trading post, a caravel will come and unload a covered wagon and some settlers, build a town center at that location and use your settlers to gather resources, you will need a lot of it for the next part. PRIMARY OBJECTIVE: AT least one Aztec Temple must remain standing Just as you get your base started, the Spanish launch an all out assault on the Aztec city, a large Aztec army is on the way but you will have to defend this city until they arrive. This is what the main mission is about, the hardest part about this is getting enough resources to support your army. Your home city could be quite a lot of help here, until you run out of unit shipments, then you will need the help of the natives, there are some native prisoners around the place, and when you rescue them, they become warriors that joins your cause, using them to supplement your army could help a lot. Once you got your units and resources problems sorted out, this objective becomes quite easy, the temples that you have to protect are under your control so you can repair them if they get damaged, it also takes quite a lot to destroy one, giving you enough time to move your army from one temple to another to defend them all. PRIMARY OBJECTIVE: Find and destroy the Spanish Town Center Now that the large Aztec army has arrived, it is time to make the Spanish pay for what they just made you go through. The Spanish will no longer assault squads to harass you so you can send all your units to their base and burn it down. You should have done this type of objective many times before so I'll let you do it yourself. SECONDARY OBJECTIVE: Save more than one Temple The primary objective is that you must save at least one temple, this secondary objective requires that you save at least two temple. Since this objective is also very easy, if you can save one, you might as well save them all. It says that you receive reward in the form of experience or every additional temple that you save, but it didn't specify exactly how much experience you receive. SECONDARY OBJECTIVE: Rescue more Aztec prisoners You will receive this objective when you rescue your first group of native prisoners excluding the ones that you first come across. When you receive this objective, all the native prisoners will automatically light up on your screen, so finding them wont be a problem. Rescuing native prisoners will also greatly help in your efforts with defending the Aztec city, just leave a few units behind when the Spanish attack when you're elsewhere rescuing prisoners. --==----==---==---==---==---==---==---==---==---==---==---==---==--- MISSION 6: A PIRATE'S HELP PRIMARY OBJECTIVE: Earn 8,000 Experience before Lizzie sets sail for Florida. (500 XP) In your haste to find the lake of the moon, you became careless and sailed into a storm, you survived but your ship won't be sailing for a long, long time but you still want to get to Florida as soon as possible. So what do you do now? You ask the very person that you were trying to kill a few days before. But even though that you sank her useless ships to the bottom of the sea, she still needs you to prove yourself worthy, now you have to wander on this island looking for work. What you have to do exactly is stated in the secondary objectives section, also you will receive not shipment from your home city for the duration of the level due to you being so far off course. PRIMARY OBJECTIVE: Bring Morgan to Lizzie before she sets sail. You will receive this objective when you have obtained the 8,000 experience points that you needed. Lizzie stands in the same spot throughout the whole mission so you should have no trouble finding her, just get there before the timer runs out. SECONDARY OBJECTIVE: Stop the raiding Native Americans from attacking the settlers of Havana (350 XP) You will immediately receive this objective when you start the mission, you will hear settlers crying for your help, you should then help them as fast as you can because not only do you receive experience as the reward, you will also receive half of the building in that town as well as all the settlers that have not been killed, that's why you should save them as fast as you can. After the completion of this objective, you can finally get a base started, you will need a lot of troops, Carib blowgunners are strong little things. SECONDARY OBJECTIVE: Build the first Stable in Havana (500 XP) You will receive this objective when you receive your base. Morgan will make a comment on how cavalry are good against blowgunners, though I find this not entirely true, you should still build a stable even if it is only for the experience. What I do find good against blowgunners are hoop throwers, so build a couple of them if you can afford them. SECONDARY OBJECTIVE: Reopen trade with the rest of Cuba by building a second Trading Post (850 XP) You will also receive this objective when you receive control of your base. You should complete this objective because of two reasons, one being that you receive the rather large amount of experience on offer as the reward and two being that once the trading post is up, you will continuously receive experience from the trading post. The only problem that you may come across while completing this objective are those two groups of Carib blowgunners protecting the trade site, when there are such large amounts of enemies grouped together, it is always good to use an attack with an large area on damage, Morgan's special ability works amazingly effectively and also hoop throwers also work well. Once the trading post is up, go up the hill just to the right to receive another easy objective. SECONDARY OBJECTIVE: Find and gather the stolen gold (900 XP) You will receive this objective when you discover the stolen gold just up the hill to the right of the trading post that you had to build. This is another of those objectives that I just cant seem to be able to complete when I should have completed it, but at least it includes free resources, and if you can get it to work, that's another 900 experience to add toward the total of 8,000. SECONDARY OBJECTIVE: Return the lost herd to Havana's Livestock Pen (750 XP) You will receive this objective when you discover the lost herd of cows to the bottom of the map. To complete this objective, just select the cows and send them to the livestock pen, don't worry about them since nothing can kill them, the worst that can happen is that the natives recapture them. There is also another way to benefit from this objective, once the cows are at the livestock pen, you complete the objective and also can kill them and get fast food. SECONDARY OBJECTIVE: Take Lizzie's Native friend to his family on the nearby Island (1000 XP) Lizzie you give you this objective herself once you built the trading post so you probably have to do this if you want to ride her ship. There a canoe to the edge of the map that you will need to get across the water, but the Carib will start attacking the canoe as soon as you get close to it, so that them out before they see the canoe. Once the canoe is in your control, use it cross the river with the native by and a large army. Once you arrive at the village, you completed the objective. SECONDARY OBJECTIVE: Retrieve the stolen Artifact (1500 XP) You will receive this objective from one of the natives after returning to boy. There's some pirates just to the south of the island and they got cannon but this is the most rewarding objective in the completely pointless mission, you get 1500 XP for completing this plus another 500 because of the artifact itself. After completing this objective you are guaranteed to have more that 8,000 points of experience so you can hurry back to Lizzie and get a ride on her ship. --==----==---==---==---==---==---==---==---==---==---==---==---==--- Missions 7 and 8 coming soon. --==----==---==---==---==---==---==---==---==---==---==---==---==--- Acts 2 and 3 Coming soon. --==----==---==---==---==---==---==---==---==---==---==---==---==--- End of document.