French in Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition

Flag of French in Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition

Descendants of the Franks who inhabited regions in France. The French held large areas in the New World until the late 1700s. They famously supported the American revolution after the Battle of Saratoga in 1777.


Napoleon Bonaparte in Age of Empires III

You can expect to see Napoleon‘s ambitious nature reflected in how he plays in Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition. He is a great military strategist who prefers to play offensively rather than defensively. Napoleon is not friendly with the British and may hesitate to cooperate with them. He likes to be in control and does not appreciate direction from anyone else.



Civilization Bonuses

  • Begins with a Native Scout.
  • Trains Coureurs des Bois instead of Settlers.

Royal guard units:

  • Skirmisher (Voltigeurs)
  • Cuirassier (Gendarmes)

Unique Units

CoureurCoureur des Bois Icon in Age of Empires III des Bois
The Coureur des Bois is the main resource gatherer for the French. Coureurs des Bois are expensive compared to standard Settlers, but have a good attack and decent range. They are, however, not meant for combat, but will defend themselves better than the gatherers of other nations. Coureurs des Bois can be used to collect Treasures. Coureurs des Bois can be sent from the Home City, trained in the New World and, if you have an alliance, trained at Cree settlements.
Cuirassier Icon in Age of Empires IIICuirassier
Cuirassiers are a unique French cavalry unit with no range, high hitpoints, and a massive attack that includes area damage. Cuirassiers are the heaviest cavalry in the game, take up a lot of population space, and are quite expensive. As cavalry they are rather slow, but they are still faster than infantry and pack more power into a single unit. Cuirassiers are expensive to train and painful to lose. It is a good idea to group Cuirassiers with a unit like the Skirmisher, which is effective against infantry that can threaten even the powerful Cuirassier.


French Home City Paris in Age of Empires III

Paris, the French Home City in Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition