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A Treasure Guardian is a special unit that watches over Treasures on a map and are featured in Age of Empires III. A Guardian is anything that is guarding a treasure. It is not hostile to anyone, until it is attacked, however once it is attacked, all the guardians on its treasure will attack whichever unit first attacked it. If you damage a guardian and walk away, the guardian can instantly autoheal to full health so that you can not damage a guardian and come back to finish it off later in an easier battle. All treasure guardians are incredibly fast with at least 6 speed. Guardians can range from polar bears (which can appear in the middle of the amazon), to orca whales on sea. The difficulty and number of guardians per treasure determines how great the reward of the treasure is. Often times there is more than one guardian, making attacking with just your Explorer difficult.

Game Info Edit

Treasure Guardians are infantry, cavalry, or naval units that stand in a map guarding Treasures of wood, food, coin, units, or special bonuses for your explorer; such as increased hitpoints- although these bonuses for your explorer only last the game. In the Asian Dynasties maps other types of treasure has been added, like for example, a food discount on all costs. The Treasure Guardians have to be killed in order to claim Treasures. In the early stages of the game some treasure guardians can prove a challenge to defeat and should not be taken care of by civilian units, as high losses will result. Against renegade units, rather than creatures, are much tougher to defeat and should be dispatched with military force, or by use of the Explorer's abilities. Most Treasure Guardians are usually wild animals or renegade men, both of which are from the Mother Nature faction. Some of the treasure guardians are superficially similar to mercenaries available to hire through the saloon.

Treasure Guardians are their own class of unit and do not inflict or receive counter bonuses when fighting normal military units. Explorers, War Chiefs, Monks, and Tame Animals all have attack bonuses against Treasure Guardians. In addition, Explorers can use their Sharpshooter ability to kill a single guardian; War Chiefs can convert a single guardian to fight for them; and Monks can stun a single guardian for a few seconds. With these abilities, explorer upgrade cards, and any tame animals you find or train, even the best guarded treasures can be yours.

List of Guardians Edit

There are many types of Treasure Guardians:

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