AgeCastle Age
Trained atCastle
TypeHand Cannoneer
Cost 60 Food,
55 Gold
HP35, 40 (Elite)
Attack17, 22 (Elite)
Armor1, 2 (Elite)
Upgraded FromN/A
Upgraded ToElite Janissary
Cost to Upgrade850 Food
750 Gold
For the related Age of Empires III unit, see Janissary (Age of Empires III).

The Janissary and its upgrade the Elite Janissary is the Turkish unique unit. It can be created in the Castle Age from the Castle, and it is the only gunpowder unit that any civilization (excluding the Spanish and Koreans) can create early at that particular age. Janissaries, especially their Elite version, are superior to Hand Cannoneers in attack and range.


Janissaries play similarly to Hand Cannoneers but with superior statistics. They are fragile but have a devastating attack. In groups they can send out a volley that will kill or severely injure enemy units that are too close. They are especially strong against infantry. They can do a lot of damage to archers and cavalry as well but archers can retaliate due to their ranged attack and cavalry can close the distance due to their speed. However, in great numbers Janissaries can kill them before they do too much damage. Up close Janissaries can be killed easily due to their low hitpoints. Siege Weapons are also a threat to them, as  a single shot from a Mangonel can devastate a formation.

Upgrades Edit

  • Ballistics increases accuracy at moving targets
  • Padded Archer Armor increases both normal defence and piercing defence by 1
  • Leather Archer Armor further increases both normal defence and piercing defence by 1
  • Ring Archer Armor further increases both normal defence by 1 and piercing defence by 2
  • The Jannissary can be upgraded to Elite Janissary

Trivia Edit

  • Along with Villagers, Trade Carts and Monks, Janissaries are the only units in Age of Empires II to have two skins: one, a fair-skinned man with a tall white top hat (called Royal Janissary in Scenario Editor), and the other, a dark-skinned man with no hat and a longer hand cannon.

History Edit

Some of the best units in the Turkish armies were the janissaries. These men were slaves captured as children and raised under Islam to be fanatical warriors. They wore distinctive white headgear and marched into battle accompanied by music. They fought on foot with a variety of weapons, including early firearms when these weapons reached the Middle East. The military was their entire life and they took great pride in their ability. They led the successful assault into Constantinople and the unsuccessful Turkish attacks against Malta and Vienna.

See also Edit



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