Title states it all. What unit in all of AOE3 do you hate the most and why? I am curious with this, and I will state my two most hated units and why.
First, the Dutch Ruyter. When I first got AOE3 back in like 2005…I think, I didn’t realize initially that skirmishers beat ranged cavalry, so I would always use cavalry archers or dragoons and they’d get shredded by the mass of like 50 Ruyters. When I finally realized the skirmisher beat them, I was pretty much like “this unit disgusts me!” When the Asian Dynasties came out and I got China as my main, and then saw Repelling Volley, the Ruyter and all its relatives ceased to be a problem but that disgust stuck with me over the years lol. The Ruyter is just a good unit, best ranged cavalry, in my opinion.
Second, I despise the Chinese iron flail more than any unit. They serve an exceptionally niche role, killing skirmishers and archers. Some claim they are good against artillery, which is utter nonsense. I think an Exalted Iron Flail has 39 attack, while an Imperial Hussar has 60. The Spanish Lancer is more effective, at Imperial level, like 750HP and 40 attack, slightly higher than the Iron Flail but like 100 more HP. I find myself using the iron flails only against Russia, to solely eliminate Strelets (duh) and against the Inca, to counter their Jungle Bowman. On top of that, they receive no bonus against heavy infantry, so they just die against musketeers, pikemen, halberdiers, etc, etc, while the Spanish Lancer gets its damage as a blanket times 3 (or 4 with that one card that’s name escapes me right now…) against ALL infantry.
Instead of using iron flails for anti-light infantry, I use Steppe Riders, who do about 30 damage, times 2 against skirmishers, they use up only 1 population spot and they are fast enough to run away or kill skirmishers and then move on and attack buildings or villagers.
Ok, so like, super curious to see what you guys say lol. What do you hate and why? Did one unit traumatize you back in the day? Is it just a lame unit? Or is it something else?