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Wars of Liberty remade the church entirely. Now it's available for all civilizations in the game and lets you select a religion, enabling a new resource: faith. With faith, you can train priests, which are now much more strategic, and research new religious technologies with amazing and game-twisting effects. Currently, there are 16 different religions, and each civilization has access to 2, plus Laicism (No Religion).

OverviewEdit

The main core feature of religion has been overhauled from the original Age of Empires III Series. In the vanilla versions, each civilization, excluding Native Americans, has either a church or monastery. These buildings have upgrades which can aid the civilizations. However, these upgrades don't actually represent a religion or have religious upgrades. Therefore in Wars of Liberty, a new representation of religion was implemented. Each civilization has a set of religion they can choose to put faith on. And each religion has different traits which can aid a civilization. There is also an option to opt-out of religion.

What are religons in Wars of Liberty?Edit

The Church building for the Europeans in AoE3 served the purpose of training healers and providing improvements for a civ. In Wars of Liberty, the Church has been renamed to Temple (which is also renamed upon choosing a religion) and serves a much more significant role.

Any civ has a choice of 3 religions based on the historical background of that civ. One choice is always Laicism (no religion, with scientific improvements), and two other civ based religons. It costs 200 gold to research a religion at the Temple. Note that all previous functions of the Church (and Monastery, for Asians) are still enabled, such as researching improvements (Europeans) and training mercenaries (Asians).

After the tech is researched, the church becomes a gathering building for a new resource, Faith (similar to Favor from Age of Mythology), and it is gathered mainly by having villagers pray at the Temple as if it was a Mill or Plantation (except for Laicism, which does not use Faith). Native Americans have alternate buildings, with the Totem for the North American Natives (which trickles Faith instead of needing villagers to pray, along with having a build limit of 5 Totems), and the Monument for the South American Natives (which allows the player to use God Powers, similar to those in Age of Mythology).

There is always 6 improvements provided by each religion and varying technologies for upgrading Healers and the Faith gathering rate of villagers. Other gathering rates are also increased by these upgrades. If the Advanced Religon card is sent by a civ, then the Temple can also train Inquisitors (a Spy-Priest hybrid, able to condemn faster than Priests), which enables you to start the Inquisition, and Priests have more hitpoints.

Only one Temple is allowed for any civ, except for the Catholic religon that can have two Abbeys, and the Egyptians who can manage to get two Temple Caravans by building one, and then researching the 3rd Civil Tech at the Library Caravan.

List of ReligionsEdit

Religion Description/Bonus Temple Name Priest Name Highest Priest Upgrade Highest Faith Upgrade Civilizations
Laicism

RELIGIONatheism

No state religion.

Allows late-game scientific research and a cheaper healer, the Physician, who is unable to condemn.

Temple Physician None None All
Anglican

RELIGIONanglican

British religion founded by the monarchy.

Deacons have larger range than regular priests.

Church Deacon Priestupgrade3Purity (III) FaithupgradeFaith (II) British, Colombians, Australians, Canadians, Bulgarians, Zulu
Animism

RELIGIONanimism

Religion that focuses on life after death.

Your Seer is a better healer.

Sanctuary Seer Priestupgrade3Purity (III) FaithupgradeDogma (IV) Australians, Aztecs, Chileans, Ethiopians, Mapuche
Baptist

RELIGIONbaptist

Christian religion dominant in the New World.

Most religious improvements are free, but they take longer to research.

Parish Pastor Priestupgrade4Sanctity (IV) FaithupgradeFaith (II) Americans, Canadians, Iroquois, Mexicans, Sioux
Buddhism

RELIGIONbuddhism

Religion that seeks the path to enlightenment.

Your Bhikkhu regenerates.

Pagoda Bhikkhu Priestupgrade3Purity (III) FaithupgradeFervor (III) Chinese, Japanese, Koreans
Calvinism

RELIGIONcalvinism

Protestant religion that offers an alternative to approach to Christian life.

Your Huguenots can build Trading Posts.

Meeting House Huguenot Priestupgrade3Purity (III) FaithupgradeFaith (II) Belgians, Dutch, Romanians, Tupi
Candomblé

RELIGIONcandomble

African religion mixed with Christan values.

Babalorixás have a strong hand attack.

Casa Branca Babalorixá Priestupgrade2Redemption (II) FaithupgradeFervor (III) Brazilians
Catholic

RELIGIONcatholic

Christian religion dominant on most of the world.

Allows the construction of one extra Abbey.

Abbey Priest Priestupgrade3Purity (III) FaithupgradeDogma (IV) Argentines, Belgians, Brazilians, Chileans, French, Haitians, Italians, Maltese, Mexicans, Paraguayans, Peruvians, Portuguese, Spanish
Heliolatry

RELIGIONheliolatry

Religion based on the worship of the Sun.

Your Diviner has greater line of sight.

Observatory Diviner Priestupgrade3Purity (III) FaithupgradeDogma (IV) Aztecs, Inca, Paraguayans
Hinduism

RELIGIONhinduism

One of the oldest religions in the world.

Your Acharya is resistant to ranged attacks.

Mandir Acharya Priestupgrade3Purity (III) FaithupgradeDogma (IV) Indians
Islam

RELIGIONislam

Middle-east religion strong in principles.

Imams train faster.

Mosque Imam Priestupgrade4Sanctity (IV) FaithupgradeFervor (III) Egyptians, Indians, Ottomans, Spanish
Judaism

RELIGIONjudaism

Ancient religion that favors traditional values.

Rabbis pray at the Synagogue.

Synagogue Rabbi Priestupgrade4Sanctity (IV) FaithupgradeDogma (IV) Egyptians, Germans, Greeks, Portuguese
Lutheran

RELIGIONlutheran

The first Christian religion that emerged from the Reformation.

Once chosen, two Preachers spawn from Chapel.

Chapel Preacher Priestupgrade3Purity (III) FaithupgradeFaith (II) Americans, Dutch, French, Germans, Habsburgs
Orthodox

RELIGIONorthodox

Christian religion based on eastern traditions.

Hegumens spawn automatically.

Sanctuary Hegumen Priestupgrade3Purity (III) FaithupgradeFervor (III) Argentines, Bulgarians, Ethiopians, Greeks, Habsburgs, Maltese, Ottomans, Romanians, Russians
Shamanism

RELIGIONshamanism

Religion based on native beliefs.

Shamans cost only Faith, free of Coin.

Altar Shaman Priestupgrade2Redemption (II) FaithupgradeFervor (III) Brazilians, Inca, Iroquois, Koreans, Mapuche, Peruvians, Russians, Sioux, Tupi, Zulu
Shinto

RELIGIONShinto

Folk religion of Japan.

Two Kami spawn from your Kannushi when he dies.

Jinja Kannushi Priestupgrade1Devotion (I) FaithupgradeBelief (I) Japanese
Taoism

RELIGIONtaoism

Religion that emphasizes living in harmony.

Your Daoshi moves faster.

Gong Daoshi Priestupgrade3Purity (III) FaithupgradeFaith (II) Chinese
Voodoo

RELIGIONvoodoo

African religion that focuses on communion with the dead. Enables two different Priest types. Peristil Houngan and Queen Mother Priestupgrade4Sanctity (IV) FaithupgradeDogma (IV) Haitians
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