Civilization Wiki

BackArrowGreen.png The list of units

The first gunpowder unit, Musketmen are powerful defenders.

A city must have saltpeter in its Strategic Resource box to build a musketman.

The French, cannot build the Musketman they instead have a superior unique unit - Musketeer which is a more powerful city defender with defensive bombard.

Civilopedia entry[]

One of the most important developments in the history of warfare was the invention of firearms. Originally developed in the 14th century, firearms evolved quickly, and by the late 17th century flintlock muskets had become commonplace in battle. Musketeers, who were relatively inexpensive to equip and train, proved a deadly foe for the knights who had dominated the battlefield for so many years. Armies were often comprised of a combination of musketeers, cannon, and knights, each complementing the strengths and weaknesses of the others. Large forces of musketeers within a fortress or behind city walls proved an exceedingly difficult obstacle to an attacking army. Muskets were the primary firearms in use until they were replaced by repeating rifles in the mid-19th century.


  • The Musketmen in this game use monopods, suggesting they are more for defensive purposes than offensive. It can also be historically accurate, since early muskets were somewhat heavy and required monopods to keep it steady while firing.
Civilization III Units
Land Ancient CavalryAnsar WarriorU PArcherArmyArtilleryBerserkU PBowmanUCannonCatapultCavalryChariotChasqui ScoutU CConquistadorU PCossackUCruise MissileCrusaderEnkidu WarriorU CExplorerFlakCGallic SwordsmanU PGuerillaHopliteUHorsemanHussarU CHwachaU PICBMImmortalsUImpiUInfantryJaguar WarriorUJavelin ThrowerU CKeshikU PKnightLeaderLegionaryULongbowmanMarineMech InfantryMedieval InfantryMobile SAMCModern ArmorModern ParatrooperMounted WarriorUMusketeerUMusketmanNumidian MercenaryU PPanzerUParatrooperCPikemanRadar ArtilleryRiderURiflemanSamuraiUScoutSettlerSipahiU PSpearmanSwiss MercenaryU CSwordsmanTactical NukeTankThree-Man ChariotU CTOW InfantryCTrebuchetCWar ChariotUWar ElephantUWarriorWorker
Sea AEGIS CruiserBattleshipCaravelCarrackU CCarrierCruiserCCurraghCDestroyerDromonU CFrigateGalleonGalleyIroncladMan-O-WarUNuclear SubmarinePrivateerSubmarineTransport
Air BomberF-15UFighterHelicopterJet FighterStealth BomberStealth Fighter
U: Unique unitP: Added in Play the World expansion • C: Added in Conquests expansion