Holland Guard
Holland Guard
Appears in Empire: Total War
Belongs to United Provinces
Type Elite Infantry
Weapon(s) Musket
Ammunition 15
Soldiers in each unit 40/80/120/160
Melee Attack 10
Charge bonus 14
Defense skill 18
Morale 11
Range 70
Accuracy 55
Reloading 60
Tech requirement None
Produced from Army Staff College in the Netherlands
Special abilities

Can Guard Can hide in woodland Can hide in light scrub Resistant to morale shocks Inspires nearby units Grappling Hooks chevaux de frise earthworks Can use the fire and advance drill improved platoon fire grouped platoonfire grouped Rank firing drill Can adopt square formation

Cost 1210 SP/1240 MP
Upkeep 300
Turns to Train 2
Unit Cap 6
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Holland Guard are a type of elite infantry in Empire: Total War.


The Holland Guards are infantry, charged with protecting the national leader and his immediate family.

These troops are equipped as line infantry, and carry smoothbore muskets. Their uniforms are splendid, and mark them out as a superior unit, in arrogance if nothing else. They are trained to deliver devastating volley fire, and never to waver in the face of a foe. This attitude serves them well in battle, as the Guard can hardly be seen to cut and run, no matter how hot the fight.

Historically, the guards sometimes became the only unit a leader could rely on when politics got out of hand, most of the time. It was not unknown for the Guard to be kingmakers, even in a republic, and only give their protection to their preferred choice of leader. With the turbulent history of the Dutch, the Holland Guard were provided with numerous opportunities to change the national leader. As the 18th century drew to a close, the fire of the French Revolution was spreading through Europe: free thinkers saw the merits of the Revolution and many set their minds on something similar in their own countries.

General InformationEdit

Holland Guards are the Dutch equivalent of regular Guards, and possess largely the same capabilities with marginally better melee and charging characteristics.

Guards inspire all units near them, giving them better morale. Most guards (including these particular units) may only be recruited by an Absolute Monarchy or a Constitutional Monarchy, and are automatically disbanded if a Republic is declared. Instead, Republican Guard can be trained. The United Provinces are an exception to  this rule as they have access to their full roster even while under a Republic's rule. 

Patch HistoryEdit

  • June 22, 2009--Patch 1.3: Holland Guard are added to the game, replacing regular Dutch Guards.
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