This mod aims at improving every aspect of the incredible game that is Age of Empires 3 and its expansions. From new civilizations to new units, buildings, technologies, maps, game modes and even soundtracks, the Improvement Mod has been in works since 2009 and it's the perfect choice for players who just want to get the most out of their game without changing it completely.

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Every version of this mod should be installed on a fresh, unmodified version of 'Age of Empires 3 The Asian Dynasties' (must also include 'The War Chiefs' and all games must be updated to the latest versions, v1.03 for TAD)! Mostly recommended only if you have any kind of errors or other problems. If you have problems with missing models, sounds or buildings icons then try to re-install 'The War Chiefs'. It has some installation glitches. And if that doesn't work then find out how to fix it at the end of this description. High video settings are recommended for all visual changes to work properly. Please do not 'update' the mod with any rip-offs or other modifications from mods 'designed' to work with this one. To make sure you always have the latest version check out the mod's blog periodically.

- make sure you have the latest versions of all 3 games (v1.03 for TAD), get the latest patches from the game's official website or use the game's updaters
- run the installer, select your AoE3 directory and continue with the installation
- to completely remove the mod please re-install the game

For the latest patches go to:

For more updates and stuff go to:

Read the complete change log here on ModDB or after installing the mod or in the setup 'readme information'.

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Improvement Mod version 5.2 (manual install)*OLD*
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Emrick09 Oct 19 2012, 6:43pm says:

I know I should do a clean install each time but will it cause any issues if I use this version over the last one? Excellent mod by the way!

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mandosrex Oct 20 2012, 4:25am replied:

Not really. That recommandation is mostly for when you have any problems or bugs with the game.

There is one thing though, you will still have the Rifleman bug.
Go here and see how you can easily fix it:

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Emrick09 Oct 20 2012, 5:01am says:


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FahrySamad Dec 7 2012, 8:32am says:

I'm trying to install it for steam, but it reads with an error message: game not found. I have all three versions of the games (TWC and TAD).
Please help me out, I'm really looking forward to playing this mod.

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mandosrex Author
mandosrex Dec 7 2012, 11:25pm replied:

What gives an error...?
The installer lets you install the mod anywhere so it can't be from it.

Anyway, to install it for Steam use this path in the installer:
/Steam/steamapps/common/Age of Empires 3/bin/

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dikkiedik Jan 25 2013, 4:08pm says:

i can't find the US in the Home cities? and i can't play any custom map, cus it says that there are no custom maps loaded? can you help me with these problems?


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mandosrex Jan 25 2013, 6:06pm replied:

Yup, the installation went wrong. There.
Now follow these incredibly simple steps if you wanna enjoy the mod:
1. Install Age of Empires 3
2. Install The WarChiefs (watch out what pirated version of this one you install, some are broken)
3. Install The Asian Dynasties (try not to run any of them until you complete all steps)
4. Update Age of Empires 3 (latest version: 1.14)
5. Update The WarChiefs (latest version: 1.06)
6. Update The Asian Dynasties (latest version: 1.03)
7. Install mod and run the patcher to update

Remember not to use any cracks. This game doesn't need to be cracked after updating it, just a cdkey.
Have fun.

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BritishRail195 Apr 6 2013, 8:18am says:

is there any ohter way to download....

i can't download from

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mandosrex Author
mandosrex Apr 6 2013, 10:41pm replied:

Of course!

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TerrorofDeath93 May 16 2013, 4:57pm says:

It said "ERROR: Could not lock files (are you playing age3.exe?)" why?? pleass help me mandosrex.. hmm

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mandosrex May 16 2013, 8:24pm replied:

Look above. Follow those exact same steps. You are getting that error because you didn't update the game to its latest original version.

Also, make sure your antivirus isn't blocking the patcher and run the patcher as administrator!

You can also start the game without the patcher, of course, and the mod will work but you will not have the latest version.

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TerrorofDeath93 May 16 2013, 11:15pm says:

Did i need to copy paste all the file that i download into my age3 folder first?

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TerrorofDeath93 May 16 2013, 11:17pm says:

i mean or i can just let the original file..

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mandosrex Author
mandosrex May 17 2013, 7:44am replied:

First of all, you shouldn't even download this version... The "manual install" version is for people who know how to install mods extremely well and hate installers, other modders and Mac users. You are neither of these.

Download the installer version and follow the steps!

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TerrorofDeath93 May 17 2013, 12:16pm says:

Sir... i made it... :) i copy all the files en mada a backup.. then update liked u said.. en turn off my antivirus.. then its ok.. :) when i played it showed the picture above.. ^_^

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TerrorofDeath93 May 17 2013, 12:25pm says:

forgot to mention.. en i has run the patch.. en all go smootly.. :)

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allan00401 Jul 7 2013, 6:42pm says:

I cant play the Americans. I did the installer version and ran the mod patcher but i still cant find the American home city.

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mandosrex Jul 9 2013, 10:19pm replied:

Go to home city selection, not creation, and you will find the Americans. Why don't people check this BEFORE asking why they can't find them...?

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