|This article is about the unit in Age of Empires III: The WarChiefs . For the native unit, see Lakota Axe Rider.|
The Axe Rider has a higher attack than most other cavalry units, making it quick and efficient at killing light infantry. However, Axe Riders also have relatively low HP, so it is recommended to guard them from heavy infantry and ranged cavalry. Mass Axe Rider production relies on gathering a large amount of food so it is advisable to take control of the map early and secure as many hunts as possible to produce them in large numbers.
It is good idea to combine them with Rifle Rider as the Rifle Riders can break through the enemy's line of Musketeers and Pikemen, allowing the Axe Riders to reach the Skirmishers or Artillery they were protecting and eliminate them.
At level 40 Home City, the Morning Star card grants the Axe Rider the ability to convert Treasure Guardians. Having a group of Axe Riders accompanying the Sioux War Chief allows the player to quickly collect all treasures and rally all Treasure Guardians.
- Elite Upgrade 25% Effect (+HP & +Damage)
- Champion Upgrade 25% Effect (+HP & +Damage)
- Legendary Upgrade 50% Effect (+HP & +Damage)
"When the Sioux discovered horses, they were so impressed they named the new animal the Wonder Dog. It changed their entire way of life. Almost overnight, they became one of the most famous nomad peoples of history. Their effectiveness in combat is best summed up by the fact that the Sioux were long considered the best cavalry in the world."
- Despite being called Axe Rider, the weapon used by the Axe Rider is a gunstock war club, an indigenous weapon used by Native Americans. Indigenous tribes of America most likely created the design of the club based upon European firearms.