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This article is about the unit in Age of Empires III: The WarChiefs. For the native unit, see Lakota Axe Rider.

Mounted warrior good against skirmishers, foot archers, and artillery.
—In-game description

The Axe Rider is a melee heavy cavalry in Age of Empires III: The WarChiefs that is unique to the Lakota and can be trained at the Corral.

Overview[]

The Axe Rider has a higher attack than most other cavalry units, making it quick and efficient at killing Shock Infantry. However, Axe Riders also have relatively low hit points (before upgrades), 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 a good idea to combine them with Rifle Riders as they 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.

Due to the incredible number of upgrades and Home City shipments the Lakota have to upgrade their cavalry units, Axe Riders scale exceptionally well into the late stages of the game. When fully upgraded, they possess 675 hit points and 80 attack, while being quite cheap (with Mustangs) and only two population. This of course does not take into account any available native upgrades, team cards, auras or ceremonies.

In the original The WarChiefs, the "Morning Star" Home City Card, available for a level 40 Sioux Home City, grants the Axe Rider the Nature Friendship 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 convert all Treasure guardians. In the Definitive Edition, "Morning Star" instead gives all hand cavalry a 2.0x multiplier against Treasure guardians.

Special ability[]

  • Nature friendship Nature Friendship (requires the "Morning Star" Home City Card; not available in the Definitive Edition): Converts a Treasure guardian to the Axe Rider's side with the process taking 4 seconds to complete. 90 seconds cooldown.

Upgrades[]

Age Upgrade Cost Effect
Age III tech tree aoe3
Elite cavalry Elite Axe Riders 200 wood
100 coin
Upgrades Axe Riders to Elite (+25% hit points and attack)
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
Champion cavalry Champion Axe Riders 400 wood
200 coin
Upgrades Axe Riders to Champion (+25% hit points and attack); requires Elite Axe Riders
Imperial Age
Legendary cavalry Legendary Axe Riders 1,500 wood
1,500 coin
Upgrades Axe Riders to Legendary (+50% hit points and attack); requires Champion Axe Riders

Further statistics[]

As Axe Riders are unique to the Lakota, only technologies that they have access to are shown in the following table:

Unit strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Light infantry, artillery
Weak vs. Heavy infantry, light ranged cavalry, ranged shock infantry
Improvements
Hit points Cavalry Cuirass Cavalry Cuirass (+10%)
Comanche Horse Breeding Comanche Horse Breeding (+10%)
Cree Tanning Cree Tanning (+5%)
Navajo Weaving Navajo Weaving (+5%)
Tar kilns Tar Kilns (+5%)
Attack Yoga Yoga (+5%)
Pillage Pillage (+25% siege attack multiplier vs. buildings)
Wind horses Wind Horses (-10% Rate of Fire)
Battle Anger Battle Anger (+2.0 multiplier vs. artillery)
Horsemanship Horsemanship (+1.0 multiplier vs. Walls)
Resistance Sudanese quilted armor Sudanese Quilted Armor (+10% hand resistance)
Pancerni Pancerni (+10% ranged resistance)
Bonepipe Armor Bonepipe Armor (+10% siege resistance)
Speed Apache Endurance Apache Endurance (+5%)
Comanche Mustangs Comanche Mustangs (+5%)
Wind horses Wind Horses (+0.5)
Train time Cheyenne Horse Trading Cheyenne Horse Trading (-40%)
Horsemanship Horsemanship (-33%)
Quechuan Diet Quechuan Diet (-15%)
Shaman drums Shaman Drums (-10%)
Cost Mapuche Ad-mapu Mapuche Ad-mapu (-10% coin cost)
Golden liberty Golden Liberty (-5% coin cost)
Other Merritocracy Meritocracy (-20% upgrade cost)

Home City Cards[]

As Axe Riders are unique to the Lakota, only their cards and other civilizations' TEAM cards are shown in the following tables:

Click for a list of Home City Cards related to the Axe Rider
Some cards are highlighted with:
Green TEAM Shipment that is sent to each player in a team
Purple Shipment that can be sent an INFINITE number of times
Blue Shipment that arrives fast (5 seconds)

French[]

Card Description Age
French Home City 2 (Hand Cavalry Attack) TEAM Hand Cavalry Attack Hand cavalry and hand shock infantry get +15% attack
Age II tech tree aoe3

Germans[]

Card Description Age
German Home City 2 (Cavalry Attack) TEAM Cavalry Attack Heavy cavalry, light ranged cavalry, and shock infantry get +10% attack; Germans-only heavy cavalry, light cavalry, and shock infantry get +15% attack instead
Age III tech tree aoe3
  • "TEAM Cavalry Attack" does not stack with the Italian "TEAM Cavalry Attack" card.

Indians[]

Card Description Age
Shivajis tactics TEAM Shivaji's Tactics All units get +5% hit points and attack
Age IV tech tree aoe 3

Italians[]

Card Description Age
German Home City 2 (Cavalry Attack) TEAM Cavalry Attack Heavy cavalry, light ranged cavalry, and shock infantry get +10% attack; Italians-only heavy cavalry, light cavalry, and shock infantry get +15% attack instead
Age III tech tree aoe3
  • "TEAM Cavalry Attack" does not stack with the German "TEAM Cavalry Attack" card.

Japanese[]

Card Description Age
Japanese Home City 3 (Cheaper Unit Upgrades) TEAM Sengoku Unit upgrades cost -20%
Age IV tech tree aoe 3

Lakota[]

Card Description Age
Sioux Home City 1 (Morning Star) Morning Star Temporarily reveals all enemies and treasures; Axe Riders can loot treasures for double the resources or XP; hand cavalry get ×2.0 attack multiplier against treasure guardians
Age II tech tree aoe3
Lakota Home City 2 (Akichita) Akichita All Lakota warriors get +20% hit points, but get reduced multipliers against Villagers; Tashunke Prowlers get -0.75×; Cetan Bowmen, Club Warriors, Wakina Rifles, Axe Riders, and Tokala Soldiers get -0.33×; Bow Riders and Rifle Riders get -0.25×
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
Sioux Home City 2 (3 Axe Riders) 3 Axe Riders Ships 3 Axe Riders
Age II tech tree aoe3
Sioux Home City 2 (4 Axe Riders) 4 Axe Riders Ships 4 Axe Riders
Age III tech tree aoe3
Sioux Home City 2 (4 Axe Riders) 4 Axe Riders Ships 4 Axe Riders
Age II tech tree aoe3
Sioux Home City 2 (5 Axe Riders) 5 Axe Riders Ships 5 Axe Riders
Age III tech tree aoe3
Sioux Home City 2 (8 Axe Riders) 8 Axe Riders Ships 8 Axe Riders
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
Sioux Home City 2 (6 Axe Riders) 6 Axe Riders Ships 6 Axe Riders
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
Lakota Home City 2 (Leman Trade Muskets) Leman Trade Muskets Turns all Axe Riders into Rifle Riders
Age II tech tree aoe3
British Home City 2 (Cavalry Damage) Cavalry Damage Cavalry get +15% attack
Age II tech tree aoe3
British Home City 2 (Cavalry Combat) Cavalry Combat Cavalry get +15% hit points and attack
Age III tech tree aoe3
Sioux Home City 2 (Mustangs) TEAM Mustangs Cavalry and shock infantry cost -10%
Age III tech tree aoe3
Winter counts Winter Counts Training units grants +40% XP and constructing buildings grants +20% XP
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
Sioux Home City 5 (Lakota Support) Lakota Support Ships 7 Axe Riders and 9 Bisons; costs 1,000 coin
Age III tech tree aoe3
Sioux Home City 5 (Santee Support) Santee Support Ships 6 Axe Riders; Axe Riders get +20% hit points; costs 1,000 coin
Age III tech tree aoe3

Maltese[]

Card Description Age
Maltese Home City 2 (TEAM Knights of the Round Table) TEAM Knights of the Round Table Ships 1 Hospitaller for each Town Center owned by the player; all units get +2% hit points
Age I tech tree aoe3

Mexicans[]

Card Description Age
Mexican Home City 2 (TEAM Mariachi) TEAM Mariachi For the next 30 seconds, military buildings work 400% faster and units get +10% speed
Age I tech tree aoe3

Russians[]

Card Description Age
Russian Home City 2 (Cavalry Scout) TEAM Kamchatka Expeditions Cavalry and shock infantry get +10% hit points and +4 Line of Sight
Age I tech tree aoe3

Spanish[]

Card Description Age
Spanish Home City 3 (Inquisition) TEAM Spanish Inquisition Ships 1 Inquisitor; all units get +10 Line of Sight
Age II tech tree aoe3

French[]

Card Description Age HC level
French Home City 2 (Hand Cavalry Attack) TEAM Hand Cavalry Attack Heavy cavalry and Coyote Runners get +15% attack
Age II tech tree aoe3
10

Germans[]

Card Description Age HC level
German Home City 2 (Cavalry Attack) TEAM Cavalry Attack Heavy cavalry, light ranged cavalry, and shock infantry get +15% attack
Age II tech tree aoe3
10

Indians[]

Card Description Age HC level
Shivajis tactics TEAM Shivaji's Tactics All units get +5% hit points and attack
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
25

Japanese[]

Card Description Age HC level
Japanese Home City 3 (Cheaper Unit Upgrades) TEAM Cheaper Unit Upgrades Unit upgrades cost -20%
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
1

Russians[]

Card Description Age HC level
Russian Home City 2 (Cavalry Scout) TEAM Cavalry Scouts Cavalry and shock infantry get +10% hit points and +4 Line of Sight
Age I tech tree aoe3
1

Sioux[]

Card Description Age HC level
Sioux Home City 1 (Morning Star) Morning Star Axe Riders can use Nature Friendship
Age II tech tree aoe3
40
Sioux Home City 2 (3 Axe Riders) 3 Axe Riders Ships 3 Axe Riders
Age II tech tree aoe3
1
Sioux Home City 2 (4 Axe Riders) 4 Axe Riders Ships 4 Axe Riders
Age III tech tree aoe3
1
Sioux Home City 2 (4 Axe Riders) 4 Axe Riders Ships 4 Axe Riders
Age II tech tree aoe3
10
Sioux Home City 2 (5 Axe Riders) 5 Axe Riders Ships 5 Axe Riders
Age III tech tree aoe3
10
Sioux Home City 2 (8 Axe Riders) 8 Axe Riders Ships 8 Axe Riders
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
25
Sioux Home City 2 (6 Axe Riders) 6 Axe Riders Ships 6 Axe Riders
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
40
Sioux Home City 1 (Evening Star) Evening Star Turns all Axe Riders into Rifle Riders
Age II tech tree aoe3
25
British Home City 2 (Cavalry Damage) Cavalry Damage Cavalry get +15% attack
Age II tech tree aoe3
10
British Home City 2 (Cavalry Hitpoints) Cavalry Hitpoints Cavalry get +15% hit points
Age II tech tree aoe3
10
British Home City 2 (Cavalry Combat) Cavalry Combat Cavalry get +15% hit points and attack
Age III tech tree aoe3
25
Mustangs Mustangs Cavalry cost -10%
Age III tech tree aoe3
10
Spanish Home City 3 (Riding School) Riding School Cavalry train time -40%
Age II tech tree aoe3
10
Sioux Home City 5 (Lakota Support) Lakota Support Ships 7 Axe Riders and 9 Bisons; costs 1,000 coin
Age III tech tree aoe3
1
Sioux Home City 5 (Santee Support) Santee Support Ships 6 Axe Riders; Axe Riders get +20% hit points; costs 1,000 coin
Age III tech tree aoe3
10

Spanish[]

Card Description Age HC level
Spanish Home City 3 (Inquisition) TEAM Inquisition All units get +10 Line of Sight
Age I tech tree aoe3
10

Changelog[]

3WCIcon48px The WarChiefs[]

Age3DE Icon Knights of the Mediterranean[]

  • With update 13.12327, Axe Riders cost 150 food, 50 coin, have a ×0.5 hand multiplier against light ranged cavalry, a ×1.5 siege multiplier against Shrines and ×0.5 against Walls, and although it is not listed in the patch notes, his portrait has been updated.
  • With update 14.43676, Axe Riders have a ×0.75 hand multiplier against light ranged cavalry.

Trivia[]

  • Despite being called Axe Rider, the weapon they use 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.

History[]

When the Lakota 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 Lakota were long considered the best cavalry in the world.

Gallery[]

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