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Large bovine.
—In-game description

The Bison or Buffalo is a four-legged cow-like creature which first appears in Age of Empires III as a western New World food source. The Bison often appear in groups of 5 or more and run away if attacked. The Bison were a good food source for the Native Americans that lived in the Western part of North America.

They have 30 hit points, which is more than other huntables.

The Lakota have shipments that give them Bisons, and there is also a team shipment for them. Also, The Wise Woman of Lakota can ships 6 Bisons in the Commerce Age, 12 Bisons in the Fortress Age, 20 Bisons in the Industrial Age, and 30 Bisons in the Imperial Age. In the Definitive Edition, the Canada Revolution can ship the Great Buffalo Hunt card which provides 10 Bison and also increase the Villager gather rate from huntable animals by 10%. The Cheyenne Trading Post technology Cheyenne Hunting Grounds also ships 12 Bison at the Home City shipment point.

Bison can be found roaming in the majority of western United States maps including Great Plains, Painted Desert, Sonora, and Texas.

The rare and elusive White Buffalo is also present in the Respect scenario in Act II: Ice and can be rescued for experience.

Further statistics[]

Other Cheyenne Hunting Grounds Cheyenne Hunting Grounds (ships 12 Bisons)
Jagiellon legacy Jagiellonian Legacy (units and resources already earned from age-ups are provided again)

Home City Cards[]

Click for a list of Home City Cards related to the Bison
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


Card Description Age
Canada Home City (Great Buffalo Hunt) Great Buffalo Hunt Ships 10 Bisons; Villagers gather from huntable animals 10% faster


Card Description Age HC level
Sioux Home City 4 (6 Bisons) TEAM Buffalo Hunt Ships 6 Bisons
Age I tech tree aoe3
Hc infinite bison 13 Bison Ships 13 Bisons
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
Sioux Home City 4 (9 Bisons) 9 Bison Ships 9 Bisons
Age I tech tree aoe3
Lakota Home City 4 (13 Bisons) 13 Bison Ships 13 Bisons
Age II tech tree aoe3
Sioux Home City 5 (Lakota Support) Lakota Support Ships 7 Axe Riders and 9 Bisons; costs 1,000 coin
Age III tech tree aoe3

United States[]

Card Description Age
United States Home City 3 (TEAM Louisiana Purchase) TEAM Louisiana Purchase Ships 1 Covered Wagon; existing and new Town Centers spawn 3 Bisons; costs 1,000 coin
Age III tech tree aoe3


Scientific Name: Bison bison
Approx. Size: 5 ft. at the shoulder, 2,000 lb.
Diet: Prairie grasses

Bison are massive, shaggy cattle that once inhabited the central plains of North America in the hundreds of millions. The Native Americans of the plains relied heavily on the migrating herds. Native Americans, grizzly bears, and, later, European settlers were the only hunters capable of slaying bison. Bison have huge heads with short curved horns and a large, heavily furred hump at their shoulders.

Calfs born with white fur are very rare; they are significant in Native American traditions and are greeted with ceremony and prayer.


Animals in Age of Empires III
HerdablesCow aoe3de Cow · Goat aoe3de Goat · Llama aoe3de Llama · Cow aoe3de Sacred Cow · Sanga aoe3de Sanga Cattle · Sheep aoe3de Sheep · Water buffalo aoe3de Water Buffalo · Yak portrait aoe3de Yak · Aoe3de zebu Zebu Cattle · Sanga aoe3de Big Benny
HuntablesBighorn sheep aoe3de Bighorn Sheep · Bison aoe3de Bison · Capybara aoe3de Capybara · Caribou aoe3de Caribou · Deer aoe3de Deer · Elephant aoe3de Elephant · Elk aoe3de Elk · Gazelle portrait Gazelle · Giant salamander aoe3de Giant Salamander · Giraffe portrait Giraffe · Guanaco aoe3de Guanaco · Ibex aoe3de Ibex · Marco polo sheep aoe3de Marco Polo Sheep · Moose aoe3de Moose · Musk deer aoe3de Musk Deer · Musk ox aoe3de Musk Ox · Nilgai aoe3de Nilgai · Ostrich portrait aoe3de Ostrich · Pronghorn aoe3de Pronghorn · Rhea aoe3de Rhea · Saiga aoe3de Saiga · Serow aoe3de Serow · Tapir aoe3de Tapir · Turkey aoe3de Turkey · Zebra portrait aoe3de Zebra
Treasure guardiansAlligator aoe3de Alligator · Tibetan macaque aoe3de Baboon · Black bear aoe3de Black Bear · Black panther aoe3de Black Panther · Beast portrait Beast · Beast portrait Beast of Gévaudan · Grizzly aoe3de Brown Bear · Cougar aoe3de Cougar · Pet wolf aoe3de Coyote · Alligator aoe3de Crocodile · Elephant aoe3de Elephant · Ethiopian Wolf portrait Ethiopian Wolf · Grizzly aoe3de Grizzly Bear · Hippo portrait Hippo · Honey Badger portrait Honey Badger · Hyena portrait aoe3de Hyena · Jaguar pet aoe3de Jaguar · Jaguar pet aoe3de Leopard · Lion aoe3de Lion · Liontailed macaque aoe3de Lion-Tailed Macaque · Guardian dog portrait Mad Dog · Monitor lizard aoe3de Monitor Lizard · Orangutan portrait aoe3de Orangutan · Panda portrait aoe3de Panda · Polar bear aoe3de portrait Polar Bear · Rhino aoe3de Rhinoceros · Snow leopard aoe3de Snow Leopard · Snowmonkey aoe3de Snow Monkey · Tibetan macaque aoe3de Tibetan Macaque · Tiger icon aoe3de Tiger · Warthog portrait Warthog
Unknown-exclusiveAoe3de zebu Cash Cow · Aoe3de zebu Wood Cattle
MilitaryWar dog aoe3de Dog · Turkey scout portrait aoe3de Intrepid Turkey Scout · Sheep aoe3de Lamb of the Creator · Pet wolf aoe3de Tengri Wolf
Treasure guardiansAlligator aoe3de Alligator · Hippo portrait Hippo · Greatwhiteshark aoe3de Great White Shark · Orca aoe3de Orca · White tiger aoe3de White Tiger · Warthog portrait Wild Boar · Pet wolf aoe3de Wolf
FishBass aoe3de Bass · Carp portrait aoe3de Carp · Catfish portrait aoe3de Catfish · Cod portrait aoe3de Cod · Mahi portrait aoe3de Mahi-mahi · Mola mola portrait aoe3de Mola Mola · Salmon aoe3de Salmon · Sardine portrait aoe3de Sardines · Squid portrait aoe3de Squid · Tarpon portrait aoe3de Tarpon · Tuna aoe3de Tuna
WhalesBeluga whale portrait aoe3de Beluga Whale · Whale humpback portrait aoe3de Humpback Whale · Minke whale portrait aoe3de Minke Whale
Bird · Bird unit icon AoE3DE Bird (unit)