Foot archer. Good against infantry.
—In-game description

The Cetan Bowman (Cetan Bow before the Definitive Edition) is an archer in Age of Empires III: The WarChiefs that is unique to the Lakota and can be trained at the War Hut once the Commerce Age is reached.

Overview[edit | edit source]

Similar to the European Crossbowman, the Cetan Bowman is a cost-effective counter to heavy infantry and light cavalry.

Upgrades[edit | edit source]

Age Upgrade Cost Effect
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Elite ranged infantry.png Elite Cetan Bowmen 200 wood,
100 coin
Upgrades Cetan Bowmen to Elite (+25% hit points and attack)
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Champion ranged infantry.png Champion Cetan Bowmen 400 wood,
200 coin
Upgrades Cetan Bowmen to Champion (+25% hit points and attack); requires Elite Cetan Bowmen
Imperial Age
Legendary ranged infantry.png Legendary Cetan Bowmen 1,500 wood,
1,500 coin
Upgrades Cetan Bowmen to Legendary (+50% hit points and attack); requires Champion Cetan Bowmen

Further statistics[edit | edit source]

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

Unit strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Heavy infantry, light cavalry, Eagle Runner Knights
Weak vs. Heavy cavalry, Coyote Runners, artillery
Improvements
Hit points Infantry Breastplate.png Infantry Breastplate (+10%)
Cree Tanning.png Cree Tanning (+5%)
Navajo Weaving.png Navajo Weaving (+5%)
Attack Carib Kasiri Beer.png Carib Kasiri Beer (+10%)
Carib Garifuna Drums.png Carib Garifuna Drums (+1.0x multiplier vs. villagers)
Seminole Bowyer.png Seminole Bowyer (+25%)
Tupi Poison Arrow Frogs.png Tupi Poison Arrow Frogs (+10%)
Yoga.png Yoga (+5%)
Clenched Fist.png Clenched Fist (+30% melee attack)
Speed Inca Road-building.png Incan Road-building (+20%)
Apache Endurance.png Apache Endurance (+5%)
Creation speed War Drums.png War Drums (-33%)
Inca Chaquis Messengers.png Incan Chasquis Messengers (-25%)
Other Merritocracy.png Meritocracy (-20% upgrade cost)

Home City Cards[edit | edit source]

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

Changelog[edit | edit source]

The WarChiefs[edit | edit source]

  • The unit is named Cetan Bow.
  • Cetan Bows have 90 hit points.
  • Cetan Bows move at a speed of 4.

Definitive Edition[edit | edit source]

  • The unit is renamed to Cetan Bowman.
  • Cetan Bowmen now have 100 hit points.
  • Cetan Bowmen now move at a speed of 4.5.
  • Cetan Bowmen can now build Teepees.

History[edit | edit source]

Before the Sioux adoption of horses, they waged war and hunted on foot, armed with bows powerful enough to penetrate a buffalo’s tough hide. They used both simple and compound bows, made of wood and elk sinew. Their arrowheads were sometimes stone, but often iron. The Sioux bartered extensively with American and Canadian traders for iron points. Some surviving Sioux arrows are actually tipped with iron nails – the Sioux were a practical folk. If it worked, they used it.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

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