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"Cherokee skirmisher that is accurate at long range."
In-game description

The Cherokee Rifleman is a ranged infantry native warrior in Age of Empires III that can be trained at a Trading Post built on a Cherokee settlement.

Overview Edit

The Cherokee Rifleman is a Skirmisher-type unit, able to hit heavy infantry hard and then retreat effectively if the speed upgrade has been researched. They have less range than Skirmishers but have higher hit points and are available earlier from the Colonial Age. They can have their cost reduced to less than a Skirmisher through the use of Home City Cards, making them more cost effective. Their build limit can also be increased to 17 per settlement with a card as well. With TEAM cards boosting gunpowder or ranged infantry, infantry, and native warriors their attack for the Iroquois will be only .2 less than Forest Prowlers, yet with 2.5x more hp post Imperial Age.

Upgrades Edit

Age Upgrade Cost Effect
Ages fortress
Native Warrior Societies Cherokee Warrior Societies 200 wood,
150 coin
Upgrades Cherokee Riflemen to Elite (+25% hit points and attack)
Ages industrial
Champion Natives Champion Cherokee 400 wood,
300 coin
Upgrades Cherokee Riflemen to Champion (+40% hit points and attack); requires Cherokee Warrior Societies
Ages imperial
Legendary natives Legendary Native Warriors
Exalted natives Exalted Natives
1,500 food,
1,500 wood
Upgrades native warriors to Legendary/Exalted (+50% hit points and attack)
The Legendary Native Warriors improvement is available in the Capitol for European civilizations and in the Town Center for Native American and Asian (as Exalted Natives) civilizations.

Further statistics Edit

Unit strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Heavy infantry, light cavalry, Eagle Runner Knights
Weak vs. Heavy cavalry, Coyote Runners, artillery
Improvements
Hit points Flint lock Flint Lock (+10%)
Infantry Breastplate Infantry Breastplate (+10%)
Thin Red Line Thin Red Line (+20%, British only)
Cree Tanning Cree Tanning (+5%)
Navajo Weaving Navajo Weaving (+5%)
Attack Counter Infantry Rifling Counter Infantry Rifling (+1.0x multiplier vs. heavy infantry)
Paper cartridge Paper Cartridge (+15%)
Iroquois lacrosse Iroquois Lacrosse (+10%, vanilla Age of Empires III only)
Yoga Yoga (+5%)
Smokeless Powder Smokeless Powder (+30% siege attack)
Clenched Fist Clenched Fist (+30% melee attack)
Speed Military Drummers Military Drummers (+10%)
Tillys Discipline Tilly's Discipline (+20%, Germans only)
Cherokee War Dance Cherokee War Dance (+20%)
Inca Road-building Incan Road-building (+20%)
Apache Endurance Apache Endurance (+5%)
Sight Town Watch Town Watch (+2)
Creation speed Standing Army Standing Army (-25%)
Penalties Thin Red Line Thin Red Line (-25% speed, British only)
Coffee Trade Coffee Trade (-10% speed, Dutch only)
Tillys Discipline Tilly's Discipline (+10% cost, Germans only)

Home City Cards Edit

History Edit

"Stand Watie organized a group of Cherokee Riflemen that served with the Confederate States Army. Watie had been one of the three leaders who had signed the Treaty of New Echota without the knowledge or consent of other Cherokee leaders. The treaty resulted in the removal of the entire Cherokee nation to lands west of the Mississippi River in a massive militarily enforced migration that is known as "The Trail of Tears." Watie's regiment of riflemen were mounted and sometimes called the Cherokee Rangers. By the end of the Civil War, Stand Watie had earned the rank of Brigadier General in the Confederate Army and was the last of its generals to surrender to the Union Army."
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