Age of Empires Series Wiki
Age of Empires Series Wiki

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.


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 Commerce 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 Haudenosaunee will be only .2 less than Forest Prowlers, yet with 2.5x more hp post Imperial Age.


Age Upgrade Cost Effect
Age III tech tree aoe3.png
Native Warrior Societies.png Cherokee Warrior Societies 200 wood,
150 coin
Upgrades Cherokee Riflemen to Elite (+25% hit points and attack)
Age IV tech tree aoe 3.png
Champion Natives.png Champion Cherokee 400 wood,
300 coin
Upgrades Cherokee Riflemen to Champion (+40% hit points and attack); requires Cherokee Warrior Societies
Imperial Age
Legendary natives.png Legendary Native Warriors
Exalted natives.png 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[]

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

Home City Cards[]


Definitive Edition[]

In-game dialogue[]

Main article: Cherokee#In-game_dialogue


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.