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The Cheyenne are a Native American tribe in Age of Empires III that replaces the Lakota in The WarChiefs expansion. Like all natives, they can be allied with by building a Trading Post at their Trading Post site.


Cheyenne Rider aoe3de.png Cheyenne Rider: Cheyenne horseman armed with a spear.


Cheyenne technologies mostly focus on cavalry and improving allied economy.

Age Technology Cost Effect
Age I tech tree aoe3.png
Cheyenne Hunting Grounds.png Cheyenne Hunting Grounds 175 wood,
175 coin
Ships 12 Bisons
Cheyenne Horse Trading.png Cheyenne Horse Trading 250 wood,
250 coin
Cavalry, Shock Infantry, and Forbidden Army train time -40%; Standard Army, Mongolian Army, Ming Army, and Imperial Army train time -20%
Cheyenne Fury.png Cheyenne Fury 350 wood,
350 coin
Cheyenne Riders get +1.5x multiplier against cavalry and +1.0x multiplier against shock infantry.

In-game dialogue[]

The Cheyenne language belongs to the Algonquian language family.

  • Select 1 Ousakago
  • Select 2 Aseehe - Move camp or Osiyo - Hello
  • Move 1 Takni
  • Move 2 Ohe - Move
  • Attack 1 Naahetanotov! - Want to fight!
  • Attack 2 N’asene! - Kill!
Note: Osiyo and Ousakago are actually reused from the similarly sounding Cherokee dialogues.


The name Cheyenne is linked to the Dakota Sioux term for the tribe, Sahiyenan, thought to mean "people of different speech." The Cheyenne call themselves Tsitsistas, which translates to - as is the case with many Native American tribal names - “the people.”

Originally an agricultural people, the Cheyenne took up the buffalo hunting lifestyle similar to that of the Sioux as the U.S. westward expansion forced them onto the Great Plains. They were excellent horsemen, and (unlike those of most other tribes) their buffalo hunts involved both men and women. Along with the meat provided (including the much prized heart, brain, liver, and kidneys), the buffalo’s hide was used to make winter clothing, teepee coverings, and blankets.

The Cheyenne were made up of many different clans, spread across a large geographic area. Their size offered both a blessing and a curse. Because they were so widespread, the Cheyenne have managed to keep their identity intact to this day. Unfortunately, however, individual Cheyenne clans often suffered unjust retribution at the hands of the U.S. military for supposed offenses they may or may not have committed. The Sand Creek Massacre in 1864 epitomized this cycle of violence; over 150 innocent Cheyenne and Arapaho were slaughtered in an unwarranted attack that shocked many even during that period of great conflict.