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.

The Cheyenne are available on the Great Lakes, Great Plains, and Rockies maps.

Unit Edit

Cheyenne Rider: Melee cavalry similar to Hussar but more cost effective. Up to 10 may be trained per settlement.

Upgrades Edit

Cheyenne upgrades focus mostly on cavalry and improving allied economy.

Age Icon Improvement Cost Effect
Ages discovery
Cheyenne Hunting Grounds
Cheyenne Hunting Grounds 150 wood, 150 coin Ships 12 Bisons
Ages discovery
Cheyenne Horse Trading
Cheyenne Horse Trading 250 wood, 250 coin Cavalry and Forbidden Army train 40% faster; Standard Army, Mongolian Army, Ming Army and Imperial Army train 20% faster
Ages discovery
Cheyenne Fury
Cheyenne Fury 350 wood, 350 coin Cheyenne Riders get +2.0x bonus attack vs. cavalry
Ages fortress
Native Warrior Societies
Cheyenne Warrior Societies 200 wood, 150 coin Upgrades Cheyenne Riders to Elite
Ages industrial
Champion Natives
Champion Cheyenne 400 wood, 300 coin Upgrades Cheyenne Riders to Champion

Usefulness Edit

  • Cheyenne Hunting Grounds is a very cheap and very useful upgrade, spawning huntables right at your Town Center which makes them easy to secure. The upgrade is also useful for the Japanese as it is enough animals to fill the Toshogu Shrine and then a regular Shrine as well.
  • Cheyenne Horse Trading is a must have in Treaty or Deathmatch games, especially for civilizations which possess unique cavalry units such as the Spanish Lancer, French Cuirassier, and Russian Oprichnik.
  • Sioux also take great benefit from Cheyenne Horse Trading, with Riding School card sent and Fire Pit set to Fertility Dance they can quickly field their powerful Cavalry.
  • Cheyenne Fury allows the Cheyenne Riders to counter enemy hand cavalry very effectively although its high cost can be difficult to cope with in early ages.

In-game dialogueEdit

They speak Cheyenne, an Algonquian language.

  • Aseehe (move camp) or Osiyo (hello)
  • Ousakago
  • Ohe (move)
  • Takni
  • N’asene (kill)
  • Naahetanotov (want to fight)
Note: "Osiyo" and "Ousakago" is actually reused from the similarly sounding Cherokee dialogues.

History Edit

"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.