The Comanche are a Native American tribe in Age of Empires III. Like all natives, they can be allied with by building a Trading Post at their Trading Post site.

The Comanche are available on the Great Plains, Rockies, Texas and Ozarks maps.

Unit Edit

Comanche Horse Archer: Ranged cavalry similar to Dragoon but resistant to melee attacks rather than ranged attacks. Up to 10 may be trained per settlement.


Comanche upgrades mostly focus on cavalry and reducing the cost of more advanced technologies.

Age Icon Improvement Cost Effect
Ages discovery
Comanche Trade Language
Comanche Trade Language 100 food, 100 coin Improvements cost -10% coin
Ages discovery
Comanche Horse Breeding
Comanche Horse Breeding 150 food, 150 coin Cavalry and light infantry (see Usefulness) get +10% hit points
Ages discovery
Comanche Mustangs
Comanche Mustangs 200 wood, 200 coin Cavalry get +10% speed
Ages fortress
Native Warrior Societies
Comanche Warrior Societies 200 wood, 150 coin Upgrades Comanche Horse Archers to Elite
Ages industrial
Champion Natives
Champion Comanche 400 wood, 300 coin Upgrades Comanche Horse Archers to Champion


  • Comanche Trade Language is best used with Home City Cards that reduce the coin costs of upgrades or units.
  • Comanche Horse Breeding will also affect light infantry, specifically Eagle Runner Knights, Coyote Runners, Disciples, Rattan Shields, and Tiger Claws. Some civilizations are able to send Rattan Shields and Tiger Claws as shipments while Disciples are unique to the Chinese and the remaining units are unique to the Aztecs.
  • Comanche Mustangs can be extremely useful to civilizations that have unique cavalry units, such as the Spanish Lancer, French Cuirassier, and Russian Oprichnik.
  • Sioux War Chief also affected by Comanche Mustangs, with his speed increasing aura, Sioux cavalry can effectively catching fleeing enemy or quickly retreating to defending their town.

In-game dialogueEdit

They speak Comanche, a Numic language of the Uto-Aztecan family.

  • Mia (I will do it)
  • Mi lik you (ok)
  • Ali or Hani (what is your command)
  • Haa (yes)
  • Tug wa suoh! (attack)
  • Tu gen! (attack!)

History Edit

"Before European contact, the Comanche were part of the Shoshone tribe living along the Platte River in eastern Wyoming. They acquired the horse in the late seventeenth century and thereafter began migrating to the southwest as a separate tribe. They eventually established effective control over a wide area stretching from western Oklahoma, across the Texas Panhandle, and into New Mexico. This area was known as the Comancheria.

They became the expert horsemen of the southern plains and were very skilled with the lance, bow, and arrow. Their population grew because hunting buffalo from horseback provided a dependable food supply. They built up huge herds of horses through breeding and capture, and particularly prized the pintos and painted horses. They built a reputation as fierce and pitiless warriors, fighting both as raiders and as defenders of their stock.

For much of the eighteenth century the Comanche waged war against neighboring tribes, especially the Apaches, and the Spanish based in Santa Fe, Texas, and Mexico. When Americans moved into Texas, the Comanches got into conflict with them. A series of treaties were signed with the Republic of Texas, the United States, and the Confederate States, but the whites could not stop settler encroachment, which always led to more fighting. Gradually the Comanche were devastated by disease and worn down by military action. They were placed on a reservation, but eventually most of that was taken away and opened to white settlers.