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Task Villagers on the Community Plaza to perform powerful ceremonies.
—In-game description

The Community Plaza (Fire Pit before the Definitive Edition) is a special building in Age of Empires III: The WarChiefs that is unique to the Native American civilizations (Aztecs, Haudenosaunee, Incas, and Lakota). It grants a choice of "ceremonies" which provides special bonuses when Villagers are tasked to the Community Plaza, which can hold up to 25 units; the more units tasked to the Community Plaza, the more powerful the ceremony becomes. The percentage-based ceremonies use the final amount as base, instead of the unimproved amount, which means that the ceremonies are much more powerful than they would otherwise be in later Ages.

The Aztec Warrior Priest and Inca Priestess can be tasked to the Community Plaza, where it is counted as 2 and 1.5 units respectively. This makes the Aztec and Inca ceremonies have superior bonuses than others.


Age Ceremony Effect Civ.
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Fertility Dance.png Fertility Ceremony Increases unit train rate All
Gift Dance.png Gift Ceremony Trickles XP
War Chief Dance Aztecs.pngWar Chief Dance Iroquois.pngWar Chief Dance Sioux.pngWarchief Ceremony Inca.png War Chief Ceremony Increases War Chief hit points and returns him to the Community Plaza when collapsed
Alarm Dance.png Alarm Ceremony Spawns Warriors
Water Dance.png Water Ceremony Increases all ships' hit points and attack; requires Water Ceremony Home City Card All except Lakota
Founder dance.png Founder Ceremony Spawns Travois Haudenosaunee
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HolyIroquois.pngHoly Dance Aztecs.png Holy Ceremony Spawns Healers (Warrior Priests for the Aztecs; Priestesses for the Incas) All
War Dance.png War Ceremony Increases all units' melee and ranged attack
TownDance icon.png Town Ceremony Increases all buildings' hit points and attack; requires Town Ceremony Home City Card All except Incas
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Healing dance.png Healing Ceremony Units regenerate hit points while idle Aztecs
Earth mother dance.png Earth Mother Ceremony Increases population Haudenosaunee
Moon-dance-ceremony-icon-aoe3-150x150.png Moon Ceremony Trickles wood Incas
Fire dance.png Fire Ceremony Increases all units' siege attack Lakota
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Garland war dance.png Garland War Ceremony Spawns Skull Knights Aztecs
Supay-ceremony-icon-aoe3-150x150.png Supay Ceremony Spawns Macemen Incas
War song dance.png Tokala Ceremony Spawns Tokala Soldiers Lakota


Age Technologies Cost Effect Civ.
Age I tech tree aoe3.png
Founder.png Founder 50 food,
50 wood,
50 coin
The Aztec War Chief's aura triples XP bounty from nearby units' kills Aztecs
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Secret Society.png Secret Society 200 wood,
100 coin
The Haudenosaunee War Chief can use Heal Haudenosaunee
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Royal Festival.png Royal Festival 300 food,
400 wood,
500 coin
Ships 2 Macemen immediately, and ships 1 Maceman for every 4 minutes of the game time, up to 30 minutes Incas
Age II tech tree aoe3.png
Battle Anger.png Battle Anger 300 wood,
600 coin
The Lakota War Chief gets +9.0x multiplier against artillery Lakota

Further statistics[]

Building strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Nothing
Weak vs. Everything
Hit points Flying Buttress.png Flying Buttress (+20%)
Construction cost Cree Textile Craftsmanship.png Cree Textile Craftsmanship (-25% wood)
Tupi Forest Burning.png Tupi Forest Burning (-20% wood)

Home City Cards[]


The WarChiefs[]

  • The building is called Fire Pit.
  • The Fire Pit's in-game description is "Task Villagers on the Fire Pit to perform powerful dances."

Definitive Edition[]

  • The building is called Community Plaza.
  • The Community Plaza's in-game description is "Task Villagers on the Community Plaza to perform powerful ceremony." With update 9476, the Community Plaza's in-game description is "Task Villagers on the Community Plaza to perform powerful ceremonies."


The WarChiefs[]

For the aboriginal peoples of North and Central America, spirituality encompassed all the routines of daily life. Worship was not something that happened according to some arbitrary schedule. Hunting, cooking, meeting - all of life's activities had spiritual and ceremonial significance.

Long before recorded history, Native peoples have celebrated the mysteries of life, death, and the universe through the medium of dance. Many complex dance ceremonies emerged over the centuries, each with their own meaning and purpose. The ceremonial dance served as a way to unite people to face the day's challenges, while at the same time linking with the honored traditions of generations past.

Definitive Edition[]

Since time immemorial, Indigenous Peoples have inhabited North America, Mesoamerica, and South America.

When European settlers first arrived in the Americas, there were an estimated ten million Native inhabitants in North America alone, speaking more than 300 different languages. Some were nomadic like the Lakota who followed the bison across the Great Plains. Others were sedentary like the Haudenosaunee of the Northeast Woodlands who, along with the Aztec (Mexico) and Inca (Peru), built permanent settlements and grew staple crops.

One thing that the Indigenous Peoples of the Americas shared was a strong sense of community—working together and sharing natural resources. The Community Plaza is a symbolic representation of these interdependent communities of the Indigenous Peoples of the Americas.