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Crazy Horse (Lakota: Tȟašúŋke Witkó; ca. 1840 – 1877) is a hero unit in the Age of Empires III: The WarChiefs campaign. Crazy Horse fights with Chayton Black against General George Armstrong Custer and earlier, Sheriff Billy Holme.

More specifically, Chayton Black and Crazy Horse gather the Sioux and Cheyenne nations to fight against Custer's troops in the Battle of the Little Bighorn.

In the Definitive Edition, Crazy Horse was replaced by Frank Warbonnet.


Courageous. Wise. Steadfast. There are few names in Native American history as revered as Crazy Horse (Tashunkewitko). The exact date of his birth is unclear, probably sometime around 1840. At birth he was given the name Light Hair or Curly Hair.

According to Chief Black Elk, a second cousin, Crazy Horse took his adult name after experiencing a vision in which he saw a horse strangely dancing about like a creature of shadow. He believed this vision gave him great power, so much so that he could go into battle and not be injured. And in fact, Crazy Horse survived many, many battles over the years.

After defeating Custer at Little Big Horn in June, 1876, Crazy Horse continued to resist U.S. forces. With food running out, Crazy Horse finally surrendered to U.S. troops in May, 1877. He spent his remaining days on the Red Cloud Agency in Nebraska. On 5 September 1877, he died of a bayonet wound incurred, it is thought, when he resisted being led to the stockade at Fort Robinson.

In-game unit[]

Famous Sioux leader.
—In-game description

Crazy Horse behaves identically to the Lakota War Chief in random map games, only with more hit points and less attack, and the ability to heal friendly units similar to Healers.


Ability Effect
Nature friendship.png Nature Friendship Converts a treasure guardian to Crazy Horse's side with the process taking 4 seconds to complete. 90 seconds cooldown.
Swashbuckler attack.png Swashbuckler Attack Crazy Horse performs a sweeping hand attack that does 50 (150 against treasure guardians, 12.5 against villagers) melee damage to the target and other enemies in a radius of 3 around him. 90 seconds cooldown.


  • In the Definitive Edition version of the Act II: Shadow campaign, Crazy Horse was replaced by Frank Warbonnet, who is Chayton Black's uncle. There were two reasons for the change: Crazy Horse may not be portrayed without permission from his maternal family, and to focus on Chayton Black's Lakota background.