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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 Act II: Shadow. Crazy Horse fights with Chayton Black against Sheriff Billy Holme, and later, General George Armstrong Custer.

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 Uncle Frank.


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 Lakota 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.


  • Nature friendship Nature Friendship: Converts a treasure guardian to Crazy Horse's side with the process taking 4 seconds to complete. 90 seconds cooldown.
  • Swashbuckler attack Swashbuckler Attack: Crazy Horse performs a sweeping hand attack that does 50 (×3.0 against treasure guardians, ×0.25 against villagers) hand damage to the target and other enemies in an Area of 3. 90 seconds cooldown.
  • Heal ability Heal Injured Units: Restores 50 hit points per second to friendly units (up to 400) in an Area of 10 from a range of 12. 120 seconds cooldown.
  • Regenerate ability aoe3de Health Regeneration: Regenerates 0.25% hit points per second after 3.5 seconds idle.

In-game dialogue[]

Crazy Horse speaks Lakota language, using the Lakota War Chief's dialogue files.


  • 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: because Crazy Horse may not be portrayed without permission from his maternal family, and in order to focus on Chayton Black's Lakota background.
    • Despite being removed from the campaign, Crazy Horse still exists as a Scenario Editor unit. He also has an unused Compendium image.


Heroes in Age of Empires III
3Icon48px Age of Empires III
Act I: BloodAlain icon aoe3de Alain Magnan · Young Chilche AoE3DE Chilche · Delgado aoe3de Delgado · Elizabeth ramsey aoe3de Elisabet Ramsey · Morgan black aoe3de Morgan Black · Native boy aoe3de Native Boy · Sahin icon aoe3de Sahin The Falcon
Act II: IceCol washington aoe3de George Washington · John black aoe3de John Black · Kanyenke aoe3de Ká:nien · Nonahkee act2 aoe3de Nonahkee · Stuart icon aoe3de Stuart Black · Warwick icon aoe3de Warwick
Act III: SteelAmelia black igc icon Amelia Black · Bolivar icon aoe3de Bolivar · Old Chilche AoE3DE Chilche · Kanyenke old aoe3de Ká:nien · Cooper icon aoe3de Major Cooper · Old Coot icon AoE3DE Old Coot · Beaumont icon aoe3de Pierre Beaumont
3WCIcon48px The WarChiefs
Act I: FireGen washington aoe3de George Washington · Kanyenke twc aoe3de Ká:nien · Nathaniel Black icon DE Nathaniel Black · Nonahkee act1 aoe3de Nonahkee · Sven icon aoe3de Sven Kuechler
Act II: ShadowChayton Black icon DE Chayton Black · Crazy horse aoe3de Crazy Horse · Custer aoe3de General Custer · Holmes icon aoe3de Sheriff Holme · Sx warchief aoe3de Chief Brave Wolf · Lakota dog soldier aoe3de Chief Bull Bear · Iro warchief aoe3de Chief Two Moon
3ADIcon48px The Asian Dynasties
Act I: JapanMototada aoe3de Daimyo Mototada · Kichiro icon DE General Kichiro · Tokugawa aoe3de Shogun Tokugawa
Act II: ChinaJinhai aoe3de Admiral Jinhai · Huang icon DE Jian Huang · Chen icon aoe3de Lao Chen
Act III: IndiaBadur icon aoe3de Bahadur Shah · Edwardson aoe3de Colonel Edwardson · Nanib icon DE Nanib Sahir · Pravar icon aoe3de Pravar Patel
Age3DE Icon Definitive Edition
Act II: ShadowFrank Icon Uncle Frank (replaces Crazy Horse)
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