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Cree rifleman with a good line of sight and long range.
—In-game description

The Cree Tracker is a ranged infantry native warrior in Age of Empires III that can be trained at a Trading Post built on a Cree settlement.


While most other archer or skirmisher-type units in the game have hit points that range from 95 (Longbowman) to 230 (Cherokee Rifleman) Cree trackers boast an impressive 260 hit points. However, their ranged resistance is rather low along with their base damage and they fire slowly compared to some units (3.0 vs. 1.5 for longbowmen and some other natives).

They are merely average in combat against a similar number of more cost effective units, however they cost no population and in numbers can easily take on small groups of some cavalry and defensive buildings due their hit points. Civilizations which possess cards, or aura effects (Japanese Daimyo, Spanish Unction, etc.) augmenting the Cree Trackers will find more use with the unit than those which do not have any Home City Cards or aura effects improving them.


Age Upgrade Cost Effect
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Native Warrior Societies.png Cree Warrior Societies 200 wood,
150 coin
Upgrades Cree Trackers to Elite (+25% hit points and attack)
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Champion Natives.png Champion Cree 400 wood,
300 coin
Upgrades Cree Trackers to Champion (+40% hit points and attack); requires Cree Warrior Societies
Imperial Age
Legendary natives.png Legendary Native Warriors
Exalted natives.png Exalted Natives
1,500 food,
1,500 wood
Upgrades native warriors to Legendary/Exalted (+50% hit points and attack)
The Legendary Native Warriors improvement is available in the Capitol for European civilizations and in the Town Center for Native American and Asian (as Exalted Natives) civilizations.

Further statistics[]

Unit strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Heavy infantry, light cavalry, Eagle Runner Knights
Weak vs. Heavy cavalry, Coyote Runners, artillery
Hit points Flint lock.png Flint Lock (+10%)
Infantry Breastplate.png Infantry Breastplate (+10%)
Thin Red Line.png Thin Red Line (+20%, British only)
Cree Tanning.png Cree Tanning (+5%)
Navajo Weaving.png Navajo Weaving (+5%)
Attack Counter Infantry Rifling.png Counter Infantry Rifling (+1.0x multiplier vs. heavy infantry)
Paper cartridge.png Paper Cartridge (+15%)
Iroquois lacrosse.png Haudenosaunee Lacrosse (+10%, vanilla Age of Empires III only)
Yoga.png Yoga (+5%)
Smokeless Powder.png Smokeless Powder (+30% siege attack)
Clenched Fist.png Clenched Fist (+30% melee attack)
Speed Military Drummers.png Military Drummers (+10%)
Tillys Discipline.png Tilly's Discipline (+20%, Germans only)
Cherokee War Dance.png Cherokee War Dance (+20%)
Inca Road-building.png Quechuan Mountaineering (+20%)
Apache Endurance.png Apache Endurance (+5%)
Sight Town Watch.png Town Watch (+2)
Creation speed Standing Army.png Standing Army (-25%)
Other Cree Kinship.png Cree Kinship (+50% train limit)
Penalties Thin Red Line.png Thin Red Line (-25% speed, British only)
Coffee Trade.png Coffee Trade (-10% speed, Dutch only)
Tillys Discipline.png Tilly's Discipline (+10% cost, Germans only)

Home City Cards[]


Age of Empires III[]

  • Cree Trackers have 300 hit points, 4.0 speed, 20 LOS, 4 melee damage, 10 ranged damage, and 18 range.

Definitive Edition[]

The African Royals[]

  • With update 50830, Cree Trackers have 260 hit points, 4.5 speed, 18 LOS, 9 melee damage, 13 ranged damage, 16 range, and the Eagle Eye charged ability has 25 range.

In-game dialogue[]

Main article: Cree#In-game_dialogue


The Cree were hunters, trappers, and nomads who traveled throughout the northern parts of North America. Plains Cree traveled south to follow the buffalo herds of the Great Plains. Forest Cree stayed in their lands hunting caribou, elk, and deer. They adopted horses, though not to the extent that the Comanche did, and used canoes, snowshoes, and dogs to travel the sometimes harsh environment of their homelands. The Cree were formed into loose warrior societies, much less formal than many other native groups. When the Cree fought, they used bows, clubs, axes, and rifles.