This article is about the unit in Age of Empires III: The WarChiefs. For the native unit, see Lakota Dog Soldier.
"Superior lance-carrying horsemen."
In-game description

The Dog Soldier is a melee heavy cavalry in Age of Empires III: The WarChiefs that is unique to the Sioux and can only be obtained through War Song Dance and Sioux Dog Soldiers, or shipped from the Home City. It is the strongest Native American cavalry unit and the third strongest melee cavalry in the game along with the Cuirassier – the second if they are fully improved.

Overview Edit

Dog Soldiers have great hit points, excellent speed and good attack (though slightly lower than some other heavy cavalry) and function like a Lancer, good against infantry units and as a cavalry it is also good against archers and artillery. They are also free of cost, and realizable either at the Fire Pit by doing the War Song Dance, by the Sioux's Town Center's Big Button improvement or via the Tribal Council. Because of the large number of Villagers needed to produce Dog Soldiers at the fire pit, Dog Soldiers are very difficult to make in large quantities. But the Sioux don't need any Houses since they already have a two hundred population cap from the beginning which makes massing easier, plus they also become improved for free as a player advances in ages. All of these things put together make the Dog Soldier one of the strongest and most effective cavalry units available in the game.

There are no specific ameliorations that can be made to improve the hit points and attack of Dog Soldiers, though advancement through each Age will improve the statistics of Dog Soldiers. Any improvement which improves any non-specific cavalry unit will also affect the Dog Soldiers.

The Riding School Home City Card and Cheyenne Horse Trading improvement do not decrease the training time of Dog Soldiers, but the 10% cavalry training treasure on certain Asian maps will reduce the training time from 20 seconds to 18 seconds with 25 Villagers dancing.

Upgrades Edit

The Dog Soldier is automatically upgraded in every Age up starting in the Fortress Age.

Fortress age up Elite Dog Soldier (+25% hit points and attack)
Industrial age up Champion Dog Soldier (+25% hit points and attack)
Imperial age up Legendary Dog Soldier (+50% hit points and attack)

Further statistics Edit

Unit strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Infantry, artillery
Weak vs. Cavalry, light infantry
Hit points Horsemanship Horsemanship (+10%)
Cavalry Cuirass Cavalry Cuirass (+10%)
Comanche Horse Breeding Comanche Horse Breeding (+10%)
Cree Tanning Cree Tanning (+5%)
Navajo Weaving Navajo Weaving (+5%)
Attack Bonepipe Armor Bonepipe Armor (+1.0x multiplier vs. artillery)
Pillage Pillage (+25% siege attack)
Yoga Yoga (+5%)
Speed Comanche Mustangs Comanche Mustangs (+10%)
Apache Endurance Apache Endurance (+5%)
Creation speed Cheyenne Horse Trading Cheyenne Horse Trading (-25%)
Inca Chaquis Messengers Incan Chasquis Messengers (-25%)
Other Sioux Dog Soldiers Sioux Dog Soldiers (ships 1 Dog Soldier for every 3 minutes of the game time, up to 30 minutes)
Penalties Coffee Trade Coffee Trade (-10% speed, Dutch only)

Home City Cards Edit

History Edit

"Dog Soldiers were an elite warrior society of the Cheyenne tribe that sometimes allied with the Lakota. They wore long sashes that dragged the ground, and carried sacred arrows that they would stab through the sash into the ground to show that they were ready to fight and die where they stood. They had a special song that they would sing when faced with death that only Dog Soldiers were allowed to sing. They were the fiercest warriors of the Cheyenne."

Trivia Edit

  • The Sioux called horses "holy / mystery / wonder dogs" (šuŋkawakaŋ)[1]. Thia is the reason why this unit is called a "dog" soldier. Other Native Americans just borrowed the foreign word for "horseman", e.g. Nahuatl cauallero from Spanish caballero "horseman > knight > gentleman".[2]

Gallery Edit

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