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This article is about the native unit. For the unit available for the Haudenosaunee, see Mantlet.

Haudenosaunee short-ranged siege unit.
—In-game description

The Haudenosaunee Mantlet (Iroquois Mantlet before the Definitive Edition) is a ranged siege infantry native warrior in Age of Empires III that can be trained at a Trading Post built on an Haudenosaunee settlement.

After The WarChiefs, where the Haudenosaunee become a playable faction and replaced by the Huron as a minor native, the Haudenosaunee Mantlet was succeeded by the Mantlet while its role as a native warrior is taken by the Huron Mantlet, although they still can be obtained from the The Mohawk Statesman Politician.


The Haudenosaunee Mantlet has no bonuses versus enemy units, it does however have a good siege attack and outstanding durability versus enemy ranged units. It's usefulness is diminished versus melee cavalry and infantry.

The unit has neat health, acceptable range, decent attack resistance, but a somewhat weak attack. Due to their longevity, Mantlets excel at destroying military and economic buildings. However, in order to use Mantlets properly, a sufficient range between their target must be established.

Large groups of Mantlets, with a maximum of fifteen, can be mustered via the Haudenosaunee Morning Wars, which provides one Mantlet for every two minutes the game has lasted (up to thirty minutes).


Age Improvement Cost Effect
Ages fortress.jpg
Native Warrior Societies.png Haudenosaunee Warrior Societies 300 wood,
200 coin
Upgrades Haudenosaunee Tomahawks and Mantlets to Elite (+25% hit points and attack)
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Champion Natives.png Champion Haudenosaunee 500 wood,
400 coin
Upgrades Haudenosaunee Tomahawks and Mantlets to Champion (+40% hit points and attack); requires Haudenosaunee Warrior Societies
Imperial Age
Legendary natives.png Legendary Native Warriors 1,500 food,
1,500 wood
Upgrades native warriors to Legendary (+50% hit points and attack)
The Legendary Native Warriors improvement is available at the Capitol.

In-game dialogue[]

Main article: Haudenosaunee (minor native)#In-game dialogue


Because the Iroquois often fortified their towns, they needed siege weapons when they went to war with rival towns. One technique they developed was the mantlet, similar in function to those used in Roman and medieval armies. Two warriors would carry the mantlet (essentially a moveable wooden wall) to protect themselves from enemy arrow or musket fire until they reached their enemy's town walls, where the mantlet was used as a ladder to scale the walls and breach the town. Canoes could also be used as shields and ladders, although canoes used for assaulting a fortress were not always the best paddling vessels after the fighting was over.