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This article is about the native unit in Age of Empires III. For the unit available for the Haudenosaunee, see Tomahawk.

Haudenosaunee warrior that hurls tomahawks into battle.
—In-game description

The Haudenosaunee Tomahawk (Iroquois Tomahawk before the Definitive Edition) is a ranged heavy 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 Tomahawk was succeeded by the Tomahawk, although they still can be rescued from certain treasures on American maps, such as New England and be shipped with the The Mohawk Statesman politician for the British, French, and Portuguese.


Since the Haudenosaunee Tomahawk deals damage at range, they should maintain this range whenever possible behind the front lines. They lack multipliers against shock infantry and this, combined with their soft defenses, means they will be shredded if they face these units.

This unit might at first seem similar to the Tomahawk, but it is different in certain aspects.

They cause melee damage in range. This, combined with their anti-cavalry bonus makes them an excellent unit to face cavalrymen, and as such, the unit has some similarities with the Revolutionary available to players who revolt. Both have decent speed, a ranged bonus against cavalry, but will be easily destroyed by Skirmisher units.


Age Improvement Cost Effect
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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.


Age of Empires III[]

  • The unit is named Iroquois Tomahawk.

Definitive Edition[]

  • The unit is renamed to Haudenosaunee Tomahawk.

In-game dialogue[]

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



The Tomahawk is a type of axe used by Native Americans. It has a wooden shaft and a stone, iron, or brass head. A popular version of the Tomahawk could double as a smoking pipe, blending together symbols of war and peace. Iroquois men traded furs for these ingenious pipe tomahawks. Very ornate versions of these tomahawks were given as gifts to Native American leaders and were fashionable to both carry and wield.