This article is about the the civilization in Age of Empires III: The WarChiefs. For the minor civilization in Age of Empires III, see Iroquois (minor native).
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The Iroquois or Iroquois Confederacy was a Native American civilization that thrived in the northeastern part of North America. The Iroquois first appear in Age of Empires III and feature as a playable civilization in Age of Empires III: The WarChiefs.

Overview Edit

Iroquois War Council- Caughnawaga

Iroquois Tribal Council: Caughnawaga

The Iroquois are more like the Europeans than the other Native American civilizations, being the only native civilization to possess an Artillery unit.

Almost all of the Iroquois' units are ranged units, with the exception of Kanya Horseman and one of the three melee siege weapons of the game, the Ram (the other being the Flail Elephant).

Iroquois start out with a Travois which can build most buildings for free. They also have a unique Founder Dance in the Fire Pit which spawns Travois, as well as the Earth Mother Dance, which boosts population cap.

The Iroquois military is very effective and perform the best when they are mixed in an army of infantry units and siege weapons. An average Iroquois army should have a row of Mantlets in front, a line of Tomahawks, and some Forest Prowlers behind the Iroquois Tomahawks and maybe some Light Cannons in the rear of the group. It is good for the Iroquois to keep their War Chief in the center of it all because he provides the units extra hit points.

Iroquois cavalry are their worst units but Musket Riders, when adequately upgraded, can provide excellent anti-cavalry support. Players should focus on infantry and siege weapons and ensure their War Chief is in the center of unit groups to enable extra hit points for them.

War Chief Bonus: Boosts hitpoints of nearby Iroquois units.

Unique Units: All except for villagers, ships, medicine men.

Unique Dances: Founder Dance and Earth Mother Dance.

Personality: Hiawatha

Units Edit

Units Use
Iroquois War Chief Iroquois WarChief
Aenna Iroquois Archer
Tomahawk Powerful axe throwing Ranged Infantry
Forest Prowler Powerful Stealthy Skimishser
Kanya Horseman Heavy Cavalry
Musket Rider Ranged Cavalry


Powerful ranged Meatshield
Ram Powerful Melee Siege weapon

Light Cannon

Powerful long-ranged Light Artillery
Canoe Fast scouting boat\Boat to gather fish
War Canoe War boat\Boat to gather fish
Medicine Man Healer
Travois Free building Builder

Unique Buildings Edit

Age of Empires III Edit


The Iroquois

See also Iroquois (minor native).

In the original Age of Empires III, the Iroquois is a native tribe that can be allied with on Great Lakes and New England maps. The Iroquois is made of five (and eventually six) other Native American tribes that settled along the Ontario river in northern America. A rule of the Confederacy was to keep at peace with all members, and against a foe, they were a strong united force. In The WarChiefs expansion, they are replaced by Huron.

Unique Units: Tomahawk, Mantlet

In-game dialogue Edit

Iroquois units speak Mohawk, one of the Iroquoian languages. Words and phrases heard in the game include:

  • oh nahòten "What is it?"
  • yekahtentyes "I am leaving from here to go there", or "I am leaving there"
  • wake’ "I am going" or "I am on my way"
  • wakhthare "I converse" or "I am speaking (about something)"
  • kyenthokwas "I harvest" (when harvesting food from mills)
  • oyente "wood"
  • ikkerons "heap up" or "accumulate" (when gathering gold from mines)
  • kahnyotha "it stands upright" or "it sets it up" (when building)
  • ike’ "I am going (by foot)"
  • hen, a variation of hen’en and enhenh: all words for "yes"
  • o’waronk "meat" (when hunting for game)
  • katstha "I use/am using/keep using" or "I am a user" (when foraging for berries)
  • karihwenthos "It gets worn out / destroyed" (when told to attack an enemy)
  • katorats "I hunt / I am a hunter" (when told to attack an enemy)

Many thanks to David Kanatawakhon, author of One Thousand Useful Mohawk Words (1992) and Let's Speak Mohawk (Kanyen'keha Tewatati) (2005), for his e-mail correspondence to verify these terms.