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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 featured as a playable civilization in Age of Empires III: The WarChiefs.

Overview Edit

Iroquois War Council- Caughnawaga

Iroquois Tribal Council in their Home City, 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.

The Forest Prowler is a great skirmisher-type unit. It is extremely effective against Heavy Infantry, while being relatively cheap. With several upgrades, and supported by a robust economy, they function even better. Additionally, they preform better against light cavalry (such as Hussars and Yabusame) than the average skirmisher.

The Aenna is another effective anti-infantry unit. Although not in the same league as the Forest Prowler, it costs 100 food total, allowing an Iroquois player to focus completely on food for their economy, furnishing them with a massively effective and cost-effective anti-infantry army.

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.

FeaturesEdit

Unique unitsEdit

Unit Description
Iroquois war chief
Iroquois War Chief
The leader of your Tribe. Possesses many powerful bonuses and abilities. Explores, fights, builds Town Centers and Trading Posts.
Native american villager
Villager
Villager that gathers resources.
Travois portrait
Travois
Builds buildings.
Warrior portrait
Warrior
Quick-training Native defender who quickly loses hitpoints, becoming less effective over time.
Iroquois medicine man
Medicine Man
Heals injured units.
Aenna
Aenna
Bowman. Good against infantry.
Tomahawk
Tomahawk
Iroquois warrior that hurls tomahawks into battle. Good against cavalry.
Forest prowler
Forest Prowler
Stealthy ranged infantry. Good against infantry and in an ambush.
Kanya horseman
Kanya Horseman
Light cavalry armed with hand weapons.
Musket rider
Musket Rider
Ranged cavalry. Good against cavalry.
Ram
Ram
Siege warrior. Good against buildings.
Aoe3 iroquois mantlet
Mantlet
Tough Iroquois support unit used to shield your army from enemy fire.
Light cannon
Light Cannon
Light artillery. Good against infantry and artillery.
Aoe3 canoe
Canoe
Native boat that can attack or transport units.
War canoe
War Canoe
Strong in naval combat when built in number.

Unique buildingsEdit

Building Description
Iroquois longhouse
Longhouse
Iroquois Longhouse. Supports 15 population.
FarmIII icon
Farm
Slow, infinite source of Food. Limited to 10 gatherers.
Fire pit icon
Fire Pit
Task Villagers on the Fire Pit to perform powerful dances.
Warhut icon
War Hut
Trains and upgrades infantry units as well as defends an area with a ranged attack
Corral icon
Corral
Trains and upgrades hand and ranged cavalry.
ArtilleryFoundry icon
Siege Workshop
Trains and upgrades artillery.

Unique Fire Pit dancesEdit

Dance Effect
Founder dance
Founder Dance
Spawns Travois
Earth mother dance
Earth Mother Dance
Increases population

Home City Cards Edit

Main article: Iroquois Home City Cards

In-game dialogue Edit

Iroquois units speak Mohawk, one of the Iroquoian languages.

  • Oh nahòten ("What is it?")
  • Wakhthare ("I converse" or "I am speaking (about something)")
  • Wake’ ("I am going" or "I am on my way")
  • Ike’ ("I am going (by foot)")
  • Hen (a variation of hen’en and enhenh: all words for "yes")
  • Yekahtentyes ("I am leaving from here to go there", or "I am leaving there")
  • Kyenthokwas ("I harvest"; when harvesting food from mills)
  • O’waronk ("meat"; when hunting for game)
  • Katstha ("I use/am using/keep using" or "I am a user"; when foraging for berries)
  • Oyente (wood)
  • Ikkerons ("heap up" or "accumulate"; when gathering gold from mines)
  • Kahnyotha ("it stands upright" or "it sets it up"; when building)
  • 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.

History Edit

"The late sixteenth century confederation of five (later six) tribes into the Iroquois League in upstate New York created the most dominant native force in the northeast United States and eastern Canada. At the height of their empire in the late seventeenth century, they held sway over lands stretching from the Chesapeake Bay to the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers, and from Kentucky to Ontario. They are remarkable for many achievements, including their political system of checks and balances. The central law of its confederacy was to never war with each other. Against enemies, however, they usually presented a united political and military front .

The Iroquois population had boomed following the adoption of agriculture in the fourteenth century, and they settled in villages of distinctive wood-framed and bark-covered longhouses. The first Europeans they encountered were the French, fighting against them in support of other tribes along the St. Lawrence. The Iroquois in turn traded for weapons with the Dutch of New Amsterdam. A series of wars followed, mostly over the fur trade. The Iroquois were often in the middle when France and Britain engaged in their periodic wars.

By the later eighteenth century the Iroquois were being pressured by English settlers moving west from the coast and down the Ohio River Valley. When the American Revolution broke out in 1776, the Iroquois tried to remain neutral, but the league finally splintered and tribes fought on both sides. In 1779 George Washington sent three columns into Iroquois territory, burning forty villages, and driving most of them into Canada. The millions of acres the Iroquois once held in New York were reduced to a few small reservations, which they still hold today.
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