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This article is about the minor civilization in Age of Empires III. For the major civilization in Age of Empires III: The WarChiefs, see Haudenosaunee.

The Iroquois are a minor civilization in Age of Empires III. They become a playable civilization in The WarChiefs expansion and are replaced by the Huron (except in the campaign and custom scenarios) as a native tribe.


Aoe3 iroquois tomahawk.png Iroquois Tomahawk: Iroquois warrior that hurls tomahawks into battle
Aoe3 iroquois mantlet.png Iroquois Mantlet: Iroquois short-ranged siege unit.

The Iroquois also provide the player with Canoes.


Age Technology Cost Effect
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Iroquois lacrosse.png Iroquois Lacrosse 250 wood,
250 coin
Ranged infantry get +10% attack
Iroquois league.png Iroquois League 75 wood,
75 coin
Iroquois Tomahawks and Mantlets can be trained in Barracks/Blockhouses and Forts
Iroquois morning wars.png Iroquois Morning Wars 400 wood,
400 coin
Ships 1 Iroquois Mantlet for every 2 minutes the game has passed, up to 30 minutes

In-game dialogue[]

Iroquois use the same dialogue lines as the major civilization of the same name in Age of Empires III: The WarChiefs.


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.