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This article is about the civilization in Age of Empires III: The WarChiefs. For the minor native, see Lakota (minor native).

The Lakota (known as Sioux before the Definitive Edition[1]), are a playable Native American civilization featured in the Age of Empires III: The WarChiefs expansion. It is primarily an offensive civilization. They lack Artillery units, and their infantry is limited, but possess many and various cavalry unit types. They have Axe Riders, Tokala Soldiers, heavy infantry and the Fire Ceremony to cover their lack of Artillery.

Overview[edit | edit source]

The Lakota armies are mainly composed of Cavalry units. They have the strongest cavalry units of all of the Native American civilizations, but only mediocre infantry. One of the most unique and important abilities of Lakota is that they do not need to build houses; they already have 200 population cap from the very beginning of the game. Their houses are replaced by Teepees, which, instead of increasing population, increase hitpoint and attack of nearby units.

Their armies consist of mostly cavalry, as their infantry are mediocre and do not possess artillery, but the armies are quite balanced, too. Ranged infantry can be countered by Axe Riders, Tokala Soldiers, and Tashunke Prowlers. Heavy infantry can be beaten with Tokala Soldiers and Rifle Riders. Cavalry can be destroyed with Bow Riders and Rifle Riders, and artillery can be countered with any unit. Buildings can be destroyed by the use of the Fire Ceremony or any cavalry with high siege damage.

Features[edit | edit source]

Unique units[edit | edit source]

Sioux war chief.png Lakota War Chief: The leader of your Tribe. Possesses many powerful bonuses and abilities. Explores, fights, builds Town Centers and Trading Posts.
Native american villager.png Villager: Villager that gathers resources.
Warrior portrait.png Warrior: Quick-training Native defender who quickly loses hitpoints, becoming less effective over time.
Iroquois medicine man.png Healer: Heals injured units.
Cetan bow.png Cetan Bowman: Foot archer. Good against infantry.
War club.png Club Warrior: Foot warrior armed with a deadly club. Good against cavalry.
Wakina rifle.png Wakina Rifle: Light infantry with low hitpoints, but a long-ranged attack. Good against infantry.
Axe rider.png Axe Rider: Mounted warrior good against skirmishers, foot archers, and artillery.
Bow rider.png Bow Rider: Ranged raiding cavalry. Good against cavalry.
Rifle rider.png Rifle Rider: Ranged cavalry that are effective against cavalry, heavy infantry, and artillery.
Tashunke prowler.png Tashunke Prowler: Stealthy horsemen that grow in strength as they grow in number.
Dog soldier.png Tokala Soldier: Superior lance-carrying horsemen.
Aoe3 canoe.png Canoe: Native boat that can attack or transport units.
War canoe.png War Canoe: Strong in naval combat when built in number.

Unique buildings[edit | edit source]

Teepee icon.png Teepee: Provides a small hitpoint bonus to nearby units.
FarmIII icon.png Farm: Slow, infinite source of Food. Limited to 10 gatherers.
Tribal Marketplace
Community plaza aoe3de.png Community Plaza: Task Villagers on the Community Plaza to perform powerful ceremonies.
Warhut icon.png War Hut: Trains and upgrades infantry units as well as defends an area with a ranged attack.
Corral icon.png Corral: Trains and upgrades hand and ranged cavalry.

Unique ceremonies[edit | edit source]

Fire dance.png Fire Ceremony: Increases all units' siege attack
War song dance.png Tokala Ceremony: Spawns Tokala Soldiers

Home City Cards[edit | edit source]

Main article: Lakota Home City Cards

In-game dialogue[edit | edit source]

Lakota units speak their namesake, one of the Siouan languages.

  • Táku [dah-kue] (What?)
  • Oháŋ (Yes)
  • Wašté (Good)
  • Waballey/Baley
  • Wamanee/Manee
  • Máni (Walk)
  • Tȟaló (Meat)
  • Waškúyeča [wah-shkue-yea-chah] (Fruit)
  • Newattou/Wattou (Farm)
  • Čháŋ [chahn] (Wood)
  • Youhaiyoulo/Youhoi (Mine)
  • Wakáǧa/Káǧa (Build)
  • Akíčhita mi héčha ("I am ready to go" or "my warriors are ready")
  • Uŋkhízapi (Attack, "We fight")
  • Wičháwakte (Attack, "I kill them")

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Lakota's former name, Sioux, is an exonym that literally means "snakes", and was first applied, pejoratively, by a rival tribe. It was popularized after the Sicangu Oyate nation settled in the Rosebud Sioux Reservation, becoming a bureaucratic term in the treaty process. Hence, some Sicangu Oyate prefer the endonym Lakota.[1]

History[edit | edit source]

Original[edit | edit source]

The Sioux Nation is made up of three geographically different divisions of peoples who speak varying dialects of the Siouan language: the Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota. In the language of Sioux, the names Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota mean “friends.” The Sioux lived on the Great Plains of the western United States and survived primarily by hunting. Their favorite game was the American bison, or buffalo, which provided food, clothing, and shelter.

They were excellent horsemen, famed for their ability to fire bows and guns accurately while riding at full gallop. Experts at horse breeding, they owned horses both fast and clever. These animals were considered extremely valuable, and some warriors owned hundreds of them. They were used not only for war, but also as a medium of exchange.

One of history’s most renowned Sioux warriors was Sitting Bull, known also as Tatanka Yotanka (1831-1890). Born in the territory now known as South Dakota, he was revered as a Sioux principal chief, medicine man, and prophet. Sitting Bull led Native resistance against U.S. government attempts to take over tribal lands, which included his involvement in the Battle of the Little Bighorn. After spending several years in Canada with his followers, Sitting Bull returned to the U.S. under a government amnesty program. Sitting Bull's leading war chiefs were Crazy Horse and Gall.

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