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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).
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The Lakota occupied large territories in North America, and also absorbed the "Great Plains" culture of their neighbors by becoming skilled buffalo hunters.
—Official description[1]

The Lakota (known as Sioux before the Definitive Edition[2]), are a civilization in Age of Empires III: The WarChiefs, based on one of the three prominent Native American peoples of the Oceti Sakowin (also called Sioux).

They first appeared as a minor civilization of the same name in Age of Empires III, and when made playable in The WarChiefs, the minor civilization was replaced by the Cheyenne. They are primarily an aggressive civilization, who lack artillery units, and have limited infantry, but possess various cavalry unit types for different purposes. They have Axe Riders, Tokala Soldiers, heavy infantry and the Charging Ceremony to cover their lack of artillery.

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Default War Chief names
Big Bow, Cloud Walker, Coughing Clown, Diving Hawk, Eagle Catchers, Finds Buffalo, Four Bears, Good Thunder, Invisible Arrow, Keeps-the-Pipe, Magic Shield, Many Coups, Open Sky, Plenty Beads, Running Elk, Runs-with-Horses, Sleepy Eagle, Slow Walker, Spotted Horse, Steals Horses, Stone-the-Wolf, Sun Dancer, Touches-the-Earth, Two Moons, Wolf Heart, Younger Brother

  • La HC Work Hide Work Station - A hide workstation setup at camp (5 points)

  • La HC Animals Fauna - Flourishing fauna running around the Lakota settlement (2 points)

  • La HC Teepee Original Tipi Patterns - Display Original tipi pattern designs (Default)
  • La HC Teepee2 Tipi Patterns - Display new tipi pattern designs (2 points)

  • La HC Day Daytime Lighting - The Lakota settlement in the middle of the day (Default)
  • La HC Sunrise Sunrise Lighting - The sunrise above the Lakota settlement (1 point)
  • La HC Night Night Lighting - The Lakota settlement in the middle of the night (5 points)
  • La HC NightFF Night Lighting - Fireflies - The Lakota settlement in the middle of the night with fireflies (10 points)
  • La HC Snow Season Change - Seasons changing at the Lakota settlement (10 points)

  • La HC Horses Horses - Horses in the background (2 points)

Characteristics[]

Civilization bonuses[]

Shared Native American units[]

Native villager aoe3de Villager: Villager that gathers resources.
Lakota healer aoe3de Healer: Heals injured units.
Team native aoe3de Native Scout: A Native American scout. Good for exploration, but has a weak attack.
Warrior de Warrior: Quick-training Native defender who quickly loses hit points, becoming less effective over time.
Pistolero aoe3de Pistolero: A dangerous outlaw with a pistol.
Comanchero icon aoe3de Comanchero: A dangerous outlaw on horseback.
Renegado aoe3de Renegado: A dangerous outlaw with a rifle.
Captured mortar aoe3de Captured Mortar: Artillery captured and operated by Native Americans. Fires an exploding shell at buildings or ships.
Native fishing boat aoe3de Fishing Boat: Gathers food from Fish or coin from Whales.
Native canoe aoe3de Canoe: Native boat that can attack or transport units.
War canoe aoe3de War Canoe: Strong in naval combat when built in number.

Shared Native American buildings[]

Tribal marketplace icon Tribal Marketplace: Source of Coin that lasts longer. Must be built next to a Mine. Limited to 10 gatherers.
Farm aoe3de Farm: Slow, infinite source of Food. Limited to 10 gatherers.
Community plaza aoe3de Community Plaza: Task Villagers on the Community Plaza to perform a powerful ceremony.
War hut aoe3de War Hut: Trains and upgrades infantry units as well as defends an area with a ranged attack.
Corral aoe3de Corral: Trains and upgrades hand and ranged cavalry.

Unique Lakota units[]

Sx warchief aoe3de Lakota War Chief: The leader of your Tribe. Possesses many powerful bonuses and abilities. Explores, fights, builds Town Centers and Trading Posts.
Cetan de Cetan Bow: Foot archer. Good against infantry.
Club warrior de War Club: Foot warrior armed with a deadly club. Good against cavalry.
Wakina de Wakina Rifle: Light infantry with low hitpoints, but a long-ranged attack. Good against infantry.
Axe rider de Axe Rider: Mounted warrior good against skirmishers, foot archers, and artillery.
Bow rider de Bow Rider: Ranged raiding cavalry. Good against cavalry.
Rifle rider de Rifle Rider: Ranged cavalry that are effective against cavalry, heavy infantry, and artillery.
Tashunke de Tashunke Prowler: Stealthy horsemen that grow in strength as they grow in number.
Tokala soldier aoe3de Tokala Soldier: Superior lance-carrying horsemen.

Unique Lakota buildings[]

Teepee icon DE Teepee: Provides a hitpoint and gathering rate boost to nearby units.

Unique Lakota ceremonies[]

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

Overview[]

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

Their armies consist of mostly cavalry, as their infantry are mediocre and they 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 Charging Ceremony or any cavalry with high siege damage.

Changelog[]

3WCIcon48px The WarChiefs[]

  • The name of the civilization is Sioux, and their Home City is named Hunkpapa.
  • Cannot build Walls and do not have access to the Gate.

Age3DE Icon Definitive Edition[]

  • The name of the civilization is Lakota, and their Home City is renamed to Great Council.
  • Can build Walls and have access to the Gate from the Industrial Age.

Campaign appearances[]

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In-game dialogue[]

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In contrast to the revised Haudenosaunee dialogue, the revised Lakota dialogue retains more of the original words, albeit with one voice actor providing all the male lines until an update introduced varied voices.

Villager[]

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

Common[]

  • Táku [dah-kue] (What?)
  • Oháŋ (Yes)
  • Wašté (Good)
  • Waballey/Baley
  • Wamanee/Manee
  • Máni (Walk)
  • Akíčhita mi héčha ("I am ready to go" or "my warriors are ready")
  • Uŋkhízapi (Attack, "We fight")
  • Wičháwakte (Attack, "I kill them")

Villager[]

History[]

The Lakota 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 Lakota, the names Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota mean "friends." The Lakota 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 Lakota 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 Lakota principal chief, healer, 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 (or the Battle of the Greasy Grass as the victorious Lakota named it). 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.
—In-game section

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.
—In-game section

Trivia[]

  • The Lakota flag in The WarChiefs appears to be based on the Pine Ridge Flag, which is the flag of the Oglala. For the Definitive Edition, the Lakota flag was changed to a flag with a light grayish orange background with a red bison over it, representing the spiritual meaning that this animal has for the Lakota people.[3]
  • 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.[2]
  • The Lakota's heavy focus on cavalry units and having poor defenses, but starting with maximum population, makes them very similar to the Cumans and Huns of Age of Empires II.
  • Despite being heavily used in American bureaucratic systems, the trio of names, "Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota," is a misnomer. The Lakota - "Lakȟóta" - are the westernmost of the nation, while the eastern bands are split into Eastern Dakota - "Dakhóta" - and Western Dakota - "Dakȟóta". "Nakota" refers to the Stoney Assiniboine people to the northwest. Their language is largely unintelligible with their eastern plains relatives, and they are not part of the Oceti Sakowin/Sioux nation.

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