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

The Lakota are a minor Native American civilization featured in Age of Empires III. They are replaced by the Cheyenne in The WarChiefs; however, they can still be used in custom scenarios.

They are not to be confused with the playable Sioux civilization, which are renamed to Lakota in the Definitive Edition.


Lakota axe rider.png Lakota Axe Rider: Lakota horseman armed with an axe.
Lakota dog soldier.png Lakota Dog Soldier: Elite Lakota horsemen.


Age Technology Cost Effect
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Cheyenne Hunting Grounds.png Lakota Hunting Grounds 150 wood,
150 coin
Ships 12 Bisons
Cheyenne Horse Trading.png Lakota Horse Trading 250 wood,
250 coin
Cavalry train time -25%
Lakota dog soldiers.png Lakota Dog Soldiers 500 wood,
500 coin
Ships 1 Lakota Dog Soldier for every 3 minutes the game has passed, up to 30 minutes

In-game dialogue[]

Lakota units speak one of the Siouan languages.

Note: These are not used by the playable Lakota civilization in Age of Empires III: The WarChiefs

  • Select 1 Oháŋ? - Yes?
  • Select 2 Táku [dah-kue] - What?
  • Move 1 Máni - Walk
  • Move 2
  • Attack 1 Wičháwakte! - I kill them!
  • Attack 2 Uŋkhízapi! - We fight!


The first European reference to the Lakota people places them in modern Minnesota in the seventeenth century. They soon moved farther west away from their enemies the Ojibwa, who may have obtained firearms by trading with Europeans. By the middle eighteenth century they had taken over the northern Great Plains by driving out other tribes. The Lakota became proficient buffalo hunters and prospered, with their population estimated at 30,000 by 1750. They quickly adapted to the use of the horse, and became expert horsemen for both hunting and warfare.

They fought on the British side during the American Revolution and in the War of 1812, but made a series of friendship treaties with the United States beginning in 1815. A treaty in 1825 confirmed their ownership of a large tract of land stretching from modern Wisconsin to Wyoming, though they later sold the eastern part of it. The tide of white settler encroachment could not be held back, and a recurring pattern of settler invasion, Lakota reprisals, and US military reprisals began in the 1850s.