|This article is about the native unit in Age of Empires III. For the unit available for the Sioux, see Axe Rider.|
"Lakota horseman armed with an axe."—In-game description
After The WarChiefs expansion where the Lakota become the playable Sioux faction and replaced by the Cheyenne as a minor native, the Lakota Axe Rider was succeeded by the Axe Rider while its role as a native warrior is taken by the Cheyenne Rider.
The Lakota Axe Rider is less powerful than the Hussar, but more cost effective. It requires fewer total resources, and food and wood instead of food and coin.
Also, despite having a weaker range resistance, they have more hit points, meaning they can survive more blows before dying.
|Lakota Warrior Societies||200 wood,|
|Upgrades Lakota Axe Riders to Elite (+25% hit points and attack)|
|Champion Lakota||400 wood,|
|Upgrades Lakota Axe Riders to Champion (+40% hit points and attack); requires Lakota Warrior Societies|
|Legendary Native Warriors||1,500 food,|
|Upgrades native warriors to Legendary (+50% hit points and attack)|
- Despite being called an Axe Rider, the weapon used by the Lakota Axe Rider is a gunstock war club, an indigenous weapon used by Native Americans. Indigenous tribes of America most likely created the design of the club based upon European firearms.
"The Lakota form one part of a related group of people who speak the Sioux language They lived on the Great Plains of the western United States and survived by hunting. Their favourite game was the American Bison, or Buffalo, which provided food, clothing, and shelter to the Lakota people.
The Lakota wore elaboretely beaded and fringed leathers made from the hides of the animals they hunted. Weapons, and many other items were made from the buffalo they hunted, with buffalo bones becoming both armor and weapons."