|This article is about the the native unit. For the Sioux unit, see Dog Soldier. For the related technology, see Lakota Dog Soldiers.|
"Elite Lakota horsemen."—In-game description
The Lakota Dog Soldier is a melee heavy cavalry native warrior in Age of Empires III that can only be obtained from the Lakota Dog Soldiers improvement available on a Trading Post built on a Lakota settlement.
The Lakota Dog Soldiers are essentially an elite cavalry unit, with very high hit points, good attack, though average range resistance.
These traits make them excellent as a shock unit, but also as a meatshield, who can rapidly approach enemies and attract fire, while others go for the kill.
Differences with Sioux Dog Soldier Edit
Both units are available as part of a research that sends a group whose size depends on the time that has passed; in the Sioux case, a Big Button named Sioux Dog Soldiers, available at the Town Center essentially provides Dog Soldiers the same way, but costs a very large sum of food instead.
The Sioux units are now "summoned" at the Fire Pit instead, at training times proportional to the Villagers dancing at the time – in contrast to the traditional training of units at the Trading Post available for the original Lakota troops.
Last, but not least, the new Sioux Dog Soldiers cost three population and have lower hit points, while instead boasting a bonus against infantry. Thus they occupy a role similar to Lancers. They also have a better ranged resistance. Still, these shortcomings compared to the native unit are negated because they receive bonuses with each age, and are also improved by multiple Sioux Home City Cards including Onikare.
"Dog Soldiers were an elite warrior society of the Cheyenne tribe that sometimes allied with the Lakota. They wore long sashes that dragged the ground, and carried sacred arrows that they would stab through the sash into the ground to show that they were ready to fight and die where they stood. They had a special song that they would sing when faced with death that only Dog Soldiers were allowed to sing. They were the fiercest warriors of the Cheyenne."