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This article is about the unit in Age of Empires III: The WarChiefs. For the native unit, see Iroquois Mantlet.
Tough Iroquois support unit used to shield your army from enemy fire.
—In-game description

The Mantlet is a ranged siege infantry in Age of Empires III: The WarChiefs that is unique to the Iroquois and can be trained at the Siege Workshop.

Overview Edit

The Mantlet has high health, acceptable range, decent attack resistance, but a semi-weak attack. Due to their survivability, Mantlets excel at destroying military and economic buildings. However, in order to use Mantlets properly, a sufficient range between their target must be established. Due to their high health Iroquois Mantlets are also good against defensive buildings, ranged units, and artillery.

With some boost from the War Chief, the Iroquois Mantlet can have over 1000 hitpoints with all upgrades. This allows them to be very effective when deployed in numbers as cannon fodder for protecting units that are weak against ranged damage. With the Siege Discipline shipment their population cost is dropped to only 1 which makes mass production of this unit very easy.

Another possible strategy is to use a line of 5-10 Mantlets to screen Forest Prowlers, due to their low hitpoints, and Tomahawks along with a Light Cannon.

Upgrades Edit

Age Upgrade Cost Effect
Ages industrial
Champion iroquois siege unit Champion Mantlets 400 wood,
200 coin
Upgrades Mantlets to Champion (+25% hit points and attack)
Ages imperial
Legendary iroquois siege unit Legendary Mantlets 1,500 wood,
1,500 coin
Upgrades Mantlets to Legendary (+50% hit points and attack); requires Champion Mantlets

Further statistics Edit

As the Mantlet can only be trained by the Iroquois, only improvements available to them (including native improvements) are listed here.

Unit strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Ranged infantry, light cavalry, buildings
Weak vs. Heavy infantry, light infantry, heavy cavalry, artillery
Improvements
Hit points Cree Tanning Cree Tanning (+5%)
Navajo Weaving Navajo Weaving (+5%)
Attack Yoga Yoga (+5%)
Clenched Fist Clenched Fist (+30% melee attack)
Speed Siege Drill Siege Drill (+10%)
Inca Road-building Incan Road-building (+20%)
Apache Endurance Apache Endurance (+5%)
Creation speed Inca Chaquis Messengers Incan Chasquis Messengers (-25%)
Train cost Mapuche Ad-mapu Mapuche Ad-mapu (-10% coin cost)
Other Merritocracy Meritocracy (-20% upgrade cost)

Home City Cards Edit

As the Mantlet is exclusive to the Iroquois, only other civilizations' TEAM cards that affects them are listed here.

History Edit

Because the Iroquois often fortified their towns, they needed siege weapons when they went to war with rival towns. One technique they developed was the mantlet, similar in function to those used in Roman and medieval armies. Two warriors would carry the mantlet (essentially a moveable wooden wall) to protect themselves from enemy arrow or musket fire until they reached their enemy's town walls, where the mantlet was used as a ladder to scale the walls and breach the town. Canoes could also be used as shields and ladders, although canoes used for assaulting a fortress were not always the best paddling vessels after the fighting was over.

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