|This article is about the unit in Age of Empires III: The WarChiefs. For the native unit, see Iroquois Mantlet.|
|“||Tough Haudenosaunee support unit used to shield your army from enemy fire.||”|
Mantlets can help compensate for the relatively low siege that most of the Haudenosaunee units have, taking down walls and fortifications, and allowing other units to continue to fight against enemy units. Mantlets are classified the same as a skirmisher, making them only especially vulnerable to artillery (which their high hit points somewhat compensate for), cavalry (especially lancer-type), and Abus Guns. Grenadiers and Flamethrowers also can pose a threat, though to a lesser extent.
A general use for Mantlets is as a screen for long ranged units. Their incredible hit points and armour lets them tank an immense amount of enemy ranged fire, protecting Forest Prowlers and even Musket Riders, which allows them to do much more damage without taking fire. The disadvantage of this is it drastically reduces the speed and mobility of the army, so it should be used situationally, such as in chokepoints, where mobility is largely irrelevant.
It is important to note that Mantlets are improved by "Infantry Combat" (and Attack and Hitpoints variants) as well as the "Siege Combat" cards. Thus, if wishing to upgrade Mantlets it is ideal to ship "Infantry Combat" first and then "Siege Combat" so that the other infantry units are upgraded too.
With some boost from the War Chief, the Mantlet can have over 1,000 hit points 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.
|Champion Mantlets||400 wood,
|Upgrades Mantlets to Champion (+25% hit points and attack)|
|Legendary Mantlets||1,500 wood,
|Upgrades Mantlets to Legendary (+50% hit points and attack); requires Champion Mantlets|
As Mantlets are unique to the Haudenosaunee, only technologies that they have access to are shown in the following table:
|Unit strengths and weaknesses|
|Strong vs.||Ranged infantry, light cavalry, buildings|
|Weak vs.||Heavy infantry, light infantry, heavy cavalry, artillery|
|Hit points|| Cree Tanning (+5%)|
Navajo Weaving (+5%)
|Attack|| Yoga (+5%)|
Clenched Fist (+30% melee attack)
|Speed|| Siege Drill (+10%)|
Incan Road-building (+20%)
Apache Endurance (+5%)
|Creation speed||Incan Chasquis Messengers (-25%)|
|Train cost||Mapuche Ad-mapu (-10% coin cost)|
|Other||Meritocracy (-20% upgrade cost)|
Home City Cards
As Mantlets are unique to the Haudenosaunee, only their cards and other civilizations' TEAM cards are shown in the following tables:
|Click for a list of Home City Cards related to the Mantlet|
|“||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.||”|