The Mapuche are a Native American tribe featured in Age of Empires III, introduced in The WarChiefs expansion. Like all natives, they can be allied with by building a Trading Post at their Trading Post site.

Units[edit | edit source]

Mapuche Ironwood Clubman.png Mapuche Ironwood Clubman: Mapuche warrior with a large two-handed club.
Preview mapuche bolas rider icon.png Mapuche Bolas Rider: Mapuche ranged cavalry who hurls bolas to slow down enemies and inflict splash damage. Good against cavalry.

Improvements[edit | edit source]

Mapuche improvements focus on increasing coin reserves and anti-building attacks.

Age Technology Cost Effect
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Mapuche Ad-mapu.png Mapuche Ad-mapu 250 wood,
250 coin
All units cost -10% coin
Mapuche Tactics.png Mapuche Tactics 200 food,
200 wood
Melee infantry get +50% siege attack
Ages fortress.jpg
Mapuche Treaty of Quilin.png Mapuche Treaty of Quillin 225 food,
225 wood
Ships 100 coin for every 2 minutes the game has passed, up to 30 minutes

In-game dialogue[edit | edit source]

The Mapuche language, Mapudungun, is an isolated language (not related to any language).

  • Kümel ("Alright", move)
  • Chem? (What?)
  • Makmo
  • Yafün ("Strength", attack)

History[edit | edit source]

The Mapuche lived in the modern-day countries of Argentina and Chile and were among that region's first settlers. Hunting, gathering, and small farm plots where they cultivated crops such as potatoes provided most of their food. The Mapuche typically lived in small, widespread communities oriented around family units. Their homes, known as rukas, were wooden huts with thatched roofs. In times of war, the Mapuche would band together for protection in larger groups and choose a “toqui” as leader.

The relative stability the Mapuche lived in for centuries was shattered by the encroach of the Spanish during the sixteenth century. The Spanish believed they could easily conquer the Mapuche and their lands. They were mistaken.

The Mapuche were fierce warriors, skilled with the hand axe, and consistently battled back the Spanish. After more than a century of warfare, the Spanish admitted defeat and signed a treaty granting the Mapuche rights to their own lands.


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