The Native Americans are a group of New World civilizations featured in Age of Empires II: The Conquerors, Age of Empires II HD: The Forgotten, and Age of Empires III. Indigenous to the American continent, these peoples formed many culturally distinct nations and tribes.
Age of Empires II Edit
The Native Americans are first featured in the The Conquerors and consist of Mesoamerican natives: the Aztecs and the Mayans. Native American civilizations lack the ability to train cavalry units. Thus, they start the game with an Eagle Scout (an Eagle Warrior in The Conquerors), a fast infantry unit with an extensive Line of Sight, instead of a Scout Cavalry. Also, they lack gunpowder units, but all the Native American civilizations have access to Arbalesters and Siege Rams as anti-infantry and siege options respectively to help offset the lack of Hand Cannoneers and Bombard Cannons.
The Forgotten introduced the third Native American civilization: the South American Incas. Like the Aztecs and Mayans, they lack cavalry and gunpowder units. However, they are able to train Slingers which work similarly to Hand Cannnoneers.
Age of Mythology Edit
Native Americans only officially appear on the random map Vinlandsaga where they are represented as "Skraelings", which use the same model and portrait as the Norse Ulfsark, though with a different tooltip and history entry. It is not clear which tribe they are supposed to represent, although their history entry theorizes they could be the Micmac or Beothuk tribes.
Age of Empires III Edit
In the base game Age of Empires III, players cannot play with Native American civilizations, however, they can form alliances with minor civilizations on various maps by building a Trading Post in their native settlement. Forming an alliance grants players the ability to train unique units and access special technologies. Twelve native tribes appear in the base game: The Aztecs, Carib, Cherokee, Comanche, Cree, Inca, Iroquois, Lakota, Maya, Nootka, Seminole, and Tupi.
In The WarChiefs players are able to assume control of one of the three largest and powerful Native American civilizations: The Iroquois, Sioux, and Aztecs. Three new native tribes replace the ones elevated into playable civilizations: The Aztecs were replaced by the Zapotec, Iroquois by Huron, and Lakota (Sioux) by Cheyenne. In addition four new tribes were also featured: The Apache, Mapuche, Navajo, and Klamath.
- Despite not explicitly appearing, the Atlantean architecture, and use of Llamas are likely a reference to the Atlantean Empire being attributed to the Aztecs, Incas, and Mayans.
- In older builds of the Expanded Mod, the Atlanteans had access to Aztec units.
- In another mod, Age of Empires II: The American World, three new Native American civilizations are introduced: Mapuche, Diaguitas, and Taínos.