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A Native American scout. Good for exploration, but has a weak attack.
—In-game description

The Native Scout is an infantry native warrior in Age of Empires III that can be rescued from treasures. It is a scout unit with high speed and LOS, but low hit points and attack.

Overview[]

Since the release of The WarChiefs, the Native Scout can use stealth mode. Since there are few upgrades available to them, it is not good in later Ages. However, as they are classified as native warriors, they are affected by cards and technologies that improves native warriors, including Legendary Native Warriors/Exalted Natives.

In some situations, Native Scouts can be better than Coyote Runners, which can be seen here.

Lakota players can make Native Scouts move very fast, almost as fast as a cavalry (6.66) with the Wind Runner Home City Card and the Lakota War Chief's aura.

Civilization differences[]

Upgrades[]

Since the Definitive Edition, the Native Scout is upgraded in the Fortress Age and in the Industrial Age.

  • Fortress age up +25% hit points
  • Industrial age up +50% hit points
Age Upgrade Cost Effect
Imperial Age
Legendary natives Legendary Native Warriors
Exalted natives Exalted Natives
1,500 food
1,500 wood
Upgrades native warriors to Legendary/Exalted (+50% hit points and attack)

Further statistics[]

Unit strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Nothing (heroes, mercenaries and weak infantry with the "Advanced Scouts" Home City Card)
Weak vs. Everything, especially ranged infantry and artillery
Improvements
Hit points Maya Cotton Armor Maya Cotton Armor (+20%)
Infantry Breastplate Infantry Breastplate (+10%)
Cree Tanning Cree Tanning (+5%)
Gadaa System Gadaa System (+5%; Ethiopians only)
Navajo Weaving Navajo Weaving (+5%)
Tar kilns Tar Kilns (+5%)
Attack Zapotec Cult of the Dead Zapotec Cult of the Dead (+20%)
Carib Kasiri Beer Carib Kasiri Beer (+10%)
Master Lessons Master Lessons (+10%)
Gadaa System Gadaa System (+5%; Ethiopians only)
Yoga Yoga (+5%)
Mapuche Tactics Mapuche Tactics (+50% siege attack)
Resistance Somali oryx shields Somali Oryx Hide Shields (+5% ranged resistance)
Hualcana Hualcana (+5% resistance; Inca only)
Line of Sight Town Watch Town Watch (+3)
Speed Cherokee War Dance Cherokee War Dance (+20%)
Tillys Discipline Tilly's Discipline (+20%; Germans only)
Military Drummers Military Drummers (+10%)
Quechuan Mountaineering Quechuan Mountaineering (+10%)
Apache Endurance Apache Endurance (+5%)
Train time Cree Kinship Cree Kinship (-45%)
Akan Drums Akan Fontomfrom (-20%)
Quechuan Diet Quechuan Diet (-15%)
Philhellenism Philhellenism (-10%)
Cost Philhellenism Philhellenism (-10%)
Somali oryx shields Somali Oryx Hide Shields (-10%)

Home City Cards[]

Click for a list of Home City Cards related to the Native Scout
Some cards are highlighted with:
Green TEAM Shipment that is sent to each player in a team
Purple Shipment that can be sent an INFINITE number of times
Blue Shipment that arrives fast (5 seconds)

All[]

Card Description Age
Iroquois Home City 1 (Advanced Scouts) Advanced Scouts Native Scouts get +50% hit points, +200% attack, ×20.0 attack multiplier against heroes, +2.0 multiplier against mercenaries, can snare enemies, and +20 train limit
Age II tech tree aoe3
Spanish Home City 3 (Native Warriors) Native Warriors Native warriors cost -25%
Age III tech tree aoe3
French Home City 3 (Native Warrior Combat) Native Warrior Combat Native warriors get +15% hit points and attack
Age III tech tree aoe3
Iroquois Home City 3 (Native Warrior Societies) TEAM Native Weapon Trade Native warrior train limit +20%
Age II tech tree aoe3
Mexican Home City 3 (Liberation March) Liberation March Infantry, cavalry, and shock infantry get +5% speed and -35% train time
Age III tech tree aoe3
Cheap Natives Native Warrior Conscription Native warrior cost -25% and train limit +20%
Age III tech tree aoe3
  • "Advanced Scouts" is available to Native Americans (except the Inca), and also Mexicans (upon revolting to the Maya).
  • "Native Warriors" is available to the Haudenosaunee, Lakota, and Maya.
  • "Native Warrior Combat" is available to the French, Haudenosaunee, and Maya.
  • "TEAM Native Weapon Trade" is available to the Dutch, Native Americans (except the Inca), and also British and French upon revolting to Canada.
  • "Liberation March" is available to the Mexicans and Spanish.
  • "Native Warrior Conscription" is available to the Haudenosaunee, and also British and French upon revolting to Canada.

Asians[]

Card Description Age
Native Warrior Hitpoints Native Warrior Hitpoints Native warriors get +30% hit points and +10% speed (also +1 Villager for the Indians)
Age III tech tree aoe3
Japanese Home City 3 (Native Warrior Attack) Native Warrior Attack Native warriors get +30% attack and -25% train time
Age III tech tree aoe3
  • "Native Warrior Hitpoints" is not available to the Japanese.
  • "Native Warrior Attack" is not available to the Indians.

Aztecs[]

Card Description Age
Spanish Home City 3 (Fencing School) Fencing School Infantry and shock infantry train time -40%
Age II tech tree aoe3
Japanese Home City 3 (Native Alliance) Native Alliance Native warrior train limit +20% and cost -10%
Age II tech tree aoe3

Chinese[]

Card Description Age
Chinese Home City 1 (TEAM Yongle Infrastructure) TEAM Yongle Infrastructure Ships 1 Mongol Scout; infantry, land villagers, healing units, Envoys, and Disciples get +5% speed
Age I tech tree aoe3
Western reforms Western Reforms All units get +8% hit points and attack
Age IV tech tree aoe 3

Dutch[]

Card Description Age
Dutch Home City 2 (Infantry Hitpoints) TEAM Infantry Hitpoints The player's infantry get +15% hit points; allied infantry get +10% hit points
Age II tech tree aoe3

Ethiopians[]

Card Description Age
Ignatian spirituality Ignatian Spirituality All units get +5% hit points and regeneration capability even while in combat
Age IV tech tree aoe 3

Europeans[]

Card Description Age
Sevites Sevites Maroons, native warriors, and villagers now regenerate hit points at a rate of 0.25% per second when idle; Yoruba Eso Rider hit point degeneration rate -60% and Militiaman hit point degeneration rate -10%, and for both stops at 25% hit points
Revolution
Citizenship Haiti Louverture Liberation Ships 6 Citizens; Citizens can be trained at Town Centers for 70 coin; Fishing Boats can be trained at Docks; native warriors get +20% hit points and +5% speed
Revolution
South Africa Home City (Wanderlust) Wanderlust Land units get +5% hit points; land villagers and wagons get +5% speed
Revolution
  • "Sevites" and "Louverture Liberation" are available to the British and French upon revolting to Haiti.
  • "Wanderlust" is available to the British and Dutch upon revolting to South Africa, and can be sent 3 times.

French[]

Card Description Age
French Home City 3 (Wilderness Warfare) Wilderness Warfare Coureurs des Bois, Cree Coureurs des Bois, native warriors, Skirmishers, and Settlers get +20% hit points
Age II tech tree aoe3
French Home City 3 (Improved Native Warrior Combat) TEAM French Auxiliaries Combat Native warriors get +10% hit points and attack
Age II tech tree aoe3
French Home City 3 (Royal Fencing School) Royal Fencing School Infantry and shock infantry train time -40%; +3 Royal Musketeers
Age II tech tree aoe3

Haudenosaunee[]

Card Description Age
Iroquois Home City 2 (Scout Infantry) TEAM Scout Infantry Ships 1 Native Scout; infantry get +8 Line of Sight
Age II tech tree aoe3
Iroquois Home City 3 (Conservative Tacticcs) Conservative Tactics Infantry get +10% hit points and attack
Age II tech tree aoe3
Haudenosaunee Home City 3 (Wampum) Wampum Training units and constructing buildings grants +35% XP; unit train time -20%, siege unit and artillery train time -5% instead
Age IV tech tree aoe 3

Hausa[]

Card Description Age
Hausa Home City Cards 5 (Sahelian Kingdoms) Sahelian Kingdoms Native warriors get +15% hit points and attack; mercenaries and outlaws get +10% hit points and attack
Age IV tech tree aoe 3

Inca[]

Card Description Age
Inca Home City 2 (Road Building) Road Building Land military units get +10% speed
Age II tech tree aoe3
Inca Home City 2 (TEAM Inca Bridges) TEAM Inca Bridges Ships 1 Chasqui; infantry, land villagers, healing units, and Envoys get +5% speed
Age I tech tree aoe3

Indians[]

Card Description Age
Dravidian martial arts Dravidian Martial Arts All units get +15% hand attack; Rajputs get +20% hand attack instead; +1 Hindu Villager
Age II tech tree aoe3
Shivajis tactics TEAM Shivaji's Tactics All units get +5% hit points and attack
Age IV tech tree aoe 3

Italians[]

Card Description Age
Iroquois Home City 2 (Infantry Hitpoints) Infantry Hitpoints Infantry get +15% hit points
Age II tech tree aoe3
Italian Home City 2 (Schiavoni Swords) Schiavoni Swords Infantry and cavalry get +15% hand attack
Age II tech tree aoe3

Japanese[]

Card Description Age
Onin war Onin War Infantry get +33% siege attack
Age II tech tree aoe3
Japanese Home City 3 (Pioneers) TEAM Jujutsu Villagers get +35% hit points; Surgeons, Priests, Architects, Native Scouts, and Envoys get +20% attack; Disciples and Shaolin Masters get +10% attack; units affected by villager upgrades get +10% hit points
Age I tech tree aoe3

Lakota[]

Card Description Age
Sioux Home City 2 (Wind Runner) Moccasins Infantry get +10% speed
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
Sioux Home City 3 (Black Arrow) Black Arrow Native warrior train time -85%
Age III tech tree aoe3
Winter counts Winter Counts Training units grants +40% XP and constructing buildings grants +20% XP
Age I tech tree aoe3

Maltese[]

Card Description Age
Maltese Home City 2 (TEAM Knights of the Round Table) TEAM Knights of the Round Table Ships 1 Hospitaller for each Town Center owned by the player; all units get +2% hit points
Age I tech tree aoe3

Mexicans[]

Card Description Age
Mexican Home City 2 (TEAM Mariachi) TEAM Mariachi For the next 30 seconds, military buildings work 400% faster and units get +10% speed
Age I tech tree aoe3
Federal card colegio de san nicolas Colegio de San Nicolás Ships 500 XP; units get +4 and buildings (except Walls) get +8 Line of Sight; sees what enemies can see for 20 seconds
Age II tech tree aoe3
Federal card national servant National Servant All units get +10% hit points; Padre healing 200% faster
Imperial Age
Maya Home City (Pok Ta Pok) Pok Ta Pok Infantry get +10% speed and -10% train time
Revolution
  • "Colegio de San Nicolás" is available upon selecting the Michoacán Federal State.
  • "National Servant" is available upon selecting the Estado de México Federal State.
  • "Pok Ta Pok" is available upon revolting to the Maya.

Native Americans[]

Card Description Age
Lakota Home City 1 (2 Native Scouts) TEAM 2 Native Scouts Ships 2 Native Scouts; Native Scouts get ×5.0 attack multiplier against treasure guardians
Age I tech tree aoe3
Lakota Home City 1 (4 Native Scouts) 4 Native Scouts Ships 4 Native Scouts
Age I tech tree aoe3

Russians[]

Card Description Age
Russian Home City 2 (Ransack) Ransack Infantry get +50% siege attack
Age III tech tree aoe3

Spanish[]

Card Description Age
Spanish Home City 1 (Hand Infantry Attack) TEAM Hand Infantry Attack Hand infantry get +15% attack
Age II tech tree aoe3
Spanish Home City 3 (Inquisition) TEAM Spanish Inquisition Ships 1 Inquisitor; all units get +10 Line of Sight
Age II tech tree aoe3

Swedes[]

Card Description Age
German Home City 2 (Hand Infantry Attack) Hand Infantry/Hand Cavalry Attack Hand infantry and hand cavalry get +15% attack
Age II tech tree aoe3
Spanish Home City 2 (Hand Infantry Hitpoints) Hand Infantry/Hand Cavalry Hitpoints Hand infantry and hand cavalry get +15% hit points
Age II tech tree aoe3

United States[]

Card Description Age
Federal card plymouth settlers Plymouth Settlers Ships 300 food and 1 Native Scout; all existing Town Centers spawn 3 Pilgrims
Age II tech tree aoe3

All[]

Card Description Age HC level
French Home City 3 (Native Warrior Combat) Native Warrior Combat Native warriors get +25% hit points and attack
Age III tech tree aoe3
25
Iroquois Home City 3 (Native Warrior Societies) TEAM Native Weapon Trade Native warrior train limit +30%
Age II tech tree aoe3
10
  • "Native Warrior Combat" is available to the French and Iroquois.
  • "TEAM Native Weapon Trade" is available to the Dutch and Native Americans.

Asians[]

Card Description Age HC level
Native Warrior Hitpoints Native Warrior Hitpoints Native warriors get +30% hit points and +10% speed (also +1 Villager for the Indians)
Age III tech tree aoe3
10
Japanese Home City 3 (Native Warrior Attack) Native Warrior Attack Native warriors get +30% attack and -25% train time
Age III tech tree aoe3
10
  • "Native Warrior Hitpoints" is not available to the Japanese.
  • "Native Warrior Attack" is not available to the Indians.

Aztecs[]

Card Description Age HC level
Spanish Home City 3 (Fencing School) Fencing School Infantry train time -40%
Age II tech tree aoe3
10

Chinese[]

Card Description Age HC level
Western reforms Western Reforms All units get +8% hit points and attack
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
40

Dutch[]

Card Description Age HC level
Dutch Home City 2 (Infantry Hitpoints) TEAM Infantry Hitpoints Infantry get +15% hit points
Age II tech tree aoe3
10

French[]

Card Description Age HC level
French Home City 3 (Wilderness Warfare) Wilderness Warfare Coureurs des Bois, Skirmishers, and native warriors get +20% hit points
Age II tech tree aoe3
25
French Home City 3 (Improved Native Warrior Combat) TEAM Improved Native Warriors Native warriors get +15% hit points and attack
Age II tech tree aoe3
1

Indians[]

Card Description Age HC level
Dravidian martial arts Dravidian Martial Arts All units get +15% hand attack; +1 Hindu Villager
Age II tech tree aoe3
40
Shivajis tactics TEAM Shivaji's Tactics All units get +5% hit points and attack
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
25

Iroquois[]

Card Description Age HC level
Iroquois Home City 2 (Infantry Attack) Infantry Attack Infantry get +15% attack
Age II tech tree aoe3
10
Iroquois Home City 2 (Infantry Hitpoints) Infantry Hitpoints Infantry get +15% hit points
Age II tech tree aoe3
10
Iroquois Home City 2 (Infantry Combat) Infantry Combat Infantry get +15% hit points and attack
Age III tech tree aoe3
25
Iroquois Home City 2 (Scout Infantry) TEAM Scout Infantry Infantry get +8 Line of Sight
Age II tech tree aoe3
10

Japanese[]

Card Description Age HC level
Onin war Onin War Infantry get +33% siege attack
Age II tech tree aoe3
40

Native Americans[]

Card Description Age HC level
Iroquois Home City 1 (Advanced Scouts) Advanced Scouts Native Scouts can be trained at Town Centers, get +50% hit points, +200% attack, but also take 1 population
Age II tech tree aoe3
25
Spanish Home City 3 (Native Warriors) Native Warriors Native warriors cost -25%
Age III tech tree aoe3
10

Russians[]

Card Description Age HC level
Russian Home City 2 (Ransack) Ransack Infantry get +50% siege attack
Age III tech tree aoe3
25
Russian Home City 3 (Dueling School) Dueling School Infantry (except Skull Knights), Old Han Army, and Territorial Army train time -25%; Black Flag Army, Standard Army, Ming Army, and Imperial Army train time -12%
Age II tech tree aoe3
25

Sioux[]

Card Description Age HC level
Sioux Home City 2 (Wind Runner) Wind Runner Infantry get +10% speed
Age II tech tree aoe3
10
Sioux Home City 3 (Black Arrow) Black Arrow Native warrior train time -85%
Age III tech tree aoe3
10

Spanish[]

Card Description Age HC level
Spanish Home City 1 (Hand Infantry Attack) TEAM Hand Infantry Attack Hand infantry get +15% attack
Age II tech tree aoe3
10
Spanish Home City 3 (Inquisition) TEAM Inquisition All units get +10 Line of Sight
Age I tech tree aoe3
10

Changelog[]

3Icon48px Age of Empires III[]

  • Native Scouts can snare enemies.
  • Native Scouts have no multipliers.
  • Native Scouts have no training limit.
  • Native Scouts cannot be trained.

3WCIcon48px The WarChiefs[]

  • Native Scouts give 0 XP when trained and 14 XP when killed.
  • Native Scouts can be trained with the Advanced Scouts card by Native American civilizations.

Age3DE Icon Definitive Edition[]

  • Native Scouts can't snare by default. The Advanced Scouts card allows them to snare and get a ×20.0 multiplier against heroes and ×10.0 multiplier against mercenaries.
  • Native Scouts have a ×0.1 hand attack multiplier against villagers. This negative multiplier is removed upon reaching the Commerce Age. Although is not listed in the patch notes, with update 13088, Native Scouts have a ×0.25 hand attack multiplier against villagers and this negative multiplier is no longer removed upon reaching the Commerce Age.
  • Native Scouts give 9 XP when trained or killed.
  • Native Scouts now gain +25% hit points upon reaching the Fortress Age and +50% hit points upon reaching the Industrial Age.
  • With update 20322, Native Scouts have a train limit of 5, the Advanced Scouts card also enables the War Chief to train them and give Native Scouts +20 train limit.

Age3DE Icon Knights of the Mediterranean[]

Random names[]

In-game dialogue[]

Regardless of the random tribe name given, the Native Scout shares the same dialogue with the Nootka.

History[]

Europeans who colonized the Americas often sought help from Native American scouts. The scouts were mostly used to gather intelligence on enemy military movements. In 1866, Congress passed a statute that established a branch of the military known as the "Indian Scouting Service." This formalized the relationship between Native American Scouts and the United States Army. When fighting Native Americans in the west, the United States made use of historic tribal animosities by recruiting scouts from the enemy of whomever they were fighting. For example, Pawnees scouted against the Cheyenne, and Crow scouts helped General Custer before the Battle of Little Bighorn.

Trivia[]

  • The Miskatonic Scout is the only random name that doesn't refer to a Native American tribe. Instead it seems to come from the fiction stories written by H.P. Lovecraft. It was removed in the Definitive Edition.

Gallery[]

See also[]

Civilian units in Age of Empires III
General
AllFishing ship aoe3de Fishing Boat · Settler aoe3de Settler · Covered wagon aoe3de Covered Wagon/Town Travois/Town Rickshaw/Town Center Builder · Outpost wagon aoe3de Trading Post Wagon, Lakota trading post aoe3de Trading Post Travois, and Chinese town center rickshaw aoe3de Trading Post Rickshaw · Outpost wagon aoe3de Dock Rickshaw/Dock Wagon/Dock Travois · Native embassy DE icon Native Embassy Travois/Native Embassy Builder/Royal Embassy Wagon
EuropeansPriest aoe3de Priest · Factory wagon aoe3de Factory Wagon · Fort wagon aoe3de Fort Wagon · Factory wagon aoe3de Homestead Wagon · Outpost wagon aoe3de Military Wagon · Factory wagon aoe3de Prospector Wagon (Factory wagon aoe3de Silver · Factory wagon aoe3de Gold)
Europeans and USSurgeon aoe3de Surgeon · Outpost wagon aoe3de Outpost Wagon · Spc wagon aoe3de Estate Wagon · Spc wagon aoe3de Mill Wagon
Native AmericansVillager aztec aoe3de Villager · Haudenosaunee healer aoe3de Healer · Team native aoe3de Native Scout* · Aztec travois aoe3de Farm Travois · Aztec travois aoe3de War Hut Travois
AsiansChinese castle wagon aoe3de Castle Rickshaw · Chinese town center rickshaw aoe3de Market Rickshaw · Chinese town center rickshaw aoe3de Monastery Rickshaw
AfricansEthiopian fishing canoe portrait aoe3de Fishing Canoe · Camp portrait Camp Builder · Hausa builder portrait Kingdom Builder · Hausa builder portrait Livestock Market Builder · Palace portrait aoe3de Palace Builder · Hausa builder portrait Trade Builder · Watch tower aoe3de portrait Watch Tower Builder
Unique units
Flag DutchDE DutchVillager dutch merchant portrait Merchant · Envoy aoe3de Envoy · Bank wagon aoe3de Bank Wagon
Flag FrenchDE FrenchCoureur aoe3de Coureur des Bois
Flag GermanDE GermansSettler wagon aoe3de Settler Wagon
Flag OttomanDE OttomansVillager ottoman yoruk portrait Yörük · Imam de Imam
Flag SpanishDE SpanishMissonary de Missionary
Flag AztecDE AztecsWarrior priest de Warrior Priest · Aztec travois aoe3de Nobles' Hut Travois
Flag IroquoisDE HaudenosauneeTravois portrait aoe3de Travois (Haudenosaunee)
Flag ChineseDE ChineseOutpost Wagon Blockhouse Wagon · Chinese town center rickshaw aoe3de Consulate Rickshaw · Chinese town center rickshaw aoe3de Village Rickshaw · Mongol scout aoe3de Mongol Scout
Flag IndianDE IndiansIndian peasant aoe3de Hindu Villager · Indian castle grove aoe3de Grove Rickshaw · Indian town center rickshaw aoe3de Sacred Field Rickshaw
Flag JapaneseDE JapaneseFactory wagon aoe3de Livestock Pen Wagon · Chinese town center rickshaw aoe3de Dojo Rickshaw · Japanese Town Center Rickshaw Military Rickshaw · Japanese grove aoe3de Orchard Rickshaw · Japanese grove aoe3de Rice Paddy Rickshaw · Chinese town center rickshaw aoe3de Shrine Wagon
Flag IncanDE IncaPriestess-icon-aoe3 Priestess · Travois inca AoE3de Builder Travois · Lakota trading post aoe3de Kallanka Travois · Lakota trading post aoe3de Stronghold Travois · Lakota trading post aoe3de Tambo Travois
Flag SwedishDE SwedesSpc wagon aoe3de Torp Wagon
Flag American act3 aoe3de United StatesFactory wagon aoe3de Coal Prospector Wagon · Outpost wagon aoe3de Infrastructure Wagon · Bank wagon aoe3de Meeting House Wagon · Bank wagon aoe3de State Capitol Wagon
Flag MexicanDE MexicansBank wagon aoe3de Cathedral Wagon · Factory wagon aoe3de Hacienda Wagon
Revolution RevolutionFactory wagon aoe3de Diamond Prospector Wagon · Sansculotte portrait Sansculotte
Flag Ethiopian aoe3de EthiopiansAbun portrait aoe3de Abun · Rickshaw1 icon portrait Indian Market Rickshaw · Mountain monastery portrait aoe3de Mountain Monastery Builder
Flag Hausa HausaGriot aoe3de portrait Griot · Bank wagon aoe3de Mosque Wagon · Hausa builder portrait Hausa Builder · University portrait University Builder
Flag ItalianDE ItaliansItalians architect portrait Architect · Bank wagon aoe3de Basilica Wagon · Bank wagon aoe3de Lombard Wagon · Bank wagon aoe3de Tavern Wagon
Flag MalteseDE MalteseOutpost wagon aoe3de Commandery Wagon · Spc wagon aoe3de Depot Wagon · Fort wagon aoe3de Fixed Gun Wagon
Miscellaneous
Berber nomad portrait Berber Nomad · Berber salt camel portrait Berber Salt Camel · Trading post african aoe3de Red Sea Wagon · Balloon portrait Hot Air Balloon · Cree coreur portrait updated Cree Coureur des Bois · Factory wagon aoe3de Arsenal Wagon · Bank wagon aoe3de Church Wagon · Outpost wagon aoe3de Frontier Post Wagon · Pilgrims icon definitive Pilgrim · Bank wagon aoe3de Athos Monastery Wagon · Outpost wagon aoe3de Battery Tower Wagon · Lakota trading post aoe3de American Citadel Travois
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