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The Navajo 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.


Navajo Rifleman de.png Navajo Rifleman: Stealthy Navajo skirmisher that runs quickly.


Navajo technologies focus on increasing allied units' hit points and improving their economy.

Age Technology Cost Effect
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Navajo Weaving.png Navajo Weaving 100 wood,
200 coin
Infantry and cavalry get +5% hit points
Navajo Shepherds.png Navajo Shepherds 200 wood Livestock fattens 100% faster, and 30% faster when tasked to Livestock Pens, Farms, and Villages; Indian livestock generates XP 30% faster when tasked to Sacred Fields; Japanese livestock contributes 35% more to Shrines' resource/XP trickle
Navajo Craftsmanship.png Navajo Craftsmanship 175 food,
125 wood
All coin gathering (but not trickles) is 20% faster

In-game dialogue[]

The Navajo call their own language Diné bizaad.

  • Select 1 Kud
  • Move 1 Non
  • Move 2 Ahoneyhota
  • Attack 1 Athojijay - Attack!
  • Attack 2 Naset - Attack!


Native to the desert Southwest, the Navajo nation remains one of the largest Native American tribes in existence. Calling themselves “Dine,” which means “the people,” the Navajo share a common ancestral heritage with their neighbors, the Apache.

The Navajo traditionally dwelt in homes called hogans, constructed of logs, tree bark, and mud. Within Navajo religion, the hogan is a sacred place, used for ceremonies as well as daily living. The Navajo are a very creative and artistic people, evidenced by their skills in silversmithing and pottery. They are noted for their sense of humor and love of laughter - in fact, the first time a Navajo child laughs out loud is cause for family celebration.

In the 1600s, the Navajo began to use the horses brought to the continent by the Spanish. The horse quickly became a key part of their economy and military strategy. The first recorded instance where Native Americans used horses was in 1659, when the Spanish Governor of the New Mexico colony noted an attack by Navajo warriors on horseback.

During War World II, the U.S. Marine Corps used the Navajo language as a secret code to baffle enemy forces in the South Pacific. The Navajo tongue is extremely complex and was learned by few outside the tribe. The code was never cracked and proved extremely valuable, particularly during the battle of Iwo Jima.