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


Nootka de.png Nootka Clubman: Nootka warrior armed with a wooden club.
Nootka warchief aoe3de.png Nootka War Chief: Elite Nootka warrior.


Nootka technologies focus on bolstering villagers, reducing the cost of Nootka Clubmen and granting the use of a powerful Nootka War Chief.

Age Technology Cost Effect
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Nootka Bark Clothing.png Nootka Bark Clothing 125 wood,
125 coin
Villagers get +50% hit points
Nootka Potlatch.png Nootka Potlatch 300 food,
300 coin
Nootka Clubmen cost -10% and train time -50%
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Loyal Nootka Warchief.png Loyal Nootka War Chief 200 wood,
200 coin
Spawns a Nootka War Chief, and enables Nootka Settlements, Native Embassies and Heroes to retrain him.

In-game dialogue[]

The Nootka (Nuu-chah-nulth) language belongs to the Wakashan language family.

  • Select 1 Dakla
  • Move 1 Kratawa
  • Move 2 Kaygiz
  • Attack 1 Gok - Attack!
  • Attack 2 Zaga - Attack!


  • A third unit was planned for the Nootka, the Nootka Knife Fighter. A unit portrait exists in the game files.
  • A Nootka technology called "Nootka Harpoon" was planned. A technology portrait exists in the game files.


The native peoples inhabiting part of the coast of Vancouver Island were called the Nootka by Captain James Cook when he explored this area in the 1778. The name has come to represent several native groups in the area who speak a similar language, although it was not a name they used themselves. They inhabited a rugged coast backed by mountains. The area was plentiful in seafood (whales, sea lions, seals, halibut, salmon, and shellfish) and land wildlife (deer, elk, and bear). They often moved to temporary bases in summer or at other times to take advantage of seasonal food resources.

Red cedar wood was a critical resource because of its strength and resistance to rot. It was used for large dugout canoes and for construction of plank houses. Cedar roots and bark were crafted into hats, ropes, mats, and clothes. Everything they made was a work of art, decorated with designs and animal depictions from their stories and myths.

In 1785 Europeans and Americans began coming to the area for sea otter furs, which peaked at a price of $4,000 per pelt. The fur trade lasted barely 20 years, until the otter was extinct along the coast, but new white settlers were coming for other resources.