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Elite Nootka warrior.
—In-game description

The Nootka War Chief is a heavy infantry native warrior that can be trained by heroes once Loyal Nootka War Chief is researched.


The Nootka War Chief is a powerful unit that can quickly be retrained, as it has a low train time. It is excellent at destroying buildings, especially Outposts, Castles, Blockhouses, War Huts, Noble's Huts, and even Town Centers due to its high ranged resistance and hit points.

With all available improvements, the Nootka War Chief can quickly destroy large groups of enemies if left unchecked, and if it perishes it can be re-trained by the Explorer/War Chief/Monk very quickly when used with infantry train time reduction cards and improvements.

  • The Nootka War Chief is especially deadly when used by a Spanish player with Unction effect along with their hand infantry cards. The total damage of the unit will then jump to 83 or higher damage in melee and deal strong damage against buildings.
  • The Nootka War Chief can also become quite powerful when recruited by a Japanese player due to Shogunate bonuses, the Onin War card, Daimyo bonuses, etc.
  • The Nootka War Chief also become a powerful building destroyer when recruited by a Lakota with a full Community Plaza and doing a Charging Ceremony; their siege damage will increased by 199%.


Age Upgrade Cost Effect
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Native Warrior Societies.png Nootka Warrior Societies 200 wood,
150 coin
Upgrades Nootka Clubmen and War Chief to Elite (+25% hit points and attack)
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Champion Natives.png Champion Nootka 400 wood,
300 coin
Upgrades Nootka Clubmen and War Chief to Champion (+40% hit points and attack); requires Nootka Warrior Societies
Imperial Age
Legendary natives.png Legendary Native Warriors
Exalted natives.png Exalted Natives
1,500 food,
1,500 wood
Upgrades native warriors to Legendary/Exalted (+50% hit points and attack)
The Legendary Native Warriors improvement is available in the Capitol for European civilizations and in the Town Center for Native American and Asian (as Exalted Natives) civilizations.

Further statistics[]

Unit strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Cavalry, Shock Infantry, buildings
Weak vs. Artillery
Hit points Infantry Breastplate.png Infantry Breastplate (+10%)
Thin Red Line.png Thin Red Line (+20%, British only)
Corselet.png Corselet (+25%, Spanish only)
Cree Tanning.png Cree Tanning (+5%)
Speed Military Drummers.png Military Drummers (+10%)
Tillys Discipline.png Tilly's Discipline (+20%, Germans only)
Sight Town Watch.png Town Watch (+2)
Creation speed Standing Army.png Standing Army (-25%)
Penalties Thin Red Line.png Thin Red Line (-25% speed, British only)
Coffee Trade.png Coffee Trade (-10% speed, Dutch only)
Tillys Discipline.png Tilly's Discipline (+10% cost, Germans only)
Corselet.png Corselet (-15% speed, Spanish only)

Home City Cards[]


Age of Empires III[]

  • Nootka War Chiefs give 20 XP when trained or killed.

Definitive Edition[]

  • Nootka War Chiefs give 30 XP when trained or killed.

In-game dialogue[]

Main article: Nootka#In-game_dialogue



The Nootka lived in northwestern North America. Their common name is probable misinterpretation on the part of Captain Cook, who promoted the word meaning "come around" as the name for the Nootka people. The Nootka wore clothing of cedar bark that shed the rains of their Pacific Northwest home and also furs for the winter cold. They hunted whales and other sea creatures with two-headed harpoons that were designed to drive home even if one head was deflected or broken. In war they wielded heavy clubs and maces, some decorated with the striking surface protruding like a thick stone tongue from the mouth of a frightfully stylized man.