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Provides a small hitpoint bonus to nearby units.
—In-game description

The Teepee is an economic building in Age of Empires III: The WarChiefs that is unique to the Lakota. It increases the hit points of friendly units around it and acts as a pseudo-replacement of the House for the Lakota who have maximum population from the start of the game.


Rather than providing population as Houses do, Teepees increase the hit points of the player's units in a radius of 20 around them by 10%. While very frail, with 450 hit points, they are also very cheap (at slightly less than half the price of a House) and their bonuses stack with each other, meaning it is imperative that multiple Teepees are constructed.

They are one of the most crucial buildings to the Lakota, third only to Corrals and the Community Plaza, and are also among the most versatile ones. Normally, the purpose of Teepees is defensive, making up for the Lakota player's lack of Walls, by enhardening defenders and Villagers. However, their use can radically shift, as with the right Home City Cards, they can provide various perks to their Teepees, that in turn provide substantial advantages:

Iroquois Home City 3 (Battlefield Construction).png "Aggressive Policy": War Hut units (Cetan Bowmen, Club Warriors, and Wakina Rifles) can build Teepees. In the Definitive Edition, the aforementioned units can build Teepees without "Aggressive Policy".
Iroquois Home City 3 (New Ways).png "New Ways": Provides some Arsenal technologies to Teepees (see Technologies), shifting their purpose towards offense (a mixed Teepee and War Hut rush is highly recommended).
Sioux Home City 3 (Nomadic Expansion).png "Nomadic Expansion": Increases Teepees' cost-effectiveness by making them cheaper, tougher, and increasing their build limit from 12 to 20.
Sioux Home City 3 (Friendly Territory).png "Friendly Territory": Allows Teepees to also increase the attack of friendly units in a radius of 24 around them by 10%; Tokala Soldiers with over 150 attack are not unheard of.

While quickly mustering all these cards is difficult, they are all available in the Commerce Age, and most of their effects apply immediately, meaning that Teepees can become the most cost-effective buildings in the entire game, providing enormous mobile army advantages that can make a Lakota army, in defense or offense, nigh-unstoppable.


Age Technology Cost Effect
Age II tech tree aoe3.png
Infantry Breastplate.png Infantry Breastplate 200 wood,
200 coin
Melee infantry and archers get +10% hit points; requires the "New Ways" Home City Card
Counter Infantry Rifling.png Counter Infantry Rifling Wakina Rifles, Cherokee Riflemen, Cree Trackers, Klamath Riflemen, and Navajo Riflemen get +1.0x multiplier against heavy infantry; requires the "New Ways" Home City Card
Cavalry Cuirass.png Cavalry Cuirass 100 wood,
300 coin
Heavy cavalry get +10% hit points; requires the "New Ways" Home City Card
Ranged Cavalry Caracole.png Ranged Cavalry Caracole 200 food,
300 wood
Light cavalry get +10% attack, +2 LOS and +2 range; requires the "New Ways" Home City Card
Pillage.png Pillage 300 wood,
350 coin
Heavy cavalry get +25% siege attack; requires the "New Ways" Home City Card

Further statistics[]

As Teepees are unique to the Lakota, only technologies that they have access to are shown in the following table:

Building strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Nothing
Weak vs. Everything
Hit points Flying Buttress.png Flying Buttress (+20%)
Construction cost Cree Textile Craftsmanship.png Cree Textile Craftsmanship (-25% wood)
Tupi Forest Burning.png Tupi Forest Burning (-20% wood)

Home City Cards[]

As Teepees are unique to the Lakota, only their cards and other civilizations' TEAM cards are shown in the following tables:


The WarChiefs[]

  • Teepees have 300 hit points, a built limit of 10, increase the hit points of units in a radius of 12 around them, and cost 50 wood.

Definitive Edition[]

  • Teepees have 450 hit points, a built limit of 12, increase the hit points of units in a radius of 20 around them, cost 40 wood, and can be built by War Hut units.


  • Teepees also appear in some Midwestern/Western American maps, such as the Great Plains, specifically in Comanche, Cheyenne, and Lakota villages (before The WarChiefs made the Lakota a major faction).


Houses in the New World displayed varying styles, from the Cape-style houses of New England to the claim shanties in the West to the ranch houses of Texas and Mexico. Often the house style reflected the cultural heritage of the people who settled the land.

To meet the needs of a nomadic people living on the Great Plains, the Sioux Nation developed the Teepee as their basic structure for shelter. Early explorers were impressed by the Teepee and its effectiveness against the elements.