"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 Sioux. It increases the hit points of friendly units around it and acts as a pseudo-replacement of the House for the Sioux who have maximum population from the start of the game.

Overview Edit

Rather than providing population as Houses do, Teepees increase the hit points of the player's (and their allies') units in a radius of 12 around them by 10%. While very frail, with 300 hit points, they are also very cheap (at 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 Sioux, third only to Corrals and the Fire Pit, and are also among the most versatile ones. Normally, the purpose of Teepees is defensive, making up for the Sioux 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) Aggressive PolicyWar Hut units (Cetan Bows, War Clubs, and Wakina Rifles) can build Teepees.
Iroquois Home City 3 (New Ways) 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) Nomadic Expansion – Increases Teepees' cost-effectiveness by making them cheaper (35 wood), tougher, and increasing their build limit from 10 to 20.
Sioux Home City 3 (Friendly Territory) Friendly Territory – Allows Teepees to also increase the attack of friendly units in a radius of 24 around them by 10%; Dog Soldiers with over 150 attack are not unheard of.

While quickly mustering all these cards is difficult, they are all available in the Colonial 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 Sioux army, in defense or offense, nigh-unstoppable.

Technologies Edit

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

Further statistics Edit

As Teepees are unique to the Sioux, 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 Flying Buttress (+20%)
Construction cost Cree Textile Craftsmanship Cree Textile Craftsmanship (-25% wood)
Tupi Forest Burning Tupi Forest Burning (-20% wood)

Home City Cards Edit

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

Trivia Edit

  • 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 Sioux a major faction).

History Edit

"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.

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