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Provides a hitpoint and gathering rate boost 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 improves villager gathering rates.

It's a pseudo-replacement of the House for the Lakota who have maximum population from the start of the game.

Overview[]

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 600 hit points, they are also very cheap (at half the price of a House), being able to cover a wide area.

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 and economic, making up for the Lakota player's lack of Walls, by enhancing hit points and Villagers' gathering rate.

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 (New Ways) "New Ways (II)": 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 (III)": Enables Lakota Infantry to construct Teepees. Nearby Teepees also boost Military Building training speeds." (they work twice as fast)
Sioux Home City 3 (Friendly Territory) "Friendly Territory (I)": Teepees gain significantly more hitpoints and now also improve the attack speed of nearby units." (+200% hit points and +10% attack speed).

While quickly mustering all these cards is difficult, 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.

Technologies[]

Age Technology Cost Effect
Age I tech tree aoe3
Lakota lands Lakota Lands 250 food
250 wood
250 coin
Teepee Line of Sight and effect range +40 and now also improve units' speed by 10%, or 7.9% for villagers
Age II tech tree aoe3
Infantry Breastplate Infantry Breastplate 200 wood
200 coin
Melee infantry and archers get +10% hit points; requires the "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 the "New Ways" Home City Card
Cavalry Cuirass Cavalry Cuirass 100 wood
300 coin
Heavy cavalry get +10% hit points; requires the "New Ways" Home City Card
Ranged Cavalry Caracole Ranged Cavalry Caracole 200 food
300 wood
Light ranged cavalry get +10% attack, +2 LOS and +2 range; requires the "New Ways" Home City Card
Pillage Pillage 300 wood
350 coin
Hand 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
Improvements
Hit points Flying Buttress Flying Buttress (+20%)
Construction cost Cree Textile Craftsmanship Cree Textile Craftsmanship (-10%)
Tupi Forest Burning 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:

Click for a list of Home City Cards related to the Teepee
Some cards are highlighted with:
Green TEAM Shipment that is sent to each player in a team

Indians[]

Card Description Age HC level
Team improved buildings TEAM Improved Buildings Buildings get +25% hit points
Age II tech tree aoe3
10

Lakota[]

Card Description Age HC level
Iroquois Home City 3 (New Ways) New Ways Provides Teepees with the Infantry Breastplate, Counter Infantry Rifling, Cavalry Cuirass, Ranged Cavalry Caracole, and Pillage technologies
Age II tech tree aoe3
10
Spanish Home City 3 (Improved Buildings) Improved Buildings Buildings get +40% hit points
Age I tech tree aoe3
1
Sioux Home City 3 (Nomadic Expansion) Nomadic Expansion Enables Lakota Infantry to construct Teepees. Nearby Teepees also boost Military Building training speeds." (they work twice as fast)
Age II tech tree aoe3
25
Sioux Home City 3 (Friendly Territory) Friendly Territory Teepees gain significantly more hitpoints and now also improve the attack speed of nearby units." (+200% hitpoints and +10% attack speed)
Age I tech tree aoe3
40

Changelog[]

3WCIcon48px 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, cost 50 wood, and build in 5 seconds.

Age3DE Icon 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.

Age3DE Icon Knights of the Mediterranean[]

  • With update 13.12327, Teepees have 600 hit points, a build limit of 20, cost 50 wood, build in 10 seconds, and cannot be built by War Hut units by default. The hit point aura no longer stacks, but it affects Villagers, and also provides a 12.5% gather rate bonus to Villagers.

Trivia[]

  • 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).

History[]

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.

Gallery[]

Buildings in Age of Empires III
Common
Dock aoe3de Dock · House indian aoe3de House · Livestock pen aoe3de Livestock Pen · Market icon aoe3de Market · Native embassy DE icon Native Embassy · Stables aoe3de Stable · Towncenter aoe3de Town Center · Trading post african aoe3de Trading Post · Wall aoe3de Wall
EuropeansArsenal aoe3de Arsenal · Artillery depot aoe3de Artillery Foundry · Barracks aoe3de Barracks · Capitol aoe3de Capitol · Church aoe3de Church · Plantation aoe3de Estate (formerly Plantation) · Fort aoe3de Fort · Mill aoe3de Mill · Outpost aoe3de Outpost · Tavern icon de Tavern
Native AmericansCommunity plaza aoe3de Community Plaza (formerly Fire Pit) · Corral aoe3de Corral · Plantation aoe3de Estate (formerly Plantation) · Farm aoe3de Farm · Tribal marketplace icon Tribal Marketplace · War hut aoe3de War Hut
AsiansJapan barracks aoe3de Barracks · Japan castle aoe3de Castle · Consulate icon aoe3de Consulate · Monastery aoe3de Monastery · China rice paddy icon aoe3de Rice Paddy · Advanced wonders Wonder
Federal AmericansArsenal aoe3de Arsenal · Artillery depot aoe3de Artillery Foundry · Barracks aoe3de Barracks · Capitol aoe3de Capitol · Plantation aoe3de Estate · Fort aoe3de Fort · Mill aoe3de Mill · Outpost aoe3de Outpost · Saloon aoe3de Saloon
AfricansArsenal aoe3de Arsenal · Field portrait aoe3de Field · Granary portrait aoe3de Granary · Hut portrait aoe3de Hut · Livestock market aoe3de Livestock Market · Palace portrait aoe3de Palace · Port portrait aoe3de Port · War camp aoe3de portrait War Camp · Watch tower aoe3de portrait Watch Tower
Unique
Flag BritishDE BritishHouse aoe3de Manor House
Flag DutchDE DutchBank aoe3de Bank
Flag GermanDE GermansMercenary camp portrait Mercenary Camp
Flag OttomanDE OttomansChurch aoe3de Mosque
Flag RussianDE RussiansBlockhouse aoe3de Blockhouse
Flag AztecDE AztecsNobles aoe3de Nobles' Hut
Flag IroquoisDE HaudenosauneeIro house icon Longhouse · Artillery depot aoe3de Siege Workshop
Flag SiouxDE LakotaTeepee icon DE Teepee
Flag ChineseDE ChineseChinese village aoe3de Village · China waracademy aoe3de War Academy
Flag IndianDE IndiansCaravanseraiDE Caravanserai · MangoGroveDE Mango Grove · SacredFieldDE Sacred Field
Flag JapaneseDE JapaneseCherry orchard portrait aoe3de Cherry Orchard · Dojo aoe3de Dojo · Shrine aoe3de Shrine
Flag IncanDE IncaInca kallanka Kallanka · Inca kancha house Kancha House · Inca stronghold Stronghold · Inca tambo Tambo
Flag SwedishDE SwedesSwedish torp Torp
Flag American act3 aoe3de United StatesMeeting house aoe3de icon Meeting House · State capitol aoe3de icon State Capitol
Flag Ethiopian aoe3de EthiopiansMountain monastery portrait aoe3de Mountain Monastery
Flag Hausa HausaUniversity portrait University
Flag MexicanDE MexicansCathedral portrait Cathedral · Hacienda portrait Hacienda
Flag ItalianDE ItaliansBasilica portrait Basilica · Lombard portrait Lombard
Flag MalteseDE MalteseCommandery portrait Commandery · Depot portrait Depot · Fixed gun portrait aoe3de Fixed Gun · Hospital portrait Hospital
Situational
Aztec temple portrait American Citadel (formerly Maya Castle) · Athos monastery portrait Athos Monastery · Battery tower portrait Battery Tower · Factory aoe3de Factory · Field hospital aoe3de Field Hospital · Regent's Castle aoe3de Regent's Castle
Scenario Editor/campaign only
Cherokee Warhut Portrait Cherokee War Hut · Wall aoe3de Command Post · Fixed gun portrait aoe3de Fixed Gun · Fort Tower icon AoE3DE Fort Tower · Gunpowder Stores icon AoE3DE Gunpowder Stores · Ossuary AoE3DE Ossuary · Fountain Youth Portrait The Fountain of Youth · Tower aoe3de Tower
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