|“||Provides a small hitpoint bonus to nearby units.||”|
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 around them by 10%. While very frail, with hit points, they are also very cheap (at 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 , 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:
- "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".
- "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).
- "Nomadic Expansion": Increases Teepees' cost-effectiveness by making them cheaper, tougher, and increasing their build limit from 12 to .
- "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.
|Infantry Breastplate||200 wood,
|Melee infantry and archers get +10% hit points; requires the "New Ways" Home City Card|
|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||100 wood,
|Heavy cavalry get +10% hit points; requires the "New Ways" Home City Card|
|Ranged Cavalry Caracole||200 food,
|Light cavalry get +10% attack, +2 LOS and +2 range; requires the "New Ways" Home City Card|
|Heavy cavalry get +25% siege attack; requires the "New Ways" Home City Card|
As Teepees are unique to the Lakota, only technologies that they have access to are shown in the following table:
|Building strengths and weaknesses|
|Hit points||Flying Buttress (+20%)|
|Construction cost|| Cree Textile Craftsmanship (-25% wood)|
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|
Green: TEAM Shipment that is sent to each player in a team
- 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.
- 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.