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The Tiger is a wild animal that appears in Age of Empires II HD: Rise of the Rajas, and as a Treasure Guardian in Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties. It also appears in Age of Mythology: Tale of the Dragon, as a dangerous huntable.

Age of Empires II[]

The Tiger appears in the Rise of the Rajas, and is one of several hostile animals that the player may encounter in unexplored areas. In the Tiger's case, it appears mostly in maps set in Southeast Asia. It holds no food and attacks Villagers and even some military units on sight. As it will most likely prevail against Villagers that do not have the Loom upgrade, it is recommended to research it before sending them in unexplored areas.


Age of Mythology[]

The Tiger in Age of Mythology: Tale of the Dragon is a huntable animal, but also a dangerous predator that will attack any nearby workers. It is less dangerous than the Crocodile or Lizard, but also only provides half as much food.


Scientific Name -- Panthera tigris
Size -- 400-570 lb. (male); 220-350 lb. (female)
Diet -- Deer, antelope, wild pigs, cattle

The tiger is one of thirty-six cat species, and most closely related to the lion, leopard, and jaguar, all of which evolved from a common ancestor over 5 million years ago. The tiger is the largest species in the cat family, and the only wild cat with stripes in its fur. Up until the twentieth century, nine different subspecies of tiger roamed the earth, but with the extinction of the Caspian, Javan, and Bali tigers, only six subspecies remain. However, since most tigers are similar both physically and genetically, subspecies are commonly used only to designate a particular tiger’s geographic range. For example, the Sumatran tiger is found only on the Indonesian island of Sumatra.

A tiger’s body is built specifically for the hunt. Certain physical features allow them great advantages when pursuing, catching, and then consuming its prey. A tiger’s large eyes gather more light than the eyes of other animals, and a special structure called the tapetum lucidum reflects this light, making objects appear brighter than they actually are. A tiger can turn its ears toward the source of a sound to enhance hearing sensitivity. While in pursuit of a smaller animal, a tiger can tighten its stomach muscles and bend its flexible spine like a bow, so when the muscles relax the spine snaps back into position with explosive force, hurtling the cat forward. It even uses its flexible tail as a rudder to aid in steering.
Age of Mythology help section


Age of Empires III[]

The Tiger is a large carnivorous Treasure Guardian that is featured in Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties. Tigers are found on every single Asian map in the game, from Ceylon to Siberia.

Both Siberian and Bengal Tigers are also featured as pets, trained by Indian Monks, the Brahmin.


Axehilt the Tame Tiger[]

Axehilt is a pet Tiger in Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties. He is the most powerful of all pet animals that can be trained by Explorers but is also the most expensive (135 food) and has the longest train time (22 seconds). He is very similar to Wagner the Pet White Tiger but has more attack damage and less hit points. As all pets it receives free upgrades upon every Age up.

Compared to other pets, Axehilt is not extremely good at killing Treasure Guardians due to his small multiplier, but it is better at fighting human combatants. Against Treasure Guardians, Axehilt has approximately the same damage per second as Fang the Tame Coyote that is a lot cheaper (50 food).

Pet Tigers do not cost population but have their own population limit (10). Using Tigers is an indirect way of increasing your population limit similar to natives. Indian players may have access to both Tigers and White Tigers giving them a population advantage over their enemies once population capped. It is also important to note that Tigers can be trained directly on the battlefield (similar to Daimyo, Chinese Monks, or other Explorers who have access to pets).


Axehilt automatically gets stronger when advancing in Age.

Home City shipments[]

  • Exploration Age: 2 Pet Tigers (Indians only) - Ships 2 Axehilt the Tame Tigers +1 Villager
  • Exploration Age: Favorable Karma (Indians only) - Brahmins get +60% hit points and attack, and can train Axehilt the Tame Tigers +1 Villager


The Asian Dynasties[]
  • Axehilt the Tame Tiger cannot reveal stealth enemies.
Definitive Edition[]
  • Axehilt the Tame Tiger can reveal stealth enemies.


  • The Tiger's help section in Age of Mythology is a direct copy of its history section in Age of Empires III, the only difference being that a spelling error has been fixed ("allow them great advantageous when pursuing" was changed to "allow them great advantages when pursuing").
  • Although commonly associated with East Asia, the tiger's distribution reached west to the Caucasus and eastern Turkey during the period covered by the Age of Empires games. They were limited to forested areas, however, while in the plains they were replaced by the Lion.
  • A Tiger unit edited from the Jaguar (i.e. the Jaguar with black stripes painted on) is included in Forgotten Empires, the original fan-made version of Age of Empires II HD: The Forgotten.