"Indian warrior armed with sharp claws. Good against infantry."—In-game description
The Tiger Claw is a melee light infantry native warrior in Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties that can be trained at a Trading Post built on a Bhakti Temple settlement. Wielding a bagh nakha claw, they are effective at melee combat and can combat enemy infantry.
Tiger Claws are fast melee infantry, similar to the Rodelero but still very different in practice. Unlike other similar units, Tiger Claws have a ranged resistance rather than a melee so, combined with their lack of an anti-cavalry bonus, they are ill-suited for fighting hand cavalry and heavy infantry.
However, they have an anti-infantry bonus that combined with their speed and not being classified as heavy infantry allows them to resist and hunt down enemy Skirmishers and other ranged infantry, basically working like a cheaper and weaker light infantry version of the Naginata Rider. The main difference is that Tiger Claws are quite vulnerable against artillery but resist ranged cavalry.
They can be greatly boosted by home city cards, especially those of the Iroquois and French, pushing them close to the performance of far more expensive cavalry units without taking up any population space.
Their speed also makes them efficient raider units, while they are also affected by two out of three Bhakti technologies, making them more capable at later stages of the game.
|Bhakti Discipline Training||200 wood,|
|Upgrades Tiger Claws to Disciplined (+25% hit points and attack)|
|Bhakti Honor Training||400 wood,|
|Upgrades Tiger Claws to Honored (+40% hit points and attack); requires Bhakti Discipline Training|
| Legendary Native Warriors|
|Upgrades native warriors to Legendary/Exalted (+50% hit points and attack)|
- The Legendary Native Warriors improvement is available in the Capitol for European civilizations and in the Town Center for Native American and Asian (as Exalted Natives) civilizations.
Further statistics Edit
|Unit strengths and weaknesses|
|Strong vs.||Ranged infantry, artillery|
|Weak vs.||Heavy infantry, light cavalry|
|Hit points|| Infantry Breastplate (+10%)|
Thin Red Line (+20%, British only)
Comanche Horse Breeding (+10%)
Cree Tanning (+5%)
Maya Cotton Armor (+20%)
Navajo Weaving (+5%)
Reinforced Gauntlets (+50%)
|Attack|| Carib Kasiri Beer (+10%)|
Mapuche Tactics (+50% siege attack)
Zapotec Cult of the Dead (+20%)
Master Lessons (+10%)
|Speed|| Military Drummers (+10%)|
Tilly's Discipline (+20%, Germans only)
Incan Road-building (+20%)
Apache Endurance (+5%)
|Sight||Town Watch (+2)|
|Creation speed||Standing Army (-25%)|
|Penalties|| Thin Red Line (-25% speed, British only)|
Coffee Trade (-10% speed, Dutch only)
Tilly's Discipline (+10% cost, Germans only)
Home City Cards Edit
|Click for a list of Home City Cards related to the Tiger Claw|
Green: TEAM Shipment that is sent to each player in a team
In-game dialogue Edit
- Main article: Indians (Age of Empires III)#In-game dialogue
- आदेश [Ādeś] (command)
- तैयार [Taiyār] (ready)
- हाँ? [Hān?] (yes?)
- मैं जा रहा हूँ [Main jā rahā hūn] (I am going)
- मैं करूँगा [Main karunga] (I will do it)
- हाँ [Hān] (yes)
- युद्ध करने के लिए [Yuddh karne ke liye] (to do war – To war/To battle)
- हमला [Hamalā] (attack!)
- हाँ! [Hāṃ!] (yes!)
- Despite what their unit history states, the Tiger Claw's weapon, when examined closely, is actually the tekko-kagi instead of the proper bagh nakh.
"The tiger claw, or “bagh nakh,” is a weapon named for the wound it inflicts: a series of slice marks that resemble the clawing left by a wild animal. Usually made of metal, the tiger claw was wielded by Indian assassins and warriors of the seventeenth century. The basic design consists of a metal handle that is grasped in the palm. Two to four curved claws sprout from handle, sticking from the gap between the fighter’s fingers. More of a close-quarters, brawling weapon, the tiger claw is believed to have also been used in larger battles, most famously by Sivaji, the powerful emperor of the Indian Maratha."