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Indian warrior armed with sharp claws. Good against infantry.
—In-game description

The Tiger Claw is a melee Shock 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 shock infantry version of the Naginata Rider.

They can be greatly boosted by home city cards, especially those of the Haudenosaunee 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.


Age Upgrade Cost Effect
Age III tech tree aoe3.png
Disciplined natives.png Bhakti Discipline Training 200 wood,
150 coin
Upgrades Tiger Claws to Disciplined (+25% hit points and attack)
Age IV tech tree aoe 3.png
Honered natives.png Bhakti Honor Training 400 wood,
300 coin
Upgrades Tiger Claws to Honored (+40% hit points and attack); requires Bhakti Discipline Training
Imperial Age
Legendary natives.png Legendary Native Warriors
Exalted natives.png Exalted Natives
1,500 food,
1,500 wood
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[]

Unit strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Ranged infantry, artillery
Weak vs. Heavy infantry, light cavalry
Hit points Infantry Breastplate.png Infantry Breastplate (+10%)
Thin Red Line.png Thin Red Line (+20%, British only)
Comanche Horse Breeding.png Comanche Horse Breeding (+10%)
Cree Tanning.png Cree Tanning (+5%)
Maya Cotton Armor.png Maya Cotton Armor (+20%)
Navajo Weaving.png Navajo Weaving (+5%)
Reinforced Gauntlets.png Reinforced Gauntlets (+50%)
Attack Carib Kasiri Beer.png Carib Kasiri Beer (+10%)
Mapuche Tactics.png Mapuche Tactics (+50% siege attack)
Zapotec Cult of the Dead.png Zapotec Cult of the Dead (+20%)
Yoga.png Yoga (+5%)
Master Lessons.png Master Lessons (+10%)
Speed Military Drummers.png Military Drummers (+10%)
Tillys Discipline.png Tilly's Discipline (+20%, Germans only)
Inca Road-building.png Quechuan Mountaineering (+20%)
Apache Endurance.png Apache Endurance (+5%)
Sight Town Watch.png Town Watch (+2)
Creation speed Standing Army.png Standing Army (-25%)
Penalties Thin Red Line.png Thin Red Line (-25% speed, British only)
Coffee Trade.png Coffee Trade (-10% speed, Dutch only)
Tillys Discipline.png Tilly's Discipline (+10% cost, Germans only)

Home City Cards[]

In-game dialogue[]

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!)


The Asian Dynasties[]

  • Tiger Claws count as both infantry and shock infantry.
  • They have 150 hitpoints.

Definitive Edition[]

  • Tiger Claws no longer count as infantry, and are thus no longer weak to artillery.
  • They have 160 hitpoints.


  • Despite what their unit history states, the Tiger Claw's weapon, when examined closely, is actually the Japanese tekko-kagi instead of the proper bagh nakh. The tekko-kagi is a gauntlet occasionally used by ninja as a climbing piton, while the bagh nakh is a ring system (individual or knuckleduster-esque) occasionally integrated into knife handles.
  • The Tiger Claw was originally topless, as shown in his unit portrait, his art and model in the history portrait.


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.