"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.

Overview Edit

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.

Upgrades Edit

Age Upgrade Cost Effect
Ages fortress
Disciplined natives Bhakti Discipline Training 200 wood,
150 coin
Upgrades Tiger Claws to Disciplined (+25% hit points and attack)
Ages industrial
Honered natives Bhakti Honor Training 400 wood,
300 coin
Upgrades Tiger Claws to Honored (+40% hit points and attack); requires Bhakti Discipline Training
Ages imperial
Legendary natives Legendary Native Warriors
Exalted natives 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 Edit

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

Home City Cards Edit

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!)

Trivia Edit

  • 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.

History Edit

"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."

Gallery Edit

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