|This article is about the unit in Age of Empires III: The WarChiefs. For the native unit, see Lakota Dog Soldier.|
|“||Superior lance-carrying horsemen.||”|
The Tokala Soldier (Dog Soldier before the Definitive Edition) is a melee heavy cavalry in Age of Empires III: The WarChiefs that is unique to the Lakota and can only be obtained through Tokala Ceremony and Lakota Tokala Soldiers, or shipped from the Home City. It is the strongest Native American cavalry unit and the third strongest melee cavalry in the game along with the Cuirassier – the second if they are fully upgraded.
Tokala Soldiers have great hit points, excellent speed and good attack (though slightly lower than some other heavy cavalry) and function like a Lancer, good against infantry units and as a cavalry it is also good against archers and artillery. They are also free of cost, and realizable either at the Community Plaza by doing the Tokala Ceremony, by the Lakotan Town Center's Big Button technology, or via the Tribal Council. Because of the large number of Villagers needed to produce Tokala Soldiers at the Community Plaza, Tokala Soldiers are very difficult to make in large quantities. But the Tokala Soldier don't need any Houses since they already have a two hundred population cap from the beginning which makes massing easier, plus they also become improved for free as a player advances in ages. All of these things put together make the Tokala Soldier one of the strongest and most effective cavalry units available in the game.
There are no specific ameliorations that can be made to improve the hit points and attack of Tokala Soldiers, though advancement through each Age will improve the statistics of Tokala Soldiers. Any improvement which improves any non-specific cavalry unit will also affect the Tokala Soldiers.
The "Riding School" Home City Card and Cheyenne Horse Trading do not decrease the training time of Tokala Soldiers, but the 10% cavalry training treasure on certain Asian maps will reduce the training time from 20 seconds to 18 seconds with 25 Villagers.
- Elite Tokala Soldier (+25% hit points and attack)
- Champion Tokala Soldier (+25% hit points and attack)
- Legendary Tokala Soldier (+50% hit points and attack)
|Unit strengths and weaknesses|
|Strong vs.||Infantry, artillery|
|Weak vs.||Cavalry, Shock Infantry|
|Hit points|| Horsemanship (+10%)|
Cavalry Cuirass (+10%)
Comanche Horse Breeding (+10%)
Cree Tanning (+5%)
Navajo Weaving (+5%)
|Attack|| Bonepipe Armor (+1.0x multiplier vs. artillery)|
Pillage (+25% siege attack)
|Speed|| Comanche Mustangs (+10%)|
Apache Endurance (+5%)
|Creation speed|| Cheyenne Horse Trading (-25%)|
Quechuan Diet (-25%)
|Other||Lakota Tokala Soldiers (ships 1 Tokala Soldier for every 3 minutes of the game time, up to 30 minutes)|
|Penalties||Coffee Trade (-10% speed, Dutch only)|
Home City Cards
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Green: TEAM Shipment that is sent to each player in a team
- The unit is named Dog Soldier.
- The unit is renamed to Tokala Soldier.
- The reason why the Tokala Soldier is called "Dog Soldier" in the original The WarChiefs was because the Lakotan word for "horse" (šuŋkawakaŋ) literally means "holy/mystery/wonder dog".
- Other Native Americans just borrowed the foreign word for "horseman", e.g. Nahuatl cauallero from Spanish caballero "horseman > knight > gentleman".
|“||Dog Soldiers were an elite warrior society of the Cheyenne tribe that sometimes allied with the Lakota. They wore long sashes that dragged the ground, and carried sacred arrows that they would stab through the sash into the ground to show that they were ready to fight and die where they stood. They had a special song that they would sing when faced with death that only Dog Soldiers were allowed to sing. They were the fiercest warriors of the Cheyenne.||”|
|“||Tokala Soldiers were an elite warrior society of the Cheyenne tribe that sometimes allied with the Lakota. They wore long sashes that dragged the ground, and carried sacred arrows that they would stab through the sash into the ground to show that they were ready to fight and die where they stood. They had a special song that they would sing when faced with death that only Tokala Soldiers were allowed to sing. They were the fiercest warriors of the Cheyenne.||”|