This article is about the unit in Age of Empires III: The WarChiefs. For the native unit, see Iroquois Tomahawk.
Iroquois warrior that hurls tomahawks into battle. Good against cavalry.
—In-game description

The Tomahawk is an ranged heavy infantry in Age of Empires III: The WarChiefs that is unique to the Iroquois and can be trained at the War Hut once the Colonial Age is reached.

Overview Edit

Since the Tomahawk deals damage at range, they should maintain this range whenever possible behind the front lines. It is one of the most widely fielded units by Iroquois players due to its relatively cheap cost. While only costing wood, a plentiful resource (notably, not required for advancing in age), the Tomahawk acts like a Musketeer to the Iroquois with less ranged and hand attack but does slightly more damage to cavalry. It can be combined with Forest Prowlers or Aennas to form an effective combo to take out infantry and cavalry.

Upgrades Edit

Age Upgrade Cost Effect
Ages fortress
Elite ranged infantry Elite Tomahawks 200 wood,
100 coin
Upgrades Tomahawks to Elite (+25% hit points and attack)
Ages industrial
Champion ranged infantry Champion Tomahawks 400 wood,
200 coin
Upgrades Tomahawks to Champion (+25% hit points and attack); requires Elite Tomahawks
Ages imperial
Legendary ranged infantry Legendary Tomahawks 1,500 wood,
1,500 coin
Upgrades Tomahawks to Legendary (+50% hit points and attack); requires Champion Tomahawks

Further statistics Edit

As the Tomahawk can only be trained by the Iroquois, only improvements available them (including native improvements) are listed here.

Unit strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Cavalry, light infantry, heavy infantry
Weak vs. Skirmishers, archers, artillery
Hit points Cree Tanning Cree Tanning (+5%)
Navajo Weaving Navajo Weaving (+5%)
Attack Yoga Yoga (+5%)
Smokeless Powder Smokeless Powder (+30% siege attack)
Clenched Fist Clenched Fist (+30% melee attack)
Range Lacrosse Lacrosse (+2)
Speed Inca Road-building Incan Road-building (+20%)
Apache Endurance Apache Endurance (+5%)
Sight Lacrosse Lacrosse (+2)
Creation speed Inca Chaquis Messengers Incan Chasquis Messengers (-25%)
Other Iroquois Scouting Party Iroquois Scouting Party (ships 5 Tomahawks)
Iroquois Raiding Party Iroquois Raiding Party (ships 10 Tomahawks)
Iroquois War Party Iroquois War Party (ships 15 Tomahawks)
Merritocracy Meritocracy (-20% upgrade cost)

Home City Cards Edit

As the Tomahawk is exclusive to the Iroquois, only other civilizations' TEAM cards that affects them are listed here.

Trivia Edit

  • The major civilization Tomahawk inflicts ranged damage, while the native and Treasure version does melee damage at range. This was similar to Throwing Axeman in Age of Empires II.
  • The Tomahawk is strangely classified as a gunpowder infantry despite of not using any kind of gunpowder weapons.

History Edit

The Tomahawk is a type of axe used by Native Americans. It has a wooden shaft and a stone, iron, or brass head. A popular version of the Tomahawk could double as a smoking pipe, blending together symbols of war and peace. Iroquois men traded furs for these ingenious pipe tomahawks. Very ornate versions of these tomahawks were given as gifts to Native American leaders and were fashionable to both carry and wield.

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