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

The Tomahawk is the Iroquois equivalent to the Musketeer, a ranged heavy infantry with a strong melee bonus against cavalry. It is fairly cheap and easy to mass, making it among the most commonly trained units for Iroquois players.

Tomahawks have a higher melee damage than most other Musketeer units (exceeded only by the Sepoy and Janissary), but a lower base ranged attack than any other one. This can be compensated for by the use of the Iroquois' extensive Home City upgrades for infantry units, making them potentially among the most powerful heavy infantry available in the Colonial Age. They are incredibly powerful against melee cavalry and most melee infantry.

Tomahawks are unique among Musketeer units in that they have a range upgrade - Lacrosse. This brings their ranged attack up to 14 range, equal to a Strelet. This can give them a slight advantage in crowded fights.

They combine well with either Kanya Horsemen or Aenna in the Colonial Age, and with Light Cannon in the Industrial Age. They are less useful in the Fortress Age, having been superseded by Musket Riders, though they can be used alongside Mantlets or Forest Prowlers as a meatshield to bodyblock against cavalry charges.

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 Tomahawks are unique to the Iroquois, only technologies that they have access to are shown in the following table:

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 Tomahawks are unique to the Iroquois, only their cards and other civilizations' TEAM cards are shown in the following tables:

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."

Gallery Edit

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