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The Tupi are a Native American tribe featured in Age of Empires III. Like all natives, they can be allied with by building a Trading Post at their Trading Post site.


Tupi archer aoe3de Tupi Blackwood Archer: Long-range, accurate native archer. Good against infantry.


Tupi technologies focus on increasing archers in combat, reducing building wood costs and training Cougars.

Age Technology Cost Effect
Age I tech tree aoe3
Tupi Poison Arrow Frogs Tupi Poison Arrow Frogs 150 wood
150 coin
Archers get +10% attack; Tupi Blackwood Archers' ranged attack poisons the target
Tupi Forest Burning Tupi Forest Burning 175 food
175 coin
Buildings cost -20% wood
Tupi Animal Lore Tupi Animal Lore 50 wood
50 coin
Town Centers and heroes can train Buttercup the Pet Cougars


The Tupi settlement helps improve archer attack, treasure collection, and turtle strategies. It is strongest just before the player transitions to Mill and Estates, or their civilization's substitutes for them, as Tupi Forest Burning saves a lot of wood for the transition.

Tupi Forest Burning reduces the wood cost of buildings by 20%. This takes some time to pay for itself, but it is a fairly strong economic bonus for the late game.

Tupi Animal Lore lets the player train Buttercup the Pet Cougars, which can be useful at the beginning of the game to collect treasures faster. Like all pets, Buttercup is also useful late game for tanking in the front line. This is because it is automatically upgraded with each Age and has relatively few enemy units with an increased attack multiplier versus it.

Buttercup does not have the best hit point/unit cost for a pet for the tanking in the front line role, but it still gets the job done. It has a decent attack, a relatively fast train time, and can be trained by heroes, which makes it have a fast reinforcement time. Buttercup is great for rushing out units or constantly reinforcing the same place in long fights.

Tupi Poison Arrow Frogs gives all archers +10% attack, both on foot and mounted, and makes Tupi Blackwood Archers' attacks poison their targets. This is especially useful for civilizations with strong archers, such as the Aztecs, Inca, and Japanese.

Their unique unit, the Tupi Blackwood Archer, is a foot archer with few hit points and high base damage, both at range and in melee. It can be a powerful ranged support unit if protected by melee units.

In-game dialogue[]

The language spoken by the Tupi is either the extinct Old Tupi or the Modern Tupi (also known as Nheengatu).


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  • The Tupi never tamed jaguars.


When the Portuguese, French, and Dutch penetrated the interior of Brazil they encountered a number of warlike and aggressive tribes called the Tupi. The coastal Tupi lived mainly by agriculture, growing manioc, yams, tobacco, beans, squash, peppers, and other crops in forest clearings. When the soils were depleted, they would move to a new location, clear the trees, and replant.

In the sixteenth century they became embroiled in the wars between Europeans fighting in Brazil, mainly the French and Portuguese, who both employed native allies. Many of the Tupi were forced to work on the plantations, but they fared poorly and died. They suffered from epidemics that swept through their villages, and were forcibly taken from their villages to be sold as slaves, often by enemy tribes. European encroachment spread as the trees were cleared, and sugar plantations were established. Devastated by the recurring wars, disease, and slavery, the remaining Tupi withdrew up the Amazon into interior lands the Europeans did not want.


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