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Strong in naval combat when built in number.
—In-game description

The War Canoe is a warship in the Age of Empires III: The WarChiefs that is unique to the Native American civilizations, except Incas, and can be trained at the Dock once the Fortress Age is reached.

The main naval combat unit of the Haudenosaunee and the Lakota, it can transport land units and also gather from fishes and whales.


The War Canoe is stronger than many other ships which can be trained by the Haudenosaunee and the Lakota, but the Aztec Tlaloc Canoe is stronger. It has an acceptable amount of hit points and can take down larger ships when massed, or through the use of the Water Ceremony or Fire Ceremony. It can also fish, though like all canoes and the Marathan Catamaran, is less efficient than Fishing Boats.

Further statistics[]

Unit strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Ships, buildings close to shore
Weak vs. Artillery especially Culverins, defensive structures
Hit points Armor Plating.png Armor Plating (+50%)
Rawhide Covers.png Rawhide Covers (+20%, Haudenosaunee only)
Attack Carronade.png Carronade (+25%)
Flaming Arrows.png Flaming Arrows (+25%, Lakota only)
Gather rate Gill Nets.png Gill Nets (+15%)
Long Lines.png Long Lines (+30%)
Excessive Tribute.png Excessive Tribute (+50% from whales)
Huron Fish Wedding.png Huron Fish Wedding (+20%)
Navajo Craftsmanship.png Navajo Craftsmanship (+20% from whales)
Train cost Mapuche Ad-mapu.png Mapuche Ad-mapu (-10% coin cost)

Home City Cards[]


The WarChiefs[]

  • War Canoes have 34 LOS and 30 range.

Definitive Edition[]

  • War Canoes have 29 LOS and 25 range.


One of the largest canoes used by Native Americans comes from the Pacific Northwest. The people there would make large dugout canoes by hollowing out the huge trees native to the region. For example, the Haida constructed war canoes from 70 to 100 feet long, which could hold as many as sixty warriors. Neighboring tribes, like the Makah, still use similar canoes to hunt whales and other sea mammals.