|This article is about the Treasure Guardian in Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties. For myth unit in Age of Mythology: Tale of the Dragon, see White Tiger (Age of Mythology).|
|“||Scientific Name: Panthera tigris
Approx. Size: 400-570 lb. (male); 220-350 lb. (female)
Diet: Deer, antelope, wild pigs, cattle
The white tiger is the result of a genetic mutation that rarely occurs in the wild. A tiger with this gene mutation is often bred for whiteness in captivity, usually to attract visitors to a zoo or refuge. This type of breeding serves no conservation purpose. In addition to its bleached fur, white tigers have deep blue eyes, instead of the usual yellow.
The tiger is one of thirty-six cat species, and most closely related to the lion, leopard, and jaguar, all of which evolved from a common ancestor over 5 million years ago. The tiger is the largest species in the cat family, and the only wild cat with stripes in its fur. Up until the twentieth century, nine different subspecies of tiger roamed the earth, but with the extinction of the Caspian, Javan, and Bali tigers, only six subspecies remain. However, since most tigers are similar both physically and genetically, subspecies are commonly used only to designate a particular tiger’s geographic range. For example, the Sumatran tiger is found only on the Indonesian island of Sumatra.
A tiger’s body is built specifically for the hunt. Certain physical features allow them great advantageous when pursuing, catching, and then consuming its prey. A tiger’s large eyes gather more light than the eyes of other animals, and a special structure called the tapetum lucidum reflects this light, making objects appear brighter than they actually are. A tiger can turn its ears toward the source of a sound to enhance hearing sensitivity. While in pursuit of a smaller animal, a tiger can tighten its stomach muscles and bend its flexible spine like a bow, so when the muscles relax the spine snaps back into position with explosive force, hurtling the cat forward. It even uses its flexible tail as a rudder to aid in steering.
|Animals in Age of Empires III|
|Friendly huntables||Bighorn Sheep · Bison · Capybara · Caribou · Deer · Elephant · Elk · Giant Salamander · Guanaco · Ibex · Marco Polo Sheep · Moose · Musk Deer · Musk Ox · Nilgai · Pronghorn · Rhea · Saiga · Serow · Tapir · Turkey|
|Treasure Guardians||Alligator · Black Bear · Black Panther · Cougar · Coyote · Grizzly Bear · Jaguar · Lion · Lion-Tailed Macaque · Monitor Lizard · Orangutan · Panda · Polar Bear · Rhinoceros · Snow Leopard · Snow Monkey · Tibetan Macaque · Tiger · White Tiger · Wolf|
|Marine Guardians||Great White Shark · Orca|
|Fish||Bass · Carp · Catfish · Cod · Mahi-mahi · Mola Mola · Salmon · Sardines · Squid · Tarpon · Tuna|
|Whales||Beluga Whale · Humpback Whale · Minke Whale|
|Herdables||Cow · Goat · Llama · Sheep · Water Buffalo · Yak|
Wagner the Pet White Tiger
Wagner the Pet White Tiger is very similar to Axehilt the Tame Tiger, however Wagner has more HP but less attack and is cheaper by 15 food (120 to 135) and can be trained faster (13 seconds compared to 22). Compared to other pets, Wagner is not that good at killing Treasure Guardians due to his small multiplier, but better at fighting human combatants.
Pet White Tigers do not cost any population but have their own population limit (10), so using White Tigers is an indirect way of increasing the player's population limit similar to natives. Indian players may have access to both Tigers and White Tigers, giving them a population advantage once the population cap is reached.
Wagner automatically gets stronger when advancing in Age.