A Cheyenne settlement, guarded by their riders.
Age of Empires III
ContinentNorth America
Unique UnitsCheyenne rider
TechnologiesCheyenne warrior societies
Champion Cheyenne
MapsGreat Lakes
Great Plains
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The Cheyenne are a minor Native American civilization in Age of Empires III.


The Cheyenne are available as allies on the Great Lakes, Great Plains, and Rockies maps. Once a Trading Post is built at their camp, a player can recruit Cheyenne riders and research available upgrades.


Cheyenne upgrades focus mostly on cavalry and improving the economy of an ally.

Cheyenne Hunting Grounds (Discovery Age): Sends a shipment of 12 bison to your home city dropoff point.
Cost:150 Wood, 150 Coin

Cheyenne Horse Trading (Discovery Age): Reduces the training time of cavalry by 40%, Forbidden Army by 40% and standard/Mongolian/Ming/imperial armies by 20%.
Cost: 250 Wood, 250 Coin

Cheyenne Fury (Discovery Age): Cheyenne riders now do x2.0 damage versus cavalry.
Cost: 350 Wood, 350 Coin

Cheyenne Warrior Societies (Fortress Age) Cheyenne riders attack and HP raised by 25%.
Cost: 200 Wood, 150 Coin

Cheyenne Champions (Industrial Age): Cheyenne riders attack and hitpoints raised by 40%.
Cost: 400 Wood, 300 Coin


  • Cheyenne hunting grounds is a very cheap and very useful upgrade, spawning huntables right at your town center which makes them easy to secure. The upgrade is also useful for the Japanese as it is enough animals to fill the Toshogu Shrine and then a regular Shrine as well.
  • Cheyenne horse trading is a must have in Treaty or Deathmatch games, especially for civilizations which possess unique cavalry units such as the Spanish Lancer, French Cuirassier, and Russian Oprichnik.
  • Cheyenne fury allows the riders to counter enemy hand cavalry very effectively, its high cost can be difficult to cope with in early ages.
  • All native tribes can only be upgraded to Legendary/Exalted status at the Town Center or Capitol, they can be upgraded to Elite/Disciplined or Champion/Honored for free through some Home City shipments.
  • Civilizations can remove the upgrade gold costs, or cut the upgrade costs in half depending on their home city cards.

History Edit

"The name Cheyenne is linked to the Dakota Sioux term for the tribe, Sahiyenan, thought to mean "people of different speech." The Cheyenne call themselves Tsitsistas, which translates to - as is the case with many Native American tribal names - “the people.”

Originally an agricultural people, the Cheyenne took up the buffalo hunting lifestyle similar to that of the Sioux as the U.S. westward expansion forced them onto the Great Plains. They were excellent horsemen, and (unlike those of most other tribes) their buffalo hunts involved both men and women. Along with the meat provided (including the much prized heart, brain, liver, and kidneys), the buffalo’s hide was used to make winter clothing, teepee coverings, and blankets.

The Cheyenne were made up of many different clans, spread across a large geographic area. Their size offered both a blessing and a curse. Because they were so widespread, the Cheyenne have managed to keep their identity intact to this day. Unfortunately, however, individual Cheyenne clans often suffered unjust retribution at the hands of the U.S. military for supposed offenses they may or may not have committed. The Sand Creek Massacre in 1864 epitomized this cycle of violence; over 150 innocent Cheyenne and Arapaho were slaughtered in an unwarranted attack that shocked many even during that period of great conflict.

In-game dialogueEdit

They speak Cheyenne, an Algonquian language.

aseehe (move camp) or Osiyo (Hello)
Ousakago (Note: This, and "Osiyo" actually come from recycled Cherokee voice clips.)
ohe (move)
n’asene (kill)
naahetanotov (want to fight)


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