|This article is about the unit in Age of Empires III: The WarChiefs . For the native unit, see Iroquois Mantlet.|
Iroquois Mantlet has high health, acceptable range, decent attack resistance, but a semi-weak attack. Due to their survivability, Mantlets excel at destroying military and economic buildings. However, in order to use Mantlets properly, a sufficient range between their target must be established.
It is an Iroquois-specific siege infantry unit that has high hit points, a decent resistance to damage, and a moderate attack. Since the Mantlet uses a ranged attack, it's appropriate to keep their distance. Due to their high health Iroquois Mantlets are very good against defensive buildings, ranged units, and artillery.
With some boost from the WarChief, the Iroquois Mantlet can have hit points that exceeds over 1000 with all upgrades. This allows them to be very effective when deployed in numbers as cannon fodder for protecting units that are weak to range. With the Siege Discipline shipment their population cost is dropped to only 1 which makes mass production of this unit very easy.
"Because the Iroquois often fortified their towns, they needed siege weapons when they went to war with rival towns. One technique they developed was the mantlet, similar in function to those used in Roman and medieval armies. Two warriors would carry the mantlet (essentially a moveable wooden wall) to protect themselves from enemy arrow or musket fire until they reached their enemy's town walls, where the mantlet was used as a ladder to scale the walls and breach the town. Canoes could also be used as shields and ladders, although canoes used for assaulting a fortress were not always the best paddling vessels after the fighting was over."