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

The Mapuche are only available on the Araucania map.

Unit Edit

Mapuche Ironwood Clubman: Similar to Halberdiers. Up to 15 may be trained per settlement.

Upgrades Edit

Mapuche upgrades focus on increasing Coin reserves and anti-building attacks.

Age Icon Improvement Cost Effect
Ages discovery
Mapuche Ad-mapu
Mapuche Ad-mapu 250 wood, 250 coin Units cost -10% coin
Ages discovery
Mapuche Tactics
Mapuche Tactics 200 wood, 200 food Infantry get +50% siege attack
Ages fortress
Mapuche Treaty of Quilin
Mapuche Treaty of Quilin 225 wood, 225 food Ships 100 coin for every 2 minutes the game has passed, up to 30 minutes
Ages fortress
Native Warrior Societies
Mapuche Warrior Societies 200 wood, 150 coin Upgrades Mapuche Ironwood Clubmen to Elite
Ages industrial
Champion Natives
Champion Mapuche 400 wood, 300 coin Upgrades Mapuche Ironwood Clubmen to Champion


  • Mapuche Ad-mapu has been patched, reducing coin costs by 10% instead of 20%.
  • Mapuche Tactics is strong for any civilization, however it is especially powerful for:

In-game dialogueEdit

They speak Mapudungun, which is an isolated language (not related to any language).

  • Kümel ("alright", move)
  • Chem? (what?)
  • Makmo
  • Yafün ("strength", attack)

History Edit

"The Mapuche lived in the modern-day countries of Argentina and Chile and were among that region's first settlers. Hunting, gathering, and small farm plots where they cultivated crops such as potatoes provided most of their food. The Mapuche typically lived in small, widespread communities oriented around family units. Their homes, known as rukas, were wooden huts with thatched roofs. In times of war, the Mapuche would band together for protection in larger groups and choose a “toqui” as leader.

The relative stability the Mapuche lived in for centuries was shattered by the encroach of the Spanish during the sixteenth century. The Spanish believed they could easily conquer the Mapuche and their lands. They were mistaken.

The Mapuche were fierce warriors, skilled with the hand axe, and consistently battled back the Spanish. After more than a century of warfare, the Spanish admitted defeat and signed a treaty granting the Mapuche rights to their own lands.