A Navajo settlement
Age of Empires III
ContinentNorth America
Unique UnitsNavajo Rifleman
TechnologiesNavajo Warrior Societies
Champion Navajo
Navajo Weaving
Navajo Shepards
Navajo Craftsmanship
MapsPainted Desert
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The Navajo are a minor civilization in Age of Empires III.


The Navajo are available as allies on the Painted Desert and Sonora maps. Once a Trading Post is built at their camp, a player can recruit Navajo Riflemen and research available upgrades.


Navajo upgrades focus on increasing allied units hit points, and improving their economy.

Navajo Weaving (Discovery Age)

  • All military units gain 5% more hit points.
  • Cost:100 Wood, 250 Coin

Navajo Shepards (Discovery Age)

Navajo Craftsmanship (Discovery Age)

  • Villagers and fishing boats gather coin 20% faster.
  • Cost: 150 Food, 100 Wood

Navajo Warrior Societies (Fortress Age)

  • Navajo attack and hit points raised by 25%.
  • Cost: 200 Wood, 150 Coin

Navajo Champions (Industrial Age)

  • Navajo attack and hit points raised by 40%.
  • Cost: 400 Wood, 300 Coin


  • Navajo weaving is not very effective by itself due to the low number of hit points it provides.
  • Navajo shepherds doesn't only make herdables fatten faster, it also acts as a miniature version of Fulling Mills. it increases the herdable gather rate by 100%. Combined with Fulling Mills it makes Villagers gather 5 times faster than usual. This upgrades is exceedingly powerful for the British, Iroquois and Chinese.
  • Navajo craftsmanship is the most useful. It improves coin gathering rate from all sources, including inexhaustible sources like Plantation/Rice Paddy and whaling, which become important by the mid/late game.
  • 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

"Native to the desert Southwest, the Navajo nation remains one of the largest Native American tribes in existence. Calling themselves “Dine,” which means “the people,” the Navajo share a common ancestral heritage with their neighbors, the Apache.

The Navajo traditionally dwelt in homes called hogans, constructed of logs, tree bark, and mud. Within Navajo religion, the hogan is a sacred place, used for ceremonies as well as daily living. The Navajo are a very creative and artistic people, evidenced by their skills in silversmithing and pottery. They are noted for their sense of humor and love of laughter - in fact, the first time a Navajo child laughs out loud is cause for family celebration.

In the 1600s, the Navajo began to use the horses brought to the continent by the Spanish. The horse quickly became a key part of their economy and military strategy. The first recorded instance where Native Americans used horses was in 1659, when the Spanish Governor of the New Mexico colony noted an attack by Navajo warriors on horseback.

During War World II, the U.S. Marine Corps used the Navajo language as a secret code to baffle enemy forces in the South Pacific. The Navajo tongue is extremely complex and was learned by few outside the tribe. The code was never cracked and proved extremely valuable, particularly during the battle of Iwo Jima.

In-game dialogueEdit

The Navajo call their language "Diné bizaad", whereas many call it simply Navajo.

athojijay (attack)
naset (attack)


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