The Navajo 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 Navajo are available on the Painted Desert and Sonora maps.


Navajo Riflemen: Native Skirmisher with weak overall stats but can use Stealth to ambush enemies. Up to 15 may be trained per settlement.


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

Age Icon Improvement Cost Effect
Ages discovery
Navajo Weaving
Navajo Weaving 100 wood, 250 coin Military units gain +5% hit points
Ages discovery
Navajo Shepherds
Navajo Shepherds 200 wood Livestock fatten 30% faster when tasked to Livestock Pens, Villages or Farms; Indian livestock generate XP 30% faster when tasked to Sacred Fields; Japanese livestock generate XP 35% faster when tasked to Shrines
Ages discovery
Navajo Craftsmanship
Navajo Craftsmanship 100 wood, 150 food Settlers/Villagers and Fishing Boats gather Coin 20% faster
Ages fortress
Native Warrior Societies
Navajo Warrior Societies 200 wood, 150 coin Upgrades Navajo Riflemen to Elite
Ages industrial
Champion Natives
Champion Navajo 400 wood, 300 coin Upgrades Navajo Riflemen to Champion


  • 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.

In-game dialogueEdit

The Navajo call their own language "Diné bizaad".

  • Ahoneyhota
  • Non
  • Kud
  • Athojijay (attack)
  • Naset (attack)

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.