Nootka Icon
The Nootka Trading Post icon
Age of Empires III
ContinentNorth America
Unique UnitsNootka Clubman
Nootka War Chief
TechnologiesNootka Bark Clothing
Nootka Potlatch
Loyal Nootka Warchief
Nootka Warrior Societies
Champion Nootka
Northwest Territory
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The Nootka are a Native American tribe featured in Age of Empires III. Like all natives, they can be allied with by building a Trading Post at their Trading Post site.

The Nootka are available on the California, Northwest Territory and Yukon maps.



Nootka upgrades focus on bolstering Settlers/Villagers, reducing the cost of Nootka Clubmen and granting the use of a powerful Nootka War Chief.

Age Icon Improvement Cost Effect
Ages discovery
Nootka Bark Clothing
Nootka Bark Clothing 125 wood, 125 coin Settlers/Villagers get +50% hit points
Ages discovery
Nootka Potlatch
Nootka Potlatch 300 food, 300 coin Nootka Clubmen cost -10% wood and train 50% faster
Ages colonial
Loyal Nootka Warchief
Loyal Nootka Warchief 200 wood, 200 coin Explorer/War Chief/Monks can train a Nootka War Chief
Ages fortress
Native Warrior Societies
Nootka Warrior Societies 200 wood, 150 coin Upgrades Nootka Clubmen and War Chief to Elite
Ages industrial
Champion Natives
Champion Nootka 400 wood, 300 coin Upgrades Nootka Clubmen and War Chief to Champion


  • Nootka Bark Clothing benefits any civilization greatly in making their villagers harder to kill, however civilizations which already have high hit point Settlers/Villagers, especially the French Coureur des Bois and the German Settler Wagon, will see a dramatic effect.
    • Stacks with the Settler/Villager hit point upgrade in the Market.
    • Stacks with all Home City Cards boosting Settler/Villager hit points.
  • Nootka Potlatch can be used with a number of different cards to instantly train Nootka Clubmen. This can be useful in long running games, Treaty games, or even native rushes.
    • The training speed reduction applies to the Native Embassy building as well.
  • The Nootka War Chief is an incredibly powerful unit on par with a Ronin in destructive potential. With all available upgrades the unit can quickly destroy large groups of enemies if left unchecked, and if it perishes it can be re-trained at the Explorer/War Chief/Monks' location very quickly when used with infantry train time reduction cards and upgrades.
    • This unit is especially deadly when used by a Spanish player using the Unction card and ten Missionaries, along with their hand infantry cards. The total damage of the unit will then jump to 89 or higher damage in melee and deal strong damage versus buildings.
    • The unit can also become quite powerful when recruited by a Japanese player due to Shogunate bonuses, the Onin War card, Daimyo/Shogun bonuses, etc.
    • The unit also become a powerful building destroyer when recruited by a Sioux with a full Fire Pit and doing a Fire Dance; their siege damage will increased by 199%.

In-game dialogue Edit

They speak Nuu-chah-nulth, a Wakashan language.

  • Kratawa
  • Kaygiz
  • Dakla
  • Gok (attack)
  • Zaga (attack)

History Edit

"The native peoples inhabiting part of the coast of Vancouver Island were called the Nootka by Captain James Cook when he explored this area in the 1778. The name has come to represent several native groups in the area who speak a similar language, although it was not a name they used themselves. They inhabited a rugged coast backed by mountains. The area was plentiful in seafood (whales, sea lions, seals, halibut, salmon, and shellfish) and land wildlife (deer, elk, and bear). They often moved to temporary bases in summer or at other times to take advantage of seasonal food resources.

Red cedar wood was a critical resource because of its strength and resistance to rot. It was used for large dugout canoes and for construction of plank houses. Cedar roots and bark were crafted into hats, ropes, mats, and clothes. Everything they made was a work of art, decorated with designs and animal depictions from their stories and myths.

In 1785 Europeans and Americans began coming to the area for sea otter furs, which peaked at a price of $4,000 per pelt. The fur trade lasted barely 20 years, until the otter was extinct along the coast, but new white settlers were coming for other resources.