|First Appearance||The WarChiefs|
|Age Available||Discovery Age|
|Base Hit Points||300|
|Use||Boosts units' HP|
The Teepee is a building available in Age of Empires III: The WarChiefs that provides a small health boost for units located near its site. It is only available to the Sioux, who construct them instead of Houses, since they already start off with 200 population.
Teepees seem similar to Houses, but their true purpose is different, as rather than providing population, they boost the player's (and their allies') units' HP. While very frail, with 300 HP, they are also very cheap (at half the price of a House) and their bonuses stack with each other, meaning it is imperative that multiple Teepees are constructed.
They are also among the most versatile ones. Normally, the purpose of Teepees is defensive, making up for the Sioux player's lack of Walls, by enhardening defenders and Villagers. However, their use can radically swift, as with the right Home City Cards, they can provide various perks to their Teepees, that in turn provide substantial advantages.
For instance, Aggressive Policy allows War Hut units to construct them and New Ways provide some Arsenal technologies, shifting the purpose of Teepees towards offense (a mixed Teepee and War Hut rush is highly recommended).
On the other hand, Nomadic Expansion increases their cost-effectiveness, by making them cheaper (35 wood), tougher and by increasing their built limit from 10 to 20. And last, but not least, Friendly Territory allows Teepees to boost attack along with hit points; Dog Soldiers with over 150 attack(!) are not unheard of.
While quickly mustering all these Cards is difficult, they are all available in the Colonial Age, and most of their effects apply immediately, meaning that Teepees can become the most cost-effective buildings in the entire game, providing enormous mobile army advantages that can make a Sioux army, in defense or offense, nigh-unstoppable.
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"Houses in the New World displayed varying styles, from the Cape-style houses of New England to the claim shanties in the West to the ranch houses of Texas and Mexico. Often the house style reflected the cultural heritage of the people who settled the land.
To meet the needs of a nomadic people living on the Great Plains, the Sioux Nation developed the Teepee as their basic structure for shelter. Early explorers were impressed by the Teepee and its effectiveness against the elements."