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This article is about the native warrior introduced in Age of Empires III. For the Aztec civilization unit introduced in Age of Empires III: The WarChiefs, see Eagle Runner Knight.

Aztec infantry that flings javelins from an atlatl. Good against infantry.
—In-game description

The Aztec Eagle Warrior is a light ranged infantry native warrior in Age of Empires III that can be trained at a Trading Post built on an Aztec settlement.

After The WarChiefs expansion where the Aztecs become a playable faction and replaced by the Zapotec as a minor native, the Aztec Eagle Warrior was succeeded by the Eagle Runner Knight. However, they are still present in the campaign and Scenario editor, and can be rescued from treasures in Sonora and Yucatán.


The Aztec Eagle Warrior has the same utility as a European Skirmisher. Thanks to its 30% ranged resistance and 2.0 multiplier against infantry the Aztec Eagle Warrior can inflict heavy damage against infantry. It is also able to melee attack small groups of ranged infantry since the multiplier applies to hand damage as well.

Because of an apparent oversight from the developers, in The WarChiefs and The Asian Dynasties, the Aztec Eagle Warrior keeps its Light Infantry tag, despite the new definition of this tag in these expansions, making it weak against heavy infantry.


Age Upgrade Cost Effect
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Native Warrior Societies.png Aztec Warrior Societies 300 wood,
200 coin
Upgrades Aztec Eagle Warriors and Jaguar Warriors to Elite (+25% hit points and attack)
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Champion Natives.png Champion Aztecs 500 wood,
400 coin
Upgrades Aztec Eagle Warriors and Jaguar Warriors to Champion (+40% hit points and attack); requires Aztec Warrior Societies
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FW Icon.png Aztec Garland Wars 600 wood,
600 coin
Upgrades Aztec Eagle Warriors and Jaguar Warriors to Garland (+30% hit points); requires Champion Aztecs
Imperial Age
Legendary natives.png Legendary Native Warriors 1,500 food,
1,500 wood
Upgrades native warriors to Legendary (+50% hit points and attack)
The Legendary Native Warriors improvement is available at the Capitol.

In-game dialogue[]

Main article: Aztecs (minor native)#In-game dialogue


Aztec warriors who had captured at least four enemy soldiers became eligible for the ranks of the Eagle warriors or the Jaguar knights. Presumably, this emphasis on capturing enemies was to collect a pool of captives for sacrifice, but the Aztec were also known for dealing death in battle, killing with single strokes of their obsidian swords, or hurling barbed spears with atlatls. Their own warriors who caused confusion or disorder in ranks were beaten on the spot and sometimes killed.

Eagle Warriors were Aztec warriors whose dress incorporated feathers and a helmet resembling an eagle's head. The eagle was a symbol of the sun, the focus of Aztec worship and sacrifice. Eagle warriors are usually depicted carrying shields and spears.