|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 Jaguar Prowl Knight.|
"Aztec warrior armed with an obsidian sword."—In-game description
After The WarChiefs expansion where the Aztecs become a playable faction and replaced by the Zapotec as a minor native, the Aztec Jaguar Warrior was succeeded by the Jaguar Prowl Knight while its role as a native warrior is taken by the Zapotec Lightning Warrior. It still appears in the Campaign and scenario editor.
The Aztec Jaguar Warrior is a native version of the European Pikeman, while costing 20 wood more than the Pikeman it has considerably more hit points. It's anti-building attack is only slightly less than a Pikeman, while it's speed is also slightly lower. It is better against buildings than cavalry when compared to a regular Pikeman.
|Aztec Warrior Societies||300 wood,|
|Upgrades Aztec Eagle Warriors and Jaguar Warriors to Elite (+25% hit points and attack)|
|Champion Aztecs||500 wood,|
|Upgrades Aztec Eagle Warriors and Jaguar Warriors to Champion (+40% hit points and attack); requires Aztec Warrior Societies|
|Legendary Native Warriors||1,500 food,|
|Upgrades native warriors to Legendary (+50% hit points and attack)|
"Aztec warriors who had captured at least four enemy soldiers became eligible for the ranks of the Eagle warriors or the Jaguar warrior. Presumably this emphasis on capturing enemies was to collect a pool of captives for sacrifice, but the Aztecs were well-known for dealing death in battle, killing with single strokes of their obsidian swords or hurling atlatl-driven flights of barbed spears. Warriors who caused confusion or disorder in the ranks were beaten on the spot and sometimes killed.
Jaguar warriors were Aztec warriors whose dress incorporated bright colors and spots to evoke the imagery of a jaguar. The jaguar was a symbol of the night, a prowler and a predator, an appropriate model for an elite warrior. Jaguar warriors are usually depicted carrying shields and obsidian swords."