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This article is about the minor civilization in Age of Empires III. For other appearances of the faction in the series, see Aztecs.

The Aztecs are a minor tribe in Age of Empires III. In The WarChiefs, they are replaced by the Zapotec tribe, but are still available in custom scenarios as well as the original campaign. 


Aoe3 aztec eagle warrior.png Aztec Eagle Warrior: Aztec infantry that flings javelins from an atlatl. Good against infantry.
Aoe3 aztec jaguar warrior.png Aztec Jaguar Warrior: Aztec warrior armed with an obsidian sword.


Age Technology Cost Effect
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Aztec initiation.png Aztec Initiation 200 wood,
200 coin
Heroes get +100% hit points and attack
Aztec chocolate recipes.png Aztec Chocolate Recipes 225 wood,
225 coin
Ships 100 coin for every 2 minutes the game has passed, up to 30 minutes
Aztec chinampa.png Aztec Chinampa 175 wood,
175 coin
Settlers, Coureurs des Bois and Settler Wagons gather from Mills 20% faster; Fishing Boats and Caravels/Galleys gather 20% faster
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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

In-game dialogue[]

The Aztecs use the same dialogue lines as its playable civilization counterpart in The WarChiefs.


The most densely populated region of the New World in 1492 was Mesoamerica, where North and Central America meet in modern Mexico and the Yucatan Peninsula. The people living here were called the Aztecs (also Mexica or Tenochca); they built an amazing civilization centered on their great capital city of Tenochtitlan (modern Mexico City). This was one of the largest cities in the world (with an estimated population of 200,000), and arguably more beautiful and cleaner than any contemporary capital in Europe.

The Aztecs were just one of several tribes in the area, but had risen to prominence due to their ferocity in battle and adept diplomacy. Their soldiers wielded weapons of wood and stone, and they often sought prisoners to be sacrificed in religious ceremonies. Their society depended on sophisticated agricultural techniques; from them the world learned of foodstuffs including tomatoes, corn, cocoa, and chili peppers. They were handicapped by the lack of large domesticated animals (they had no horse or ox), and the use of the wheel only in toys. Everything to be moved was carried by human porters.

Despite their large population and fighting prowess, the Aztecs fell relatively quickly to the determined Spanish conquistadores under Cortez. This was due in large part to the epidemics the Europeans brought ashore. By some estimates the Aztec population of 12 million people in 1520 had fallen to one million by 1600. The Spanish also allied with the Aztecs' enemies to increase the size of their armies, and had the advantages of steel and gunpowder weapons.