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This article is about the Inca unit in the Definitive Edition. For the related native warrior in Age of Empires III, see Incan Bolas Warrior.

Ranged warrior who hurls bolas for a wide area of effect. The bola slows down enemies. Good against cavalry.
—In-game description

The Bolas Warrior is a heavy ranged infantry in Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition that is unique to the Incas and can be trained at the Kallanka and Stronghold. It hurls the namesake bolas which causes AoE damage and slows the enemies.


While visually similar to its native warrior predecessor Incan Bolas Warrior, the Bolas Warrior's stats are closer to those of a Dragoon or Eagle Runner Knight, and as such, it is more effective against cavalry than infantry.

Their ranged attack is able to snare.


The Bolas Warrior starts as Elite, but without the increased hit points and attack.

Age Upgrade Cost Effect
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Champion ranged infantry.png Champion Bolas Warriors 400 wood,
200 coin
Upgrades Bolas Warriors to Champion (+25% hit points and attack)
Imperial Age
Legendary ranged infantry.png Legendary Bolas Warriors 1,500 wood,
1,500 coin
Upgrades Bolas Warriors to Legendary (+50% hit points and attack); requires Champion Bolas Warriors

Further statistics[]

As the Bolas Warrior is unique to the Incas, only technologies that they have access to are shown in the following table:

Home City Cards[]

As the Bolas Warrior is unique to the Incas, only their cards and other civilizations' TEAM cards are shown in the following tables:


Definitive Edition[]

  • Originally, Bolas Warriors had 3.5 ranged rate of fire. With update 5208, they have 3.0 ranged rate of fire.
  • Originally, Bolas Warriors cost 2 population and had 12 range. With update 9476, they cost 1 population and have 14 range.
  • Originally, Bolas Warriors have a speed of 4.0. With update 20322, they have a speed of 4.25.
  • Originally, Bolas Warriors had a ×1.6 ranged attack multiplier against shock infantry. With update 23511, they have a ×1.0 ranged attack multiplier against shock infantry and are tagged as Musket Infantry.



The standing army of the Inca was formed primarily by nobles, but the Sapa Inca could raise an army of able-bodied men from the general populace at will. Military discipline was strictly enforced when the troops were on the march and the army, although variously specialized, was extremely well trained. They wore cloth armor that breathed well, allowed for free movement, and dissipated the force of blows. Battles tended to open with a hail of projectile weaponry before the forces closed in melee combat. One such projectile was the bolas, a relatively short-ranged weapon consisting of a pair of stone or metal weights joined by a chain or rope that entangled itself around the limbs of a target, injuring it while wrapping tightly to hamper movement. Once snared, the victim was left defenseless and vulnerable to a deadly blow.
—In-game history section