Broken Spears is the final scenario of the Montezuma campaign in Age of Empires II: The Conquerors. It is based on the Siege of Tenochtitlan (May 26 - August 13, 1521).

Scenario Instructions Edit

Starting Conditions Edit

Objectives Edit

  • Defeat the Tlaxcala, the Spanish Army and the Spanish Navy.

Secondary objectives (In the Definitive Edition) Edit

  • Prevent Tenochtitlan's Wonder from being destroyed to preserve the morale of your warriors. 

Hints Edit

  1. Tenochtitlan is a vast city. However, there are multiple buildings of each type, so it should be easy to train units or research upgrades.
  2. Defend the bridges into the great city from Spanish and Tlaxcalan land attacks, but also train ships to defend against Spanish warships and Transports. Spanish Cannon Galleons can be deadly.

Scouts Edit

  • Your scouts report: The Aztecs (green) are back in control of the great city of Tenochtitlan but enemies are approaching from all sides.
  • The Tlaxcalans (red) attack from the western causeway. Their city is not well-fortified and might fall to an early attack.
  • The Spanish Navy is south of Tenochtitlan. The Spanish have many Cannon Galleons patrolling the lake and their shore is defended by Bombard Towers. It still might be possible to locate an undefended landing spot.
  • The Spanish army is just to the north of Tenochtitlan. The Spanish have constructed gates and Castles to defend their forces. Expect to encounter Knights, Conquistadors, Missionaries, and Bombard Cannons. The Spanish will use Transports if they cannot attack from the land.

Players Edit

Enemies Edit

  • Cortéz Army (blue in the Definitive Edition) (Spanish) is based in the northwest, or north of Tenochtitlan. They frequently attack with Conquistadores, Trebuchets, Paladins and Onagers. However they are the most vulnerable opponent, as destroying their Town Center would force them to resign (Note: This no longer works in the Definitive Edition, as they have a second Town Center in the northwestern corner of the map), and the player may simply destroy it with Trebuchets outside their gate.
  • Cortéz Navy (purple in the Definitive Edition) (Spanish) is based in the south of Tenochtitlan, or southeast of the map. They frequently attack with Cannon Galleons, galleons and fire ships, and might transport Siege Rams, Trebuchets and Conquistadores across water to the southern part of Tenochtitlan. Their base is well-guarded by Bombard Towers. However, just as the Army, destroying the Navy's town center also forces them to resign (Note: This no longer works in the Definitive Edition).
  • Tlaxcala (Aztecs) is based in the southwest of Tenochtitlan, and frequently attack with Eagle Warriors. At a certain point in the early gameplay, they would transport a few Eagle Warriors across water into the western part of Tenochtitlan.

Strategy Edit

In this scenario the player must guard the large city of Tenochtitlan. Somewhere north, the player can receive three Gaia Turtle Ships given by the gods. Tenochtitlan's southern bridge is destroyed to slow Cortéz Navy's advance. The player may safely obtain gold from Gold Mines on the small island in the north, as there are only human skeletons and no jaguar on the island, unlike in the fourth scenario.

In the beginning, the player will need to strengthen Tenochtitlan's defense against land attacks by both Cortéz and Tlaxcalan forces, while building fire ships to defend against Cortéz Navy. To defend against Cortéz Army, the player should build extra Guard Towers in the north (starting with only one) and station infantry around there to defend against incoming Onagers and Trebuchets. To defend against Tlaxcala, the player should build gates and more towers in the west. Fire Ships need to be upgraded to counter the repeat naval attacks, also involving Cannon Galleons, from the east.

The Cortéz Army can easily be defeated by destroying their Town Center with a Trebuchet positioned in front of their gate; this is best done while Tlaxcala defenses are being set up at the start of the game, before they have a chance to build an actual army. Once the Town Center is destroyed, Cortéz Army will resign.

In the island west of Tenochtitlan (connected by three bridges), Tlaxcala has two barracks and gold mines, which the player can take them down easily. Crossing the bridge north of this island, the player would also find gold mines in the west of Cortéz Army's base.

The west and east of Cortéz Navy's base have loopholes, where the player can easily take down the Bombard Towers with Trebuchets. However, the player must avoid having their transport ships being sunk by the towers. If the player has defeated Cortéz Army and Tlaxcala at this point, the player should research Spies to locate Cortéz Navy's Town Center, as the technology's cost becomes very cheap at this point. 

In the Definitive Edition, if the Wonder is destroyed, Tlaxcala will immediately obtain Fabric Shields and El Dorado. Cortez's Navy will get Artillery and Carrack. Thus, it is essential (especially on Moderate and Hard difficulty) to keep the Wonder standing. 

Trivia Edit

  • Despite the player (playing as the Aztecs) emerging victorious, in reality the Siege of Tenochtitlan resulted in decisive Spanish-Tlaxcalan victory which led to the downfall of the Aztec Empire. The emperor Cuauhtemoc was captured when the city fell and was executed a few years later.
  • This scenario uses the very same map in La Noche Triste, which represents Tenochtitlan and the rain forests around it.
    • Despite using same map, all of the players starting position have been changed. Also, the rain forests surrounding Tenochtitlan were also remodeled (placing of the Jungle somewhat changed)
    • Cortez Navy in this scenario trains the very same type of units Cortez trains from the fourth scenario: Galleons, Fast Fire Ships, Elite Cannon Galleons, Halberdiers, Elite Conquistadors, and Missionaries. In this last scenario, they build Siege Rams instead of Mangonels in the fourth scenario
    • In this scenario, the player's wonder is in place of Cortéz's wonder in the fourth scenario, and the player is possessing most of the same buildings as the "Conquered Aztecs" in that scenario. However the player needs not to defend the wonder
    • The Tlaxcala on this scenario has built their base same location where the lone Jaguar Warrior from the fourth scenario starts.
  • In the north, the player can find 3 Elite Turtle Ships. This may be a subtle reference to the controversial theory put forward by Gavin Menzies that Central America made contact with Ming Admiral Zheng He before the arrival of the Spanish.
    • However, in the Definitive Edition, the turtle ships are replaced by three Elite Cannon Galleons instead. They are stated to be left behind by the Spanish after they fled from Tenochtitlan the first time.

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