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This article is about the Inca unit. For the native technology, see Quechuan Diet.

Inca scout with a great deal of utility. Good against Treasure Guardians and can construct various buildings.
—In-game description

The Chasqui is an infantry in Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition that is unique to the Incas. It is a fast-moving scout unit that can collect treasures and is surprisingly effective against Treasure Guardians. It can also build Town Centers and Tambos.



The Chasqui is upgraded in every Age up starting from the Fortress Age.

Fortress age up.png +30% hit points and +10 attack
Industrial age up.png +40% hit points and +15 attack
Imperial age up.png +50% hit points and +15 attack

Further statistics[]

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

Unit strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Treasure guardians
Weak vs. Ranged infantry and artillery
Hit points Cree Tanning.png Cree Tanning (+5%)
Maya Cotton Armor.png Maya Cotton Armor (+20%)
Navajo Weaving.png Navajo Weaving (+5%)
Attack Carib Kasiri Beer.png Carib Kasiri Beer (+10%)
Mapuche Tactics.png Mapuche Tactics (+50% siege attack)
Zapotec Cult of the Dead.png Zapotec Cult of the Dead (+20%)
Yoga.png Yoga (+5%)
Master Lessons.png Master Lessons (+10%)
Armor Hualcana.png Hualcana (+10% resistance)
Speed Inca Road-building.png Quechuan Mountaineering (+20%)
Apache Endurance.png Apache Endurance (+5%)
Creation speed Inca Chaquis Messengers.png Quechuan Diet (-25%)

Home City Cards[]

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


Definitive Edition[]

  • Originally, Chasquis could build Native Embassies. With update 13088, they can no longer do this.
  • Originally, Chasquis were unable to build Town Centers and Trading Posts when acquired by an ally. With update 13088, this was fixed.
  • Originally, Chasquis lost their negative multiplier against villagers upon reaching the Commerce Age. Although it is not listed in the patch notes, with update 13088, this negative multiplier is no longer removed upon reaching the Commerce Age.
  • Chasquis can claim treasures by default.

The African Royals[]

  • With update 61213, Chasquis no longer can claim treasures by default, and the "Quipi Kamayuks" Home City Card allows them to claim treasures.


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. Of central importance to the Inca military were the Chasquis, scouts and messengers who could swiftly relay orders and were capable of traveling across extremely long distances as a result of their peak physical condition and the existence of an extensive network of Tambos, inns situated alongside the vast roadways of the Inca Empire. Chasquis were formidable fighters as well as messengers and scouts, however, and their keen senses, speed, and agility made them a challenge for even the most experienced troops in an enemy force.


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