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This article is about the Inca unit. For the native technology, see Incan Chasquis Messengers.

Fast Inca scout with a great deal of utility. Is a powerful treasuring companion who can construct various buildings to expand the Inca empire.
—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 are surprisingly effective against Treasure Guardians, as well as building Town Centers and Tambos.

Overview[edit | edit source]

Upgrades[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

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

Home City Cards[edit | edit source]

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

History[edit | edit source]

The chasquis were the messengers of the Inca empire. Agile, highly trained and physically fit, they were in charge of carrying the quipus, messages and gifts, up to 240 km per day through the chasquis relay system. Chasquis were not just messengers ; the chasquis were trained to be able to read and translate the quipus to each other and higher authorities. Not only were they used to transport oral messages, but they also helped the inspector general. Chasquis were chosen from the fittest young males and were known to be the fastest runners. Chasquis used vast Inca system of purpose-built roads and rope bridges in the Andes of Peru and Ecuador. On the coast of what is now Peru their route ran from Nazca to Tumbes. Chasqui routes also extended into further reaches of the empire into parts of what are now Colombia, Bolivia, Argentina, and Chile.

Each chasqui carried two items, a quipu and a pututu. A quipu was used to store and transport information through a system of knotted strings that represented different things based on the kind, color, number of strings, etc. The chasquis were able and allowed to read, translate, and transfer the information on the quipus. Tambos, or relay stations, were used for the chasquis to stop at and transfer messages to the next chasqui.

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