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Heavy cavalry armed with a lance for extra range. Good against skirmishers, and holds its own against cavalry.
—In-game description

The Chinaco is a melee cavalry in Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition that is unique to the Mexicans. It is a lesser version of the Spanish Lancer that moves slightly faster, attacks from a short distance away, and quite effective against cavalry.


The Chinaco replaces the Hussar and is unique to the Mexicans. It is available starting in the Commerce Age, and like the Hussar, is effective against Light Infantry, but weak against Heavy Infantry and Light Cavalry. Chinacos have lower hit points than Hussars, but unlike Hussars, have multipliers on their damage output - making them more of a hard counter than a soft counter to the units against whom Heavy Cavalry excel. They also have a slightly longer range than other melee cavalry units, making it easier for them to attack their targets.

Special abilities[]

  • Zapata Maneuver (requires the "Zapata Maneuvers" Home City Card): For the next 15 seconds, all Chinacos will be in stealth mode with no speed penalty unless when attacking, in which case the Chinaco will re-enter stealth mode after 2 seconds. 90 seconds cooldown; shared across all Chinacos.
  • Lance Charge (automatically activated when attacking with a cooldown of 15 seconds; requires the "Presidial Lancers" Home City Card): The Chinaco charges at the enemy with his lance, which has a range of 3.75 and an AOE of 2.


Age Upgrade Cost Effect
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Veteran Chinacos 200 wood,
200 coin
Upgrades Chinacos to Veteran (+20% hit points and attack)
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Charros 1,000 wood,
1,000 coin
Upgrades Chinacos to Charros (+40% hit points and attack); requires Veteran Chinacos
Imperial Age
Imperial Charros 1,500 wood,
1,500 coin
Upgrades Charros to Imperial (+50% hit points and attack); requires Charros

Further statistics[]

As Chinacos are unique to the Mexicans, only technologies that they have access to are shown in the following table:

Home City Cards[]

As Chinacos are unique to the Mexicans, only their cards and other civilizations' TEAM cards are shown in the following tables:


Definitive Edition[]


During the 19th century, many Mexican military forces were irregular detachments that fought effectively despite a general lack of discipline and earned a formidable reputation. Doubling as cattle ranchers in times of peace, Chinacos were famous for their equestrian skills, martial spirit, and flamboyant attire. Respected by their peers and feared on the battlefield, these bold riders were a credit to any army they saw fit to join.