|This article is about the unit in Age of Empires II HD: The Forgotten. For the character in Age of Empires III: The WarChiefs, see Cuauhtemoc (Age of Empires III).|
Cuauhtemoc (c. 1497 - 1525) was the last independent emperor of the Aztecs, appointed shortly before the Spanish siege of Tenochtitlan in 1521. In Age of Empires II: The Conquerors, Cuauhtemoc is the narrator - and arguably real protagonist - of the Montezuma campaign.
In The Conquerors, it is implied that Cuauhtemoc is the lone Jaguar Warrior the player begins with at the start of Montezuma's third scenario, as he has buffed stats and is voiced by Cuauhtemoc's actor. However, this unit is still identified as "Jaguar Warrior" and his survival is not necessary to complete the scenario.
In Age of Empires II HD: The Forgotten, a new infantry hero named after Cuauhtemoc is added. He has the appearance of an Elite Eagle Warrior, but is only available in the Scenario Editor and is not added to the campaign. As a hero, Cuauhtemoc cannot be converted and can regenerate health.
- Cuauhtemoc also appears as the Aztec AI personality in Age of Empires III: The WarChiefs.
- Cuauhtemoc means "Falling Eagle" in Nahuatl.
- In the narration, Cuauhtemoc is referred to as Montezuma's nephew. In reality, he was his cousin and the husband of one of Montezuma's daughters.
- While in the game the Aztecs are victorious at the siege of Tenochtitlan, in real life the Spanish took the city and captured Cuauhtemoc. Years later, he was taken to Tabasco, tortured, and hanged after being accussed of plotting a rebellion against the Spanish.