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This article is about the unit in Age of Empires II: The Conquerors. For the related unit in Age of Empires III, see Eagle Runner Knight.

Fast infantry for scouting and raiding. Resistant to conversion.
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The Elite Eagle Warrior is a Native American infantry unit in Age of Empires II: The Conquerors that can be trained at the Barracks once the Imperial Age is reached. The Elite Eagle Warrior is the final tier in the Eagle line. They replace the cavalry for their civilizations.


Elite Eagle Warriors move quickly, have a long Line of Sight, conversion resistance, and attack bonuses against Monks, siege weapons, and mounted units. However, almost every other infantry unit deals bonus damage against Elite Eagle Warriors. Essentially, they help compensate for the Aztecs', Mayans', and Incas' lack of cavalry. If the Elite Eagle Warrior is compared to the Champion, they end up with the same attack against cavalry due to the former's attack bonus. As such, they are better against cavalry than they might first appear looking at their base stats, but are not a counter to heavy cavalry. On the other hand, using them against light cavalry is viable.

Compared to the Eagle Warrior, the Elite upgrade gives +2 attack, +2 extra damage against Monks and siege, +5 hit points, -15 seconds of creation time, +1 pierce armor, and +0.15 movement speed. The upgrade is moderately expensive, but the extra attack is very important given how low the Eagle Warrior's is, and all three civilizations will use the units to the point where they will all want to research it.

All three American civilizations have a distinctive buff for Eagle Warriors that comes from one of their unique technologies. Because of this, each of the three civilizations can use Elite Eagle Warriors differently.

The Aztec Garland Wars technology provides +4 attack, making them better raiders, striking down an enemy Villager with just three hits. Due to their weakness against other infantry, they are sometimes paired with the Aztecs' infantry destroyer, the Jaguar Warrior, or Arbalesters if Crossbowmen were used in the Castle Age. The Aztec Eagle Warriors (and other infantry) are specialized against other melee units.

The Incas have a -25% food discount, making them the cheapest. Additionally, Couriers/Fabric Shields gives extra armor (+1/+2) to the Eagle Warrior and their two unique units. As such, Inca Elite Eagle Warriors are as resistant against arrow fire as Huskarls, making them even better against archers. Inca Eagle Warriors are usually paired with both Kamayuks and Slingers to counter cavalry and infantry, respectively. The Inca Eagle Warriors are specialized against archers.

The Mayan unique technology El Dorado provides +40 hit points to the Eagle Scout line exclusively, making them more durable and therefore valuable in pitched battles. Pairing them with Plumed Archers works well since the Plumed Archer is a counter for infantry units that can put the Eagle Warrior in danger. Also, the Plumed Archer sits in a similar speed tier, meaning the two units work very well together. The Mayans have the most well-rounded Elite Eagle Warriors and are generally considered to be the best.

Comparison among civilizations[]

Civilization Aztecs AoE2 Aztecs Incas AoE2 Incas Mayans AoE2 Mayans
Cost 25 food, 50 gold 19 food, 50 gold 25 food, 50 gold
Hit Points 60 60 100
Training time 13.5 15 15
Melee Attack 9+8 9+4 9+4
Armor 0+3/4+4 0+4/4+6 0+3/4+4

Further statistics[]

Unit strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Foot archers, siege weapons, Monks, Halberdiers, Heavy Camel Riders
Weak vs. Heavy cavalry, heavy infantry, Gunpowder units, Slingers
Hit points UniqueTechImperialDE El Dorado (+40, Mayans only)
Attack Forging aoe2de Forging (+1)
IronCastingDE Iron Casting (+1)
BlastFurnaceDE Blast Furnace (+2)
ArsonDE Arson (+2 attack against standard buildings)
UniqueTechImperialDE Garland Wars (+4, Aztecs only)
Armor ScaleMailArmorDE Scale Mail Armor (+1/+1)
ChainMailArmorDE Chain Mail Armor (+1/+1)
PlateMailArmorDE Plate Mail Armor (+1/+2)
UniqueTechImperialDE Fabric Shields (+1/+2, Incas only since The African Kingdoms)
Speed SquiresDE Squires (+10%)
UniqueTechImperialDE Couriers (+10%, Incas only in The Forgotten)
Conversion defense Devotion icon AoE2DE Devotion (+1 min, +1 max)
FaithDE Faith (+4 min, +4 max)
HeresyDE Heresy (die upon getting converted)
Regeneration UniqueTechCastle-DE Stronghold (30 HP/min when within 18 tiles square of a team Celts Castle)
Creation speed ConscriptionDE Conscription (+33%)

Civilization bonuses[]

  • Aztecs AoE2 Aztecs: Elite Eagle Warriors are created 11% faster.
  • Incas AoE2 Incas: Elite Eagle Warriors cost -25% food.

Team bonuses[]


AoE2-DLCicon-1 The Conquerors[]

  • Elite Eagle Warriors cost 20 food, 50 gold.

AoE2-DLCicon-2 The Forgotten[]

  • Elite Eagle Warriors reskinned.
  • Elite Eagle Warriors have +2 attack against camel units.
  • Incas AoE2 Incas: Couriers gives Elite Eagle Warriors +10% movement speed.

AoE2-DLCicon-3 The African Kingdoms[]

  • Incas AoE2 Incas: Couriers gives +1/+2 armor instead of +10% movement speed.

AoE2-DLCicon-4 Rise of the Rajas[]

AoEIIDE icon Definitive Edition[]

AoE2Icon-DynastiesIndia Dynasties of India[]

AoE2Icon-MountainRoyals The Mountain Royals[]


There is one hero in the game with the appearance of an Elite Eagle Warrior:


The Aztecs prized fighting skills, and soldiers earned increased status in society through distinction in combat and promotion in rank. One of the higher ranks was that of Eagle Warrior. These fighters wore great colorful headdresses made of eagle feathers and costumes that enhanced their military bearing. Because they were lightly armored and unencumbered, they were able to move quickly. They were the fast, light troops of the Aztec armies, quickly pouncing on enemies. However, they proved to be at a great disadvantage in combat against Europeans wearing steel armor and using steel weapons.

The best of the Eagle warriors were promoted to Elite status. These were the champions of the Eagle Warrior formations and led the attempts to disable and capture enemies.


  • The three Eagle units (along with Ghulam) are the only infantry units to cost more gold than food and, in terms of gold, are the most expensive infantry units in the game. In terms of food, however, they are by far the cheapest infantry in the game.
  • Eagle Scouts deal bonus damage against the cheat unit Saboteur because it is in the same unit class as ships.
  • There are only four infantry units that do not get an attack bonus against Eagle Warriors besides themselves, being the Kamayuk, the Militia, the Condottiero, and the Dismounted Konnik.
  • Inca Elite Eagle Warriors are tied with fully-upgraded Elite Rattan Archers, Elite Huskarls, and Lithuanian Elite Skirmishers for the second most pierce armor of any foot soldier in the game (10 pierce armor), only behind the Lithuanian Imperial Skirmisher. They all effectively counter archer units.
  • Mayan Elite Eagle Warriors are tied with fully-upgraded Teutonic Knights and Armenian Champions for the third highest hit points of any foot soldier in the game (100 hit points).
  • With 1.3 speed (1.43 with Squires), Elite Eagle Warriors are the fastest moving infantry in the game.
  • In The Forgotten, Couriers gave Eagle units +10% speed, so fully upgraded Inca Elite Eagle Warriors had a speed of 1.573, being faster than most cavalry units.



Units in Age of Empires II
CivilianMaleVillDE Villager · Tradecart aoe2DE Trade Cart · FishingShipDE Fishing Ship · Trade cog aoe2DE Trade Cog · King eu aoe2DE King
ReligiousMonk aoe2DE Monk
InfantryMilitiaDE Militia · Manatarms aoe2DE Man-at-Arms · Longswordsman aoe2DE Long Swordsman · Twohanded aoe2DE Two-Handed Swordsman · Champion aoe2DE Champion
Spearman aoe2DE Spearman · Aoe2-infantry-2-pikeman Pikeman · Halberdier aoe2DE Halberdier
Eaglescout aoe2DE Eagle Scout · Eaglewarrior aoe2DE Eagle Warrior · EliteEaglewarrior aoe2DE Elite Eagle Warrior
ArcherArcher aoe2DE Archer · Crossbowman aoe2DE Crossbowman · Arbalester aoe2DE Arbalester
Skirmisher aoe2DE Skirmisher · Elite skirmisher aoe2DE Elite Skirmisher
Hand cannoneer aoe2DE Hand Cannoneer
Cavalryarcher aoe2DE Cavalry Archer · Heavycavalryarcher aoe2de Heavy Cavalry Archer
Aoe2de DOI elephant archer icon Elephant Archer · ElephantArcherIcon-DE Elite Elephant Archer
CavalryScoutcavalry aoe2DE Scout Cavalry · Lightcavalry aoe2DE Light Cavalry · Hussar aoe2DE Hussar
Knight aoe2DE Knight · Cavalier aoe2DE Cavalier · Paladin aoe2DE Paladin
Camelrider aoe2DE Camel Rider · Aoe2 heavycamelriderDE Heavy Camel Rider
Battle elephant aoe2DE Battle Elephant · Elite battle elephant aoe2DE Elite Battle Elephant
Steppelancericon Steppe Lancer · Elitesteppelancericon Elite Steppe Lancer
Xolotlicon Xolotl Warrior
AoE2DE Armored Elephant icon Armored Elephant · AoE2DE Siege Elephant icon Siege Elephant
SiegeBattering ram aoe2DE Battering Ram · Capped ram aoe2DE Capped Ram · Siege ram aoe2DE Siege Ram
Mangonel aoe2DE Mangonel · Onager aoe2DE Onager · Siege onager aoe2DE Siege Onager
Scorpion aoe2DE Scorpion · Heavyscorpion aoe2DE Heavy Scorpion
Bombard cannon aoe2DE Bombard Cannon
Trebuchet aoe2DE Trebuchet
Petard aoe2DE Petard
Siegetower aoe2DE Siege Tower
War shipTransportship aoe2DE Transport Ship
Galley aoe2DE Galley · War galley aoe2DE War Galley · Galleon aoe2DE Galleon
Fire galley aoe2DE Fire Galley · Fireship aoe2DE Fire Ship · Fastfireship aoe2DE Fast Fire Ship
Demoraft aoe2DE Demolition Raft · Demoship aoe2DE Demolition Ship · Heavydemoship aoe2de Heavy Demolition Ship
Cannon galleon aoe2DE Cannon Galleon · Elite cannon galleon aoe2de Elite Cannon Galleon
AoE2 Dromon Dromon
ReligiousMissionaryIcon-DE Missionary · AoE2 WarriorPriest Warrior Priest
InfantryBerserkIcon-DE Berserk · Aoe2de Chakram Chakram Thrower · CondottieroIcon-DE Condottiero · Aoe2-icon-flemish-militia Flemish Militia · GbetoIcon-DE Gbeto · Aoe2de Ghulam Ghulam · HuskarlIcon-DE Huskarl · JaguarWarriorIcon-DE Jaguar Warrior · KamayukIcon-DE Kamayuk · Karambitwarrioricon-DE Karambit Warrior · AoE2 DE Legionary new icon Legionary · Aoe2-icon--obuch Obuch · SamuraiIcon-DE Samurai · Aoe2-icon-serjeant Serjeant · Shotelwarrioricon-DE Shotel Warrior · TeutonicKnightIcon-DE Teutonic Knight · ThrowingAxemanIcon-DE Throwing Axeman · Aoe2de Urumi Urumi Swordsman · AoE2 WarriorPriest Warrior Priest · WoadRaiderIcon-DE Woad Raider
ArcherArambaiicon-DE Arambai · CamelArcherIcon-DE Camel Archer · ChukoNuIcon-DE Chu Ko Nu · AoE2 CompositeBowman Composite Bowman · ConquistadorIcon-DE Conquistador · GenitourIcon-DE Genitour · GenoeseCrossbowmanIcon-DE Genoese Crossbowman · Imperialskirmishericon-DE Imperial Skirmisher · JanissaryIcon-DE Janissary · Kipchakicon Kipchak · LongbowmanIcon-DE Longbowman · MangudaiIcon-DE Mangudai · PlumedArcherIcon-DE Plumed Archer · Aoe2de ratha ranged Ranged Ratha · Rattanarchericon-DE Rattan Archer · SlingerIcon-DE Slinger · WarWagonIcon-DE War Wagon
CavalryBallistaelephanticon-DE Ballista Elephant · BoyarIcon-DE Boyar · Aoe2de camel scout Camel Scout · CataphractIcon-DE Cataphract · Aoe2de roman unique centurion icon Centurion · Aoe2-icon-coustillier Coustillier · Flaming camel icon Flaming Camel · ImperialCamelRiderIcon-DE Imperial Camel Rider · Keshikicon Keshik · Konnikicon Konnik · Leitisicon Leitis · MagyarHuszarIcon-DE Magyar Huszar · MamelukeIcon-DE Mameluke · AoE2 Monaspa Monaspa · Aoe2de ratha melee Melee Ratha · AoE2 Savar Savar · Aoe2de shrivamsha rider Shrivamsha Rider · TarkanIcon-DE Tarkan · WarElephantIcon-DE War Elephant · Aoe2-icon-winged-hussar Winged Hussar
SiegeAoe2-icon--houfnice Houfnice · Aoe2-icon-hussite-wagon Hussite Wagon · OrganGunIcon-DE Organ Gun
War shipCaravelIcon-DE Caravel · LongboatIcon-DE Longboat · Aoe2de Thirisadai Thirisadai · TurtleShipIcon-DE Turtle Ship