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The Sapa Inca is a powerful, Heavy Infantry Warchief armed with a polearm and long-range javelin ability; effective against Treasure Guardians and cavalry. As Emperor, his leadership aura inspires Native Warriors and increases their hit points.
—In-game description

The Inca War Chief is a melee infantry hero in Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition. In standard random map games, the Incas start with an Inca War Chief. It explores uncharted areas of the map and has some special abilities to help himself and his tribe.


The Inca War Chief increases the hit points of native warriors in a radius of 24 around him by 20%. As all War Chiefs do, he can convert non-animal treasure guardians with Recruit Guardian, use a powerful spear attack with Condor Eye, detect stealth units, claim treasures, and build Town Centers, Tambos, and Strongholds. Like other explorer-type units, the Inca War Chief will collapse instead of dying and can be rescued once he recovers enough health, although the War Chief Ceremony at the Community Plaza allows the player to return him there after a while as well as increasing his hit points.

Special abilities[]

Recruit guardian.png Recruit Guardian: Converts a human treasure guardian to the Inca War Chief's side with the process taking 4 seconds to complete. 90 seconds cooldown.
Condor eye.png Condor Eye: Throws a javelin from a range of 24 that does 46 (138 against treasure guardians, 69 against cavalry, 60 against shock infantry, 34.5 against heroes) damage to the target with an AOE of 1. 70 seconds cooldown.
Swashbuckler attack.png Swashbuckler Attack: (requires "Son of Inti" Home City Card): Performs a sweeping hand attack that does 40 (120 against treasure guardians, 80 against cavalry, 64 against shock infantry, 30 against heroes) melee damage to the target enemy and other enemies in a radius of 2 around the Inca War Chief. 90 seconds cooldown.


The Inca War Chief is automatically upgraded in every Age up.

Colonial age up.png +50% hit points and attack
Fortress age up.png +50% hit points and +100% attack
Industrial age up.png +50% attack
Imperial age up.png +175% hit points and +100% attack

Further statistics[]

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

Home City Cards[]

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

Random names[]

  • Manco Inca
  • Pachacuti
  • Huayna Capac
  • Tupac Huallpa
  • Paullu Inca
  • Sayri Tupac
  • Titu Cusi
  • Tupac Amaru
  • Atahualpa
  • Huascar
  • Tupac Inca
  • Viracocha


Definitive Edition[]

  • Originally, the Inca War Chief had 4.25 speed and no multiplier against heroes. With update 6159, it has 4.5 speed and a x0.75 multiplier against heroes.


The indomitable ruler of the Inca Empire was the Sapa Inca, who was believed to be the son of the sun-god Inti and thus semi-divine. His function was mainly political and spiritual: he administered the maintenance and growth of the extensive Inca infrastructure system and was responsible for overseeing the efficiency of the political and economic bureaucracy, arranging the calendar, and for providing for the impoverished. As a conduit to the sun-god Inti, he also oversaw the worship of this all-important deity.

However, the Sapa Inca had a critical military function as well: he was bound by the responsibility to expand the Inca Empire so that he might leave his successor with more than he himself had inherited. Many Sapa Incas oversaw extensive military campaigns that were carried out by their loyal generals, often their own sons. Politically, religiously, and militarily, the Sapa Inca’s absolute authority was symbolized by an extensive regalia of significant items that marked his role as the link between gods and humans. Even posthumously, the Sapa Inca retained this role and was purportedly a valuable source of information and wisdom for those visiting his tomb.


See also[]