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The leader of your Tribe. Possesses many powerful bonuses and abilities. Explores, fights, builds Town Centers, Strongholds and Tambos.
—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 and attack of native warriors in a radius of 24 around him by 10%. 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:

Unit strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Treasure guardians, infantry
Weak vs. Villagers, cavalry, Spies, Ninja
Hit points Cree Tanning.png Cree Tanning (+5%)
Maya Cotton Armor.png Maya Cotton Armor (+20%)
Navajo Weaving.png Navajo Weaving (+5%)
Sikh Gurus.png Sikh Gurus (+50%)
Attack Carib Kasiri Beer.png Carib Kasiri Beer (+10%)
Mapuche Tactics.png Mapuche Tactics (+50% siege attack)
Zapotec Cult of the Dead.png Zapotec Cult of the Dead (+20%)
Yoga.png Yoga (+5%)
Master Lessons.png Master Lessons (+10%)
Armor Hualcana.png Hualcana (+10% resistance)
Speed Inca Road-building.png Quechuan Mountaineering (+20%)
Apache Endurance.png Apache Endurance (+5%)
Other Carib Ambush Party.png Carib Ambush Party (train Carib Ambushers)
Loyal Nootka Warchief.png Loyal Nootka War Chief (train Nootka War Chief)

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[]


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 Inca War Chief increases hit points of native warriors by 20%.

The African Royals[]

  • With update 47581, the Inca War Chief increases hit points and attack of native warriors by 10%.


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.


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