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This article is about the minor civilization in Age of Empires III. For other uses, see Incas.

The Incas are a minor Native American tribe in Age of Empires III. Like all natives, they can be allied with by building a Trading Post at their Trading Post site.

The Incas are one of the two new major civilizations for Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition. They are, however, still available as an allied Native American tribe in the Andes - Upper map.

Units[edit | edit source]

Inca Huaminca.png Incan Huaminca: Inca infantry armed with a flexible spear. Good against cavalry.
Inca Bolas Warrior.png Incan Bolas Warrior: Inca infantry that hurls bolas for a wide area of effect.

Technologies[edit | edit source]

Inca technologies are some of the best in the game. They focus on boosting an allies economy, and troop training and movement speed.

Age Technology Cost Effect
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Inca Metalworking.png Incan Metalworking 175 food,
175 coin
Settlers, Coureurs des Bois, Settler Wagons, and Villagers gather from mines 20% faster
Inca Chaquis Messengers.png Incan Chasquis Messengers 250 food,
250 coin
Infantry and cavalry train time -25%; artillery train time -10%; Black Flag Army train time -12%; Mongolian Army train time -18%
Inca Road-building.png Incan Road-building 300 food,
300 coin
Infantry get +20% speed

In-game dialogue[edit | edit source]

Inca units speak a variety of the Runa Simi language, also known as Quechua.

The Incan Huaminca's dialogue is reused for Inca military units in Age of Empires II HD: The Forgotten.

  • Ari (Yes!)
  • Jai (What?)
  • Chjaaku
  • Gorriya
  • Mut'uy (Fell)
  • Jap'iy (Hunt)
  • Aytippe (Attack!)
  • Qu'utiya (Attack)

History[edit | edit source]

The civilization we now call the Inca appeared as a small tribal group in the southern Peruvian Andes around 1200 CE, possibly migrating from Lake Titicaca. They emphasized community responsibility and mutual aid in the face of recurring wars with neighboring tribes. One of these struggles in the early fifteenth century led to the beginnings of imperial conquest. Two successive strong Incan leaders rapidly expanded their empire, which at its peak stretched over thousands of miles in mountainous terrain, from Ecuador along the Peruvian coast to southern Chile. The empire was spread less by war than by negotiation, alliances, and even bribery. The Inca seem to have been driven by the desire to spread their religious belief in a Sun cult.

The Inca were remarkable for their system of roads and couriers, and a complex irrigation system that made extensive farming possible in remote locations. Without writing, they did develop a complex counting system that used knots in colored threads called quimpos. Their cities and architecture were astounding, especially the massive stonework of incredible precision, assembled without metal tools.

The Spanish under Francisco Pizzaro appeared at a time when the Inca had just resolved a civil war between two brothers. The new emperor misjudged the small Spanish force and was captured. He offered a huge ransom of gold and silver, but Pizzaro reneged when the treasure was delivered, and executed his hostage. In a brutal campaign, the core of the Incan Empire was quickly overrun. By 1540, most of Latin America was in Spanish hands. The Inca were largely subjugated and forced to work on Spanish estates.
—In-game history section

Gallery[edit | edit source]

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