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An insurgent peasant armed with whatever they could find. Good against cavalry and buildings.
—In-game description

The Insurgente is a melee infantry in Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition that is unique to the Mexicans. It is a fast-moving but frail melee infantry armed with whatever tool they have that can be trained in groups of 10.


The Insurgente replaces the Pikeman and is unique to the Mexicans. It is available starting in the Commerce Age, and like the Pikeman, is effective against cavalry, shock infantry and buildings but weak against most other units. Insurgentes have lower hit points than Pikeman but are faster and cheaper.


Age Upgrade Cost Effect
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Veteran infantry.png Veteran Insurgentes 200 wood,
200 coin
Upgrades Insurgentes to Veteran (+20% hit points and attack)

Yucateco Insurgente[]

Revolting to Yucatán turns Insurgentes into Yucateco Insurgentes which are Veteran Insurgentes with 10% more attack and the Lasso Attack charged ability.

The player will keep Yucateco Insurgentes when they revolted to Maya.

Special abilities[]


Age Upgrade Cost Effect Civ.
Imperial infantry.png Imperial Yucateco Insurgentes 1,500 wood,
1,500 coin
Upgrades Yucateco Insurgentes to Imperial (+50% hit points and attack); requires the "Chan Santa Cruz" Home City Card

Further statistics[]

As Insurgentes are unique to the Mexicans, only technologies that they have access to are shown in the following table:

Home City Cards[]

As Insurgentes are unique to the Mexicans, only their cards and other civilizations' TEAM cards are shown in the following tables:


Definitive Edition[]

  • Originally, Insurgentes had 13 siege damage. With update 56860, Insugentes have 12 siege damage.


  • Despite their role, replacing the Pikeman for the Mexicans, the Insurgente uses the upgrade icons of the Musketeer-type and Skirmisher-type units (a medal with two crossed pistols) instead of using the upgrade icons used by the Pikeman (and by the Halberdier): a medal with a halberd crossed with a pike.


When the Cry of Dolores incited an insurrection in 1810, touching off the movement towards Mexican independence, many supporters were peasants and indigenous natives armed with little more than farm tools or other rudimentary weapons. These Insurgentes were no match for a disciplined military force, but their sheer numbers could be leveraged into unexpected victories.