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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 Jaguar Prowl Knight.

Aztec unique unit. Attack bonus vs. other infantry.
Age of Empires II description

The Jaguar Warrior is the unique unit of the Aztecs in Age of Empires II: The Conquerors. It is an infantry unit with an attack bonus against other infantry.

Jaguar Warriors can be upgraded to Elite Jaguar Warriors in the Imperial Age.

Tactics[edit | edit source]

Jaguar Warriors have a high anti-infantry attack bonus. That enables them to defeat any other infantry unit in one-on-one combat apart from Teutonic Knights, though Jaguar Warriors will win in large army battles. However, they are not as effective against other units, especially archers. As with most infantry, they also struggle against heavy cavalry.

Jaguar Warriors have an ideal mate with the Eagle Warrior as the Eagle Warrior can cover most of the Jaguar Warriors' weaknesses since they have an attack bonus against Monks and cavalry, and are very effective against archers. Also, the Jaguar Warrior covers the Eagle's main weakness which is infantry, so they make an excellent team and are very common amongst Aztec armies. Monk support for both units should not be disregarded. The biggest threat to the Aztec infantry combo is Hand Cannoneers, so Aztec players should consider using Onagers to counter them if they show up. Cataphracts can also decimate Aztec infantry, but Monks can convert them if needed.

When facing Samurai, the outcome will depend on whether or not the game is using expansion settings or not. If playing in The Conquerors settings, Samurai will always win a fight (barely) with Jaguar Warriors due to their fast attacks and bonus damage against unique units. If playing any HD expansion, the outcome will favor whichever unit attacks first, since the Elite Jaguar Warrior's attack bonus against infantry is +11, not +10.

Further statistics[edit | edit source]

As Jaguar Warriors are unique to the Aztecs, only technologies that are available to them are shown in the following table:

Unit strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Skirmishers, infantry, buildings
Weak vs. Archers, Scorpions, Mangonels, Cataphracts, Boyars, Hand Cannoneers, Conquistadors, Janissaries, Slingers, Knights
Upgrades
Attack Forging.jpg Forging (+1)
Ironcasting.jpg Iron Casting (+1)
Blastfurnace.jpg Blast Furnace (+2)
ArsonDE.png Arson (+2 attack against standard buildings)
Unique-tech-imperial.jpg Garland Wars (+4)
Armor Scalemailarmor.jpg Scale Mail Armor (+1/+1)
Chainmailarmor.jpg Chain Mail Armor (+1/+1)
Platemailarmor.jpg Plate Mail Armor (+1/+2)
Speed SquiresDE.png Squires (+10%)
Sight Tracking.jpg Tracking (+2)
Conversion defense Faith.jpg Faith
Heresy.png Heresy
Creation speed ConscriptionDE.png Conscription (+33%)
Upgrades Elite-unique-research.jpg Elite Jaguar Warrior

Civilization bonuses[edit | edit source]

  • Aztecs: Jaguar Warriors are created 11% faster.

Team bonuses[edit | edit source]

Changelog[edit | edit source]

The Conquerors[edit | edit source]

The Forgotten[edit | edit source]

  • Jaguar Warriors have 1 pierce armor.
  • Elite Jaguar Warriors now have +11 attack against infantry.

Definitive Edition[edit | edit source]

  • Tracking removed; all infantry now receive +2 LOS from the Feudal Age instead.
  • Reduced training time (Standard and Elite) from 20 seconds to 12 seconds.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Despite being introduced in The Conquerors, Jaguar Warriors are shown with a The Age of Kings icon in the Scenario Editor.
  • The Jaguar Warriors where actually the highest branch of warriors within the Aztec military alongside the Eagle Warriors. In reality, they were more like knights (similarities can be traced with the Templar Orders of the Old World), whose members were captor-warriors who managed to capture all the sacrificial captives required in order to become nobles in their own right. Despite common similarities drawn between the two orders, the Jaguar Warriors were those commoners (macehualtin) who managed to reach the highest rank as captor-warrior serving a battlefront shock infantry, while the Eagle Warriors were those who were highborn (pipiltlin) who managed to claim their rightful place in the nobility as consummate warriors, serving as fast assault infantry. In Age of Empires III: The War Chiefs, this is corrected as they are named Jaguar Prowl Knight and Eagle Runner Knight, respectively, and both are trained at the Nobles' Hut, a castle-like building that reflects the Calmecac, the Aztec highborn school where the aspirants to become Jaguars and Eagles where trained and conditioned to become knights.
  • With Garland Wars, Elite Jaguar Warriors have the third highest attack of all infantry units tied with Burmese Champions with 20 attack, as well the fourth highest of all land units outside of siege and gunpowder section.

History[edit | edit source]

Another rank of Aztec fighter was the Jaguar Warrior, who was more heavily armed and armored than the Eagle Warrior. Their role was probably to be the heavy infantry of the army and to engage the enemy main body. They likely had the advantage in combat against lighter troops that were caught off-guard or foolish enough to engage the heavier Jaguar Warrior. These warriors wore jaguar headpieces and clothing that represented jaguar fur. The jaguar was chosen as the totem for warriors because it was the fiercest predator in the Central American jungles. In combat, they used an obsidian-bladed sword known as a macana. Although it lacked the penetration power of steel weapons, the macana was able to keep a razor-sharp edge.

The best of the Jaguar Warriors were promoted to Elite status. These were veterans of demonstrated skill who carried the best weapons and were the best fighting soldiers available.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Video[edit | edit source]

ELITE JAGUAR WARRIOR vs EVERY UNIQUE UNIT AoE II Definitive Edition

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