|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|
Jaguar Warriors can be upgraded to Elite Jaguar Warriors in the Imperial Age.
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 and Samurai, 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 the Jaguar Warriors' weaknesses against Monks, Siege and Archers, since they have an attack bonus against Monks and siege weapons, and are very effective against foot 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 Elite Samurai, the outcome will favor whichever unit attacks first. Both units cost the exact same, so there is no point of cost effectiveness.
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, War Elephants, Battle Elephants|
|Attack|| Forging (+1)|
Iron Casting (+1)
Blast Furnace (+2)
Arson (+2 attack against standard buildings)
Garland Wars (+4)
|Armor|| Scale Mail Armor (+1/+1)|
Chain Mail Armor (+1/+1)
Plate Mail Armor (+1/+2)
|Conversion defense|| Faith|
|Creation speed||Conscription (+33%)|
|Upgrades||Elite Jaguar Warrior|
- Aztecs: Jaguar Warriors are created 11% faster.
- A team containing Bulgarians: Researching upgrades at the Blacksmith is faster.
- A team containing Goths: Researching Squires and Arson is 20% faster.
- A team containing Lithuanians: Researching Faith and Heresy is 20% faster.
- A team containing Teutons: Jaguar Warriors are more resistant to conversion.
- Jaguar Warriors have 0 pierce armor.
- Jaguar Warriors train in 20 seconds.
- Jaguar Warriors have 50 HP.
- Jaguar Warriors are created faster.
- Elite Jaguar Warriors have a +10 attack bonus against infantry.
- Garland Wars introduced.
- Jaguar Warriors have 1 pierce armor.
- Elite Jaguar Warriors have a +11 attack bonus against infantry.
- Tracking removed; all infantry receive +2 Line of Sight from the Feudal Age instead.
- Jaguar Warriors train in 12 seconds.
- With update 37650, Jaguar Warriors are created 11% faster.
Dawn of the Dukes
- With update 56005, Jaguar Warriors have 65 HP.
- Despite being introduced in The Conquerors, Jaguar Warriors are shown with a The Age of Kings icon in the Scenario Editor.
- In the Aztec army, a Jaguar Warrior ōcēlōtl and an Eagle Warrior cuāutli ranked equally and was also known as cuāuhocēlōtl (from stem cuāuh- "eagle" and ocēlō "jaguar"). To become a cuāuhocēlōtl, a warrior must capture at least four captives. The distinction between the two meritocratic orders is that Jaguar Warriors were born commoners (macehualtin) while Eagle Warriors were highborn (pipiltlin). In Medieval Europe, the closest analogy to an Aztec Jaguar Warrior is a knight who had been born a commoner, and the closest Medieval European anology to an Eagle warrior is a knight who had been originated from a knightly or a noble family. However, even though medieval European knighthood might not be inherited, a noble-born or knightly-born youth would be eligible for knighthood after finishing at least 14 years of military training in other noble households; meanwhile, a common-born youth must procure whatever means necessary to train himself and might at most become a man-at-arms, unless his performances were so outstanding that a noble decided to dub him knight. In Age of Empires III: The WarChiefs, the Jaguar Warrior is renamed Jaguar Prowl Knight and Eagle Warrior Eagle Runner Knight, and both are trained at the Nobles' Hut, a castle-like building that reflects the Calmecac, the Aztec highborn school where the youths aspiring to become Jaguars and Eagles were trained and conditioned.
- 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.
- Before update 42848, the Jaguar Warrior was one of the least used unique units. The Aztecs have concrete answers when facing with infantry rushes, such as fully upgraded Champions and siege weapons. Also, despite their civilization bonus, the production for them is still too slow. The non-Elite one is much weaker than the Elite, making the adjustment for the training time, and the improvement for the non-Elite one.
|“||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.