"Inca unique unit. Infantry unit with attack bonus vs. cavalry. Carries a long spear to infiltrate formations."
Age of Empires II description

The Kamayuk is the first unique unit of the Incas in Age of Empires II HD: The Forgotten, the other being the Slinger. It is an anti-cavalry infantry unit that carries a very long spear.

Kamayuks can be upgraded to Elite Kamayuks in the Imperial Age.

Tactics Edit

Kamayuks are most effective in large groups, as they have a range of one, enabling them to attack from behind one another. Due to this, they can counter cavalry effectively, as they don't have to run around each other in order to attack. Also, their fast training speed means they are easy to mass. Much like Pikemen, Kamayuks get an additional attack bonus against elephant type units such as the Battle Elephant.

Their range allows them to attack through Walls, making them good at defending or attacking in walled areas. This also means they can be a great defense against enemy Rams.

Like Pikemen, Kamayuks fare poorly against other infantry, although it must be mentioned that they do much better than Pikemen due to their higher Rate of Fire and considerably higher base attack. Additionally, their 1 range means that in large numbers they can inflict surprising casualties on enemy infantry, even if the matchup is not in their favor. Still, they should be used in conjunction with Slingers to protect them from infantry, while Kamayuks can mow down hordes of cavalry without worrying about infantry. Eagle Warriors can also be included to protect the Kamayuks from archers and siege weapons, which can deal heavy damage to them despite their pierce armor from Couriers. Hand Cannoneers will decimate Kamayuks. Lastly, Cataphracts will dominate Kamayuks due to their resistance to anti-cavalry attacks, their bonus damage against infantry, and their trample damage.

A common dilemma for Inca players is whether to use Halberdiers or Kamayuks, this will depend on resource availability. If there is gold to spend, the Kamayuk should be always the cavalry counter unit of choice, if there isn't enough gold, the player can mix in some Halberdiers that are cheaper than the more expensive and effective Kamayuk.

Further statistics Edit

As Kamayuks are unique to the Incas, only technologies that are available to them are shown in the following table:

Unit strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Skirmishers, cavalry, Cavalry Archers, Spearmen
Weak vs. Plumed Archers, Scorpions, Mangonels, Hand Cannoneers, Janissaries, Monks, Slingers, Cataphracts, Teutonic Knights
Attack Forging Forging (+1)
Ironcasting Iron Casting (+1)
Blastfurnace Blast Furnace (+2)
Arson Arson (+2 attack against standard buildings)
Armor Scalemailarmor Scale Mail Armor (+1/+1)
Chainmailarmor Chain Mail Armor (+1/+1)
Platemailarmor Plate Mail Armor (+1/+2)
Unique-tech-imperial Couriers (+1/+2, since The African Kingdoms)
Speed Squires Squires (+10%)
Unique-tech-imperial Couriers (+10%, only in The Forgotten)
Sight Tracking Tracking (+2)
Conversion defense Faith Faith
Heresy Heresy
Creation speed Conscription Conscription (+33%)
Upgrades Elite-unique-research Elite Kamayuk

Team bonuses Edit

Changelog Edit

The Forgotten Edit

  • Kamayuks move at a speed of 0.95.
  • Couriers gives +10% movement speed to Kamayuks.
  • The upgrade to the Elite Kamayuks costs 1,000F/600G.

The African Kingdoms Edit

  • Couriers now gives +1/+2 armor instead of +10% movement speed.
  • Kamayuks reskinned.
  • The upgrade to the Elite Kamayuk now costs 900F/500G.
  • Arson introduced.
  • (Elite) Kamayuks have +4 (+6) attack against camel units.
  • With patch 4.8, Kamayuks now move at a speed of 1.
  • With patch 4.8, Kamayuks gain a +20 attack bonus against elephant type units.

Rise of the Rajas Edit

  • With patch 5.7, (Elite) Kamayuks now have +6 (+10) attack against camel units.

Definitive Edition Edit

Trivia Edit

  • Kamayuks are one of only four infantry units that don't get an attack bonus against Eagle Warriors, the other being the Condottiero, the Militia, and other Eagles.

History Edit

In an Inca army, a Kamayuk was an officer in charge of lesser soldiers such as a slinger or archer. Lesser Kamayuks blew conch shell trumpets or beat drums. Lesser Kamayuks had designations before the titles, such as Choru or Pachac. The highest Kamayuks were simply called Kamayuks.

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