Age of Empires Series Wiki

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.


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 do not 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.

Unlike Pikemen, Kamayuks trade decently against other infantry in large enough groups 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. 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 Fabric Shields. 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 is not enough gold, the player can mix in some Halberdiers that are cheaper than the more expensive and effective Kamayuk.

Further statistics[]

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 (except Cataphracts), Camel Riders, Mamelukes, Camel Archers, Cavalry Archers, Spearmen, rams
Weak vs. Plumed Archers, Scorpions, Mangonels, Hand Cannoneers, Janissaries, Monks, Slingers, Cataphracts, Teutonic Knights, Jaguar Warriors, Samurai
Attack Forging aoe2de.png Forging (+1)
IronCastingDE.png Iron Casting (+1)
BlastFurnaceDE.png Blast Furnace (+2)
ArsonDE.png Arson (+2 attack against standard buildings)
Armor ScaleMailArmorDE.png Scale Mail Armor (+1/+1)
ChainMailArmorDE.png Chain Mail Armor (+1/+1)
PlateMailArmorDE.png Plate Mail Armor (+1/+2)
Unique-tech-imperial.jpg Fabric Shields (+1/+2, since The African Kingdoms)
Speed SquiresDE.png Squires (+10%)
Unique-tech-imperial.jpg Couriers (+10%, only in The Forgotten)
Sight TrackingDE.png Tracking (+2)
Conversion defense FaithDE.png Faith
HeresyDE.png Heresy
Creation speed ConscriptionDE.png Conscription (+33%)
CastleAgeUnique.png Kasbah (+25%, with a Berber ally only)
Upgrades Elite-unique-research.jpg Elite Kamayuk

Team bonuses[]


The Forgotten[]

  • Kamayuks move at a speed of 0.95.
  • Couriers gives +10% movement speed to Kamayuks.
  • The upgrade to the Elite Kamayuks costs 1,000 food, 600 gold.
  • Non-Elite Kamayuks have 60 Hp and 0 melee armor.

The African Kingdoms[]

  • Couriers now gives +1/+2 armor instead of +10% movement speed.
  • Kamayuks reskinned.
  • The upgrade to the Elite Kamayuk now costs 900 food, 500 gold.
  • 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[]

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

Definitive Edition[]

Dawn of the Dukes[]

  • With update 56005, Non-Elite Kamayuks have 70 hit points and 1 melee armor.



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.




ELITE KAMAYUK vs EVERY UNIQUE UNIT (Lords of the West) - AoE II- Definitive Edition

v  d  e
Units in Age of Empires II
AoE2-DLCicon-0.png The Age of Kings
Economic /
Monk · Villager · Trade Cart · Trade Cog · Fishing Ship · Transport Ship
InfantryMilitia · Man-at-Arms · Long Swordsman · Two-Handed Swordsman · Champion
Spearman · Pikeman
ArcherArcher · Crossbowman · Arbalester
Skirmisher · Elite Skirmisher
Hand Cannoneer
Cavalry Archer · Heavy Cavalry Archer
CavalryScout Cavalry · Light Cavalry
Knight · Cavalier · Paladin
Camel Rider · Heavy Camel Rider
SiegeBattering Ram · Capped Ram · Siege Ram
Mangonel · Onager · Siege Onager
Scorpion · Heavy Scorpion
Bombard Cannon
ShipGalley · War Galley · Galleon
Fire Ship · Fast Fire Ship
Demolition Ship · Heavy Demolition Ship
Cannon Galleon · Elite Cannon Galleon
UniqueLongbowman · Cataphract · Woad Raider · Chu Ko Nu · Throwing Axeman · Huskarl · Samurai · War Elephant · Mameluke · Teutonic Knight · Janissary · Berserk · Mangudai  · Longboat
AoE2-DLCicon-1.png The Conquerors
InfantryEagle Warrior · Elite Eagle Warrior
UniqueWar Wagon · Turtle Ship · Jaguar Warrior · Tarkan · Missionary · Conquistador · Plumed Archer
AoE2-DLCicon-2.png The Forgotten
InfantryEagle Scout
UniqueImperial Camel Rider · Slinger · Genoese Crossbowman · Condottiero · Elephant Archer · Kamayuk · Magyar Huszar · Boyar
AoE2-DLCicon-3.png The African Kingdoms
SiegeSiege Tower
ShipFire Galley
Demolition Raft
UniqueCamel Archer · Genitour · Gbeto · Shotel Warrior  · Caravel  · Organ Gun
AoE2-DLCicon-4.png Rise of the Rajas
CavalryBattle Elephant · Elite Battle Elephant
UniqueImperial Skirmisher · Arambai · Ballista Elephant · Karambit Warrior · Rattan Archer
AoE2-DLCicon-5.png The Last Khans (Definitive Edition)
CavalrySteppe Lancer · Elite Steppe Lancer
Xolotl Warrior
UniqueKonnik · Kipchak · Leitis · Keshik · Flaming Camel
AoE2Icon-LordsWest.png Lords of the West
UniqueCoustillier · Flemish Militia · Serjeant
Dawn of the Dukes icon.png Dawn of the Dukes
CavalryWinged Hussar
UniqueHussite Wagon · Houfnice · Obuch
AoE2Icon-DynastiesIndia.png Dynasties of India
CavalryArmored Elephant · Siege Elephant
UniqueRatha · Urumi Swordsman · Thirisadai · Chakram Thrower · Shrivamsha Rider · Camel Scout · Ghulam