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 | edit source]

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.

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 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 | edit source]

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

Team bonuses[edit | edit source]

Changelog[edit | edit source]

The Forgotten[edit | edit source]

  • 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 | edit source]

  • 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 | edit source]

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

Definitive Edition[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • 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.
  • The Kamayuk, Gbeto and Throwing Axeman are the only infantry units who deal melee damage at range.

History[edit | edit source]

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.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

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