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Inca unique spearman with increased attack range.
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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 engage melee units effectively, as they do not have to run around each other in order to attack. 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.

Their fast training speed and cheaper Castles for Incas means they are easy to mass.

They have a good attack bonus against mounted units. Much like Pikemen, Kamayuks get an additional attack bonus against elephant type units such as the Battle Elephant. 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, which can deal with specialized infantry like the Jaguar Warrior or Teutonic Knight, while Kamayuks can mow down hordes of cavalry while still being reasonably good against generic infantry such as Champions. 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 and can also deal with the Incas' Eagle Warriors as well. Siege units such as the Siege Onager and Heavy Scorpion will also prove highly effective against Kamayuks due to their tendency to cluster together. 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.

Despite the official description stating that the unit is weak to archers, it has +1p armor and +10 hit points over Champions, and slightly more speed, which makes foot archers much less of a threat. For comparison, Elite Kamayuks with Fabric Shields have the same survivability as Obuchs (which are considered foot archer resistant) but move 11.1% faster, with all other upgrades being equal. Nonetheless, mounted archers still work against Kamayuks, despite the latter having an attack bonus against the former.

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. Elite Skirmishers, cavalry, Pikemen, Eagle Warriors
Weak vs. Scorpions, Mangonels, mounted archers, Hand Cannoneers, Plumed Archers, Janissaries, Slingers, Cataphracts, Teutonic Knights, Jaguar Warriors, Samurai, Mamelukes, Rattan Archers
Attack Forging aoe2de Forging (+1)
IronCastingDE Iron Casting (+1)
BlastFurnaceDE Blast Furnace (+2)
ArsonDE Arson (+2 attack against standard buildings)
Armor ScaleMailArmorDE Scale Mail Armor (+1/+1)
ChainMailArmorDE Chain Mail Armor (+1/+1)
PlateMailArmorDE Plate Mail Armor (+1/+2)
UniqueTechImperialDE Fabric Shields (+1/+2, since The African Kingdoms)
Speed SquiresDE Squires (+10%)
Conversion defense Devotion icon AoE2DE Devotion (+1 min, +1 max)
FaithDE Faith (+4 min, +4 max)
HeresyDE Heresy (die upon getting converted)
Creation speed ConscriptionDE Conscription (+33%)
UniqueTechCastle-DE Kasbah (+25%, with a Berber ally only)
Regeneration UniqueTechCastle-DE Stronghold (30 HP/min when within 18 tiles square of a team Celts Castle)
Upgrades EliteUniqueUnitDE Elite Kamayuk

Civilization bonuses[]

  • Incas AoE2 Incas: Kamayuks cost -20%/-25% food in the Castle/Imperial Age.

Team bonuses[]


AoE2-DLCicon-2 The Forgotten[]

  • Kamayuks move at a speed of 0.95.
  • Kamayuks cost 60 food, 30 gold.
  • 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.

AoE2-DLCicon-3 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.

AoE2-DLCicon-4 Rise of the Rajas[]

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

AoEIIDE icon Definitive Edition[]

Dawn of the Dukes icon Dawn of the Dukes[]

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

AoE2Icon-DynastiesIndia Dynasties of India[]

  • With update 81058, Kamayuks cost -25%/-30% food in the Castle/Imperial Age.
  • With update 81058, Kamayuks' base cost is 65 food, 30 gold.

AoE2Icon-MountainRoyals The Mountain Royals[]

  • With update 99311, Kamayuks' base cost is 60 food, 30 gold.
  • With update 99311, they have a discount of -20%/-25% food in the Castle/Imperial Age.


There is one hero in the game with the appearance of a Kamayuk:



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



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CivilianMaleVillDE Villager · Tradecart aoe2DE Trade Cart · FishingShipDE Fishing Ship · Trade cog aoe2DE Trade Cog · King eu aoe2DE King
ReligiousMonk aoe2DE Monk
InfantryMilitiaDE Militia · Manatarms aoe2DE Man-at-Arms · Longswordsman aoe2DE Long Swordsman · Twohanded aoe2DE Two-Handed Swordsman · Champion aoe2DE Champion
Spearman aoe2DE Spearman · Aoe2-infantry-2-pikeman Pikeman · Halberdier aoe2DE Halberdier
Eaglescout aoe2DE Eagle Scout · Eaglewarrior aoe2DE Eagle Warrior · EliteEaglewarrior aoe2DE Elite Eagle Warrior
ArcherArcher aoe2DE Archer · Crossbowman aoe2DE Crossbowman · Arbalester aoe2DE Arbalester
Skirmisher aoe2DE Skirmisher · Elite skirmisher aoe2DE Elite Skirmisher
Hand cannoneer aoe2DE Hand Cannoneer
Cavalryarcher aoe2DE Cavalry Archer · Heavycavalryarcher aoe2de Heavy Cavalry Archer
Aoe2de DOI elephant archer icon Elephant Archer · ElephantArcherIcon-DE Elite Elephant Archer
CavalryScoutcavalry aoe2DE Scout Cavalry · Lightcavalry aoe2DE Light Cavalry · Hussar aoe2DE Hussar
Knight aoe2DE Knight · Cavalier aoe2DE Cavalier · Paladin aoe2DE Paladin
Camelrider aoe2DE Camel Rider · Aoe2 heavycamelriderDE Heavy Camel Rider
Battle elephant aoe2DE Battle Elephant · Elite battle elephant aoe2DE Elite Battle Elephant
Steppelancericon Steppe Lancer · Elitesteppelancericon Elite Steppe Lancer
Xolotlicon Xolotl Warrior
AoE2DE Armored Elephant icon Armored Elephant · AoE2DE Siege Elephant icon Siege Elephant
SiegeBattering ram aoe2DE Battering Ram · Capped ram aoe2DE Capped Ram · Siege ram aoe2DE Siege Ram
Mangonel aoe2DE Mangonel · Onager aoe2DE Onager · Siege onager aoe2DE Siege Onager
Scorpion aoe2DE Scorpion · Heavyscorpion aoe2DE Heavy Scorpion
Bombard cannon aoe2DE Bombard Cannon
Trebuchet aoe2DE Trebuchet
Petard aoe2DE Petard
Siegetower aoe2DE Siege Tower
War shipTransportship aoe2DE Transport Ship
Galley aoe2DE Galley · War galley aoe2DE War Galley · Galleon aoe2DE Galleon
Fire galley aoe2DE Fire Galley · Fireship aoe2DE Fire Ship · Fastfireship aoe2DE Fast Fire Ship
Demoraft aoe2DE Demolition Raft · Demoship aoe2DE Demolition Ship · Heavydemoship aoe2de Heavy Demolition Ship
Cannon galleon aoe2DE Cannon Galleon · Elite cannon galleon aoe2de Elite Cannon Galleon
AoE2 Dromon Dromon
ReligiousMissionaryIcon-DE Missionary · AoE2 WarriorPriest Warrior Priest
InfantryBerserkIcon-DE Berserk · Aoe2de Chakram Chakram Thrower · CondottieroIcon-DE Condottiero · Aoe2-icon-flemish-militia Flemish Militia · GbetoIcon-DE Gbeto · Aoe2de Ghulam Ghulam · HuskarlIcon-DE Huskarl · JaguarWarriorIcon-DE Jaguar Warrior · KamayukIcon-DE Kamayuk · Karambitwarrioricon-DE Karambit Warrior · AoE2 DE Legionary new icon Legionary · Aoe2-icon--obuch Obuch · SamuraiIcon-DE Samurai · Aoe2-icon-serjeant Serjeant · Shotelwarrioricon-DE Shotel Warrior · TeutonicKnightIcon-DE Teutonic Knight · ThrowingAxemanIcon-DE Throwing Axeman · Aoe2de Urumi Urumi Swordsman · AoE2 WarriorPriest Warrior Priest · WoadRaiderIcon-DE Woad Raider
ArcherArambaiicon-DE Arambai · CamelArcherIcon-DE Camel Archer · ChukoNuIcon-DE Chu Ko Nu · AoE2 CompositeBowman Composite Bowman · ConquistadorIcon-DE Conquistador · GenitourIcon-DE Genitour · GenoeseCrossbowmanIcon-DE Genoese Crossbowman · Imperialskirmishericon-DE Imperial Skirmisher · JanissaryIcon-DE Janissary · Kipchakicon Kipchak · LongbowmanIcon-DE Longbowman · MangudaiIcon-DE Mangudai · PlumedArcherIcon-DE Plumed Archer · Aoe2de ratha ranged Ranged Ratha · Rattanarchericon-DE Rattan Archer · SlingerIcon-DE Slinger · WarWagonIcon-DE War Wagon
CavalryBallistaelephanticon-DE Ballista Elephant · BoyarIcon-DE Boyar · Aoe2de camel scout Camel Scout · CataphractIcon-DE Cataphract · Aoe2de roman unique centurion icon Centurion · Aoe2-icon-coustillier Coustillier · Flaming camel icon Flaming Camel · ImperialCamelRiderIcon-DE Imperial Camel Rider · Keshikicon Keshik · Konnikicon Konnik · Leitisicon Leitis · MagyarHuszarIcon-DE Magyar Huszar · MamelukeIcon-DE Mameluke · AoE2 Monaspa Monaspa · Aoe2de ratha melee Melee Ratha · AoE2 Savar Savar · Aoe2de shrivamsha rider Shrivamsha Rider · TarkanIcon-DE Tarkan · WarElephantIcon-DE War Elephant · Aoe2-icon-winged-hussar Winged Hussar
SiegeAoe2-icon--houfnice Houfnice · Aoe2-icon-hussite-wagon Hussite Wagon · OrganGunIcon-DE Organ Gun
War shipCaravelIcon-DE Caravel · LongboatIcon-DE Longboat · Aoe2de Thirisadai Thirisadai · TurtleShipIcon-DE Turtle Ship