The Macehualtin is the basic Aztec ranged light infantry unit features in Age of Empires III: The WarChiefs.


Macehualtin is a unit with a decent attack, acceptable range and a very fast rate of attack. It is best used against heavy infantry units. Provided with a cotton vest, a sling and a shield, it is the weakest and least expensive Aztec unit. They are featured in Age of Empires III: The WarChiefs. They are similar to the Russian Strelet, though they are more expensive and are slightly powerful. The Macehualtin is best used in the Colonial Age when the majority of armies are composed of Infantry. In the later ages the Macehualtin can be defeated easily by Cavalry and Artillery, though they can still be very useful against heavy infantry units, especially if well protected.

The Macehualtin is the second weakest and cheapest infantry unit overall in the game, being stronger than the Strelet but weaker then the Qiang Pikeman.

Upgrades Edit

  • Elite Upgrade 25% Effect (+HP & +Damage)
  • Champion Upgrade 25% Effect (+HP & +Damage)
  • Legendary Upgrade 50% Effect (+HP & +Damage)

HC Shipments Edit

  • 9 Macehualtins
  • 11 Macehualtins
  • 10 Macehualtins
  • 13 Macehualtins
  • 24 Macehualtins
  • 20 Macehualtins
  • Temple Centeotl (18 Macehualtins and 20% Macehualtin HP)

Gallery Edit

History Edit

"In Aztec society, membership in the calpulli established each individual's religious and secular schooling, as well as how they would be trained in warfare. The men of a calpulli served together in battle and on the numerous public works projects. Their soldiers wielded weapons of wood and stone, and they often sought prisoners to be sacrificed in religious ceremonies.

The macehualtin, who comprised the majority of the Aztec population, labored as farmers, tradesmen, and merchants. During times of war and conquest, they took up arms as needed.

In Other Languages Edit

  • Spanish: Macehualtin
  • Portuguese: Macehualtin