"Slinger. Good against heavy infantry."
In-game description

The Macehualtin is a ranged infantry in Age of Empires III: The WarChiefs that is unique to the Aztecs and can be trained at the War Hut once the Colonial Age is reached.

Overview Edit

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 slightly more powerful. The Macehualtin is best used in the Colonial Age when the majority of armies are composed of Infantry. In the later ages it 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

Age Upgrade Cost Effect
Ages fortress
Elite ranged infantry Elite Macehualtins 200 wood,
100 coin
Upgrades Macehualtins to Elite (+25% hit points and attack)
Ages industrial
Champion ranged infantry Champion Macehualtins 400 wood,
200 coin
Upgrades Macehualtins to Champion (+25% hit points and attack); requires Elite Macehualtins
Ages imperial
Legendary ranged infantry Legendary Macehualtins 1,500 wood,
1,500 coin
Upgrades Macehualtins to Legendary (+50% hit points and attack); requires Champion Macehualtins

Further statistics Edit

As Macehualtins are unique to the Aztecs, only technologies that they have access to are shown in the following table:

Unit strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Heavy infantry, light cavalry, Eagle Runner Knights
Weak vs. Heavy cavalry, Coyote Runners, artillery
Hit points Cree Tanning Cree Tanning (+5%)
Navajo Weaving Navajo Weaving (+5%)
Attack Carib Kasiri Beer Carib Kasiri Beer (+10%)
Carib Garifuna Drums Carib Garifuna Drums (+1.0x multiplier vs. villagers)
Seminole Bowyer Seminole Bowyer (+25%)
Tupi Poison Arrow Frogs Tupi Poison Arrow Frogs (+10%)
Yoga Yoga (+5%)
Clenched Fist Clenched Fist (+30% melee attack)
Speed Inca Road-building Incan Road-building (+20%)
Apache Endurance Apache Endurance (+5%)
Creation speed Inca Chaquis Messengers Incan Chasquis Messengers (-25%)
Other Coatlicue Worship Coatlicue Worship (ships 1 Macehualtin for every 2 minutes of the game time up to 30 minutes)
Merritocracy Meritocracy (-20% upgrade cost)

Home City Cards Edit

As Macehualtins are unique to the Aztecs, only their cards and other civilizations' TEAM cards are shown in the following tables:

Trivia Edit

  • In Aztec society, the Macehualtin were the common social class, farmers that were only above the slaves and also received some basic military training from an early age. 
  • The sling used by the Macehualtin was known as Tematlatl, which is made of agave fibers, better known for being the ingredient for tequila drink, and throws egg-shaped projectiles known as "glands" made of dry mud with obsidian leaves inside.
  • The armor worn by the Macehualtin was known as Ichcahuīpīlli, which is made of cotton and salt; the latter was applied by immersing the armor in saltwater and dried multiple times, and worn under the Aztec warriors' decorative suits.
  • The shield used by the Macehualtin is known as Chīmalli, which is made of wood with complex decorative components, sometimes with gold depending on the Aztec warrior's rank.
  • The weapon used by the Macehualtin while melee attacking is called Quauholōlli, a hammer made of a wood stick with a stone, bronze or hardwood ball in the end.
  • Champion/Legendary Macehualtins resembles the Papalotl, a military rank higher than Macehualtin given to those with 3 captives and is distinguished by the butterfly decorations in their back (Papalotl means "butterfly" in Classical Nahuatl).

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.

Gallery Edit

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