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Powerful Heavy hand infantry which inflicts splash damage with a large bludgeon. Good against buildings, cavalry and anything within range.
—In-game description

The Maceman is a melee heavy infantry unit in Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition that is unique to the Incas and can be trained at the Kallanka and Stronghold, and obtained through Supay Ceremony at the Community Plaza. It is slow and expensive, but the most powerful non-mercenary melee infantry unit in the game.

Overview[]

Similar to a stronger version of the German Doppelsoldner, the Aztec Skull Knight and the Japanese Samurai, the Maceman possesses high hit points, deals Area of Effect damage, has a massive siege damage against buildings, and has multipliers against cavalry and Shock Infantry. It is, however, population heavy, requiring 3 population. Although highly effective in melee combat, its low speed renders it vulnerable to artillery and light infantry.

It is also worth noting that similarly to the Chinese Meteor Hammer, the Maceman deals melee damage from range, although the Maceman's range is much shorter.

Upgrades[]

The Maceman starts as Elite, but without the increased hit points and attack.

Age Upgrade Cost Effect
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Champion infantry.png Champion Macemen 400 wood
200 coin
Upgrades Macemen to Champion (+25% hit points and attack)
Imperial Age
Legendary infantry.png Legendary Macemen 1,500 wood
1,500 coin
Upgrades Macemen to Legendary (+50% hit points and attack); requires Champion Macemen

Further statistics[]

As the Maceman is unique to the Incas, only technologies that they have access to are shown in the following table:

Unit strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Most units, buildings
Weak vs. Artillery
Improvements
Hit points Cree Tanning.png Cree Tanning (+5%)
Maya Cotton Armor.png Maya Cotton Armor (+20%)
Navajo Weaving.png Navajo Weaving (+5%)
Attack Carib Kasiri Beer.png Carib Kasiri Beer (+10%)
Mapuche Tactics.png Mapuche Tactics (+50% siege attack)
Zapotec Cult of the Dead.png Zapotec Cult of the Dead (+20%)
Yoga.png Yoga (+5%)
Master Lessons.png Master Lessons (+10%)
Armor Hualcana.png Hualcana (+10% resistance)
Speed Inca Road-building.png Quechuan Mountaineering (+20%)
Apache Endurance.png Apache Endurance (+5%)
Creation speed Inca Chaquis Messengers.png Quechuan Diet (-25%)
Other Royal Festival.png Royal Festival (ships 2 Macemen + 1 Maceman for every 4 minutes of the game time, up to 30 minutes)

Home City Cards[]

As the Maceman is unique to the Incas, only their cards and other civilizations' TEAM cards are shown in the following tables:

Changelog[]

Definitive Edition[]

  • Originally, Macemen have a speed of 4.0 and train in 55 seconds. With update 9476, they have a speed of 4.25 and train in 48 seconds.
  • Macemen have 30% resistance against Melee, a x1.5 multiplier against cavalry, a x1.3 multiplier against shock infantry, 3 Area of Effect, and its upgrades are calculated using the Fortress Age base statistics.

The African Royals[]

  • With update 47581, Macemen have 20% resistance against Ranged, a x2.0 multiplier against cavalry, a x1.6 multiplier against shock infantry, 2.5 Area of Effect, and its upgrades are now calculated using the Commerce Age base statistics.

Trivia[]

History[]

The standing army of the Inca was formed primarily by nobles, but the Sapa Inca could raise an army of able-bodied men from the general populace at will. Military discipline was strictly enforced when the troops were on the march and the army, although variously specialized, was extremely well trained.
Drawing on the resources of a vast empire, the Inca recruited warriors from numerous subordinate tribes with their own military traditions. The Chimu, inheritors of the ancient Moche culture were once bitter enemies of the Inca but, once subdued, provided the Inca with some of their most formidable and loyal troops. The Chimu were known for their use of maces and clubs in warfare. Some warriors strode fearlessly into battle, carrying massive maces that required both hands to swing and decimated anything in their path.
These elite shock troops posed a deadly threat to any opponent, whether in the field or in a fortification under siege.

Gallery[]

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Military units in Age of Empires III
AOE3Icon.png Age of Empires III
CommonExplorer · Militiaman · Pikeman · Musketeer · Crossbowman · Skirmisher · Halberdier · Grenadier · Hussar · Dragoon · Cavalry Archer · Falconet · Culverin · Mortar · Heavy Cannon · Caravel · Galleon · Frigate · Monitor
Flag BritishDE.png BritishLongbowman · Ranger** · Rocket
Flag DutchDE.png DutchRuyter · Fluyt
Flag FrenchDE.png FrenchCuirassier
Flag GermanDE.png GermansDoppelsoldner · Uhlan · War Wagon
Flag OttomanDE.png OttomansJanissary · Nizam Fusilier** · Abus Gun · Great Bombard · Galley · Spahi
Flag PortugueseDE.png PortugueseCassador · Organ Gun
Flag RussianDE.png RussiansStrelet · Cossack · Oprichnik
Flag SpanishDE.png SpanishRodelero · Lancer
WarchiefsIcon.png The WarChiefs
CommonWarrior · Canoe · War Canoe · Ironclad · Horse Artillery · Petard · Spy
Flag AztecDE.png AztecsAztec War Chief · Coyote Runner · Otontin Slinger · Puma Spearman · Arrow Knight · Eagle Runner Knight · Jaguar Prowl Knight · Warrior Priest · Skull Knight · Tlaloc Canoe
Flag IroquoisDE.png HaudenosauneeHaudenosaunee War Chief · Aenna · Tomahawk · Forest Prowler · Kanya Horseman · Musket Rider · Ram · Mantlet · Light Cannon
Flag SiouxDE.png LakotaLakota War Chief · Cetan Bowman · Club Warrior · Wakina Rifle · Axe Rider · Bow Rider · Rifle Rider · Tashunke Prowler · Tokala Soldier
Revolution.png RevolutionRevolutionary · Gatling Gun
DynastiesIcon.png The Asian Dynasties
Flag ChineseDE.png ChineseShaolin Master · Disciple · Sentry · Irregular · Chu Ko Nu · Qiang Pikeman · Changdao Swordsman · Arquebusier · Steppe Rider · Keshik · Iron Flail · Meteor Hammer · Flamethrower · Hand Mortar · Flying Crow · Fire Junk · War Junk · Fuchuan
Flag IndianDE.png IndiansBrahmin · Sentry · Irregular · Rajput · Sepoy · Gurkha · Urumi Swordsman · Sowar · Zamburak · Mahout Lancer · Howdah · Flail Elephant · Siege Elephant
Flag JapaneseDE.png JapaneseSohei Archer · Sentry · Irregular · Samurai · Ashigaru Musketeer · Yumi Archer · Naginata Rider · Yabusame · Flaming Arrow · Morutaru · Daimyo · Shogun Tokugawa · Yamabushi · Shinobi · Fune · Atakabune · Tekkousen
Age3DE Icon.png Definitive Edition
CommonCaptured Mortar · General · Sloop · Steamer · Battleship
Flag IncanDE.png IncasInca War Chief · Plumed Spearman · Chimu Runner · Jungle Bowman · Bolas Warrior · Huaraca · Maceman · Chincha Raft
Flag SwedishDE.png SwedesCarolean · Hakkapelit · Leather Cannon
Flag American act3 aoe3de.png United StatesMinuteman · State Militia · Regular · Sharpshooter · Carbine Cavalry · Gatling Gun · Quaker Gun · Gunslinger · Cowboy · Owlhoot
Flag MexicanDE.png MexicansPadre · Insurgente · Soldado · Salteador · Chinaco · Desperado · Cuatrero · Bandido
Revolution.png RevolutionBarbary Warrior · Californio · Cetbang Cannon · Corsair Marksman · Cowboy · Cruzob Infantry · Cuerudo · Filibuster · Gaucho · Jagunço · Javanese Spearman · Llanero · Morochuco · Mounted Granadero · Revolutionary Sharpshooter · Trek Wagon
The African Royals
CommonLevied Spearman · Levied Bowman · Levied Gunner · Javelin Rider · Desert Warrior · Desert Raider · Desert Archer · Battle Canoe · Cannon Boat
Flag Ethiopian aoe3de.png EthiopiansRas · Gascenya · Neftenya · Shotel Warrior · Oromo Warrior · Sebastopol Mortar · War Dhow
Flag Hausa.png HausaEmir · Fulani Archer · Maigadi · Raider · Lifidi Knight · Xebec
Knights of the Mediterranean
Flag ItalianDE.png ItaliansArchitect · Pavisier · Bersagliere · Schiavone · Papal Guard · Papal Lancer · Papal Zouave · Papal Bombard · Galleass · Leonardo's Tank
Flag MalteseDE.png MalteseGrand Master · Hospitaller · Sentinel · Fire Thrower · Order Galley · Fire Ship
* added in The WarChiefs   ** in the Definitive Edition
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