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This article is about the minor civilization in Age of Empires III. For other uses, see Maya.

The Maya are a Native American tribe featured in Age of Empires III. Like all natives, they can be allied with by building a Trading Post at their Trading Post site.


Holcanspear aoe3de.png Maya Holcan Javelineer: Archaic heavy infantry. Good against cavalry and buildings. (Replaces Maya Holcan Spearman)
Medicine man aoe3de.png Healer: Heals injured units.


Maya technologies focus on boosting an allied economy and improving all hand infantry in combat.

Age Technology Cost Effect
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Maya Cotton Armor.png Maya Cotton Armor 250 wood,
250 coin
Melee infantry get +20% hit points
Maya Calendar.png Maya Calendar 120 wood,
120 coin
Villagers gather food 10% faster

In-game dialogue[]

Maya units speak the Kʼicheʼ language, a Mesoamerican language which is spoken in the present-day Guatemala and, as with other modern Mayan languages, evolved from the original Proto-Mayan language.

  • Select 1 Zaba
  • Select 2 Tabis
  • Move 1 Outzca
  • Move 2 Zah
  • Attack 1 Cayashé! - Attack!
  • Attack 2 Cocaya! - Attack!


The Maya civilization arose in the Yucatan Peninsula of Central America, beginning around 1500 BCE. They were heavily influenced by the Olmec civilization of Mexico, which had developed a system of writing, a calendar, and a complex religion. Population growth was spurred by advances in growing and irrigating crops of corn, beans, squash, and peppers.

The period from 300 to 900 CE is known as the Classic Period of the Maya culture, which featured the construction of very impressive cities, advanced writing, astronomy, arithmetic, a complex political system of competing city states, and the Maya ball game pok-a-tok. They were able to measure very precisely the orbits of planets. They went through cycles of building, tearing down, and rebuilding on the foundations of the past. Although their remaining structures are of bare stone today, they were apparently once painted in very bright colors.

Beginning in 750 CE the Maya civilization went into decline for reasons not clear today. One opinion is that the population had expanded during a period of good climate, and trees had been widely removed to farm increasingly marginal land. Ecological changes led to massive crop failures, starvation, and war over decreasing food resources. By 830 construction had ceased and the cities were gradually abandoned. The Maya moved to smaller agricultural villages, and their great cities disappeared into the enveloping tropical forests.