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

The Otontin Slinger (Macehualtin before the Definitive Edition) 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 Commerce Age is reached.


The Otontin Slinger 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 similar to Russian Strelets, though they are more expensive and slightly more powerful. The Otontin Slinger is best used in the Commerce 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 Otontin Slinger is the second weakest and cheapest infantry unit overall in the game, being stronger than the Strelet but weaker than the Qiang Pikeman.


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

Further statistics[]

As Otontin Slingers 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.png Cree Tanning (+5%)
Navajo Weaving.png Navajo Weaving (+5%)
Attack Carib Kasiri Beer.png Carib Kasiri Beer (+10%)
Carib Garifuna Drums.png Carib Garifuna Drums (+1.0x multiplier vs. villagers)
Seminole Bowyer.png Seminole Bowyer (+25%)
Tupi Poison Arrow Frogs.png Tupi Poison Arrow Frogs (+10%)
Yoga.png Yoga (+5%)
Clenched Fist.png Clenched Fist (+30% melee attack)
Speed Inca Road-building.png Quechuan Mountaineering (+20%)
Apache Endurance.png Apache Endurance (+5%)
Creation speed Inca Chaquis Messengers.png Quechuan Diet (-25%)
Other Coatlicue Worship.png Coatlicue Worship (ships 1 Otontin Slinger for every 2 minutes of the game time up to 30 minutes)
Merritocracy.png Meritocracy (-20% upgrade cost)

Home City Cards[]

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


The WarChiefs[]

  • The unit is named Macehualtin.

Definitive Edition[]

  • The unit is renamed to Otontin Slinger.


  • In Aztec society, the Macehualtin were the common social class, farmers that were given basic military training and were expected to serve as soldier levies when called upon. While the majority of Macehualtin returned to their normal lives between campaigns, they were also free to become career soldiers. Those Macehualtin that chose a military career could eventually become honorary nobility. Aztec men that failed to take any captive by the end of their third campaign were shamed in Aztec society.
  • The Otontin or Otomi are a non-Nahua Mesoamerican people. After their conquest by the Aztecs, the victors were so impressed with their fighting that they adopted their name and uniform for the Aztec warriors who had captured five prisoners in battle. Modern historians often have trouble determining when an account refers to Aztec Otontin warriors and when to ethnic Otontins.
  • The sling used by the Otontin Slinger 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 Otontin Slinger 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 Otontin Slinger 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 Otontin Slinger 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 Otontin Slingers resembles the Papalotl, a military rank given to warriors that have taken 3 captives, and which is distinguished by the butterfly decorations in their back (Papalotl means "butterfly" in Classical Nahuatl).


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.