"Warrior armed with a deadly spear. Good against cavalry and buildings."—In-game description
Armed with a spear, the Puma Spearman is effective against cavalry and buildings. It is the Aztec version of the European Pikeman, stronger in combat (50% more attack, 12,5% more hit points and double melee resistance) but slightly more expensive and costing food and coin rather than food and wood. Pikemen cannot be upgraded beyond Veteran level and are replaced by Halberdiers in later Ages. Puma Spearmen, on the other hand, have access to Elite, Champion, and Legendary upgrades. Even though they have less health than a Halberdier they have a greater multiplier against cavalry. Temple Xochipilli shipment (increases speed to 6) make them even more dangerous because it allows them to better defend Macehulatins from flanking cavalry or defend villagers from raiding.
|Elite Puma Spearmen||200 wood,|
|Upgrades Puma Spearmen to Elite (+25% hit points and attack)|
|Champion Puma Spearmen||400 wood,|
|Upgrades Puma Spearmen to Champion (+25% hit points and attack); requires Elite Puma Spearmen|
|Legendary Puma Spearmen||1,500 wood,|
|Upgrades Puma Spearmen to Legendary (+50% hit points and attack); requires Champion Puma Spearmen|
Further statistics Edit
As Puma Spearmen are unique to the Aztecs, only technologies that they have access to are shown in the following table:
|Unit strengths and weaknesses|
|Strong vs.||Cavalry, light infantry, buildings|
|Weak vs.||Skirmishers, archers, artillery|
|Hit points|| Cree Tanning (+5%)|
Maya Cotton Armor (+20%)
Navajo Weaving (+5%)
|Attack|| Carib Kasiri Beer (+10%)|
Mapuche Tactics (+50% siege attack)
Zapotec Cult of the Dead (+20%)
Master Lessons (+10%)
|Speed|| Incan Road-building (+20%)|
Apache Endurance (+5%)
|Creation speed||Incan Chasquis Messengers (-25%)|
|Other|| Barometz (ships 1 Puma Spearman for every 2 minutes of the game time up to 30 minutes)|
Meritocracy (-20% upgrade cost)
Home City Cards Edit
As Puma Spearmen are unique to the Aztecs, only their cards and other civilizations' TEAM cards are shown in the following tables:
|Click for a list of Home City Cards related to the Puma Spearman|
Green: TEAM Shipment that is sent to each player in a team
- The shape of the Puma Spearman's spear differs from European and Asian designs.
"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.
To the Aztecs, the puma was a respected predator and held religious significance within their pantheon of gods. The Spanish recorded that Montezuma kept a puma-like creature called the cuitlamiztli (or wolf-cat) in his private zoo. Mexican legends refer to the existence of the onza, a long-legged and extremely aggressive cat native to the region."