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This article is about the minor civilization in Age of Empires III. For other appearances of the faction in the series, see Incas.

The Quechua (Incas before update 47581) are a minor Native American tribe in Age of Empires III. Like all natives, they can be allied with by building a Trading Post at their Trading Post site.


Inca Huaminca.png Quechua Huaminca: Inca infantry armed with a flexible spear. Good against cavalry.
Inca Bolas Warrior.png Quechua Bolas Warrior: Inca infantry that hurls bolas for a wide area of effect.


Quechua technologies are some of the best in the game. They focus on boosting an ally's economy, and troop training and movement speed.

Age Technology Cost Effect
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Quechuan Metalworking.png Quechuan Metalworking 175 food,
175 coin
Settlers, Coureurs des Bois, Settler Wagons, and Villagers gather from mines 20% faster
Quechuan Diet.png Quechuan Diet 250 food,
250 coin
Infantry and cavalry train time -15%
Quechuan Mountaineering.png Quechuan Mountaineering 300 food,
300 coin
Infantry get +20% speed

In-game dialogue[]

Quechua units speak a variety of the Runa Simi language, also known as Quechua.

The Quechuan Huaminca's dialogue is reused for Inca military units in Age of Empires II HD: The Forgotten.

Notes: the first file is line spoken by the Incan Bolas Warrior and the second one by the Incan Huaminca. These are not used by the playable Inca civilization in Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition

  • Select 1 Ari! - Yes!
  • Select 2 Jai? - What?
  • Move 1 Chjaaku
  • Move 2 Gorriya
  • Attack 1 Aytippe - Attack!
  • Attack 2 Qu'utiya - Attack!


Age of Empires III[]

  • Incan Chasquis Messengers reduces training time of infantry and cavalry by 25%, artillery by 10%, Black Flag Army by 12%, and Mongolian Army by 18%.

Definitive Edition[]

  • Incan Chasquis Messengers reduces training time of infantry and cavalry by 15% and no longer reduces training time of artillery.

The African Royals[]

  • With update 47581, the Incas were renamed to Quechua, including the units and technologies (receive new icons); Incan Metalworking renamed to Quechuan Metalworking, Incan Chasquis Messengers to Quechuan Diet and Incan Road-building to Quechuan Mountaineering.



The civilization we now call the Inca appeared as a small tribal group in the southern Peruvian Andes around 1200 CE, possibly migrating from Lake Titicaca. They emphasized community responsibility and mutual aid in the face of recurring wars with neighboring tribes. One of these struggles in the early fifteenth century led to the beginnings of imperial conquest. Two successive strong Incan leaders rapidly expanded their empire, which at its peak stretched over thousands of miles in mountainous terrain, from Ecuador along the Peruvian coast to southern Chile. The empire was spread less by war than by negotiation, alliances, and even bribery. The Inca seem to have been driven by the desire to spread their religious belief in a Sun cult.

The Inca were remarkable for their system of roads and couriers, and a complex irrigation system that made extensive farming possible in remote locations. Without writing, they did develop a complex counting system that used knots in colored threads called quimpos. Their cities and architecture were astounding, especially the massive stonework of incredible precision, assembled without metal tools.

The Spanish under Francisco Pizzaro appeared at a time when the Inca had just resolved a civil war between two brothers. The new emperor misjudged the small Spanish force and was captured. He offered a huge ransom of gold and silver, but Pizzaro reneged when the treasure was delivered, and executed his hostage. In a brutal campaign, the core of the Incan Empire was quickly overrun. By 1540, most of Latin America was in Spanish hands. The Inca were largely subjugated and forced to work on Spanish estates.
—In-game history section