The Field of Blood is the second scenario of the Pachacuti campaign in Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition.

Intro[edit | edit source]

When the old man had begun his story, the hut had been flooded by sunlight. The golden disk had long since sunk below the horizon, and the light of the embers dancing around in the darkness only faintly illuminated his wrinkled face. He refilled his clay mug and then continued the story.

'Viracocha believed that his reign was sacred and that he was protected by divine providence. However, the gods had turned away from him towards a new favorite: a wild, young warlord named Anccu Hualloc. He hailed from the Chanca tribes and had recruited more than 40,000 warriors, with whom he marched on Cuzco!'

'The inhabitants were sure that their beloved ruler would remain and drive out the invaders. Sadly, Viracocha had grown old and fear had infected his heart. Together with Urqu, his favorite son, he fled, abandoning his people to their fate.'

'Not all of Viracocha's sons were as cowardly as their father. Cusi Yupanqui refused to follow his aged father, and instead took command of the defense. Full of confidence, he announced that he would defeat the Chanca army. However, the few soldiers remaining in the city could not be impressed by bold words, as Cusi Yupanqui had no military experience to justify his claim. Luckily, Vicaquirao and Apo Mayta had also remained in Cuzco...'

Scenario instructions[edit | edit source]

Starting conditions[edit | edit source]

Main objectives[edit | edit source]

  • Defeat Anccu Hualloc's army, which is marching on Cuzco.
  • Wait for new instructions.
  • Defend Cuzco against the Chanca until the Temple of the Sun (Wonder) is rebuilt.
  • At least one of the construction workers who are commissioned to rebuild the Temple of the Sun must survive.
  • Cusi Yupanqui must survive.

Players[edit | edit source]

Strategy[edit | edit source]

Fail the initial battle quickly, after which the player will take over the defence of the city of Cuzco.

Wall up all entries to the city, ideally with double stone walls as soon as possible, while the enemy is taking time to defeat the player's two allies. While the walls are being built, boom with three Town Centers, start to mine the limited stone supply, and get to Imperial Age as soon as possible. Once there, research Fortified Wall and all other defence technologies.

Build various Castles close to the Temple of the Sun next to the walls. Staff each castle with 20 Crossbowmen. Fully staffed Castles with all archer upgrades and Chemistry can take out enemy rams with several rounds of shots. Keep fixing the walls or add more layers of walls as enemy takes down front layers of walls. If the west or east part of the city are about to be breached (the player may not have enough stone to build Castles there), consider walling them off and enemies will refocus on the central front.

Once the Temple of the Sun is complete, Trebuchets will start to come in. build a small pack of Trebuchets with Siege Engineering to fire back. As long as the Temple of the Sun does not collapse in 200 years, the player will win.

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