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Heals injured units and are also effective in combat. Warrior Priests are extremely effective when dancing at the Fire Pit.
—In-game description in The WarChiefs

The Warrior Priest is a special unit in Age of Empires III: The WarChiefs that is unique to the Aztecs and can be obtained through Holy Ceremony or shipped from the Home City. It functions similarly to the Healer but holds a stronger attack in later Ages and can work as two Villagers at the Community Plaza. In standard random map games, the Aztecs start with a Warrior Priest alongside the Aztec War Chief.


Warrior Priests heal close-by units at a rate of 10 hit points per second. They can also be assigned to work as the Community Plaza where they count as two Villagers each. The player is given one Warrior Priest at the start of the game, and it is possible to create up to ten Warrior Priests in the Community Plaza through the Holy Ceremony. The Warrior Priest also has a melee attack which initially does 5 damage but increases to 15 in the Commerce Age, 30 in the Fortress Age, 45 in the Industrial Age, and 60 in the Imperial Age.

Warrior Priests are considered infantry and are affected by improvements and Home City Cards that reduce infantry training time.


  • Assign the spawn reunion point to the Community Plaza to make the Warrior Priest dance automatically (this strategy doesn't work in The Asian Dynasties, probably due to a bug).
  • In the Exploration Age, use the free Warrior Priest to increase XP generation until the Commerce Age.
  • Is recommended to spawn them as quickly as possible in the Commerce Age.
  • Two or Three Aztec Home City Cards are very important to spawn them quickly, shown from most important to least:
Spanish Home City 3 (Fencing School).png "Fencing School": Reduces infantry train time by -40%.
Aztec Home City 1 (3 Warrior Priests).png "3 Warrior Priests": Self-explanatory.
Aztec Home City 1 (2 Warrior Priests).png "TEAM 2 Warrior Priests": Self-explanatory. Very useful if the player's allies are also Native Americans, as the new Warrior Priests can be used at the Community Plaza.
  • It is not necessary for Aztecs to use the Warrior Priest to heal units, as they have Healing Ceremony, which is more efficient, healing all inactive military units.
  • Warrior Priest spawn time is longer in The WarChiefs than in The Asian Dynasties.

Further statistics[]

Unit strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Nothing
Weak vs. Everything
Hit points Unction.png Mission Fervor (+35%, Europeans only)
Infantry Breastplate.png Infantry Breastplate (+10%)
Thin Red Line.png Thin Red Line (+20%, British only)
Cree Tanning.png Cree Tanning (+5%)
Maya Cotton Armor.png Maya Cotton Armor (+20%)
Navajo Weaving.png Navajo Weaving (+5%)
Attack Carib Kasiri Beer.png Carib Kasiri Beer (+10%)
Zapotec Cult of the Dead.png Zapotec Cult of the Dead (+20%)
Yoga.png Yoga (+5%)
Master Lessons.png Master Lessons (+10%)
Speed Unction.png Mission Fervor (+15%, Europeans only)
Military Drummers.png Military Drummers (+10%)
Tillys Discipline.png Tilly's Discipline (+20%, Germans only)
Inca Road-building.png Quechuan Mountaineering (+20%)
Apache Endurance.png Apache Endurance (+5%)
Sight Town Watch.png Town Watch (+2)
Creation speed Inca Chaquis Messengers.png Quechuan Diet (-25%)
Penalties Thin Red Line.png Thin Red Line (-25% speed, British only)

Home City Cards[]


The WarChiefs[]

  • Warrior Priests cost 1 population.
  • Warrior Priests have a speed of 4.0 and 12 LOS.
  • Warrior Priests are tagged as LogicalTypeValidSharpshoot, so they can be killed by the Eye of Assassin ‘crackshot’ and similar abilities.
  • Warrior Priests have no multipliers.

Definitive Edition[]

  • Warrior Priests now cost 0 population.
  • Warrior Priests have a speed of 4.5 and 16 LOS.
  • Warrior Priests are no longer tagged as LogicalTypeValidSharpshoot, so they cannot be killed by the Eye of Assassin ‘crackshot’ and similar abilities.
  • With update 9476, Warrior Priests have a ×3.0 multiplier against Treasure Guardians.


The most densely populated region of the New World in 1492 was Mesoamerica, the region where North and Central America meet. Among the people living there were the Aztecs (also known as Mexica or Tenocha); they built a complex civilization centered around their great city of Tenochtitlan (modern Mexico City). This was one of the largest cities in the world (with an estimated population of 200,000) and arguably more beautiful and cleaner than most contemporary European capitals.

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 male children of the upper classes attended a special school called a calmecac. It was there they learned the secrets of the Aztec priesthood and how to perform religious ceremonies and responsibilities - in essence, grooming them for leadership, since in Aztec society government and religion were virtually indistinguishable.


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