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Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition description

The Xolotl Warrior is a heavy cavalry unit in Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition that can be trained at Stables by American civilizations, and as such is considered a regional unit. It has the same statistics as the Knight and also appears in the fifth scenario of the Montezuma campaign, The Boiling Lake (replacing the Elite Tarkans present before the Definitive Edition).

The Xolotl Warrior is available to the Aztecs and Incas through converting enemy Stables with Redemption. As the Mayans lack Redemption, they are unable to do so. All three can train the Xolotl Warrior from Stables placed in the Scenario Editor, starting Stables on certain MegaRandom generations, or in Stables captured in Battle Royale mode.


Like the Knight, Xolotl Warriors are a somewhat powerful and versatile addition to almost any army composition. Their high attack and speed make them excellent for assaulting and flanking, along with high hit points and armor to provide a perfect meat shield for ranged units and siege on the frontline.

Also suffering from the same shortcomings as the Knight, Xolotl Warriors are hard-countered by Pikemen and Camel Riders and are susceptible to conversion by Monks.

However, unlike most other civilizations, Native Americans lack further upgrades like Cavalier, any defensive armor technology in the Blacksmith, Bloodlines, and Husbandry, making the unit very poor in the late Castle Age and Imperial Age.

However, the unit looks much better in games starting in Post-Imperial Age (notably Deathmatches and Battle Royales) since they start with +30 hit points, +2 attack, and +2/+2 armor, making them almost equal to Viking Cavaliers (with a 10 hit point advantage), though still behind a fully-upgraded generic Cavalier (-10 hit point, -1/-2 armor, and -0.14 movement speed). Aging up from the Dark, Feudal, or Castle Age to Imperial Age does not grant a bonus to the Xolotl Warrior. Only Post-Imperial Age start affects it.

Further statistics[]

Strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Infantry, siege weapons, light cavalry
Weak vs. Other heavy cavalry, archers, Pikemen, Kamayuks, Berserks, Teutonic Knights, Mamelukes, Camel Riders, Monks
Attack Forging aoe2de Forging (+1)
IronCastingDE Iron Casting (+1)
BlastFurnaceDE Blast Furnace (+2)
Conversion resistance Devotion icon AoE2DE Devotion (+1 min, +1 max)
FaithDE Faith (+4 min, +4 max)
HeresyDE Heresy (die upon getting converted)
Creation speed ConscriptionDE Conscription* (+33%)
Civilization bonues
Resource cost Incas AoE2 Incas (-20%/-25% food in Castle/Imperial Age)
Creation speed Aztecs AoE2 Aztecs (+11%)
Team bonuses
Conversion resistance Teutons AoE2 Teutons (+3 min, +1 max)
Creation speed Huns AoE2 Huns* (+20%)
* The creation speed bonuses follow the standard phenomenon of conversion. See notes.

Team bonuses[]


In a normal game situation where the Stable has been brought by conversion, and not placed through Scenario Editor or in Mega Random games where the player may start with a Stable, the following depict some technologies which the player might think will affect this unit, but actually do not.

  • Researching Conscription has no effect on Xolotl Warriors. However, if the opponent had Conscription researched, and then the Stable is converted, the Stable still works 33% faster, and consequently Xolotl Warriors are created 33% faster.
  • A team containing Huns: Xolotl Warriors are not created 20% faster. However, if the converted Stable belonged to Huns or their ally, they are created 20% faster.
  • If the converted Stable belonged to Franks who had Chivalry researched, Xolotl Warriors are created 40% faster.

In case the Stable is the player's own, that is available through the Scenario Editor or as a part of luck in Mega Random games, the following bonuses become significant:

  • Researching Conscription makes Stables work 33% faster. So, Xolotl Warriors are created 33% faster.
  • A team containing Huns: Stables work 20% faster. So Xolotl Warriors are created 20% faster.

In Battle Royale mode, the Stables belong to Post-Imperial Gaia (hence Conscription is researched), so Xolotl Warriors are also created 33% faster.

Despite the resemblance to Knights, Xolotl Warriors do not belong to the Knight line of cavalry and are allotted the same slot as the Scout Cavalry line in the Stable.

Xolotl Warriors are not treated like Knights more than any other cavalry. Therefore, in any game mode, they do not enjoy any team bonus benefiting the Knight line:


AoE2-DLCicon-5 The Last Khans[]

  • Aztecs AoE2 Aztecs: Originally, Xolotl Warriors were created in the same time as for other civilizations. In a patch, without explicitly mentioning it, the faster military creation bonus now also affects cavalry (and hence Xolotl Warriors).
  • With update 42848, Xolotl Warriors are granted +30 HP, +2 attack, and +2/+2 armor in matches that begin in the Post-Imperial Age.

AoE2Icon-DynastiesIndia Dynasties of India[]

AoE2Icon-MountainRoyals The Mountain Royals[]


  • The Xolotl Warrior is not present anywhere in the technology tree. The only other units that don't appear in the tech tree are alternate versions of normal units, like Dismounted Konniks and ranged Rathas.
  • Enabling Scout Cavalry disables the Xolotl Warrior; as a result, Xolotl Warriors are not available in Full Tech Tree mode, but that is not a concern since the unit they're based on, the Knight, as well as its upgrades (Cavalier and Paladin) become available.
    • Similar units that are effectively replacements of each other, like Armoured Elephant and Battering Ram, don't preclude each other's presence as they don't disable the other in Full Tech Tree mode.
  • The Xolotl Warrior wears the jaguar skin, and macuahuitl of the Aztec unique unit, the Jaguar Warrior. The shield of the Xolotl Warrior is the civilization icon of the Aztecs, which was also the shield of the Jaguar Warrior before the Definitive Edition, and was changed to a new design in it.
  • Xolotl is the Aztec dog god of lightning and death.
  • The Xolotl Warrior is possibly inspired from the Dog Soldier in Age of Empires III: The WarChiefs, specifically from the fact that the Lakota called horses as "holy / mystery / wonder dogs" (šuŋkawakaŋ).[1] Other Native Americans just borrowed the foreign word for "horseman", e.g. Nahuatl cauallero from Spanish caballero "horseman > knight > gentleman".[2]
  • Many Native Americans learned to ride horses and used them to fight Europeans. The first recorded were the Incas commanded by Manco Inca Yupanqui, who performed a known feat of defeating a reinforcement army of 3,000 Spanish soldiers capturing weapons, artillery, prisoners, and horses.[3]
  • The Tlaxcalans, who spoke Nahuatl like the Aztecs but sided with the Spanish during the Conquest, were allowed to own and ride horses, and later served the Spanish as cavalry in the northern Mexican frontier.[4]
  • This unit is referred to as an "Aztec Raider" ("AZTRAIDER") in the data file and "u_cav_aztec_raider" in the game files.




Units in Age of Empires II
CivilianMaleVillDE Villager · Tradecart aoe2DE Trade Cart · FishingShipDE Fishing Ship · Trade cog aoe2DE Trade Cog · King eu aoe2DE King
ReligiousMonk aoe2DE Monk
InfantryMilitiaDE Militia · Manatarms aoe2DE Man-at-Arms · Longswordsman aoe2DE Long Swordsman · Twohanded aoe2DE Two-Handed Swordsman · Champion aoe2DE Champion
Spearman aoe2DE Spearman · Aoe2-infantry-2-pikeman Pikeman · Halberdier aoe2DE Halberdier
Eaglescout aoe2DE Eagle Scout · Eaglewarrior aoe2DE Eagle Warrior · EliteEaglewarrior aoe2DE Elite Eagle Warrior
ArcherArcher aoe2DE Archer · Crossbowman aoe2DE Crossbowman · Arbalester aoe2DE Arbalester
Skirmisher aoe2DE Skirmisher · Elite skirmisher aoe2DE Elite Skirmisher
Hand cannoneer aoe2DE Hand Cannoneer
Cavalryarcher aoe2DE Cavalry Archer · Heavycavalryarcher aoe2de Heavy Cavalry Archer
Aoe2de DOI elephant archer icon Elephant Archer · ElephantArcherIcon-DE Elite Elephant Archer
CavalryScoutcavalry aoe2DE Scout Cavalry · Lightcavalry aoe2DE Light Cavalry · Hussar aoe2DE Hussar
Knight aoe2DE Knight · Cavalier aoe2DE Cavalier · Paladin aoe2DE Paladin
Camelrider aoe2DE Camel Rider · Aoe2 heavycamelriderDE Heavy Camel Rider
Battle elephant aoe2DE Battle Elephant · Elite battle elephant aoe2DE Elite Battle Elephant
Steppelancericon Steppe Lancer · Elitesteppelancericon Elite Steppe Lancer
Xolotlicon Xolotl Warrior
AoE2DE Armored Elephant icon Armored Elephant · AoE2DE Siege Elephant icon Siege Elephant
SiegeBattering ram aoe2DE Battering Ram · Capped ram aoe2DE Capped Ram · Siege ram aoe2DE Siege Ram
Mangonel aoe2DE Mangonel · Onager aoe2DE Onager · Siege onager aoe2DE Siege Onager
Scorpion aoe2DE Scorpion · Heavyscorpion aoe2DE Heavy Scorpion
Bombard cannon aoe2DE Bombard Cannon
Trebuchet aoe2DE Trebuchet
Petard aoe2DE Petard
Siegetower aoe2DE Siege Tower
War shipTransportship aoe2DE Transport Ship
Galley aoe2DE Galley · War galley aoe2DE War Galley · Galleon aoe2DE Galleon
Fire galley aoe2DE Fire Galley · Fireship aoe2DE Fire Ship · Fastfireship aoe2DE Fast Fire Ship
Demoraft aoe2DE Demolition Raft · Demoship aoe2DE Demolition Ship · Heavydemoship aoe2de Heavy Demolition Ship
Cannon galleon aoe2DE Cannon Galleon · Elite cannon galleon aoe2de Elite Cannon Galleon
AoE2 Dromon Dromon
ReligiousMissionaryIcon-DE Missionary · AoE2 WarriorPriest Warrior Priest
InfantryBerserkIcon-DE Berserk · Aoe2de Chakram Chakram Thrower · CondottieroIcon-DE Condottiero · Aoe2-icon-flemish-militia Flemish Militia · GbetoIcon-DE Gbeto · Aoe2de Ghulam Ghulam · HuskarlIcon-DE Huskarl · JaguarWarriorIcon-DE Jaguar Warrior · KamayukIcon-DE Kamayuk · Karambitwarrioricon-DE Karambit Warrior · AoE2 DE Legionary new icon Legionary · Aoe2-icon--obuch Obuch · SamuraiIcon-DE Samurai · Aoe2-icon-serjeant Serjeant · Shotelwarrioricon-DE Shotel Warrior · TeutonicKnightIcon-DE Teutonic Knight · ThrowingAxemanIcon-DE Throwing Axeman · Aoe2de Urumi Urumi Swordsman · AoE2 WarriorPriest Warrior Priest · WoadRaiderIcon-DE Woad Raider
ArcherArambaiicon-DE Arambai · CamelArcherIcon-DE Camel Archer · ChukoNuIcon-DE Chu Ko Nu · AoE2 CompositeBowman Composite Bowman · ConquistadorIcon-DE Conquistador · GenitourIcon-DE Genitour · GenoeseCrossbowmanIcon-DE Genoese Crossbowman · Imperialskirmishericon-DE Imperial Skirmisher · JanissaryIcon-DE Janissary · Kipchakicon Kipchak · LongbowmanIcon-DE Longbowman · MangudaiIcon-DE Mangudai · PlumedArcherIcon-DE Plumed Archer · Aoe2de ratha ranged Ranged Ratha · Rattanarchericon-DE Rattan Archer · SlingerIcon-DE Slinger · WarWagonIcon-DE War Wagon
CavalryBallistaelephanticon-DE Ballista Elephant · BoyarIcon-DE Boyar · Aoe2de camel scout Camel Scout · CataphractIcon-DE Cataphract · Aoe2de roman unique centurion icon Centurion · Aoe2-icon-coustillier Coustillier · Flaming camel icon Flaming Camel · ImperialCamelRiderIcon-DE Imperial Camel Rider · Keshikicon Keshik · Konnikicon Konnik · Leitisicon Leitis · MagyarHuszarIcon-DE Magyar Huszar · MamelukeIcon-DE Mameluke · AoE2 Monaspa Monaspa · Aoe2de ratha melee Melee Ratha · AoE2 Savar Savar · Aoe2de shrivamsha rider Shrivamsha Rider · TarkanIcon-DE Tarkan · WarElephantIcon-DE War Elephant · Aoe2-icon-winged-hussar Winged Hussar
SiegeAoe2-icon--houfnice Houfnice · Aoe2-icon-hussite-wagon Hussite Wagon · OrganGunIcon-DE Organ Gun
War shipCaravelIcon-DE Caravel · LongboatIcon-DE Longboat · Aoe2de Thirisadai Thirisadai · TurtleShipIcon-DE Turtle Ship