"Zapotec warrior armed with a shield and a sword."
In-game description

The Zapotec Lightning Warrior is melee heavy infantry native warrior in Age of Empires III: The WarChiefs that can be trained at a Trading Post built on a Zapotec settlement which replaces the Aztecs in the expansion, thus the Zapotec Lightning Warrior acts as a replacement to the Aztec Jaguar Warrior.

Overview Edit

The Zapotec Lightning Warrior is a native version of the Pikeman, while costing 20 wood more than the Pikeman it has considerably more hit points. It's anti-building attack is only slightly less than a Pikeman, while it's speed is also slightly lower. It is better against buildings than cavalry when compared to a regular Pikeman.

Upgrades Edit

Age Upgrade Cost Effect
Ages fortress
Native Warrior Societies Zapotec Warrior Societies 200 wood,
150 coin
Upgrades Zapotec Lightning Warriors to Elite (+25% hit points and attack)
Ages industrial
Champion Natives Champion Zapotec 400 wood,
300 coin
Upgrades Zapotec Lightning Warriors to Champion (+40% hit points and attack); requires Zapotec Warrior Societies
Ages imperial
Legendary natives Legendary Native Warriors
Exalted natives Exalted Natives
1,500 food,
1,500 wood
Upgrades native warriors to Legendary/Exalted (+50% hit points and attack)
The Legendary Native Warriors improvement is available in the Capitol for European civilizations and in the Town Center for Native American and Asian (as Exalted Natives) civilizations.

Further statistics Edit

Unit strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Cavalry, light infantry, buildings
Weak vs. Skirmishers, archers, artillery
Hit points Infantry Breastplate Infantry Breastplate (+10%)
Thin Red Line Thin Red Line (+20%, British only)
Corselet Corselet (+25%, Spanish only)
Cree Tanning Cree Tanning (+5%)
Maya Cotton Armor Maya Cotton Armor (+20%)
Navajo Weaving Navajo Weaving (+5%)
Attack Carib Kasiri Beer Carib Kasiri Beer (+10%)
Mapuche Tactics Mapuche Tactics (+50% siege attack)
Zapotec Cult of the Dead Zapotec Cult of the Dead (+20%)
Yoga Yoga (+5%)
Master Lessons Master Lessons (+10%)
Speed Military Drummers Military Drummers (+10%)
Tillys Discipline Tilly's Discipline (+20%, Germans only)
Cherokee War Dance Cherokee War Dance (+20%)
Inca Road-building Incan Road-building (+20%)
Apache Endurance Apache Endurance (+5%)
Sight Town Watch Town Watch (+2)
Creation speed Standing Army Standing Army (-25%)
Penalties Thin Red Line Thin Red Line (-25% speed, British only)
Tillys Discipline Tilly's Discipline (+10% cost, Germans only)
Corselet Corselet (-15% speed, Spanish only)

Home City Cards Edit

Trivia Edit

  • The weapon used by the Zapotec Lightning Warrior is a Macuahuitl, or obsidian sword, similar to one used by the Jaguar Prowl Knight.

History Edit

"The Zapotec, a Mesoamerican people who developed an advanced civilization, inhabited cities as well as towns, their homes built from stones and mortar. They had an early written language system, which perhaps influenced other Mesoamerican writing systems developed as by the Aztec, Maya, and Mixtec.

One of the most powerful and sacred forces of nature to the Zapotec was lightning, personified by Cociyo or the Thunder God. Images of the Thunder God often reflected a serpentine nature, perhaps mirroring the undulating movements of lightning as it strikes the earth. Dressed for battle in lightweight yet sturdy cotton armor, the lightning warrior was an elite infantryman feared throughout Mesoamerica during the 1500s.

Gallery Edit

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