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Machu Picchu
Ruins of Machu Picchu, one of the most famous Inca cities, located 2,430 metres above sea level.
ForgottenIcon The Forgotten
Architectural StyleNative American
ContinentSouth America
ClassificationCounter Unit
Unique UnitsKamayuk Icon Kamayuk
Slinger Icon Slinger
Preferred StrategiesInfantry Rush, Villager + Tower Rush, Booming, Fast Castle, Turtling, Forward Castle Drop, Slinger rush
TechnologiesCastleAgeUnique Andean Sling
Unique-tech Couriers
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The Wonder of the Incas, the Temple of the Sun in Machu Picchu

The Incas were a South American civilization situated along the Andes Mountain range. They are featured in the Age of Empires II HD: The Forgotten expansion as an infantry civilization offering a robust economy and specialized in infantry which makes them similar to both the Aztecs and the Mayans.

The Incas were best known for establishing the largest empire in pre-Columbian America. The administrative, political and military center of the empire was located in Cuzco in modern-day Peru whose framework constituted of officials or Kamayuks who kept important records by utilizing a quipu messenger system rather than a formal writing system. These officials also controlled the Incan army which were a collection of the numerous ethnicities they conquered. Much of their army constituted of peasants and farmers which can be conscripted into battle at any time, and to mirror this, their Villagers benefit from Blacksmith upgrades.

The Incas referred to their empire as the Tawantinsuyu which can be translated as "The Four Regions" or "The Four United Provinces". To reflect this achievement, the Incas can train more than one unique unit, namely, the Kamayuk, an anti-cavalry infantry which can attack over other units thanks to their long spears, and the Slinger, anti-infantry archer whose armor can be increased by their Imperial Age unique technology Couriers, which also affects the Eagle line units. Their Castle Age unique technology, Andean Sling, which refers to the Incas' effective use of slings in combat, eliminates their Skirmishers and Slingers' minimum range.

The Incas were also known for their architecture. They did not use mortar, yet their buildings are resilient to earthquakes. To reflect this and their strength in stone working, their buildings consume fewer stone and their houses support more population. The Incas are also known for their sophisticated farming system which makes extensive use of terracing techniques, and as the result, their team bonus makes Farms built faster.


Incas town

Inca Town.

The Incas are a rushing/offensive infantry civilization. The Archery Range is pretty decent, as they get Arbalest, Elite Skirmisher, the unique unit: Slinger and all the Blacksmith upgrades, but lacks the Hand Cannoneer. Moreover, the Slingers' minimum range and armor improves owing to the unique technologies. The Slinger counters infantry and can support Kamayuks and Eagle line units. They get all the units from the Barracks, as well as, all the upgrades from the Barracks and the Blacksmith. Their infantry unique unit from the Castle: the Kamayuk counters cavalry, they are produced extremely fast, so they can be massed easily and they find out a boost in the armor due to their Imperial Age unique technology: Couriers. As being from the Americas, they lack all cavalry. The Dock is pretty reasonable as they have Galleon and Fast Fire Ship, but lacks Cannon Galleon. The Monastery is barely adequate, yet lacks Fervor, Atonement and Block Printing. However, Block Printing is added to their technology tree in The African Kingdoms. The Siege Workshop lacks only the Siege Onager and Bombard Cannon. They have economic bonuses that help by getting a Llama as a free food source early, fast Farms and saving stone while building defenses, in spite of lacking Two-Man Saw and Guilds. Their house bonus helps them save wood and allows them to create units faster. Having villagers tougher than most civilizations, they can attack and defend themselves better, especially when an Incan player is performing a tower rush. They also lack gunpowder units, but unlike Aztecs and Mayans, their Slingers fulfill the role of the Hand Cannoneer effectively. The Incas have comprehensively effective counter-unit options of non-minimum-range Skirmishers, Slingers, Kamayuks and halberdiers, which help them deal with all kinds of rushes and fight against other civilizations, especially civilizations with limited military options, in one-on-one battles.

Unique Units: Kamayuk (anti-cavalry infantry), Slinger (anti-infantry archer)
Unique Technologies: Andean Sling (Slingers and Skirmishers with no minimum range), Couriers (Kamayuks, Slingers and Eagles +1 melee armor/+2 pierce armor)

Civilization BonusesEdit

  • Start with a free llama (per starting Scout)
  • Villagers benefit from Blacksmith upgrades
  • Houses support 10 population
  • Buildings cost -15% stone
  • Team Bonus: Farms are built 50% faster

Changes in The African KingdomsEdit

  • Couriers now gives +1 melee armor/+2 pierce armor instead of +10% movement speed
  • Receive Keep
  • Receive Guilds
  • Receive Block Printing
  • Receive Thumb Ring
  • Slingers no longer require Castle

In-game dialogue language Edit

Their military units reuses the Inca units' dialogue in Age of Empires III, while their villagers, king and monks have new dialogues, all are in Quechua or Runa Simi:

Villagers Edit

  • Ari (yes)
  • Rimay (hey)
  • Ñam (ready)
  • Kamachiway (command)
  • Unanchasqa (I understand)
  • Ripuchkani (I'm going)
  • Kunanqa (immediately)
  • Aymuray (gatherer)
  • Kasachiy (hunter)
  • Challway (fisher)
  • Tarpuy (farmer)
  • Qurita hurquy (gold miner)
  • Allamuy (stone miner)
  • Sayarichiy (builder)
  • Allichay (repairer)

Monks Edit

  • Ari (yes)
  • Kamachiway (command)
  • Qamta yanapanaypak (at your service)
  • Wiraquchanpa raymin (in the name of God)
  • Richkani (right)
  • Hap'inim (understood)
  • Utqaylla (immediately)

King Edit

  • Kaypim (here you go)
  • Imaraykum qhamzapakuy (what do you want)
  • Willamuspa (reporting)
  • Mañasqaykitam rurasak (I will do as you ask)
  • Kusikuyniypak (by my grace)
  • Munakusqaykikamam (as you requested)
  • Kayhina rurasak (I shall do)

AI Player NamesEdit

  • Huascar - was Sapa Inca of the Inca Empire from 1527 to 1532 AD, succeeding his father Huayna Capac and brother Ninan Cuyochi.
  • Huayna Capac - the third Sapa Inca of the Inca Empire, sixth of the Hanan dynasty, and eleventh of the Inca civilization. His original name was Tito Husi Hualpa.
  • Manco Capac - was, according to some historians, the first governor and founder of the Inca civilization in Cusco, possibly in the early 13th century. He is also a main figure of Inca mythology, being the protagonist of the two best known legends about the origin of the Inca, both of them connecting him to the foundation of Cusco.
  • Manco Inca Yupanqui - a founder and monarch (Sapa Inca) of the independent Neo-Inca State in Vilcabamba, although he was originally a puppet Inca Emperor installed by the Spaniards. He was one of the sons of Huayna Cápac and a younger brother of Huascar.
  • Pachacuti - the ninth Sapa Inca (1438–1471/1472) of the Kingdom of Cusco which he transformed into the Inca Empire (Tawantinsuyu). Most archaeologists now believe that the famous Inca site of Machu Picchu was built as an estate for Pachacuti.
  • Topa Huallpa - original name Auqui Huallpa Túpac, was the first vassal Inca Emperor installed by the Spanish conquistadors, during the Spanish conquest of the Inca Empire led by Francisco Pizarro.
  • Tupac Inca Yupanqui - the second Sapa Inca (1471–93) of the Inca Empire, fifth of the Hanan dynasty, and tenth of the Inca civilization. His father was Pachacuti, and his son was Huayna Capac.
  • Viracocha - the great creator deity in the pre-Inca and Inca mythology in the Andes region of South America.

Gallery Edit

Video Overview Edit

Incas Overview AoE2

Incas Overview AoE2