This article is about the civilization in Age of Empires II: The Conquerors. For their appearance as a minor native in Age of Empires III, see Maya.
Civilization Tech tree Strategy
Tikal Temple II is the designation given to one of the major structures at Tikal, one of the largest cities and archaeological sites of the pre-Columbian Maya civilization in Mesoamerica.
ConquerorsIcon The Conquerors
Architectural StyleNative American
ContinentCentral America
ClassificationMass Archer & Economic
Unique UnitsPlumedArcherIcon Plumed Archer
Preferred StrategiesArcher Flush, Booming, Fast Castle, Turtling, Eagle Rush, Springboard (as the springboard)
TechnologiesCastleAgeUnique Obsidian Arrows
Unique-tech El Dorado
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The Wonder of the Mayans, the Temple of the Great Jaguar

The Mayans are a Mesoamerican civilization featured in the Age of Empires II: The Conquerors expansion. They specialize in foot archers and have a robust economy. Situated in Central America, they were best known for their mysterious disappearance around 900 and their ability to build a great civilization in a tropical rainforest climate. The Mayans were resourceful and were able to utilize a variety of natural resources. Examples include limestone for construction, the obsidian for tools and weapons, jade and quetzal feathers used in the elaborate costumes of Maya nobility as well as marine shells, which were used as trumpets. To reflect this achievement, their resources last longer while their unique technologies El Dorado and Obsidian Arrows boost their Eagle Warriors and archer-line. The main force of the Mayan army was archers, and they used them extensively. As a result, their unique unit is the Plumed Archer, a fast archer with a small anti-infantry bonus as well as featuring better armor and hit points. They have a slight advantage in the early game due to the fact that they start with one extra villager, but in exchange for a slight food deficit. They also have a defensive advantage in the later game as a result of their team bonus in which their walls cost half as much as normal and archers cost less depending on age.

Overview Edit

Like the Aztecs, Mayans have no access whatsoever to any form of Cavalry units or gunpowder. Unlike the Aztecs, however, the Mayans have average Monks and infantry. Despite this, they make up for this by having very cheap archers and durable Eagle Warriors. Their Eagle Warriors can withstand more ranged and melee attacks due to the Mayan's unique technology, El Dorado, which give all Eagle Warriors +40 hitpoints. This makes them more useful in scouting highly defended areas. Their unique unit, the Plumed Archer, are tough to kill for their cost-allowing them to soak up damage while friendly archers take care of other threats. The Goths would probably be the biggest threat to the Mayans due to the Huskarl anti-archer nature that would give Plumed Archers a hard time, and the lack of Champion upgrade to deal with the Gothic Huskarls. Conversely, the Mayans are a formidable foe to the Teutons thanks to a wide variety of anti-infantry options to deal with the tanky Teutonic Knights, and the Mayans have a wide variety of anti-cavalry options to deal with their Paladins (tanky Elite Eagle Warriors and fully upgraded Halberdiers) .

Unique Unit: Plumed Archer (fast foot archer with decent pierce armor)
Unique Techs: El Dorado (increased HP for Eagle Warriors), Obsidian Arrows (Archer-line has +6 attack vs. standard buildings)

Civilization bonuses Edit

Changes in The Forgotten Edit

  • Base cost for Plumed Archers increased to 50 gold and 50 wood
  • Elite Plumed Archer upgrade costs increased by 200 food. (Now costing 700 food and 1000 wood.)

Changes in African Kingdoms Edit

  • Obsidian Arrows now do +6 damage instead of +4
  • Resources lasting longer reduced from 20% to 15%

In-game dialogue language Edit

Mayan language has evolved into many separate branches of the original proto-Mayan.

  • Chare/chade
  • Tabish
  • Ashique/hacheekei
  • Atutz
  • Queri
  • Outzca
  • Chastimban
  • Cha
  • Ecé (axe) sounds like ashé
  • Molonel (harvester)
  • Cangnel (hunter)
  • Carunel (fisherman)
  • Casamash (farmer and miner)
  • Asheyak (builder)
  • Coshonel (repairer)
  • Cayashé (Attack)
  • Cocaya (Attack)

AI player names Edit

  • Bird Jaguar – Nickname of several rulers of Yaxchilan, most notably Bird Jaguar IV (Yaxun B'alam IV ), the 17th ruler; lived 709–768
  • Black Serpent - Possibly refers to the Maya legend of Sac-Nicte and Canek. Canek means black serpent, a brave prince with a kind heart.
  • Curl Snout – Nickname of Yax Nuun Ahiin, 8th ruler of Tikal; died 404
  • Eighteen Rabbit – Nickname of Uaxaclajuun Ub'aah K'awiil, 13th ruler of Copan; died 738
  • Flint Sky God – Nickname of B'alaj Chan K'awiil, ruler of Dos Pilas; born 625
  • Great Jaguar Paw – Nickname of Chak Tok Ich'aak, 7th ruler of Tikal; died 378
  • King Stormy Sky – Nickname of Siyaj Chan K'awil II, 16th ruler of Tikal; died 456
  • Lady Great Skull Zero – Wife of Bird Jaguar IV
  • Shield Jaguar II – Nickname of Itzamnaaj B'alam II, 15th ruler of Yaxchilan; lived 647–742
  • Smoke Imix God – Possibly refers to Chan Imix K'awil, 12th ruler of Copan; died 695
  • Smoke Monkey – Possibly refers to K'ak' Joplaj Chan K'awiil, 14th ruler of Copan; died 749
  • Smoke Shell – Possibly refers to K'ak' Yipyaj Chan K'awiil, 15th ruler of Copan; died 763
  • Smoking Frog – Former nickname of Siyaj K'ak', a prominent Mayan political figure in the Classic Period
  • Smoking Squirrel – Nickname of K'ak' Tiliw Chan Chaak, ruler of Naranjo
  • Waterlily Jaguar – Not the nickname of a Mayan ruler, but rather a Mayan protector deity

Gallery Edit

Video overview Edit

Mayans Overview AoE2

Mayans Overview AoE2