The Zapotec is a Native American tribe in Age of Empires III that replaces the Aztecs in The WarChiefs expansion. Like all natives, they can be allied with by building a Trading Post at their Trading Post site.

The Zapotec are available on the Amazonia, Orinoco and Yucatán maps.

Unit Edit

Zapotec Lightning Warrior: Native infantry similar to Pikeman with more hit points, effective against cavalry and buildings. Up to 15 may be trained per settlement.

Upgrades Edit

Zapotec upgrades focus on increasing an ally's economy, and bolstering their hand infantry.

Age Icon Improvement Cost Effect
Ages discovery
Zapotec Cloud People
Zapotec Cloud People 225 food, 225 coin Ships 100 wood for every 2 minutes the game has passed, up to 30 minutes
Ages discovery
Zapotec Cult of the Dead
Zapotec Cult of the Dead 200 wood, 200 coin Melee infantry get +20% attack
Ages discovery
Zapotec Food of the Gods
Zapotec Food of the Gods 175 wood, 175 coin Settlers/Villagers gather Food 10% faster
Ages fortress
Native Warrior Societies
Zapotec Warrior Societies 200 wood, 150 coin Upgrades Zapotec Lightning Warriors to Elite
Ages industrial
Champion Natives
Champion Zapotec 400 wood, 300 coin Upgrades Zapotec Lightning Warriors to Champion

Usefulness Edit

  • Zapotec Cult of the Dead is useful for any civilization with a heavy number of hand infantry Home City Cards or unique hand infantry units.
  • Zapotec Food of Gods is weak by itself, but stacked with berry, Cherry Orchard, Plantation, Mill, and Rice Paddy upgrades and cards it can help compensate for the slower gather rates from those sources, particularly in Treaty games.

In-game dialogueEdit

They speak Isthmus Zapotec.

  • Ya (yes)
  • Nayshina
  • Yanna (now)
  • Ricaa saa (fight)

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 by the Aztec, Maya, and Mixtec.

The Zapotec lived in the Oaxaca region of modern Mexico, with a marvelous capital city of Monte Alban. They were advanced both socially and militarily - indeed, they managed to maintain their autonomy from the larger Aztec empire. They held out from the Spanish invaders until the mid sixteenth century.

The name “Zapotec” was given them by their rivals to the north, the Aztec. However, their creation tales spoke of their origins from supernatural beings from above, hence their native name Be’ena Za’a, or “people of the clouds.”