|Zapotec lightning warrior|
|First Appearance||Age of Empires III|
|Cost||40 Food |
|Age Available||Colonial Age|
|Base Hit Points||210|
|Resists||10% vs. Melee|
|Melee Multipliers||x2.0 vs. Cavalry|
x1.5 vs. Light Infantry
|R.O.F.||1.5 / 3.0 (siege)|
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.
The Aztec have a variety of shipments that send Zapotec lightning warriors. They can send 9 of them in the Colonial Age once, for 500 Gold. In the Industrial Age they can either send 24 Zapotec lightning warriors once, for 1000 Gold, or 30 Zapotec lightning warriors an infinite amount of times, for 2000 Gold. Both Industrial Age shipments also upgrade all Lightning Warrior including native-built, sent before and after) to Elite.
"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."
- The weapon used by Zapotec Lightning Warrior is Macuahuitl, or obsidian sword.