Civ Vi Aztec

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Starting today, those who pre-order Civilization VI will exclusively gain early access. to the Aztec civ. The Aztec are suitable for multiple playstyles and starts, but all of them should focus on the Jaguar - otherwise you might as well be playing another Civ. Since the Jaguar functions almost as well as any Scout, build the Jaguar instead and use them for both scouting and your early defense and offense.

The Aztecs

Leader: Montezuma
Characteristics: Religious & Militaristic
Special Unit: Jaguar Warrior
Aggression Level:
Favorite Government: Despotism
Shunned Government: Monarchy
Culture Group: American
City Production Emphasis: Offensive land units, Happiness
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Aztec Cities

  • Tenochtitlan
  • Teotihuacan
  • Tlatelolco
  • Texcoco
  • Tlaxcala
  • Calixtlahuaca
  • Xochicalco
  • Tlacopan
  • Atzcapotzalco
  • Tzintzuntzen
  • Malinalco
  • Tula
  • Tamuin
  • Teayo
  • Cempoala
  • Chalco
  • Tlalmanalco
  • Ixtapaluca
  • Huexotla
  • Tepexpan
  • Tepetlaoxtoc
  • Chiconautla
  • Zitlaltepec
  • Coyotepec
  • Tequixquiac
  • Jilotzingo
  • Tlapanaloya
  • Tultitlan
  • Ecatepec
  • Coatepec
  • Chalchihuites
  • Chiauhtia
  • Chapultepec
  • Itzapalapa
  • Ayotzinco
  • Iztapam

Great Leaders

  • Ahuitzotl
  • Itzcóatl
  • Acamapichtli
  • Axayacatl
  • Tizoc
  • Huitzilhuitl
  • Chimalpopoca
  • Maxtla
  • Nezahualcóyotl
  • Nezahualpilli


The Aztecs are religious and militaristic. They start the game with Warrior Code and Ceremonial Burial and build Jaguar warriors instead of normal warriors.

The origin of the Aztec people is uncertain, but elements of their own tradition suggest that they were a tribe of hunter-gatherers on the northern Mexican plateau before their appearance in Meso-America in the 12th century. The Aztec were so called for Aztlán (“White Land”), an allusion to their origins in northern Mexico. It is possible that their migration southward was part of a general movement of peoples that followed, or perhaps helped trigger, the collapse of the Toltec civilization. The Aztecs settled on islands in Lake Texcoco and in 1325 founded Tenochtitlán, which remained their chief city. The basis of the Aztec’s success in creating a great state and ultimately an empire was their remarkable system of agriculture, which featured intensive cultivation of all available land, as well as elaborate systems of irrigation and reclamation of swampland. The high productivity gained by these methods made for a rich and populous state. The empire the Aztecs established was equaled in the New World only by that of the Incas of Peru, and the brilliance of their civilization is comparable to that of other great ancient cultures of the New and the Old World.

Under a succession of ambitious kings they established a dominion that eventually stretched over most of present-day Mexico. By commerce and conquest, Tenochtitlán came to rule an empire of 400 to 500 small states, comprising by 1519 some five- to six-million people spread over 80,000 square miles. Valor in war, notably in the feared Jaguar Warrior formations, was the surest path to advancement in Aztec society, which was caste- and class-divided but nonetheless vertically fluid. The priestly and bureaucratic classes were involved in the administration of the empire, while at the bottom of society were classes of serfs, indentured servants, and outright slaves. The incredible story of a wandering tribe that was able to build an empire in one century (from the beginning of the 14th century to the beginning of the 15th) can be largely explained by three main factors: the Aztec religion, the thriving trade routes centered on Tenochtilán, and Aztec military organization. In 1502 the ninth emperor Montezuma II (1502-1520) succeeded his uncle Ahuitzotl as the leader of an empire that had reached its greatest extent, stretching from what is now northern Mexico to Honduras and Nicaragua. The Aztec empire was still expanding, and its society still evolving, when its progress was halted in 1519 by the appearance of Spanish adventurers. Montezuma was taken prisoner by Hernándo Cortés and died in custody. Montezuma’s successors, Cuitláhuac and Cuauhtémoc, were unable to stave off the conquistadors and, with the Spanish sack of Tenochtitlán in 1521, the Aztec empire came to an end.

Unique Unit: the Jaguar Warrior

As a militaristic society, the Aztecs placed a very high emphasis on honor and battlefield skill. After an Aztec warrior captured four or five enemy soldiers, he could advance to the rank of Eagle or Jaguar Warrior. These ranks provided unique benefits, such as exemption from taxes. Jaguar Warriors were fearsome combatants who wore colorful costumes including elaborately plumed headgear and Jaguar pelts, and wielded war shields (chimalli) and obsidian-tipped weapons such as war hammers and swords.

The Jaguar Warrior is an upgraded version of the warrior. With an additional movement point, the Jaguar Warrior can quickly rush an enemy unit or descend on a city to attack.

Standard Warrior111
Aztec Jaguar Warrior112
BonusGifts For The Tlatoani
AbilityLegend of the Five Suns
UnitEagle Warrior
WonderHuey Teocalli
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Aztec is one of the civilizations in Civilization VI.

Description[editedit source]

In Civilization 6, each civilization has two abilities. One is based on what the nation has done throughout history and the other is tailored to what happened during the ruler's reign. Montezuma leads the Aztec Civ in Sid Meier's Civilization VI. He built the Aztec capital into one of the greatest cities in the world. Montezuma ordered the construction of aqueducts and temple complexes and kept the Aztecs growing through conquest.

More Amenities are linked as well in the Tlachtli. This uniquebuilding in the Entertainment Complex gives Amenities, Faith, and Great GeneralPoints.

The Aztec unique unit is the Eagle Warrior. This powerful version of the basic Warrior unit can turn defeated enemies into Builder units. This ability plays well into the Aztecs' Unique Ability to use their Builders to speed the construction of districts.

The Aztecs are a fantastic civilization for conquest. Early in the game the Eagle Warrior will give them a strong combat edge. Each enemy defeated will be an opportunity to speed construction of early districts, bringing your cities online quickly.

As you progress through the mid and late game the Aztecs can establish extensive empires by grabbing new Luxuries on the map and using their Amenities bonus to offset their expansion through military conquest.

Pre-order[editedit source]

Pre-ordering Civilization VI gave players 90 days early access to the Aztec civilization. After this period, the content was made available at no additional charge to all owners of the game.

Civ 6 Aztec City Names

Special abilities[editedit source]

  • Gifts For The Tlatoani - Makes Amenities particularly valuable for this Civ. Not only do Luxuries give Amenities to extra Cities, but each different Luxury improved in Aztec territory gives their military more fighting power.

Unique units[editedit source]

  • Eagle Warrior - This powerful version of the basic Warrior unit turns defeated non-barbarian enemies into Builder units.

Civ Vi Aztec Guide

Unique wonders[editedit source]

  • Huey Teocalli - Otherwise known as the Greater Temple of the Aztecs, the Huey Teocalli is a giant terraced pyramid leading up to a temple where some of the most important Aztec rituals were performed. Unfortunately, there is very little left of the Huey Teocalli today, save for some scattered ruins in the Zocalo main square of Mexico City’s downtown district.

Unique buildings[editedit source]

  • Tlachtli - This uniquebuilding in the Entertainment Complex gives Amenities, Faith, and Great GeneralPoints.

Cities[editedit source]

Civ Vi Aztec Dlc

  • Tenochtitlan - Capital

Related achievements[editedit source]

Civ 6 Aztec Achievements

Huey TlatoaniAs Aztecs on a standard-sized map, attack an opponent while receiving a +16 Combat Strength bonus for having all of the luxuries
Montezuma's RevengeWin a regular game as Montezuma

Media[editedit source]

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