El Dorado
Age AvailableImperial Age
Cost 750 Food,
450 Gold
StatsEagle Warrior HP +40
El Dorado is a Technology unique to the Maya that can be researched at the Castle. Once researched, this Technology will increase Eagle Warrior Hit Points by 40.

At first glance, it may not seem like a worthy unique technology since the Eagle Warrior is the scout unit for Mesoamerican civilizations, but it is actually well worth researching because of the following reasons:

  1. The Maya have no access to cavalry, and this significantly reduces their front-line infantry's ability to survive, putting their archers at risk.
  2. Eagle Warriors, as already implied, are the Mayan equivalent of cavalry, and so must to some extent fulfill the roles of Light Cavalry, Knights, and even Camels (minor bonus versus cavalry).
  3. The vast majority of Infantry units have a bonus versus Eagle Warriors, and can defeat them fairly easily if out alone. Also, there is little point in using units that last only as long as it takes to create them, even if they are good at specific things.

Overall, Eagle Warriors are one of the most important Maya units, but can fall easy prey to certain counter units, this technology attempts to rectify this problem and to a reasonable degree succeeds. It also helps a player not fall into the trap of relying on archers too much.


War is often is often the most cruel and terrifying when markedly different cultures collide. The native populations of South and Central America were shaken by the Conquistadors wearing armor, wielding steel weapons, employing war dogs, and using firearms. The blood sacrifices, rituals, and fanaticism of the Americans unsettled the Spanish, in turn. The Mayans proved very tough opponents when whipped into battle frenzy in defense of their hidden wealth.

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