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Aztec Triple Alliance
Start Bias
req. mod

Traits req. mod
Aggressive, Spiritual
Map Labels Language req. mod
First Americans
Magical Girl req. mod

The Aztecs led by Montezuma is a civilization available in vanilla Civilization V. It does not require any DLC.

Using The Aztec (Tlacaelel) gives Montezuma's Aztecs a new unique ability; using The Aztecs (Itzcoatl) gives it a new unique building.


The Aztecs[]

The Aztecs were a Native American civilization that occupied central Mexico for roughly one hundred years in the 15th and 16th centuries. The Aztecs ruled a mighty empire and possessed a rich culture, producing some of the most impressive pre-Colombian architecture in North America. Today the Aztecs are best remembered for the bloodiness of their religious practices and rapidity with which they collapsed in the face of external assault.

At the height of its power, the Aztec Empire dominated an area of nearly 200,000 square miles (slightly under a third the size of modern Mexico), with some five to six million subjects. Somewhat like the Mongols, the Aztecs left the subject tribes to their own devices as long as the requisite tribute was paid. The Aztecs were great traders, and Aztec merchants happily did business with allies and enemies alike. Lacking a monetary system, trade was based upon the barter system.


A mighty warrior and leader, Moctezuma I helped propel the Aztec nation to greatness and glory. He should not be confused with his unfortunate grandson Moctezuma II, who watched helplessly as his empire was dismantled by Spanish Conquistadors.

Generally, Moctezuma was a successful ruler. He expanded his empire, personally led his armies to victory, and worked hard to improve the lot of his people. He certainly was a bloody man, personally sacrificing thousands of prisoners to his thirsty gods. But his religion said such barbarity was necessary - blood was required to ensure that the sun would rise, the crops would grow, and the Aztec nation would continue to prosper.

Could he have cut back on the ritualized murder? Possibly. But the thought might never have occurred to him - or anybody else in the area at the time. It's useful to remember that the more "enlightened" people of Europe would execute some heretics at the same time. While this doesn't in any way make Moctezuma's actions any better, at least it puts them in some kind of context.

Dawn of Man[]

Welcome, o divine Moctezuma, we grovel in awe at your magnificence, may the heaven shower all manner of good things upon you all the days of your life! You are the leader of the mighty Aztec people, wandering nomads from a lost home in the north who in the 12th century came to live in the mesa central in the heart of what would come to be call Mexico. Surrounded by many tribes fighting to control the rich land surrounding the sacred lakes of Texcoco, Xaltocan, and Zampango. Through cunning alliances and martial prowess, within a mere two hundred years, the Aztecs came to dominate the Central American basin, ruling a mighty empire stretching from sea to sea. The empire at last fell under assault from foreign devils. The accursed Spaniards, wielding fiendish weapons the likes of which your faithful warriors had never seen.

O great king Moctezuma, your people call upon you once more, to rise up and lead them to glory, bring them wealth and power, and give them dominion over their foes and rivals. Will you answer their call, glorious leader? Will you build a civilization that will stand the test of time?

Introduction: I am Moctezuma, emperor of the Aztecs... (Nicuani Moctezuma, Imperator de los Aztecas...)

Defeat: Monster! Who are you to destroy my greatness? (Mohc-xi-cuali! Ahcincimo mo qui tia...)

Unique Attributes[]

The Aztecs (Montezuma)

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Sacrificial Captives

Gains CultureIcon Culture for the empire from each enemy unit killed.


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Jaguar (Warrior)
  • +33% Strength Combat Strength in Forest and Jungle tiles
  • Double Moves Movement in Forest and Jungle tiles
  • Heals 25 damage upon killing a unit
  • Immune to Jungle Attrition (ExCE)

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Floating Gardens (Water Mill)
  • +2 Food Food from Lake tiles
  • +15% Food Food
City List
  1. Tenochtitlan
  2. Teotihuacan
  3. Tlatelolco
  4. Texcoco
  5. Tlaxcala
  6. Calixtlahuaca
  7. Xochicalco
  8. Tlacopan
  9. Atzcapotzalco
  10. Tzintzuntzan
  11. Malinalco
  12. Tula
  13. Tamuin
  14. Teayo
  15. Cempoala
  16. Chalco
  17. Tlalmanalco
  18. Ixtapaluca
  19. Huexotla
  20. Tepexpan
  21. Tepetlaoxtoc
  22. Chiconautla
  23. Zitlaltepec
  24. Coyotepec
  25. Tequixquiac
  26. Jilotzingo
  27. Tlapanaloya
  28. Tultitan
  29. Ecatepec
  30. Coatepec
  31. Chalchiuites
  32. Chiauhita
  33. Chapultepec
  34. Itzapalapa
  35. Ayotzinco
  36. Iztapam
Spy List
  • Metztli
  • Xitllali
  • Chimalli
  • Quauhtli
  • Teyacapan
  • Yaotl
  • Coatl
  • Huitzilin
  • Itzli
  • Tepin




Peace Theme War Theme

Civilization 5 OST - Montezuma Peace - Aztec - Cora Mitote Song from Santa Teresa


Civilization 5 OST - Montezuma War - Aztec - Cora Mitote Song from Santa Teresa

"Cora Mitote Song from Santa Teresa" by Michael Curran "Cora Mitote Song from Santa Teresa" by Michael Curran

Mod Support[]

Events and Decisions[]

Form the Imperial Jaguars and Eagles[]

As the Aztec empire grows, so does her enemies. With the presence of other grand empires in the world, we must reform the military with an imperial army directly under the control of the Emperor. The Jaguar and Eagle were already prestigious titles for the warriors - they now also entail life-long service in the Imperial Army, becoming even more desirable for the empire's youth.


  • Player must be the Aztecs
  • Must have at least 5 Units with the Jaguar's "Combat Bonus in Forest/Jungle" promotion
  • May only be enacted once per game


  • Magistrates Magistrate


  • 30 Experience for all Units with the Jaguar's "Combat Bonus in Forest/Jungle" promotion

Instigate the Flower Wars[]

To please the gods, we need human sacrifices, so we will arrange Flower Wars with the smaller kingdoms around us. Captives taken in these wars shall be sacrificed to the gods, and as an added bonus, we can take this as a chance to keep those smaller kingdoms in check.


  • Player must be the Aztecs
  • Player must have researched Civil Service
  • May only be enacted once per game


  • 300 CultureIcon Culture
  • Magistrates Magistrates


  • Gain 3 more Influence Influence (at Standard speed) per turn with City-States you could demand tribute from


While Piety is installed, Montezuma receives a new Unique Ability.


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Sacrificial Captives

Gains FaithIcon Faith and Piety Piety for the empire from each enemy unit killed. When Piety Piety is Virtuous, the Capital Capital experiences a perpetual 'We Love the King Day.' When Devout, all cities benefit.

Unique Cultural Influence[]

"Our people are now drinking your xocolatl and eating your tacos. I worry the rest of the world will also succumb to the influence of your culture."

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