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Zande Warrior
Zande 1
Weapons Makraka, Makrigga, Kpinga, Botto & Pima
Origin Central Africa
Activities Conquering tribes
Service 1800s
Battle Status Won vs. Aztec Jaguar
Experts Coley Speaks (Zande Combat Specialist)
Gordon Jock (Zande Weapons Expert)

"We Zandes kill. We don't have time to take you back to camp. That's not our purpose when we go into battle. Our purpose is to take you out."
-Gordon Jock

The Zande Warrior, ferocious barbarian of Central Africa;

vs. the Aztec Jaguar, swift moving slayer of the ancient Mexican empire.


  • :Year - 1820
  • Height - 5' 9
  • Weight - 170 lbs
  • Armor - Wicker kube Shield
  • Symbol - Kpinga


Ethiopia is believed to be the origin of homo sapiens, existing before 200,000 BC. The region of Central Africa was inhabited in circa 190,000 BC. The Sangoans were the first distinct culture and society within central Africa in circa 70,000 BC.

The Zande people are decendents of Ethiopians, mostly in present day Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The word Azande literally means "the people who possess much land", a reference to their history as conquering warriors. They were renowned for their military prowess, using deadly Iron Age weapons and psychological warfare to great effect on raids to gain new resources. For psychological warfare, the Zande sharpened their teeth to appear to be cannibals to the enemy, even thou they did not truley eat other humans. The Zande were against slave trade and are known for their efforts against slave traders. They still exist today, still using the ancient weapons of their ancient tribes.

Weapons and Armor[]

Close-Range Makraka 91
Mid-Range Makrigga 289
Long-Range Kpinga 127
Special Weapons Botto & Pima 45

The Zande wore no armor, relying solely on the wicker kube shield for defense.

Deadliest Warrior: The Game[]

  • Close Range: Makraka, Zande Fighting Knife
  • Mid Range: Light Makrigga, Heavy Makrigga
  • Long Range: Kpinga, Botto & Pima
  • Special Weapons: Zande Sword
  • Armor: Zande Battle Wear, Ceremonial Headdress
  • Brutal Finisher: The Zande slashes 2 times at his opponent, then his opponent tries to run away, but the Zande throw his Makraka at his opponent's leg left as the Zande ready for his Makrigga as his opponent begs for mercy and stab his opponent brutally in the stomach and yanks out some organs as his opponent falls dead, then the Zande yells "Naim, Naim!" in victory.

Simulated Battle[]

The battle starts with an Aztec Jaguar and Zande Warrior each making their way to the top of rocky hills. The Aztec Jaguar sets his Maquahuital by a rock, and then climbs to the top of the hill. The two warriors eye each other, waiting for the other to strike. The Zande Warrior yells out a battle cry which echos throughout the area. This prompts the Aztec Jaguar to raise his Atlatl and Tlacochtli Arrow. He hurls the Tlacochtli, which sails across the air and barely misses the Zande Warrior. He tries again, and succeeds in hitting the Zande's shield. The Zande Warrior removes the arrow from the shield and puts his Makrigga Spear on the floor. He pulls out his Bow and poison-tipped arrows and climbs down the hill to run towards the Aztec Jaguar. The Jaguar sets up another Tlacochtli and throws it, missing the Zande Warrior again. He fires a poison-tipped arrow in retaliation and hits the Aztec Jaguar. The Aztec Jaguar sees the Zande Warrior rush towards him and pulls out the arrow from his cotton armor. He gets down from his hill and prepares his Tematlatl. He swings it around and hurls a rock at the Zande Warrior, but misses him yet again. The Zande Warrior pulls out his Kpinga and throws it at the Aztec Jaguar. It strikes his leg and forces him to the ground. He gets up and begins to flee from the Zande Warrior. He runs behind a rock and picks up his Maquahuitl. As the Zande Warrior catches up to him, the Aztec Jaguar swings the Maquahuitl, cutting through the Zande's shield like butter. He swings again and knocks off the Zande Warrior's headdress. He swings a third time, and slashes the chest. The Zande Warrior pulls out his Makraka and knocks the Maquahuitl out of the Aztec's hands. He swings the Makraka at him, but it gets logded in the Aztec's helmet. He struggles to free his weapon, but the Aztec Jaguar quickly reacts by slashing across the Zande's hip with his Tecpatl knife. The Zande Warrior falls to the ground and begins rolling down the hill. The Aztec Jaguar picks up his Maquahuitl and begins chasing the Zande Warrior, who is now back on his feet. The Zande Warrior rushes back to the top of his hill and runs back to the Makrigga Spear he put down earlier. The Aztec Warrior catches up and prepares to swing his Maquahuitl, but the Zande Warrior quickly turns around and thrusts the spear into the Jaguar's stomach. The Aztec stops in his tracks and begins spitting blood from his mouth. The Zande pulls out the spear, yanking out a chunk of the Aztec's organs. The Aztec falls back and off the hill, dropping into the field below. The Zande Warrior pumps his fists into the air, yelling in victory.

Expert's Opinion[]

After the battle, the experts agreed that the leading factors in the Zande Warrior's victory were his Iron-Age weapons which were better designed to kill than the Aztec's, and that the Zande were more experienced warriors due to the constant warfare from them conquering other tribes. Along with the Aztec's cotton armor providing no protection against stabbing weapons and reluctance to kill his enemies unless they're being sacrificed on the altar unlike the Zande.



  • The Zande are the most independent Ancient Warrior on Deadliest Warrior. Many of their tribes are still active and relatively unaffected by modern influence or technology.