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Admiral Wang Jinhai is a fictional character in Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties and the main villain of the Act II: China campaign.


Jinhai was born into power as the nephew of the newly risen emperor of the Middle Kingdom (China), Zhu Di. This placed him in a position of unique importance. At the time of Jinhai’s birth, Zhu Di was warring against his other, older nephew for control of the Chinese throne. This combination family dispute and power struggle ended in 1402, when Zhu Di and his armies marched on his nephew’s city and ended the man’s short reign as emperor. To avoid any further challenges for power from within his own family, the newly crowned Zhu Di provided his new infant nephew, Jinhai, with everything the boy could ever want. From a tender age, nothing was ever denied him.

This privilege eventually led to numerous honorary military positions that were not befitting Jinhai’s age or experience. Such constant pampering has left Jinhai with strong delusions of importance, and an inflated sense of self-worth. Most recently, after having only traveled on two earlier voyages as a captain, Jinhai has been elevated to the rank of admiral and placed in command of one of Zheng He’s treasure fleets, along with other more qualified admirals, such as Hong Boa, Zhou Wen, and Yang Qing. Jinhai sees this command as a great opportunity to pursue his own interests and get out from under his uncle’s control.

Wang Jinhai is a nephew of an unnamed emperor of the Ming Dynasty. The emperor has a reputation for spoiling Jinhai with many gifts and a high rank whether or not Jinhai is qualified for the job. As he works with fellow sailors Captain Jian Huang and Lao Chen, he forces them to do most of the work. He is supposedly captured by the Zamorin of Kozhikode (Calicut) in India, but it later turns out that he was plotting with them to rob his uncle's treasure ships.

After landing in the "New World", Jinhai disappears, causing Huang to fear for his safety, but he reappears leading a mutiny. He convinces the native Aztecs that he is a god of some sort and intends to create his own empire. However, he is foiled by Captain Jian Huang, Lao Chen, and company. Ultimately, he is killed, and Huang removes all evidence of the Chinese people's presence in the New World.

In-game unit[]

Admiral of a Chinese Treasure Fleet.
—In-game description

Jinhai uses a bow and arrow to fight from a long range.

Like other heroes, Jinhai has many hit points, but if he falls, he will collapse instead of dying and needs to regenerate enough hit points to be rescued by allies. He can collect treasures, but unlike the Shaolin Master, cannot build Trading Posts and Town Centers, and has no special abilities.