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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.


  • Regenerate ability aoe3de Health Regeneration: Regenerates 0.25% hit points per second after 3.5 seconds idle.



Heroes in Age of Empires III
3Icon48px Age of Empires III
Act I: BloodAlain icon aoe3de Alain Magnan · Young Chilche AoE3DE Chilche · Delgado aoe3de Delgado · Elizabeth ramsey aoe3de Elisabet Ramsey · Morgan black aoe3de Morgan Black · Native boy aoe3de Native Boy · Sahin icon aoe3de Sahin The Falcon
Act II: IceCol washington aoe3de George Washington · John black aoe3de John Black · Kanyenke aoe3de Ká:nien · Nonahkee act2 aoe3de Nonahkee · Stuart icon aoe3de Stuart Black · Warwick icon aoe3de Warwick
Act III: SteelAmelia black igc icon Amelia Black · Bolivar icon aoe3de Bolivar · Old Chilche AoE3DE Chilche · Kanyenke old aoe3de Ká:nien · Cooper icon aoe3de Major Cooper · Old Coot icon AoE3DE Old Coot · Beaumont icon aoe3de Pierre Beaumont
3WCIcon48px The WarChiefs
Act I: FireGen washington aoe3de George Washington · Kanyenke twc aoe3de Ká:nien · Nathaniel Black icon DE Nathaniel Black · Nonahkee act1 aoe3de Nonahkee · Sven icon aoe3de Sven Kuechler
Act II: ShadowChayton Black icon DE Chayton Black · Crazy horse aoe3de Crazy Horse · Custer aoe3de General Custer · Holmes icon aoe3de Sheriff Holme · Sx warchief aoe3de Chief Brave Wolf · Lakota dog soldier aoe3de Chief Bull Bear · Iro warchief aoe3de Chief Two Moon
3ADIcon48px The Asian Dynasties
Act I: JapanMototada aoe3de Daimyo Mototada · Kichiro icon DE General Kichiro · Tokugawa aoe3de Shogun Tokugawa
Act II: ChinaJinhai aoe3de Admiral Jinhai · Huang icon DE Jian Huang · Chen icon aoe3de Lao Chen
Act III: IndiaBadur icon aoe3de Bahadur Shah · Edwardson aoe3de Colonel Edwardson · Nanib icon DE Nanib Sahir · Pravar icon aoe3de Pravar Patel
Age3DE Icon Definitive Edition
Act II: ShadowFrank Icon Uncle Frank (replaces Crazy Horse)
Historical BattlesAhmad al mansur Ahmad al-Mansur · Pecaudy Icon Claude-Pierre Pecaudy · General mx portrait El General · Padre hidalgo aoe3de El Padre · Isaac Brock icon General Isaac Brock · American General Icon General Jackson · Hizir Reis Icon Hizir Reis · Kassa hailu portrait Kassa Hailu · Marine Officer portrait Marine Officer · Militia Officer portrait Militia Officer · Oruc Reis Icon Oruc Reis · Queen Sabla Icon Queen Sabla Wengel · Sir Francis Drake Icon Sir Francis Drake · Sultan malik portrait Sultan Abd al-Malik · Sultan Mohammed II portrait Sultan Mohammed II · Usman dan fodio icon Usman dan Fodio · Yermak Timofeyevich Icon Yermak