Age of Empires II HD: Rise of the Rajas is the fourth expansion for Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings. It adds four new civilizations and campaigns set in the Southeast Asia region.

The third expansion developed by Skybox Labs and Forgotten Empires, it was released December 19, 2016.[1]

Campaigns[edit | edit source]

All of Rise of the Rajas campaigns

There are four new campaigns in Rise of the Rajas, one for each of the new civilizations.

  • Gajah Mada (Malay): On the island of Java, a new power is rising. Gajah Mada, prime minister of Majapahit, conspires to build an empire to rule the waves and islands of the Archipelago. Will he be able to balance his unquestioned loyalty to the king with his growing ambitions?
  • Suryavarman I (Khmer): It is the early 11th century and the Khmer Empire is in turmoil, torn apart by competing factions and surrounded by hostile neighbors. Only one prince, Suryavarman, has the courage and cunning to defeat his rivals and restore the Khmer to their former glory. Seizing the throne, however, is just the first of many tasks. Will Suryavarman muster the strength to expand his domain, overcome adversity, and create a timeless legacy as the king who attained Nirvana?
  • Bayinnaung (Burmese): A warrior king seeks to unite a divided land. But when he is betrayed, only his devoted servant can continue his legacy. Can a mere commoner ascend the Burmese throne and build the largest empire in Southeast Asian history?
  • Le Loi (Vietnamese): When a civil war plunged Dai Viet into chaos, the Ming Emperor intervened and seized control. Now, the only hope for freedom from oppression lies with one man: a minor noble named Le Loi. Will he be able to unite feuding factions, defeat the Chinese, and regain Vietnamese independence?

New features[edit | edit source]

Civilizations[edit | edit source]

Like The African Kingdoms, this expansion adds four new civilizations, each of which share the new Southeast Asian Architecture type.

  • Burmese: Ascend to power, quash a treacherous rebellion, and restore the Burmese monarchy to its former glory.
  • Khmer: Construct the largest religious monument in the world and amass an immortal army of devastating siege weapons.
  • Malay: Rebuild the largest thalassocracy to ever exist. Leave your mark on the region while hopping from island to island and rule the Southeast Asian archipelago.
  • Vietnamese: Lead your people to independence and wage guerrilla warfare with an extremely powerful arsenal of ranged units.

Units[edit | edit source]

Screenshot from Rise of the Rajas showing all new military units and building

Unique units[edit | edit source]

  • Arambai: Castle unique unit of the Burmese, cavalry archer unit.
  • Ballista Elephant: Castle unique unit of the Khmer, heavy cavalry siege unit.
  • Imperial Skirmisher: Archery Range unique unit of the Vietnamese & their allies, anti-archer archer unit.
  • Karambit Warrior: Castle unique unit of the Malay, cheap infantry unit.
  • Rattan Archer: Castle unique unit of the Vietnamese, heavily armored archer unit.

Common units[edit | edit source]

  • Battle Elephant: A slow but powerful cavalry unit available at the Stable for the four new civilizations.

Buildings[edit | edit source]

  • Harbor: Available only for Malay, an upgrade from the Dock that can shoot arrows.

Fauna[edit | edit source]

Maps[edit | edit source]

Rise of the Rajas also features new Scenario Editor objects (for example, statues of Buddha) and unique Southeast Asian terrains for the new maps (including rainforests and mangrove forests). Among them, a new type of amphibious terrain is featured on the new maps, where structures can be built on and that both land and naval units can traverse, providing a new and unique playstyle as naval and land units can easily clash with each other.

Standard[edit | edit source]

Real World[edit | edit source]

Special[edit | edit source]

Asian rainforest, featuring new terrains and a Buddha statue.

Changelog[edit | edit source]

Changes applied in the expansion:[2]

Bug fixes[edit | edit source]

Balance changes[edit | edit source]

General[edit | edit source]

Aztecs[edit | edit source]

Berbers[edit | edit source]

Byzantines[edit | edit source]

  • Greek Fire upgrade costs 250F 300G (instead of 250F 450G).

Ethiopians[edit | edit source]

Franks[edit | edit source]

Huns[edit | edit source]

Incas[edit | edit source]

  • Kamayuks +0.05 speed (same base speed as Samurais and Throwing Axemen).

Indians[edit | edit source]

  • New Indian architectural style (replacing the current Middle Eastern for the Indians).
  • Gol Gumbaz Wonder moved to Scenario Editor, replaced with a new Wonder.

Italians[edit | edit source]

Japanese[edit | edit source]

Malians[edit | edit source]

Mongols[edit | edit source]

Persians[edit | edit source]

Portuguese[edit | edit source]

  • Feitoria now cost 250g, 250s (changed from 250g, 250w).
  • Feitoria production rates are now 0.8f, 0.8w, 0.45g, 0.25s (from 0.7f, 0.7w, 0.45g, 0.45s).
  • Arquebus now has a smaller effect on gunpowder units (Ballistics is still enabled but projectile speed modifier reduced by 75%).
  • (Elite) Organ Gun have 1 min range now.
  • (Elite) Organ Gun lose -1 bonus attack vs infantry.

Saracens[edit | edit source]

Slavs[edit | edit source]

  • Boyar speed increased from 1.35 to 1.4.

Spanish[edit | edit source]

  • Team bonus for trade is 25% more gold instead of 33%.

Teutons[edit | edit source]

Turks[edit | edit source]

  • Gold miners work 20% faster (up from 15%).

Vikings[edit | edit source]

Promotion[edit | edit source]

Rise of the Rajas was first announced by Forgotten Empires on their official website at December 13, 2016.[3] To celebrate the launch of the new expansion, a mini-tournament called Battle for Angkor was held on December 17–18. The tournament featured eight expert players who used the new civilizations and was broadcast on Twitch.[4]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Rise of the Rajas was the first expansion to not include a civilization that would later use Mediterranean architecture.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

External links[edit | edit source]

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