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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.

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


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[]


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

Architectural style Civilizations
Southeast Asian CivIcon-Burmese.png Burmese
CivIcon-Khmer.png Khmer
CivIcon-Malay.png Malay
CivIcon-Vietnamese.png Vietnamese
  • 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.


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

Unique units[]

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

Common units[]

  • Battle elephant aoe2DE.png Battle Elephant: A slow but powerful cavalry unit available at the Stable for the four new civilizations.
  • Elite battle elephant aoe2DE.png Elite Battle Elephant: An upgrade from the Battle Elephant available at the Stable once the Imperial Age is reached.


  • Harbor aoe2de.png Harbor: Available only for Malay, an upgrade from the Dock that can shoot arrows.



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.

5 new Standard maps[]

5 new Special maps[]

4 new Real World maps[]

Asian rainforest, featuring new terrains and a Buddha statue.


The introduction of Rise of the Rajas came with a host of changes to the game, with the game version being incremented from 4.9 to 5.0. Some of the changes included in this new game version affect only those in possession of the expansion (content additions and balance changes) and others (bugfixes and UI improvements) affect all players equally.

Content Additions (shown above)[]

Balance changes[]





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





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


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







  • 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.



  • Boyar speed increased from 1.35 to 1.4.


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



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


Bug fixes[]


Rise of the Rajas was first announced by Forgotten Empires on their official website at December 13, 2016.[2] 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.[3]


  • Rise of the Rajas was the first expansion to not include a civilization that would later use Mediterranean architecture.
  • All the Rise of the Rajas civilizations now have below average win–rate in 1vs1 matches.



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