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

RotR campaigns

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

Civilizations Edit

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

RotR screenshot

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

Unique units Edit

  • 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

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

Buildings Edit

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

Fauna Edit

Maps Edit

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

Real World Edit

Special Edit

New environment

Asian rainforest, featuring new terrains and a Buddha statue.

Changelog Edit

Changes applied in the expansion:[2]

Bug fixes Edit

Balance changes Edit

General Edit

Aztecs Edit

Berbers Edit

Byzantines Edit

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

Ethiopians Edit

Franks Edit

Huns Edit

Incas Edit

  • Kamayuks +0.05 speed (same base speed as Samurais 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.

Italians Edit

Japanese Edit

Malians Edit

Mongols Edit

Persians Edit

Portuguese Edit

  • 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

Slavs Edit

  • Boyar speed increased from 1.35 to 1.4.

Spanish Edit

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

Teutons Edit

Turks Edit

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

Vikings Edit

Promotion Edit

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

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

Gallery Edit

References Edit

  1. Announcing Age of Empires II HD: Rise of the Rajas DLC!
  3. Announcing Age of Empires II HD: Rise of the Rajas! | Forgotten Empires
  4. Battle for Angkor Trailer: Rise of the Rajas Tournament! - YouTube

External links Edit

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