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Ascent of Egypt (named Tutorial Campaign: Ascent of Egypt in the Definitive Edition, Ascent of Egypt Learning Campaign in Age of Empires) is the first campaign of Age of Empires. It is primarily based on the history of the establishment of the Old Kingdom in Ancient Egypt.

This campaign is designed to teach new players how to play Age of Empires. The early scenarios teach the players fundamentals of the game. As the campaign progresses, it teaches players more advanced strategies such as converting, trading, and even building a Wonder.

The Ascent of Egypt tutorial campaign was officially brought to Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition - Return of Rome in update 93001. The campaign is based primarily on the Definitive Edition version.

Campaign description[]

Ascent of Egypt

Campaign artwork

Take your first steps in Age of Empires by experiencing the story of the world's longest continuous civilization. As the guiding spirit of Egypt, settle along the fertile Nile River, wage war and unite the kingdoms of Upper and Lower Egypt with Narmer, build the great monuments of Hatshepsut, and venture into foreign lands to conquer the Nubians and Canaanites.

Note: Experienced Age of Empires players may start with Scenario 9: The River Outpost.
—In-game campaign description in Return of Rome


This campaign consists of 12 different scenarios, each with a different set of goals and challenges the player must face:

  1. AoE Ascent of Egypt icon Hunting
  2. NuRoR villager forager gather Foraging
  3. NuRoR scout idle Exploration (Discoveries before Return of Rome)
  4. NuRoR villager fisher Dawn of a New Age (Advancing to the next Age in the Definitive Edition)
  5. NuRoR bowman attack Skirmish
  6. NuRoR villager farmer gather Farming
  7. NuRoR trade boat Trade
  8. NuRoR priest converting Religion (Crusade in the original)
  9. NuRoR transport ship River Outpost (The River Outpost in the Definitive Edition)
  10. NuRoR scout ship Naval Battle
  11. NuRoR villager builder A Wonder of the World
  12. NuRoR chariot idle Siege in Canaan (The Siege in Canaan in the Definitive Edition)


  • Ascent of Egypt is the earliest-set official campaign in the entire series. The first three scenarios take place entirely in the Stone Age.
  • In the Definitive Edition and Return of Rome versions, the Bronze Age is reached in scenario 7 (Trade), and the last two scenarios can be advanced to the Iron Age. In the original game, the Iron Age can be researched in every scenario from 6 (Farming) onwards, but the starting age is more varied: the Tool Age from 6, Bronze Age from 8 (Crusade), and then back to the Stone Age in 12 (Siege in Canaan).
  • There are no enemy players in scenarios 1 (Hunting), 2 (Foraging), and 4 (Dawn of a New Age).
  • Enemy players are only able to create new units in scenarios 6 (Farming), 7 (Trade), 10 (Naval Battle), 11 (A Wonder of the World), and, since the Definitive Edition, 12 (Siege in Canaan).
Campaigns in Age of Empires
ReturnRome-AoEIcon Age of Empires
AoE Ascent of Egypt icon Ascent of EgyptAoE Ascent of Egypt icon Hunting · NuRoR villager forager gather Foraging  · NuRoR scout idle Exploration (Discoveries before RoR) · NuRoR villager fisher Dawn of a New Age (Advancing to the next Age in DE) · NuRoR bowman attack Skirmish · NuRoR villager farmer gather Farming · NuRoR trade boat Trade · NuRoR priest converting Religion (Crusade originally) · NuRoR transport ship River Outpost (The River Outpost in DE) · NuRoR scout ship Naval Battle · NuRoR villager builder A Wonder of the World · NuRoR chariot idle Siege in Canaan (The Siege in Canaan in DE)
NuRoR hoplite idle Glory of GreeceOriginal: Land Grab · Citadel · Ionian Expansion · Trojan War · I'll Be Back · Siege of Athens · Xenophon's March · Wonder
DE: NuRoR clubman attack Claiming Territory · NuRoR bowman idle Acropolis · NuRoR cavalry idle The Conquest of Crete · NuRoR hoplite attack The Trojan War · NuRoR heavy transport idle Colonization of Ionia · NuRoR phalanx walk The Siege of Athens · NuRoR centurion attack Xenophon's March · NuRoR alexander attack Alexander the Great
NuRoR priest idle Voices of BabylonNuRoR priest converting The Holy Man (Holy Man originally) · NuRoR war galley idle The Tigris Valley (Tigris Valley originally) · NuRoR composite bowman idle Lost (Vengeance in DE) · NuRoR light transport idle I Shall Return · NuRoR artifact The Great Hunt  · NuRoR scythe chariot idle The Caravan · NuRoR chariot archer attack Lord of the Euphrates · NuRoR heavy catapult The Conquest of Nineveh (Nineveh originally)
Yamato, Empire of
the Rising Sun
The Assassins · Island Hopping · Capture (Definitive Edition) · Mountain Temple (The Mountain Temple) · The Canyon of Death · Oppression (Coup) · A Friend in Need (Jinshin War) · Kyushu Revolts (Fujiwara Revolts)
RomeIcon The Rise of Rome
The Rise of RomeThe Birth of Rome · Pyrrhus of Epirus · Syracuse (The Siege of Syracuse) · Metaurus (The Battle of the Metaurus) · Zama (The Battle of Zama) · Mithridates
Ave CaesarCaesar vs Pirates (Caesar's Revenge) · Britain (The Invasion of Britain) · Alesia (The Siege of Alesia) · Caesar vs Pompey (The Battle of Pharsalus)
Pax Romana
(Imperium Romanum)
Actium (The Battle of Actium) · Year of the Four Emperors (The Year of the Four Emperors) · Ctesiphon (Ransom at Ctesiphon) · Queen Zenobia (Zenobia, Queen of Palmyra) · Coming of the Huns (The Coming of the Huns)
Enemies of RomeCrossing the Alps · Third Greek War (Third Macedonian War) · Spartacus (The Revolt of Spartacus) · Odenathus vs Persians (Odaenathus, Lord of Palmyra)
Age of Empires Definitive Edition icon Definitive Edition
Reign of the HittitesDemo: Homelands  · Growing Pains  · Opening Moves  · Fall of the Mitanni  · Battle of Kadesh
DE: Opening Moves  · Raid on Babylon  · The Battle of Kadesh
AoE The First Punic War icon The First Punic WarDemo/RoR: NuRoR axeman attack Struggle for Sicily · NuRoR war galley Battle of Mylae · NuRoR war elephant attack Battle of Tunis
DE: The Battle of Agrigentum · Battle of Mylae · Battle of Tunis
AoE2Icon-ReturnRome Return of Rome
RoR Trajan TrajanLegates and Legions · Roman Repute · Heads Will Roll · An Old Enemy · Blood in the Water
RoR Pyrrhus of Epirus Pyrrhus of EpirusA Second Alexander · The Many Kings of Macedon · Pyrrhic Victories · Savior of the Greeks · Sisyphus
RoR Sargon of Akkad Sargon of AkkadThe Chosen One · Divine Will · The Prophecy · The Land of Kings · Subartu
Demo versions
Dawn of CivilizationDawn of a New Age  · Skirmish · Crusade · The Wreck of the Hyskos  · Last Stand
Bronze Age Art of War
Shorthands: DE - Definitive Edition, RoR - Return of Rome, originally - in the release version
If no shorthands are written, names in brackets represent campaigns and scenarios renamed and/or reworked in the Definitive Edition.