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The Babylonians were the inhabitants of the Babylonian Empire, which once controlled the region of Mesopotamia at its height. They are a playable civilization in Age of Empires and are primarily a defensive civilization in both land and water maps. They can survive multiple enemy rushes with their increased Tower and Wall hit points bonus. Stone miners work 20% faster and carry +2 stone, and their Priests regain their faith 30% faster, making them a good choice for beginners or those who favor a turtling strategy.

They also can be efficient in the booming strategy as they can wall off, exploiting the defensive bonuses, and boom quietly until they are prepared to take on the offensive.

The area where the Babylonians were located was a key place for trading, which is reflected in their cheaper Market technologies. They also built impressive walls among the cities and are also believed to have made an unsuccessful attempt to quickly build the famous "Tower of Babel"; to reflect this, their Stone mining is more efficient and their walls and towers have extra hit points. Religious learning was common among the Babylonian empires, which is reflected in the faster rejuvenation of their Priests.


  • Babylonian Architecture
  • Walls and towers have +60% hit points.
  • Stone miners work 20% faster and carry +2 stone.
  • Priests rejuvenate 30% faster.
  • Market technologies cost -30%.


Age of Empires[]

  • Towers and walls have +100% HP.
  • Metallurgy, Heavy Transport, Chain Mail Archers, Chain Mail Cavalry, and Chain Mail Infantry are not available.

Definitive Edition[]

  • Towers and walls have +75% HP. With update 38862, they have +60% HP.
  • Metallurgy and Heavy Transport are available.
  • With update 38862, Market technologies cost -30%.
  • With update 46777, Chain Mail Archers, Chain Mail Cavalry, and Chain Mail Infantry are available.

AI player names[]

Names shown in italics are only used in the original game, names shown in bold are used in both the original game and its expansions.

  • Hammurabi (𒄩𒄠𒈬𒊏𒁉) - King of Babylon 1792-1750 BC
  • Nebuchadnezzar (𒀭𒀝𒆪𒁺𒌨𒊑𒋀) - Name of 4 kings of Babylon; Nebuchadnezzar I: King of Babylon c. 1124-1104 BC
  • Hammurabi II - Did not exist in Babylon
  • Nebuchad II - Most famous king with the name; Nebuchadnezzar II: King of Babylon 605-562 BC
  • Hammurabi III - Did not exist in Babylon
  • Nebuchad III - Nebuchadnezzar III: King of Babylon 522 BC
  • Hammurabi IV - Did not exist in Babylon
  • Nebuchad - Short for Nebuchadnezzar
  • Nabopolassar (𒀭𒀝𒌉𒍑𒌶) - King of Babylon 626-605 BC
  • Belshazzar (𒂗𒈗𒋀) - Crown-prince and co-regent of Babylon 553-539 BC (son of king Nabonidus)
  • Nabonidus (𒀭𒀝𒉎𒌇) - Last king of the Neo-Babylonian Empire 556-539 BC
  • Croesus (Κροῖσος) - King of Lydia 560-547
  • Telepinus (𒀭𒋼𒂊𒇷𒁉𒉡𒌑) - King of the Hittites ca, 1460 BC
  • Astyages - Last king of the Median Empire 585-550 BC


  • Three AI names were not Babylonians: Astyages was a Median (precursors of the Persians), Telepinus was Hittite, and Croesus was Lydian (related to the Hittites).