The Bactrian Camel, like the Horse and the Camel, is an untrainable unit in Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition that is found mostly in campaign scenarios. Two exceptions are the random maps Steppe, where each player begins with a horse instead of a Scout Cavalry, and MegaRandom, where the same is possible.

Bactrian Camels appear in the Units tab of the Scenario Editor. If assigned to Gaia, they will behave just like regular military units in that they switch allegiance to human players as soon as they are seen by one of their units and will never switch again, unlike Herdable animals. Similarly, enemy units in aggressive stance attack Bactrian Camels.

Bactrian Camels outside of campaigns fulfill the role of Scout Cavalry or Eagle Scouts, as they have the same speed, line of sight and armor class as a regular Scout Cavalry in addition to having 5 more hit points. Unlike these scouts, however, they are unable to attack other units or profit from upgrades.

Up until Hotfix 39515, the Bactrian Camel (and its functional counterparts) were of very limited use, as their ability of scouting was limited by a poor Line of Sight of only 2. In this hotfix, these units were changed to have the same speed, line of sight and armor class as regular dark age Scout Cavalry. Further, in Update 39284, it was made possible to load them into Transport Ships.

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