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Bahadur Shah (born Mirza Abu Zafar Siraj-ud-din Muhammad; 1775 – 1862), also known as Bahadur Shah Zafar and Bahadur Shah II, is the last of India's Mughal emperors, who declares himself supreme ruler of India during Act III: India of The Asian Dynasties campaign.


Ruling in the nineteenth century, Bahadur Shah II was the last of the Mughal emperors of India. However, his modern-day Mughal Empire hardly stretched beyond the limits of Delhi, and was very much a weakened kingdom, as was the Sikh and the Marathan under British rule. Allowed to rule by the occupiers as an act of public appeasement, Bahadur Shah was merely a figurehead, and his kingdom a mere shadow of the once great Mughal. At the time of the Sepoy resistance of 1857, Bahadur Shah was 82 years old and not nearly as involved as many wanted to believe. Despite his attempts to stay out of matters, he was seen as a unifying icon of India's historical might and nationalism.

When the British quelled the resistance, Bahadur Shah went into hiding, but was eventually captured and then forced to witness the execution of his two sons and grandson. Later, after a show trial, Bahadur Shah was exiled to Rangoon, now Myanmar, where he lived until his death in 1862.

With the Shah's exile, a formal end to the Mughal dynasty was declared, and in 1877, the title of "Emperor of India" was assumed by the reigning British monarch, Queen Victoria.

In addition to his role as emperor, Bahadur Shah is revered by many as one of the greatest Urdu poets.

When first encountered Bahadur Shah is a political prisoner of the East Empire Trading Company. He is being held due to his claim on the throne of India. The Company finds it easier to keep him silent and the populace in check when their leader is behind bars. Once freed, he takes the role of the leader of free India, whereas Nanib Sahir continues to serve as general of the Indian national resistance.

In-game unit[]

Last of India's Mughal emperors.
—In-game description

Bahadur Shah appears in the Raid in Delhi scenario, being guarded an Agra Fort wonder. Once the Agra Fort is destroyed, he will fall under the control of the player. The player can recruit military units by taking him into the marked rally points.

Bahadur Shah cannot attack and the player will be defeated if he dies (despite of collapsing like heroes would).


  • Bahadur Shah reuses the Mahout Lancer's voiceset, but with a lower pitch.


Heroes in Age of Empires III
3Icon48px Age of Empires III
Act I: BloodAlain icon aoe3de Alain Magnan · Young Chilche AoE3DE Chilche · Delgado aoe3de Delgado · Elizabeth ramsey aoe3de Elisabet Ramsey · Morgan black aoe3de Morgan Black · Native boy aoe3de Native Boy · Sahin icon aoe3de Sahin The Falcon
Act II: IceCol washington aoe3de George Washington · John black aoe3de John Black · Kanyenke aoe3de Ká:nien · Nonahkee act2 aoe3de Nonahkee · Stuart icon aoe3de Stuart Black · Warwick icon aoe3de Warwick
Act III: SteelAmelia black igc icon Amelia Black · Bolivar icon aoe3de Bolivar · Old Chilche AoE3DE Chilche · Kanyenke old aoe3de Ká:nien · Cooper icon aoe3de Major Cooper · Old Coot icon AoE3DE Old Coot · Beaumont icon aoe3de Pierre Beaumont
3WCIcon48px The WarChiefs
Act I: FireGen washington aoe3de George Washington · Kanyenke twc aoe3de Ká:nien · Nathaniel Black icon DE Nathaniel Black · Nonahkee act1 aoe3de Nonahkee · Sven icon aoe3de Sven Kuechler
Act II: ShadowChayton Black icon DE Chayton Black · Crazy horse aoe3de Crazy Horse · Custer aoe3de General Custer · Holmes icon aoe3de Sheriff Holme · Sx warchief aoe3de Chief Brave Wolf · Lakota dog soldier aoe3de Chief Bull Bear · Iro warchief aoe3de Chief Two Moon
3ADIcon48px The Asian Dynasties
Act I: JapanMototada aoe3de Daimyo Mototada · Kichiro icon DE General Kichiro · Tokugawa aoe3de Shogun Tokugawa
Act II: ChinaJinhai aoe3de Admiral Jinhai · Huang icon DE Jian Huang · Chen icon aoe3de Lao Chen
Act III: IndiaBadur icon aoe3de Bahadur Shah · Edwardson aoe3de Colonel Edwardson · Nanib icon DE Nanib Sahir · Pravar icon aoe3de Pravar Patel
Age3DE Icon Definitive Edition
Act II: ShadowFrank Icon Uncle Frank (replaces Crazy Horse)
Historical BattlesAhmad al mansur Ahmad al-Mansur · Pecaudy Icon Claude-Pierre Pecaudy · General mx portrait El General · Padre hidalgo aoe3de El Padre · Isaac Brock icon General Isaac Brock · American General Icon General Jackson · Hizir Reis Icon Hizir Reis · Kassa hailu portrait Kassa Hailu · Marine Officer portrait Marine Officer · Militia Officer portrait Militia Officer · Oruc Reis Icon Oruc Reis · Queen Sabla Icon Queen Sabla Wengel · Sir Francis Drake Icon Sir Francis Drake · Sultan malik portrait Sultan Abd al-Malik · Sultan Mohammed II portrait Sultan Mohammed II · Usman dan fodio icon Usman dan Fodio · Yermak Timofeyevich Icon Yermak