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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.