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This article is about the scenario in the Definitive Edition. For the scenario in Age of Empires, see Battle of Kadesh.

The Battle of Kadesh is the third and last scenario of the Reign of the Hittites campaign in Age of Empires: Definitive Edition.

Scenario instructions[edit | edit source]

Kadesh, 1274 BCE

Muwatalli, your empire stretches from the coasts of Arzawa in the west to the land of Canaan in the southeast, but such an empire breeds jealousy in foreign kings. In a betrayal of the agreement between you and his father, the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramesses II has captured your vassal, the Amorite kingdom of Amurru in the land of Syria. In retaliation, you have raised the call to war among your allies. The kings and princes of nineteen lands, among them Lukka, Ugarit, and Carchemish, join you in battle. The plain at Kadesh by Arantu River will soon hear the thundering of your war chariots as if the storm god Tarhunna himself were beating the earth wit his thunderbolts and battle axe!

Starting conditions[edit | edit source]

Objectives[edit | edit source]

  • Bring the two War Chests to your city.

Hints[edit | edit source]

  1. You begin in the walled settlement of Kadesh but you must expand outward for resources.
  2. Invest in archers at the start of the game - they can be used to attack any enemy troops that threaten your walls.
  3. Alternatively, an aggressive attack with your starting chariots can be enough to hinder the Re Division and secure the eastern part of the map.

Players[edit | edit source]

Player[edit | edit source]

  • Player (Hittites): The player starts with a walled settlement representing Kadesh. The player has most Bronze Age buildings and a large starting army.

Enemies[edit | edit source]

  • Ra Division (Egyptians): Ra Division controls a Bronze Age base with some military buildings, defended by some Watch Towers.They will attack with Chariots.
  • Ramesses (Egyptians): Ramesses starts with a well-defended Bronze-Age base, containing multiple Military buildings. They also have a starting army containing multiple Chariot Archers, Hero Ramesses and a Priest.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

The Ra Division's base is poorly defended. It is possible to defend the starting base using towers only, while rushing down the Ra Division at the beginning of the game. Control the river with superior War Galley and press Ramesses back. Siege Ramesses' base with the army of the player's choice, but keep some Chariots to counter their Priest.

Historical outcome[edit | edit source]

Like the storm god, who slew the giant serpent Illuyanka with his thunderbolts, you drove the Egyptians before your chariots and turned them to dust and ash. In Egypt, the lamentations of the women will be heard for 40 days and there will be much gnashing of teeth. On the records of your people's history, kept within the archives at Hattusa, your name will be among the mightiest of Hittite kings, and your sons will carve your image into a great rock wall so that you will watch over your land for an eternity.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

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