Age of Empires Series Wiki
Age of Empires Series Wiki

Capricious is a custom map in Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings.


Capricious has the appearance of a green, lush land, with big open areas like an Arabia map, but chock full of resources like a Highland or other similar map. There are small lakes that dot the outskirts of the map in which there is plenty of fish.

The odd feature of this map is the distribution of resources, particularly in the overabundance of one kind of resource and the scarcity of others. Based on the map seed, a certain resource becomes doubled in abundance, while the others are halved in abundance. Ergo, in one map there are massive deposits of gold but very little stone, and in another map there is a glut of Berry Bushes about, but the amount of gold present is dry.

Viable tactics[]

Given how this map features an overabundance of a random resource at the cost of being dry of other resources, it's not easy to predict how one's strategy turns out, but in all things there is always a decent amount of every resource. It's just that most of the fighting will be done over control of territories with the few and precious of the rare resources peppered throughout the map. There's no predicting what will be the rare commodity until the map is explored. Given how a certain resource will change in rarity from one game to another, the way a player's play style will change as a result is remarkable. Also, trading goods around at the Market will become more commonplace based on a player's needs and the availability of a certain raw material on the map.

The strengths and weaknesses of civilizations will change based on the kind of resource distribution that turns out on Capricious. If a map happens to be abundant in stone for instance, civilizations such as the Franks and Incas will have a ball of a time to get all the stone they could ever want to build their fortresses with. If gold is low on a certain other map, fights over the gold will become all the more fierce, especially for the desperation of gold-hungry civilizations like the Teutons or Turks. But in general, the civilizations with the most stable economies will win -- the Saracens have the best deals in buying/selling resources at the Market, while the Spanish have excellent Trade Carts to roll in profit enough to get what they need.


  • "Capricious" is an adjective word meaning fickle, erratic, or inconsistent--given to sudden or unaccountable changes in mood or behavior.
Random maps
Age of Empires
Age of Empires Coastal  · Inland  · Islands  · Highland
Rise of Rome Continental  · Hill Country  · Mediterranean  · Narrows
Age of Empires II
The Age of Kings Random Arabia  · Archipelago  · Baltic  · Black Forest  · Crater Lake  · Continental  · Coastal  · Fortress  · Gold Rush  · Highland  · Islands  · Mediterranean  · Migration  · Rivers  · Team Islands
Custom Canals  · Capricious  · Dingoes  · Graveyards  · Metropolis  · Moats  · Paradise Island  · Pilgrims  · Prairie  · Seasons  · Sherwood Forest  · Sherwood Heroes  · Shipwreck  · Team Glaciers  · The Unknown
The Conquerors Random Arena  · Ghost Lake  · Mongolia  · Nomad  · Oasis  · Salt Marsh  · Scandinavia  · Yucatán
Real World Britain  · Byzantium  · Central America  · France  · Iberia  · Italy  · Mideast  · Norse Lands  · Sea of Japan (East Sea)  · Texas
The Forgotten Random Acropolis  · Budapest  · Cenotes  · City of Lakes  · Golden Pit  · Hideout  · Hill Fort  · Lombardia  · Steppe  · Valley  · MegaRandom  · Hamburger
Capture the Relic CtR Monsoon  · CtR Pyramid Descent  · CtR Spiral
The African Kingdoms Random Kilimanjaro  · Mountain Pass  · Nile Delta  · Serengeti  · Socotra
Real World Amazon  · Bohemia  · China  · Horn of Africa  · India  · Madagascar  · West Africa  · Earth
Special Canyons  · Enemy Archipelago  · Enemy Islands  · Far Out  · Front Line  · Inner Circle  · Motherland  · Open Plains  · Ring of Water  · Snakepit  · The Eye
Rise of the Rajas Random Bog Islands  · Mangrove Jungle  · Pacific Islands  · Sandbank  · Water Nomad
Real World Australia  · Indochina  · Indonesia  · Philippines  · Strait of Malacca
Special Border Stones  · Holy Line  · Jungle Islands  · Jungle Lanes  · Yin Yang
The Last Khans (Definitive Edition) Random Alpine Lakes  · Bogland  · Four Lakes  · Golden Swamp  · Land Nomad  · Mountain Ridge  · Ravines  · Wolf Hill
Real World Antarctica  · Aral Sea  · Black Sea  · Caucasus  · Siberia
Special Maps Journey South  · Snake Forest  · Sprawling Streams  · Swirling River  · Twin Forests
Battle Royale BR Battle On Ice  · BR El Dorado  · BR Fall of Axum  · BR Fall of Rome  · BR Majapahit Empire
Age of Mythology
Age of Mythology Acropolis  · Alfheim  · Anatolia  · Archipelago  · Black Sea  · Erebus  · Forgotten City (cut)  · Ghost Lake  · Golden Fleece (cut)  · Jotunheim  · King of the Hill  · Mediterranean  · Midgard  · Nomad  · Oasis  · River Nile  · River Styx  · Savannah  · Sea of Worms  · Sudden Death  · Team Migration  · The Unknown  · Valley of Kings  · Vinlandsaga  · Watering Hole
The Titans Highland  · Islands  · Land Unknown  · Marsh  · Megalopolis  · Tundra
Tale of the Dragon Basin  · Blue Lagoon  · Deep Jungle  · Old Atlantis  · Open Fields  · Regicide  · Silk Road  · Yellow River
Age of Empires III
Age of Empires III Amazonia  · Bayou  · Caribbean  · Carolina  · Great Lakes  · Great Plains  · Hispaniola  · New England  · Pampas  · Patagonia  · Rockies  · Saguenay  · Sonora  · Texas  · Unknown  · Yucatán  · Yukon
The WarChiefs Andes  · Araucania  · Ozarks  · California  · Northwest Territory  · Orinoco  · Painted Desert  · Plymouth
The Asian Dynasties Borneo  · Ceylon  · Deccan  · Himalayas  · Himalayas - Upper  · Honshu  · Indochina  · Mongolia  · Silk Road  · Siberia  · Yellow River  · Regicide
Definitive Edition Alaska  · Arctic Territories  · Baja California  · Bengal  · Cascade Range  · Central Plain  · Colorado  · Dakota  · Fertile Crescent  · Florida  · Gran Chaco  · Hokkaido  · Indonesia  · Kamchatka  · Korea  · Malaysia  · Manchuria  · Mexico  · Pampas Sierras  · Parallel Rivers  · Punjab