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This article is about the cheat codes in Age of Empires. For cheat codes in other games of the series, see Cheat code.

To use a cheat code, press "Enter" during the game and enter one of the following codes below. After that, press "Enter" again to initiate the cheat. The codes are not case sensitive. Cheats that summon units and provide free resources are repeatable but those that affect certain units only require a single input. Cheats can be repeated continuously through copy and pasting which allows the player to initiate the same effect with minimal effort. This can be done by pressing "Ctrl C" after typing it out then repeating the action of "Ctrl V" after pressing "Enter". On older computers, players may need to right click and perform the task manually instead of using this shortcut method. Note that cheats are not available in the trial version.


Cheat codes that summon new units will always spawn at the Town Center and likewise will not be applicable to players without one. If a player has more than one Town Center, the unit will spawn near the one that was most recently built, and will continue to spawn there unless a new one is built or the current one is destroyed. The act of summoning cheat units is similar to the act of training new units from the Town Center. Consequently, if the Town Center is researching a new Age, the cheat unit cannot be spawned.

Cheats that affect certain units does not apply to enemy units converted by the player. To maximize combat potential, players should type the code before researching specific technologies that benefit that unit.

Cheat codes added in Age of Empires: The Rise of Rome are: king arthur, grantlinkspence, pow, big momma, convert this!, stormbilly, and upsidflintmobile.

In the Age of Empires: Definitive Edition, entering cheat codes will not prevent the player from earning achievements, contrary to what happens in Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition or Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition.

In Return of Rome, all the cheat units except BabyPrez have been graphically updated.

On release of Return of Rome, since the game runs on the Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition engine, all its cheat codes could be used in Age of Empires (Return of Rome mode) as well. In a later update, many cheat codes from Age of Empires II were disabled in Return of Rome game mode, most notably all the unit spawn cheat codes were disabled, while all resource cheat codes were left in.

The complete list of cheat units available as of Return of Rome is as follows:



Expansion/Update Cheat code Cheat unit Description
ReturnRome-AoEIcon Age of Empires BIG BERTHA Returnofrome heavy catapult icon
Big Bertha
Transforms Stone Throwers, Catapults, and Heavy Catapults into Big Berthas, which have more hit points and most importantly, greater range and much larger area of effect.
PHOTON MAN Photonman aoe2DE
Laser Trooper
Creates a futuristic robot trooper armed with a rapid-fire laser gun.
BLACK RIDER Horse Archer
Black Rider
Transforms every Horse Archer or Heavy Horse Archer into Black Riders, which will turn into a Catapult, Heavy Catapult, or Big Bertha if killed.
DARK RAIN Composite Bowman
Stealth Archer
Transforms bowmen and all foot archers into Stealth Archers. They turn into trees when standing still and can walk on water. Previously researched technologies that benefit archers would no longer apply once this cheat is summoned.
MEDUSA Cavalry111
Transforms all Villagers into Medusas. When killed, they will respawn as a Black Rider.
E=MC2 TROOPER Nuke Trooper Icon updated nuRoR
Nuke Trooper
Creates a futuristic robot trooper armed with an 88-range nuke launcher.
BIGDADDY Winsett Z Icon updated nuRoR
Winsett's Z
Creates a Winsett's Z armed with a rocket launcher that deals 600 total damage to every unit every 2 seconds.
FLYING DUTCHMAN Returnofrome juggernaut icon
Flying Dutchman
All Catapult Triremes and Juggernauts turn into Flying Dutchman, which can move on land and deals 40 attack.
RomeIcon Age of Empires: The Rise of Rome CONVERT THIS! PriestDE
Saint Francis
Spawns a Saint Francis that summons lightning every 3 seconds. Technologies and civilization bonuses that normally affect Priests will also benefit this unit.
STORMBILLY Zug 209 Icon updated nuRoR
Zug 209
Spawns a mech armed with rapid fire laser guns that fires every half of a second.
BIG MOMMA Winsett other Z Icon updated nuRoR
Winsett's other Z
Creates a Winsett's other Z armed with a faster rocket launcher dealing only a total of 120 damage but fires 5 times faster (since The Rise of Rome).


Expansion Cheat code Food Wood Gold Stone
ReturnRome-AoEIcon Age of Empires PEPPERONI PIZZA 10,000
COINAGE 10,000
QUARRY 10,000
AoE2Icon-ReturnRome Age of Empires: Return of Rome cheese steak jimmy's 10,000
lumberjack 10,000
robin hood 10,000
rock on 10,000
ninjaconnor 100,000 100,000 100,000 100,000


ReturnRome-AoEIcon Age of Empires[]

  • STEROIDS - Instantly builds structures, gather resources, instant kill animals (in Return of Rome, only male Villagers kill animals instantly) and build units. This cheat affects ALL players in the game but can be turned on or off by typing the code again in the chat box.
  • ICBM - Ballistae and Helepolises gets 100 range. However, this does not affect the Line of Sight. As a result, any moving target that is beyond the original range cannot be attacked. Fortunately, it can attack any building discovered through the fog of war. This makes it useful to attack Wonders as a last resort.
  • HOYOHOYO - Priests get tremendous speed and 600 hit points, which all can be doubled if appropriate technologies are researched at the temple after this cheat is summoned.
  • GAIA - Controls all animals in the game except for anything that can be fished but the player loses control of their civilization. This code cannot be reversed unless the game is saved and reloaded before entering the code. Under most circumstances, if either the original player or their enemies are eliminated, the Gaia player will almost always be defeated regardless of who gets eliminated first.

RomeIcon The Rise of Rome[]

  • GRANTLINKSPENCE / GRANTLINKSPENCER - Changes all animals to "King" (Alpha in the Definitive Edition) versions which are more powerful than ordinary animals (since The Rise of Rome).
  • UPSIDFLINTMOBILE - Provides Chariot Archers tremendous speed and makes them fire 3 times faster.
  • KING ARTHUR - Transforms birds into dragons.

AoE2Icon-ReturnRome Return of Rome[]

  • aegis: Instant building, researching, resource gathering, instant kill animals (only male Villagers kill animals instantly) and training that applies for all players, the AI included. Can be toggled on or off if used repeatedly.
  • i r winner: Win the game instantly.
  • natural wonders: Control nature, but lose control of the player's civilization. This condition is irreversible.
  • black death: All other players die, including allies.
  • wimpywimpywimpy: The player commits suicide, resulting in immediate defeat.
  • torpedo <1-8>: Instantly defeats the selected opponent.
  • !mute: Silences taunts (persistent).
  • !nomute: Undoes the !mute code.
  • noui: Disables user interface ingame. To get it back, type noui again (added in the Definitive Edition).
  • Going Above and Beyond: Lets the player research the same technology up to 256 times, stacking the effects.
  • Tech Tech One Two Free: Makes technologies free.


ReturnRome-AoEIcon Age of Empires[]

  • REVEAL MAP - Reveals the entire map.
  • NO FOG - Removes "Fog of war".

AoE2Icon-ReturnRome Return of Rome[]

  • marco: Toggles reveal map.
  • polo: Toggles fog of war.

Game enders and player finishers[]

  • DIEDIEDIE - All enemy units and buildings die, resulting in victory except in certain scenarios with non-military-related objectives (Note: does not work in Multiplayer). In Return of Rome, it only kills Player 2, whether enemy or ally.
  • HARI KARI - The user removes all of their units and buildings on the battlefield resulting in instant defeat unless the player has Medusas or Black Riders. Repeating this cheat multiple times may cause the game to crash.
  • RESIGN - You lose regardless of the current situation.
  • HOME RUN - Grants instant victory.
  • Kill[x] - Where x = player number . Entering a number corresponding to a nonexistent player in a game will cause the game to crash. Entering the number as 1 will have no effect.

Event codes[]

These cheat codes are only available in Return of Rome upon completing challenges during events in the Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition, and cannot be acquired after the event concludes.

  • my cpu can handle it: All players' population cap increased to 1,000 ("Jolly Co-operation" event).
  • sharing is caring: Every player's resource income on a team is distributed to the entire team. ("Jolly Co-operation" event).


  • POW - Added in The Rise of Rome. Spawned a baby on a tricycle armed with a shotgun that fires every half second. Removed in Return of Rome.
  • ZEUS - In the beta versions it was used to enable/disable cheats.
  • JACK BE NIMBLE - Present before Return of Rome, once the code was activated, all stone throwing siege equipment launched cows, villagers with capes, or tumbling villagers depending on its orientation.