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This article is about the cheat codes in Age of Empires II. For cheat codes in other games of the series, see Cheat code.
Photonman aoe2DE

A Photonman, a cheat unit in Age of Empires II.

To use cheat codes in Age of Empires II, press Enter during game play to bring up a text box, enter the code and press Enter again. The codes are not case sensitive.

All cheat units are spawned from the player's Town Center. Without a Town Center, no cheat units will appear even if the correct codes are typed.

In the HD Edition, entering any cheat codes will prevent the user from obtaining any achievements (except campaign-related ones) in that session. In the Definitive Edition, using cheat codes will also disable the medal earned in a singleplayer scenario, as well as any campaign-related achievements.


Cheat units causing havoc


Expansion/Update Cheat code Cheat unit Description
AoE2-DLCicon-0 The Age of Kings how do you turn this on CobracarDE Cobra Car Tanky siege weapon which moves and fires very fast
i love the monkey head VMDL DE icon VMDL Useless civilian, moves very fast
Can only place foundations and add projectiles to buildings when garrisoned
to smithereens Saboteur aoe2DE Saboteur Demolition Ship on land
Much stronger than a Petard
AoE2-DLCicon-1 The Conquerors furious the monkey boy Monkey aoe2DE Furious the Monkey Boy Very high attack animal with very low hit points
AoE2-DLCicon-2 The Forgotten i don't exist Penguin aoe2DE Penguin Heavily armed and armored infantry
alpaca simulator AoE2 DE alfred icon Alfred the Alpaca Very heavily armed and armored cavalry
Infantry-like speed
AoEIIDE icon Definitive Edition catzor Sharkatzoricon Sharkatzor Tanky siege weapon which can fly and moves very fast
AoEIIDE icon Definitive Edition - update 56005 photon man Photonman aoe2DE Photonman Improved Hand Cannoneer


Expansion/Update Cheat code From To Event
AoEIIDE icon Definitive Edition - update 56005 yes we khan MangudaiIcon-DE (Elite) Mangudai Genghiskhan aoe2DE Genghis Khan Age of Empires anniversary and then Celebrating the Ages
put on your capes All infantry TeutonicKnightIcon-DE Teutonic Knight Teuton civ/Oktoberfest
Aoe2 hb Victors and Vanquished grab your pitchforks MaleVillDEFEMALEVILLDE Villager Aoe2-icon-flemish-militia Flemish Militia Women of History
cameleon All camel units Flaming camel icon Flaming Camel Celebrating the Ages
flemish reformation MaleVillDEFEMALEVILLDE Villager Monk aoe2DE Monk


Expansion Cheat code food wood gold stone
AoE2-DLCicon-0 The Age of Kings cheese steak jimmy's 10,000
lumberjack 10,000
robin hood 10,000
rock on 10,000
AoE2-DLCicon-2 The Forgotten ninjaconnor 100,000 100,000 100,000 100,000


  • marco: Reveals map (on-off mode).
  • polo: Removes fog of war (on-off mode).


  • aegis: Instant building, researching, resource gathering, instant kill animals (only male Villagers kill animals instantly, but not non-gatherable animals) 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/gaia team, i.e. gain Line of Sight of all animals and birds, and direct control over animals, but lose control of the player's civilization. This change is irreversible.
  • resign: Lose the game instantly.
  • black death: All other players die, including allies. This cheat code is bugged and will only kill the first player, unless the one using the cheat is the first player, in which case the second player is defeated.
  • wimpywimpywimpy: The player commits suicide, resulting in immediate defeat.
  • torpedo <1-8>: Instantly defeats the selected opponent.
  • woof woof: Turns birds into Stormy Dogs.
  • !mute: Silences taunts.
  • !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 (first available in the "Greatest medieval technologies" event, then released for all players with update 51737).
  • Tech Tech One Two Free: Makes technologies free (first available in the "Greatest medieval technologies" event, then released for all players with update 56005).
  • my cpu can handle it: The player's population cap is increased to 1,000 (First available in the "Jolly Co-operation" event, then released for all players with update 107882).
  • sharing is caring: The player's resource income is distributed to allies. (First available in the "Jolly Co-operation" event, then released for all players with update 107882).

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