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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.

A Photon Man, 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.

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

  • how do you turn this on: Creates a Shelby Cobra that rapidly fires bullets.
  • to smithereens: Creates a Saboteur.
  • natural wonders: Control nature, but lose control of the player's civilization. This condition is irreversible.
  • i love the monkey head: Creates a VMDL that does nothing except spying the enemy. Buildings can fire if garrisoned.
  • furious the monkey boy: Creates Furious the Monkey Boy. Multiple units of this type cannot be selected to move and attack unless they are close together.
  • i don't exist: Summons a Penguin.
  • alpaca simulator: Summons an Alfred the Alpaca.
  • catzor: Summons a Sharkatzor.
  • photon man: Creates a Photon Man (first available in the Age of Empires anniversary event and then the "Celebrating the Ages" event, then released for all players with update 56005).
  • Yes We Khan: Turns all of the player's Mangudai into Genghis Khan in the Genghis Khan campaign (first available in the "Mongolian civ" event, then released for all players with update 56005).
  • Put on your capes: Turns all of the player's infantry into Elite Teutonic Knights (first available in the "Teuton civ/Oktoberfest" event, then released for all players with update 56005).


  • ninjaconnor: Gives 100,000 of each resource (since The Forgotten).
  • ninjalui: Same as ninjaconnor.
  • rowshep: Same as ninjaconnor and ninjalui.
  • cheese steak jimmy's: Gives 10,000 food (1,000 before The Forgotten).
  • lumberjack: Gives 10,000 wood (1,000 before The Forgotten).
  • robin hood: Gives 10,000 gold (1,000 before The Forgotten).
  • rock on: Gives 10,000 stone (1,000 before The Forgotten).


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


  • aegis: Instant building, researching, resource gathering, 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.
  • resign: Lose the game instantly.
  • black death: All other players die, including allies.
  • noui: Disables user interface ingame. To get it back, type noui again.
  • 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.
  • 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).

Event codes[]

These cheat codes are only available upon completing challenges during events in the Definitive Edition, and cannot be acquired after the event concludes.

  • grab your pitchforks: Turns all of the player's Villagers into Flemish Militia ("Women of History" event).
  • cameleon: Transforms Camel units owned by any player into Flaming Camels. ("Celebrating the Ages" event)
  • 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)

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