|This article is about the civilization in Age of Empires II. For other appearances of the faction in the series, see Chinese.|
The Chinese are an East Asian civilization in Age of Empires II. Like their predecessors, they are descendants of the Shang civilization, which inhabited the same area. The Chinese civilization is based on the Tang, Song and Ming dynasties of medieval China. In the game, they focus on archers.
The aforementioned dynasties were best known for their economic sophistication, unprecedented technological innovations, and highly populated cities that accommodated millions of people. By the 1200s, the Song dynasty hosted a population of almost 100 million people with a sophisticated medieval economic system boasting the use of paper money, a maritime shipping power having the largest mercantile fleet in the world patrolling the South China Seas, and a strong industrial steel manufacturing capacity. To reflect these achievements and for being one of the civilizations that suffered the least during the Dark Ages, they start with extra Villagers and their Town Centers support a higher population. Although they have fewer resources to compensate, allied Farms produce extra food (which reflects on the importance of rice agriculture in China). The unique unit of the Chinese is the Chu Ko Nu, a foot archer wielding the eponymous semi-automatic crossbow invented by the Chinese that would load a new bolt simultaneously as soon as the last one was fired. Chu Ko Nu fire multiple arrows at once and, if employed en masse, they can wreak havoc on infantry and even cavalry.
Due to game balance reasons, the Chinese lack access to many of the technologies they invented, such as the Hand Cannoneer, Bombard Cannon, and Block Printing (the earliest record of a written formula for gunpowder appears in the 11th century Song dynasty text, Wujing Zongyao, the Heilongjiang Hand Cannon is widely considered the earlier surviving firearm, and the Block Printing technology in Age of Empires II even tributes the Chinese by name). Their unique technology, Rocketry, reflects their advanced gunpowder technology and boosts their Chu Ko Nu and Scorpions (by adding +2 and +4 attack respectively) to offer some limited compensation. The Chinese have a long history of using Demolition Ships in naval battles, and as such their Demolition Ships have 50% more hit points which allows them to reach their targets easier. Finally, the Chinese can research technologies more cheaply than any other civilization, due to being one of the most advanced civilizations during the time frame of Age of Empires II.
The Chinese are a very versatile civilization with an overall solid technology tree. Their infantry and foot archers get all the upgrades they could want, and their cavalry is also solid despite missing two final tier upgrades (Paladin and Hussar). The Siege Workshop is average, but their Scorpions get a great attack boost with Rocketry. Their navy is average missing the Fast Fire Ship and Elite Cannon Galleon, but they get fully upgradable Galleons. Their Monks are average, their defenses very good, and their economy is average technology tree-wise, but their +3 Villagers at the game start give them a notable kick start.
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In-game, Chinese units speak Mandarin.
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