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Co-op (short for cooperative) is a special game mode (called Co-Op Campaign in Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition) in which two players can play together against the AI on specially designed maps and scenarios. One of the players can also be an AI. This usually comes in the form of campaigns and Historical Battles. They use a slightly modified version of the map, AI, and settings. The civilizations of the human players may not be the same, but it enhances diversity and strengthens both civilizations due to the other's team bonus.

AoEIIDE icon Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition[]

Co-op campaigns were launched to celebrate the second anniversary of the release of the Definitive Edition, and were added between update 50292 and update 58259. The scenarios of a co-op campaign are all unlocked from the start, so the player(s) do not have to unlock any, unlike the regular single-player versions. The following campaigns are playable as co-op:

Update Campaign Co-op scenario Playable Civilizations
Update 50292 00 historical battles normal Historical Battles Scn 15 bapheus normal Bapheus (co-op) Turks AoE2 Turks
Scn 03 hastings normal Hastings (co-op) Franks AoE2 Franks
Scn 12 honfoglalas normal Honfoglalás (co-op) Magyars AoE2 Magyars
Scn 13 kurikara normal Kurikara (co-op) Japanese AoE2 Japanese
Scn 01 tours normal Tours (co-op) Franks AoE2 Franks
Update 54480 CampaignIcon-AttilaDE Attila the Hun The Scourge of God (co-op) Huns AoE2 Huns
The Great Ride (co-op) Huns AoE2 Huns
The Walls of Constantinople (co-op) Huns AoE2 Huns
A Barbarian Betrothal (co-op) Huns AoE2 Huns
The Catalaunian Fields (co-op) Huns AoE2 Huns and Goths AoE2 Goths
The Fall of Rome (co-op) Huns AoE2 Huns
CampaignIcon-SuryavarmanIDE Suryavarman I Usurpation (co-op) Khmer AoE2 Khmer
Quelling the Rebellion (co-op) Khmer AoE2 Khmer
A Dangerous Mission (co-op) Khmer AoE2 Khmer
Challenging a Thalassocracy (co-op) Khmer AoE2 Khmer and Dravidians AoE2 Dravidians
Nirvanapada (co-op) Khmer AoE2 Khmer
Update 56005 CampaignIcon-Tamerlane Tamerlane Amir of Transoxiana (co-op) Tatars AoE2 Tatars and Mongols AoE2 Mongols
Gurkhan of Persia (co-op) Tatars AoE2 Tatars and Persians AoE2 Persians
Harbinger of Destruction (co-op) Tatars AoE2 Tatars and Bulgarians AoE2 Bulgarians
Sultan of Hindustan (co-op) Tatars AoE2 Tatars
Scourge of the Levant (co-op) Tatars AoE2 Tatars
A Titan Amongst Mortals (co-op) Tatars AoE2 Tatars
CampaignIcon-TariqIbnZiyadDE Tariq ibn Ziyad The Battle of Guadalete (co-op) Berbers AoE2 Berbers and Saracens AoE2 Saracens
Consolidation and Subjugation (co-op) Berbers AoE2 Berbers and Saracens AoE2 Saracens
Divide and Conquer (co-op) Berbers AoE2 Berbers and Saracens AoE2 Saracens
Crossing the Pyrenees (co-op) Berbers AoE2 Berbers and Saracens AoE2 Saracens
Razzia (co-op) Berbers AoE2 Berbers and Saracens AoE2 Saracens
Update 58259 CampaignIcon-SaladinDE Saladin An Arabian Knight (co-op) Saracens AoE2 Saracens
Lord of Arabia (co-op) Saracens AoE2 Saracens
The Horns of Hattin (co-op) Saracens AoE2 Saracens
The Siege of Jerusalem (co-op) Saracens AoE2 Saracens
Jihad! (co-op) Saracens AoE2 Saracens
The Lion and the Demon (co-op) Saracens AoE2 Saracens and Persians AoE2 Persians
CampaignIcon-AlaricDE Alaric The Battle of the Frigidus (co-op) Goths AoE2 Goths and Huns AoE2 Huns
Razing Hellas (co-op) Goths AoE2 Goths
The Belly of the Beast (co-op) Goths AoE2 Goths
The Giant Falls (co-op) Goths AoE2 Goths
A Kingdom of Our Own (co-op) Goths AoE2 Goths
Update 108769 Standalone The Siege Turks AoE2 Turks and/or Byzantines AoE2 Byzantines

Steps[]

To play with other human players, the player can set up a public lobby and wait for other players to join, or the player can also set the lobby as private and send a friend the lobby password to only allow that specific person to join the lobby. The players can chat with each other via the messagebox right above the bottom-most row of buttons. It is also recommended to use voice chat from any other app or social media which supports it, like Discord, as the game does not have an inbuilt voice chat system.

The player can change which of the two players (marked as Player A and Player B in co-op scenario pages) they control by clicking on the numbered and coloured button to the left of their name and icon in the list. Civilization and team cannot be changed. Once another human player has joined the lobby, the lobby host can change the player they or the other human controls.

If wishing to play with the AI as the other deuteragonist, as a sort of online singleplayer, the host can set the other player as "AI" from the dropdown menu seen by clicking on Open.

Age3DE Icon Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition[]

Since update 61213, all Historical Battles can be played in the cooperative mode with another player. For scenarios introduced in expansions, only the hosting player needs to own the corresponding expansion. Both players must be human; an AI cannot be set as the other player.

Base scenario Co-op scenario
Algiers Algiers (co-op)
Christopher da Gama's Expedition Christopher da Gama's Expedition (co-op)
Chuvash Cape Chuvash Cape (co-op)
Raid on the Caribbean Raid on the Caribbean (co-op)
Fort Duquesne Fort Duquesne (co-op)
Battle of New Orleans Battle of New Orleans (co-op)
The Battle of the Three Kings The Battle of the Three Kings (co-op)
Fall of the Hausa Fall of the Hausa (co-op)
The Era of the Princes The Era of the Princes (co-op)
The Burning of USS Philadelphia The Burning of USS Philadelphia (co-op)
Grito de Dolores Grito de Dolores (co-op)
Battle of Queenston Heights Battle of Queenston Heights (co-op)
Game modes in the Age of Empires series
PopularCampaign (II) · Multiplayer · Random map · Deathmatch · Regicide · Nomad · Co-op · D3 · Free-for-all
Battle Royale · Capture the Relic · Defend the Wonder · Dominion · Empire Wars · Historical map · King of the Hill · Sudden Death · Treaty · Turbo Random Map · Tycoon · Wonder Race
Co-op campaigns in the series
AoEIIDE icon Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition
00 historical battles normal Historical Battles Scn 15 bapheus normal Bapheus · Scn 03 hastings normal Hastings · Scn 12 honfoglalas normal Honfoglalás · Scn 13 kurikara normal Kurikara · Scn 01 tours normal Tours
CampaignIcon-AlaricDE Alaric The Battle of the Frigidus · Razing Hellas · The Belly of the Beast · The Giant Falls · A Kingdom of Our Own
CampaignIcon-AttilaDE Attila the Hun The Scourge of God · The Great Ride · The Walls of Constantinople · A Barbarian Betrothal · The Catalaunian Fields · The Fall of Rome
CampaignIcon-SaladinDE Saladin An Arabian Knight · Lord of Arabia · The Horns of Hattin · The Siege of Jerusalem · Jihad! · The Lion and the Demon
CampaignIcon-SuryavarmanIDE Suryavarman I Usurpation · Quelling the Rebellion · A Dangerous Mission · Challenging a Thalassocracy · Nirvanapada
CampaignIcon-Tamerlane Tamerlane Amir of Transoxiana · Gurkhan of Persia · Harbinger of Destruction · Sultan of Hindustan · Scourge of the Levant · A Titan Amongst Mortals
CampaignIcon-TariqIbnZiyadDE Tariq ibn Ziyad The Battle of Guadalete · Consolidation and Subjugation · Divide and Conquer · Crossing the Pyrenees · Razzia
Event scenarios The Siege
Age3DE Icon Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition
Algiers · Christopher da Gama's Expedition · Chuvash Cape · Raid on the Caribbean · Fort Duquesne · Battle of New Orleans · The Battle of the Three Kings · Fall of the Hausa · The Era of the Princes · The Burning of USS Philadelphia · Grito de Dolores · Battle of Queenston Heights
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