"All players start with huge stockpiles of wood, food, gold, and stone and then fight to the death."

Age of Empires II description

Deathmatch or Death Match is a common game type that starts all of the players with a large quantity of resources.

Age of Empires Edit

Deathmatch (DM) is a game type where all players start with 20,000 food, 20,000 wood, 10,000 gold, and 5,000 stone. It is mostly played with Iron Age start setting. The high resources allow the player to quickly expand the empire, with a strong army and workforce. Epic battles will take place and the winner is usually the one who can, despite the high starting resources, create a grand sustainable economy while overwhelming the opponent with hordes of warriors.

Age of Empires II Edit


In Death Matches, military production is more important than economy early on

In Age of Empires II, all players start with 20,000 food, 20,000 wood, 10,000 gold, and 5,000 stone. The usual starting Age is the Dark Age. In Death Match games, it is crucial to advance to the Castle Age quickly to establish a thriving economy and build up defenses by training troops and constructing defensive structures. Nevertheless, it is important to train troops in earlier Ages in order to counter rushes. For Death Match games, there is a separate ranking in online play.

Age of Mythology Edit

In Age of Mythology, all players start with 15,000 food, 15,000 wood, and 15,000 gold, as well as 100 favor (200 for Zeus players). As in every game in the Age series, it is highly recommended to advance quickly, create sizeable defenses, and attack with superior forces. Also, as players begin with complete favor, it might be a good idea to train sizeable amounts of myth units in early game, to overwhelm unprepared foes.

Technologies are also given for free, automatically on Age advance, in order to push for the offensive focus of Deathmatch.

Age of Empires III Edit

In Age of Empires III, all players start with 20,000 food, 20,000 wood, and 20,000 coin. Like in the previous installments, it is still advised to advance quickly to prevent being swarmed by the enemy. Deathmatch games can be played on any setting, although players are restricted to the Industrial Age and cannot advance to the Imperial Age (unless the player sets it at Imperial/Post-Imperial Age).