Age of Empires Series Wiki

Desire is the second scenario of the Devapala campaign in Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition - Dynasties of India.


"An idea developed and acted on is better than an idea that merely exists as an idea," said the Buddha.

Devapala's successes in Kamarupa and Utkala filled him with increasingly ambitious ideas. The first that he acted on was his desire to control the sacred city of Kannauj, a place that rulers and empires had coveted for centuries. To hold its central temple would be the ultimate stamp of legitimacy.

Desire is the source of dissatisfaction, and is inextricable from it — that is the Second Noble Truth.

Devapala was not alone in his ambition, however. Two other great powers — the Pratiharas of the west and the Rashtrakutas of the south, rivals of the Palas for generations — also lay claim to the glorious city.

Formidable figures lead the enemy armies. The young Pratihara king, Mihira Bhoja, had just subdued his neighbors and bolstered his cavalry with a new breed of horses, the swiftest to be found in all of India.

Amoghavarsha, pride of the Rashtrakutas, oozed confidence after crushing a series of rebellions with a deadly force of infantry and elephants.

Old family friends indeed, as Utkala had so eloquently put it.

Scenario instructions[]

Starting conditions[]


  • Capture and hold the Monument in Kannauj.
  • (secondary) Build a Castle and train 10 Rathas.
  • (secondary) Repair the Monasteries in Kannauj.


  1. Devapala is restricted to the Castle Age, a population limit of 150, and initially cannot construct Monasteries, nor can he build Docks on the flooded rivers.
  2. This mission will play like a King of the Hill match. Any player that can capture the Monument in Kannauj and hold it until the countdown expires will achieve victory.
  3. Bengali elephant units sustain less bonus damage from their traditional counters. Use them fearlessly!
  4. There are no friends in this three-way rivalry. The Pratiharas and the Rashtrakutas are your enemies, but they will also fight each other.
  5. The climate here is less dense than in the heart of Bengal. Focus on securing the Monument in the center, but be prepared to fight on the perimeters as well!


Your scouts report:

  • Devapala (1, Yellow) and his forces have established two camps to the east and northeast of the ancient city of Kannauj (2, Grey).
  • The Pratiharas (3, Red) threaten Kannauj from the west and northwest. They train mainly mounted units and are expected to make an early push for the city.
  • The Rashtrakutas (4, Purple) approach Kannauj from the south with armies of foot soldiers and elephants. They are more likely to sit back initially and collect their forces, but then strike out furiously once they are ready.



  • Player (Bengalis): The Player starts with a sizeable force of Elephant Archers, Battle Elephants and infantry. The main objective is the city of Kannauj.


  • Kannauj (Gurjaras): The city is located in the center and is passive in the conflict.


  • Pratiharas (Gurjaras): The Pratiharas of Mihira Bhoja camps in the west and northwest. They will train mounted units consists of Shrivamsha Riders, Light Cavalry and Camel Riders in order to fight for the struggle of Kannauj.
  • Rashtrakutas (Dravidians): Amoghavarsha approaches Kannauj from the south with an army of foot soldiers and Elephants. They will collect their forces before strike out furiously at the two competitors.



The player should not need to worry about getting raided, but must act fast if they want to control the Monument before the time expires. It is likely that the Pratiharas will be the first to control the Monument, and, unless the player intervenes, hold it right up to the end. However, the player only needs to hold the monument at the last moment, when the timer runs out. That said, the player should not leave it to the end to intervene, lest the player times it wrongly and ends up with insufficient time to seize control.

The key military units that will be used in this scenario will be Rathas and/or Battle Elephants.

Right from the start, the player is given access to two possible locations to obtain resources from (1 Town Center in the east, and 1 potential expansion in the northeast of the map). Building a second Town Center is optional, though. What is more important is that the player must make use of the initial conflict between Pratiharas and the Rashtrakutas to quickly train Villagers, so that the the player will possess an economy to fund the units needed to destroy the forces entrenched near the Monument. There is a Relic nearby, which the player can consider picking up when it is possible to do so.

Having built up a strong economy, it is now time to seize control of the Monument. Three things need to be done:

  1. The player should send in military units to clear the area.
  2. Build 3 Castles near the Monument.
  3. Continue the training of more Rathas and more Elephants.
  4. Walls are optional. They are good to have, but it is possible to complete the level without them
  5. Keep a look out for Armored Elephants - Elephants and Pikemen are good options against them. However, spamming melee Rathas from the Castles being used for defense at the monument is sufficient.

Building a Castle and training 10 Rathas will reward the player with the Elite Ratha upgrade (otherwise inaccessible due to the player being restricted to the Castle Age).

After capturing the Monument in Kannauj for the first time, the Monks of the city will ask the player to repair three damaged Monasteries in the city. After doing so, the player unlocks the ability to build Monasteries themselves and receives the Bengali unique technology Mahayana (otherwise inaccessible due to the player being restricted to the Castle Age).


"Endurance is among the most arduous disciplines, but the final victory makes its way to the one who endures the most," said the Buddha.

So it was with the Palas, who often won battles not with tactics but with an uncanny ability to outlast their rivals.

Devapala's orders were clear: Kannauj was not to be damaged. The man who would be a Bodhisattva would not see this holy site defiled by the evils of war.

Battles raged outside of the city for days until the Pratihara and Rashtrakuta armies finally sounded the signal to retreat.

Following his victory, Devapala invited into his entourage a Brahman, the priest who had first welcomed him into Kannauj. That man was I, humble Veeradeva, who would soon grow closer to the emperor than anyone.


Desire is based on the humiliation of the lords of Gurjara (Bhoja I) and the Dravidas (Amoghavarsha I) between 832 and 836.

v  d  e
Campaigns in Age of Empires II
AoE2-DLCicon-0.png The Age of Kings
CampaignIcon-WilliamDE.png William WallaceMarching and Fighting · Feeding the Army · Training the Troops · Research and Technology · The Battle of Stirling · Forge an Alliance · The Battle of Falkirk
CampaignIcon-JoanDE.png Joan of ArcAn Unlikely Messiah · The Maid of Orleans · The Cleansing of the Loire · The Rising · The Siege of Paris · A Perfect Martyr
CampaignIcon-SaladinDE.png SaladinAn Arabian Knight · Lord of Arabia · The Horns of Hattin · The Siege of Jerusalem · Jihad! · The Lion and the Demon
CampaignIcon-KhanDE.png Genghis KhanCrucible · A Life of Revenge · Into China · The Horde Rides West · The Promise · Pax Mongolica
CampaignIcon-BarbarossaDE.png BarbarossaHoly Roman Emperor · Henry the Lion · Pope and Antipope · The Lombard League · Barbarossa's March · The Emperor Sleeping
AoE2-DLCicon-1.png The Conquerors
CampaignIcon-AttilaDE.png Attila the HunThe Scourge of God · The Great Ride · The Walls of Constantinople · A Barbarian Betrothal · The Catalaunian Fields · The Fall of Rome
CampaignIcon-ElCidDE.png El CidBrother against Brother · The Enemy of my Enemy · The Exile of the Cid · Black Guards · King of Valencia · Reconquista
CampaignIcon-MontezumaDE.png MontezumaReign of Blood · The Triple Alliance · Quetzalcoatl · La Noche Triste · The Boiling Lake · Broken Spears
AoE2-DLCicon-1.png Battles of the ConquerorsTours · Vinlandsaga · Hastings · Manzikert · Agincourt · Lepanto · Kyoto · Noryang Point
AoE2-DLCicon-1.png Hidden scenarioThe Saxon Revolt
AoE2-DLCicon-2.png The Forgotten
CampaignIcon-AlaricDE.png AlaricAll Roads Lead to a Besieged City (The Battle of the Frigidus) · Legionaries on the Horizon! (Razing Hellas) · Emperor of the West (The Belly of the Beast) · The Sack of Rome (The Giant Falls) · A Kingdom of Our Own
CampaignIcon-DraculaDE.png Vlad DraculaThe Dragon Spreads His Wings · The Return of the Dragon · The Breath of the Dragon · The Moon Rises · The Night Falls
CampaignIcon-BariDE.png BariArrival at Bari (Definitive Edition) · The Rebellion of Melus (Definitive Edition) · Loose Ends · The Best Laid Plans · The Great Siege (The Onrushing Tide)
CampaignIcon-SforzaDE.png SforzaAn End and a Beginning (Mercenaries and Masters) · O Fortuna (His Own Man) · The Hand of a Daughter (Prodigal Son) · The Ambrosian Republic (Blood and Betrayal) · A New Duke of Milan (Viva Sforza!)
El Dorado Icon.png El DoradoTales of La Canela · The Split · The Amazones · The Cannibals
CampaignIcon-PrithvirajDE.png PrithvirajA Promising Warrior (Born of Fire) · The Digvijaya (Definitive Edition) · The Elopement (Hand of a Princess) · Battles of Tarain (The Fate of India) · The Legend of Prithviraj
AoE2-DLCicon-2.png Battles of the ForgottenBukhara · Dos Pilas · York · Honfoglalás · Langshan Jiang · Kurikara · Cyprus · Bapheus
AoE2-DLCicon-2.png Cut scenarioKaesong
AoE2-DLCicon-3.png The African Kingdoms
CampaignIcon-TariqIbnZiyadDE.png Tariq ibn ZiyadThe Battle of Guadalete · Consolidation and Subjugation · Divide and Conquer · Crossing the Pyrenees · Razzia
CampaignIcon-SundjataDE.png SundjataHunted · The Sting of the Scorpion · Djeriba Gold · Blood on the River Bank · The Lion's Den
CampaignIcon-FranciscoDE.png Francisco de AlmeidaThe Old World · Lion of Africa · Ruins of Empires · Estado da India · A Son's Blood
CampaignIcon-YoditDE.png YoditPath of Exile · The Right Partner · A Fallen Crown · Broken Stelae · Welcome Home
AoE2-DLCicon-4.png Rise of the Rajas
CampaignIcon-GajahMadaDE.png Gajah MadaThe Story of Our Founders · Unconditional Loyalty · The Oath to Unify Nusantara · Serving the New King · The Pasunda Bubat Tragedy
CampaignIcon-SuryavarmanIDE.png Suryavarman IUsurpation · Quelling the Rebellion · A Dangerous Mission · Challenging a Thalassocracy · Nirvanapada
CampaignIcon-BayinnaungDE.png BayinnaungThe Burmese Tigers · The Mandalay Cobra · The Royal Peacock · The White Elephant · The Old Tiger
CampaignIcon-LeLoiDE.png Le LoiThe Dai Viet Uprising · The Mountain Siege · The Battle at Hanoi · Reaching South · A Three-Pronged Attack · The Final Fortress
AoEIIDE icon.png Definitive Edition
CampaignIcon-TheArtOfWar.png The Art of WarEarly Economy · Booming · Rushing the Enemy · Fast Castle Age · Defending Against A Rush · Land Battle · Destroying a Castle · Naval Battle · Battle Formations
CampaignIcon-Pachacuti.png PachacutiA New Power Arises · The Field of Blood · War of Brothers · The Falcon's Tent · Like Father, Like Son
00 historical battles normal.png Historical BattlesBukhara · Dos Pilas · Tours · York · Honfoglalás · Vinlandsaga · Hastings · Manzikert · Kurikara · Cyprus · Bapheus · Lake Poyang · Agincourt · Lepanto · Kyoto · Noryang Point
AoE2-DLCicon-5.png The Last Khans
CampaignIcon-Tamerlane.png TamerlaneAmir of Transoxiana · Gurkhan of Persia · Harbinger of Destruction · Sultan of Hindustan · Scourge of the Levant · A Titan Amongst Mortals
CampaignIcon-Ivaylo.png IvayloA Most Unlikely Man · An Unlikely Alliance · Tsar of the Bulgars · Echoes of Heroes · Where the One-Eyed Man is King
CampaignIcon-Kotyan.png Kotyan KhanRaising the Banners · The Battle at the Kalka River · Saving the Huts · Blood for Blood · A New Home
AoE2Icon-LordsWest.png Lords of the West
28 edward normal.png Edward LongshanksVain Ambition · A Man of God · Of Castles and Kings · Toom Tabard · Hammer of the Scots
29 dukes normal.png The Grand Dukes of the WestA Kingdom Divided · The Wolf and the Lion · The Cleansing of Paris · Unholy Marriage · The Hook and Cod Wars · The Maid Falls
30 hautevilles normal.png The HautevillesGuiscard Arrives · Roger in Sicily · Bohemond and the Emperor · Bohemond in the East · Wonder of the World
Dawn of the Dukes icon.png Dawn of the Dukes
Algirdas icon.png Algirdas and KestutisFamily Affairs · No Man's Land · The Tatar Yoke · A Worthy Opponent · In the Shadow of the Throne
32 jadwiga normal.png JadwigaThe Matter of the Crown · Star of the Poles · Duel of the Dukes · The Siege of Vilnius · Vytautas' Crusade · The Fruits of Her Labor
Jan Zizka icon.png Jan ZizkaThe One-Eyed Wanderer · Courage and Coin · The Iron Lords · The Golden City · The Emperor's Fury · Warrior of God
AoE2Icon-DynastiesIndia.png Dynasties of India
Babur Icon.png BaburPearl of the East · The Last Timurids · Into India · The Battle of Panipat · The Rajputs
Rajendra Icon.png RajendraThe Successor · Deeds of the Father · Rising Star · Sacred Waters · Slaying the Vritra
Devapala Icon.png DevapalaDissatisfaction · Desire · Renunciation · Liberation? · Enlightenment