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Francisco de Orellana (c. 1500 - November 1546) was a Spanish Conquistador best known for being the first European to navigate the entire length of the Amazon River. In Age of Empires II: The Forgotten, Orellana is the protagonist of the El Dorado campaign, and he also appears as a must-survive hero unit in every scenario.


Francisco de Orellana has the appearance of a Conquistador but a unique icon and better stats. He is affected by all upgrades and bonuses that affect ranged ranged cavalry and gunpowder units. As a hero, he cannot be converted and can regenerate health.

In the Definitive Edition, El Dorado is no longer playable, but Orellana is still present in the Scenario Editor, along with other units originally found in the same campaign.


  • Orellana's icon in The Forgotten shows him wearing an eyepatch, referencing how Orellana lost an eye during a battle in Ecuador, prior to the events of El Dorado. However this is not the case in the Definitive Edition.