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The Gazelle is a fast-moving kind of antelope. It appears as a food source in Age of Empires, Age of Mythology, and Age of Empires III.

Age of Empires[]

Gazelles in Age of Empires usually appear in groups of five or more. They run away when attacked or if a unit moves close to them. Like all creatures in Age of Empires, the amount of meat available after the animal is killed diminishes as time passes, so it is best to use multiple Villagers to gather from them.

Although Gazelles are docile and do not attack, they have an annoying tendency to scatter to the wind when attacked, which can make it a bit of a chore to hunt them. Gazelles can also be pushed towards a Storage Pit or Town Center for quicker gathering, although as this requires a considerable amount of micromanagement, it may not be worth the effort. Gazelles also will often fall victim to Lion attacks, and any lone Villager should be on the look out for them when hunting Gazelles.


  • Several species of gazelle live from western Africa to central China. However, none are found in Europe, Korea, or Japan.
  • Two species of gazelle (Gazella gazella and G. subgutturosa) were the most consumed animal in the Natufian culture (c. 13,000-8,000 BC), one of the oldest Neolithic cultures in the Middle East. Despite evidence of selective culling and reclusion of herds within walled structures, real domestication failed and gazelles were later replaced as most common livestock by the sheep.
  • Deer in Age of Empires II were edited from this game's Gazelles. If Deer are made to attack with triggers (something they are not supposed to do in-game), their sprites will change briefly into Gazelles.


Age of Mythology[]

In Age of Mythology, Gazelles are herd-animals of Egyptian lands, similar to the Deer of Greece and the Elks of Scandinavia. As they have few hit points and do not retaliate, they are a quick and easy means of gathering food. Set Pharaohs can summon Gazelles of Set from the Classical Age.


Scientific name -- Gazella thomsonii
Size -- 30-65 lbs.
Diet -- grasses

Gazelle are small members of the antelope family. Thompson's gazelle (one of the most abundant African gazelle species) live in male, female or mixed herds of about 60 individuals, but can form gigantic herds of more than a thousand when migrating. They can run consistently at speeds of over thirty-five miles an hour for about fifteen minutes and has been known to reach up to 50 miles an hour when running from predators, including the cheetah. When a gazelle leaps vertically into the air, it is called "pronking".

The Thompson's gazelle has black stripes on its face and body that help break up the animal's outline and makes it harder to see from a distance. Both males and females have horns, though the latter are shorter. They eat short grasses that other grazers leave behind.
—In-game help section


  • In reality, the Thomson's gazelle (misspelled here as Thompson's) only lives in Kenya and Tanzania. Gazelles found in Egypt include the Dorcas gazelle (G. dorcas), the Mountain gazelle (G. gazella), and the Rhim gazelle (G. leptoceros).


Age of Empires III[]

The Gazelle is introduced in the Definitive Edition, where it can be found in Christopher Da Gama's Expedition and the Scenario Editor.

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