Genghis Khan, also spelled Chinggis Khan (1162–1227), was the ruler of the Mongol Empire, which was the most expansive empire of its time. The fearsome attacks of the army of Genghis Khan on various kingdoms form the basis for the Mongol campaign in Age of Empires II.
The campaign's story is told from the point of view of a Mongol historian who writes about the expansion under Genghis' rule.
Unit EditGenghis Khan is a cavalry archer hero available only in the Scenario Editor and the Crucible scenario of his campaign, where he cannot be controlled by the player. Genghis Khan is portrayed as a Mangudai but is much stronger in overall statistics. He is one of the strongest heroes in the game. As a hero, he cannot be converted and can regenerate health (since The Conquerors).
- Crucible, first scenario of the campaign, is the only level in the campaign where Genghis Khan himself actually appears.
- In old patches (until 1.0c/1.0e) there is a small chance of Genghis Khan troops pushing him into the conversion zone of the player's initial troops, causing him to be controllable by the player, making the scenario ridiculously easy.
"The nomadic tribes of the Asian steppes spent centuries entangled in their own petty feuds until united under Genghis Khan. Within years, a highly disciplined army pours out of Mongolia to embark on a campaign of world conquest. But how can a tribe of horse archers possibly overcome the military might of Persia and Eastern Europe, let alone the technologically advanced empires in China?"—In-game campaign description
The Genghis Khan campaign consists of 6 scenarios. The player plays as the Mongols, and the player color is orange.
- In the DS version, Genghis Khan is a hero unit who accompanies the player throughout the entire campaign. His abilities include Nomadic Travel, Overwhelming Siege, Mongol Terror and Patron of the Arts.
- Genghis Khan is one of only two The Age of Kings characters with the distinction of appearing in the campaign of two different Age of Empires games, the other being Joan of Arc.