Golden Pit is a random map featured in Age of Empires II HD: The Forgotten. The map is very similar to Gold Rush with greenery and forests surrounding an arid region filled with filled with heaps of Gold Mines but features a large pit at the center instead of a hill.
Player's start out in a forestland near the edges the map near small forests of deciduous trees with a Scout Cavalry or Eagle Scout provided. The land is green and lush and filled with resources. Some players will stay in their forest area and not colonize the central pit creating expansion conflicts and skirmishes over the forest land Player's are separated by a the large pit in the center.
Despite having dry, barren, and sandy terrain not suitable for trees and wildlife, the pit contains large heaps Gold Mines providing a bounty of gold. However, the bounty of gold comes at a price. Multiple raids and attacks from enemy troops over control of the pit will happen frequently in the map. The edges of the pit will contain cliff like terrain, giving archer units an advantage over the vulnerable mining Villagers. Building Castles and Watch Towers will help protect Villagers from these attacks.
Livestock are present in fair numbers across the map; herds of Sheep will be grazing near the player's Town Center which can provide a well source of food. Deer will be found not too far away and will be cautiously foraging near the forests and can be hunted down. Wild Boars will be lurking far away and will viciously attack and attempt to kill any Villagers that hunt them providing an alternative source of food.
Stone Mines are sporadically distributed, providing stone around the forestland of the map although they will not be present in the central pit. A few Gold Mines will be found in the forestland providing Gold to players reluctant to colonize the central pit.
The clumps of forestland will consist mainly of Oak Trees and Forest Trees providing wood. Small stands of Bamboo Trees will oddly be found scattered throughout the map as with some other special maps featured in the expansion.