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This article is about the heroes in Age of Empires II. For heroes in other games of the series, see Hero.

Joan the Maid's icon in Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition

Heroes are special units in Age of Empires II. Unavailable in regular games, heroes typically refer to historical figures. As such, they are often featured in campaign scenarios. There, they are often must-survive units, i.e. their death means instant defeat. With The Conquerors, all heroes are immune to conversion and gain the ability to regenerate hit points. Heroes often have unique icons and sometimes even unique unit designs, and usually have good combat stats, making them very valuable in-game.

In the Definitive Edition, all heroes except the Hunting Wolf and the Mounted Samurai have a distinct, golden glow that helps tell them apart from common units.

Some scenarios contain hero units that only appear once to a few times, and cannot be spawned in the Scenario Editor. An example of such a hero unit is Prince Juan in the scenario The Old World of the Francisco de Almeida campaign.

List of heroes[]

The Age of Kings[]

Hero Type Sprite Campaign appearances
Aethelfrith aoe2DE.png Aethelfirth Infantry Woad Raider Legionaries on the Horizon!
Monk hero aoe2DE.png Archbishop Monk Monk An Unlikely Alliance
Archereyes aoe2DE.png Archers of the Eyes Archer Arbalester The Siege of Jerusalem
The Lion and the Demon
The Emperor Sleeping
The Right Partner
Hero trebuchet unpacked aoe2DE.png Bad Neighbor Siege weapon Trebuchet The Lion and the Demon
Belisarius aoe2DE.png Belisarius Cavalry Cataphract
Centurion (DE)
Legionaries on the Horizon!
Charlemagne aoe2DE.png Charlemagne Infantry Throwing Axeman The Saxon Revolt
Charlesmartel aoe2DE.png Charles Martel Infantry Throwing Axeman Tours
Gawain aoe2DE.png Constable Richemont Cavalry Unique A Perfect Martyr
Dukedalencon aoe2DE.png Duke D'Alençon Cavalry Unique The Maid of Orleans
El cid campeador aoe2DE.png El Cid Infantry Champion Brother against Brother
The Exile of the Cid
Empbarrel aoe2DE.png Emperor in a Barrel Civilian Trade Cart The Emperor Sleeping
Erikthered aoe2DE.png Erik the Red Infantry Berserk Vinlandsaga
Frankish paladin aoe2de.png Frankish Paladin Cavalry Unique The Saxon Revolt
Monk hero aoe2DE.png Friar Tuck Monk Monk None
Gawain aoe2DE.png Gawain Cavalry Cavalier None
Genghiskhan aoe2DE.png Genghis Khan Cavalry Archer Mangudai Crucible
Hero trebuchet unpacked aoe2DE.png God's Own Sling Siege weapon Trebuchet The Lion and the Demon
Guyjoesselyne aoe2DE.png Guy Josselyne Cavalry Paladin A Perfect Martyr
The Saxon Revolt
MonkIcon.jpg Harold Haardraade Monk Monk None
Hrolf the ganger aoe2DE.png Hrolf the Ganger Infantry Berserk None
Hunting wolf aoe2DE.png Hunting Wolf Animal Wolf The Horde Rides West
Pax Mongolica
The Great Ride
Honfoglalás
Raising the Banners
A Most Unlikely Man
Jeanbureau aoe2DE.png Jean Bureau Siege weapon Bombard Cannon A Perfect Martyr
Jeandelorrain aoe2DE.png Jean de Lorrain Siege weapon Bombard Cannon The Siege of Paris
Joan arc aoe2DE.png Joan of Arc Cavalry Unique The Maid of Orleans
The Cleansing of the Loire
The Rising
The Siege of Paris
Joan maid aoe2DE.png Joan the Maid Infantry Unique An Unlikely Messiah
The Sack of Rome
King arthur aoe2DE.png King Arthur Infantry Champion None
Kitabatake aoe2DE.png Kitabatake Infantry Samurai None
Kushluk aoe2DE.png Kushluk Cavalry Cavalier
Unique (DE)
A Life of Revenge
Emperor of the West
The Sack of Rome
A Most Unlikely Man
An Unlikely Alliance
Echoes of Heroes
Lahire aoe2DE.png La Hire Infantry Champion The Cleansing of the Loire
A Perfect Martyr
Lancelot aoe2DE.png Lancelot Cavalry Paladin None
Lorddegraville aoe2DE.png Lord de Graville Archer Arbalester The Siege of Paris
Alexandernevski aoe2DE.png Master of the Templar Cavalry Unique The Siege of Jerusalem
Minamoto aoe2DE.png Minamoto Infantry Samurai Kurikara
Lancelot aoe2DE.png Mordred Cavalry Paladin None
Wolf hero1.png Ornlu the Wolf Animal Wolf Crucible
Vinlandsaga
The Triple Alliance
La Noche Triste
The Digvijaya
Echoes of Heroes
Reynaldde aoe2DE.png Reynald de Chatillon Cavalry Unique Lord of Arabia
The Horns of Hattin
Lionheart aoe2DE.png Richard the Lionheart Cavalry Paladin The Lion and the Demon
The Emperor Sleeping
Cyprus
Robin hood aoe2de.png Robin Hood Archer Longbowman None
Roland aoe2DE.png Roland Cavalry Knight None
Saboteur aoe2DE.png Saboteur Siege weapon Petard Pax Mongolica
Shah aoe2DE.png Shah King King The Horde Rides West
Sheriff nottingham aoe2DE.png Sheriff of Nottingham Infantry Long Swordsman The Elopement
Champion aoe2DE.png Siegfried Infantry Champion The Saxon Revolt
Sieurbertrand aoe2DE.png Sieur Bertrand Cavalry Knight An Unlikely Messiah
The Sack of Rome
Tales of La Canela
Sieurdemetz aoe2DE.png Sieur de Metz Cavalry Knight An Unlikely Messiah
Sirjohnfastolf aoe2DE.png Sir John Fastolf Cavalry Unique The Cleansing of the Loire
Subotai AoE2DE.png Subotai Cavalry Archer Heavy Cavalry Archer
Unique (DE)
The Horde Rides West
The Promise
Pax Mongolica
Mongol Raiders
Tamerlane aoe2DE.png Tamerlane Cavalry Archer Mangudai Amir of Transoxiana
Gawain aoe2DE.png The Black Prince Cavalry Cavalier None
Ataulf aoe2DE.png Theodoric the Goth Infantry Huskarl All Roads Lead to a Besieged City
Legionaries on the Horizon!
The Battle of Guadalete
William wallace new aoe2de.png William Wallace Infantry Champion
Unique (DE)
The Battle of Falkirk
A Kingdom of Our Own

The Conquerors[]

Hero Type Sprite Campaign appearances
Yisun aoe2DE.png Admiral Yi Sun-Shin Warship Turtle Ship Noryang Point
Alexandernevski aoe2DE.png Alexander Nevski Cavalry Cavalier None
Attilathehun aoe2DE.png Attila the Hun Cavalry Cataphract
Unique (DE)
The Scourge of God
The Fall of Rome
Bledathehun aoe2DE.png Bleda the Hun Cavalry Mangudai
Steppe Lancer (DE)
The Scourge of God
El cid campeador aoe2DE.png El Cid Campeador Cavalry Unique Brother against Brother
The Enemy of my Enemy
Black Guards
King of Valencia
Reconquista
Erikthered aoe2DE.png Harald Hardraade Infantry Berserk Hastings
Henryv aoe2DE.png Henry V Cavalry Paladin Agincourt
Aoe2 Imam.png Imam Monk Monk
Unique (TF)
The Enemy of my Enemy
Kingalfonso aoe2DE.png King Alfonso King King Brother against Brother
Black Guards
Kingsancho aoe2DE.png King Sancho King King Brother against Brother
Minamoto aoe2DE.png Nobunaga Infantry Samurai Kyoto
Popeleoi aoe2DE.png Pope Leo I Monk Monk The Fall of Rome
Scythian scout aoe2DE.png Scythian Scout Cavalry Light Cavalry Bukhara
Djeriba Gold
The Scourge of God
Scythianwildwoman aoe2DE.png Scythian Wild Woman Infantry Unique The Great Ride
The White Elephant
Williamconq aoe2DE.png William the Conqueror Cavalry Unique Hastings

The Forgotten[]

Hero Type Sprite Campaign appearances
Chand bardai aoe2DE.png Chand Bhai Monk Unique A Promising Warrior
Battles of Tarain
Cuauhtemoc aoe2DE.png Cuauhtemoc Infantry Elite Eagle Warrior None
Fransforza aoe2DE.png Francesco Sforza Infantry Condottiero
Unique (DE)
An End and a Beginning
O Fortuna
The Hand of a Daughter
The Ambrosian Republic
A New Duke of Milan
Franciscode aoe2DE.png Francisco de Orellana Gunpowder cavalry Conquistador Tales of La Canela
The Split
The Amazones
The Cannibals
Fredbarb aoe2DE.png Frederick Barbarossa Infantry Teutonic Knight None
Pizarro aoe2DE.png Gonzalo Pizarro Gunpowder cavalry Conquistador The Split
Tales of La Canela
The Triple Alliance (DE)
Jarl aoe2DE.png Jarl Cavalry Tarkan
Unique (DE)
York
Honfoglalás
Khosrau aoe2DE.png Khosrau Cavalry Archer Elephant Archer Bukhara
Osman aoe2DE.png Osman Cavalry Archer Heavy Cavalry Archer
Unique (DE)
Bapheus
Prithvi aoe2DE.png Prithvi Archer Crossbowman A Promising Warrior

The Digvijaya (DE)

Prithviraj aoe2DE.png Prithviraj Cavalry Archer Heavy Cavalry Archer
Unique (DE)
A Promising Warrior
The Digvijaya
The Elopement
Battles of Tarain
Queen aoe2DE.png Queen Civilian Unique None
Saladin aoe2DE.png Saladin Cavalry Mameluke None
Princess yodit aoe2DE.png Sanyogita Civilian Unique A Promising Warrior
The Elopement
Savar aoe2DE.png Savar Cavalry Cataphract
Unique (DE)
Bukhara
Vladdracula aoe2DE.png Vlad Dracula Cavalry Boyar
Unique (DE)
The Dragon Spreads His Wings
The Return of the Dragon
The Breath of the Dragon
The Moon Rises
The Night Falls

The African Kingdoms[]

Hero Type Sprite Campaign appearances
Abraha elephant aoe2DE.png Abraha Elephant Cavalry War Elephant None
Babur aoe2DE.png Babur Cavalry Imperial Camel Rider None
Dagnajan aoe2DE.png Dagnajan Cavalry Archer Unique A Fallen Crown
Gidajan aoe2DE.png Gidajan Infantry Unique Welcome Home
Guglielmo aoe2DE.png Guglielmo Embriaco Archer Genoese Crossbowman None
Henry ii aoe2DE.png Henry II Infantry Two-Handed Swordsman The Pasunda Bubat Tragedy
Huayna capac aoe2DE.png Huayna Capac Archer Slinger None
Itzcoatl aoe2DE.png Itzcoatl Infantry Jaguar Warrior
Unique (DE)
None
Little john aoe2DE.png Little John Infantry Spearman None
Miklos toldi aoe2DE.png Miklos Toldi Cavalry Magyar Huszar None
Musa ibn aoe2DE.png Musa ibn Nusayr Cavalry Archer Camel Archer Consolidation and Subjugation
Mustafa pasha aoe2DE.png Mustafa Pasha Gunpowder unit Janissary None
Pacal ii aoe2DE.png Pacal II Archer Plumed Archer None
Pachacuti aoe2DE.png Pachacuti Infantry Kamayuk
Unique (DE)
War of Brothers
Princess yodit aoe2DE.png Princess Yodit Civilian Unique Path of Exile
Richarddeclare aoe2DE.png Richard de Clare Cavalry Light Cavalry None
Su dingfang aoe2DE.png Su Dingfang Archer Chu Ko Nu None
Sumanguru aoe2DE.png Sumanguru Cavalry Cataphract
Unique (DE)
The Lion's Den
Sundjata aoe2DE.png Sundjata Cavalry Light Cavalry
Unique (DE)
Hunted
Tariq aoe2DE.png Tariq ibn Ziyad Cavalry Archer Genitour
Unique (DE)
The Battle of Guadalete
Consolidation and Subjugation
Crossing the Pyrenees
Miklos toldi aoe2DE.png Tristan Cavalry Magyar Huszar None
Yekuno aoe2DE.png Yekuno Amlak Infantry Shotel Warrior Path of Exile
Yodit aoe2DE.png Yodit Infantry Gbeto
Unique (DE)
None
Zawisza aoe2DE.png Zawisza the Black Cavalry Hussar Kurikara

Rise of the Rajas[]

Hero Type Sprite Campaign appearances
Bayinnaung aoe2DE.png Bayinnaung Cavalry Elite Battle Elephant
Unique (DE)
The Burmese Tigers
The Mandalay Cobra
The Royal Peacock
Buibi aoe2DE.png Bui Bi Monk Unique A Three-Pronged Attack

The Old Tiger

DinhLe aoe2DE.png Dinh Le Cavalry Paladin
Unique (DE)
A Three-Pronged Attack
Envoy aoe2DE.png Envoy Cavalry Light Cavalry
Unique (DE)
A Dangerous Mission
GajahMada aoe2DE.png Gajah Mada Infantry Unique Unconditional Loyalty
The Pasunda Bubat Tragedy
Jayanegara aoe2DE.png Jayanegara King King None
Jayaviravarman aoe2DE.png Jayaviravarman Infantry Karambit Warrior Quelling the Rebellion
Lelaiicon.png Le Lai Infantry Two-Handed Swordsman The Mountain Siege
Lelaiicon.png Le Lai Infantry Champion The Mountain Siege
Leloi aoe2DE.png Le Loi Infantry Champion
Unique (DE)
The Dai Viet Uprising
The Mountain Siege
The Battle at Hanoi
The Final Fortress
LeTrien aoe2DE.png Le Trien Infantry Champion A Three-Pronged Attack
Luu Nhan Chu aoe2DE.png Luu Nhan Chu Archer Arbalester A Three-Pronged Attack
RadenWijaya aoe2DE.png Raden Wijaya Cavalry Cavalier The Story of Our Founders
Sunda aoe2DE.png Sunda Royal Fighter Infantry Unique The Pasunda Bubat Tragedy
The Burmese Tigers
The Mandalay Cobra
The White Elephant
Suryavarman aoe2DE.png Suryavarman I Cavalry Elite Battle Elephant Usurpation
A Dangerous Mission

The Old Tiger

Tabinshwehti aoe2DE.png Tabinshwehti Cavalry Archer Elephant Archer The Burmese Tigers
The Mandalay Cobra
Udaya aoe2DE.png Udayadityavarman I King King Usurpation
Wangtong aoe2DE.png Wang Tong Cavalry Cataphract
Unique (DE)
None

The Last Khans[]

Hero Type Sprite Campaign appearances
AoE2 DE Hero Alaric icon.png Alaric the Goth Cavalry Unique The Giant Falls (formerly)
AoE2 DE Hero Alaric icon.png Ataulf Infantry Unique The Giant Falls
Cuman chief aoe2de.png Cuman Chief Cavalry Unique Blood for Blood
A New Home
Cusi yupanqui aoe2de.png Cusi Yupanqui Infantry Unique The Field of Blood
Girgen khan aoe2de.png Girgen Khan Cavalry Archer Kipchak Saving the Huts
Henrythelion aoe2DE.png Henry the Lion Cavalry Knight
Ivaylo aoe2DE.png Ivaylo Cavalry Unique A Most Unlikely Man
An Unlikely Alliance
Tsar of the Bulgars
Echoes of Heroes
Where the One-Eyed Man is King
Ivaylo aoe2DE.png Ivaylo (dismounted) Infantry Unique Spawned when Ivaylo is killed
King bela iv aoe2de.png King Bela IV King King
KotyanKhan aoe2DE.png Kotyan Khan Cavalry Archer Unique Raising the Banners
The Battle at the Kalka River
Saving the Huts
Erikthered aoe2DE.png Leif Erikson Warship Longboat
Lelai aoe2DE.png Le Lai Cavalry Unique The Mountain Siege
Hussar aoe2DE.png Mounted Samurai Cavalry Hussar Kurikara
Sosso guard aoe2de.png Sosso Guard Infantry Unique The Lion's Den
The middlebrook aoe2de.png The Middlebrook Warship Longboat
Tokkhan aoe2DE.png Tokhtamysh Khan Cavalry Keshik Amir of Transoxiana
Tsar aoe2DE.png Tsar Konstantin Cavalry Unique A Most Unlikely Man
Topa yupanqui.png Topa Yupanqui Infantry Jaguar Warrior Like Father, Like Son
UrusKhan aoe2DE.png Urus Khan Cavalry Archer Kipchak Amir of Transoxiana
A Most Unlikely Man
Tsar of the Bulgars
Pizarro aoe2DE.png Vasco da Gama Warship Caravel
Vytautus the great aoe2de.png Vytautas the Great Cavalry Unique Cyprus (DE)

Lords of the West[]

Hero Type Sprite Campaign appearances
Bernard darmagnae aoe2de.png Bernard d'Armagnac Cavalry Unique
Bohemond aoe2de.png Bohemond Cavalry Unique
Dafydd ap gruffydd aoe2de.png Dafydd ap Gruffydd Infantry Unique
Edward longshanks aoe2de.png Edward Longshanks Cavalry Unique
Gilbert de clare aoe2de.png Gilbert de Clare Cavalry Unique
Jacqueline of hainaut aoe2de.png Jacqueline of Hainaut Civilian Unique
John the fearless aoe2de.png John the Fearless Cavalry Unique
Llywelyn ap gruffydd aoe2de.png Llywelyn ap Gruffydd Infantry Unique
Philip the good aoe2de.png Philip the Good Cavalry Unique
Robert guiscard aoe2de.png Robert Guiscard Cavalry Unique
Roger bosso aoe2de.png Roger Bosso Cavalry Unique

Dawn of the Dukes[]

Hero Type Sprite Campaign appearances
Jadwiga Cavalry Unique
Jan Zizka Cavalry Unique
Jogaila Cavalry Unique

Trivia[]

  • The golden glow is also present on one non-heroic unit: the Khan.

Gallery[]