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[edit | edit source]

The Age of Kings[edit | edit source]

Hero Type Sprite Campaign appearances
Aethelfirthicon.png Aethelfirth Infantry Woad Raider Legionaries on the Horizon!
MonkIcon.jpg Archbishop Monk Monk An Unlikely Alliance
Archersoftheeyesicon.png Archers of the Eyes Archer Arbalester The Siege of Jerusalem
The Lion and the Demon
The Emperor Sleeping
The Right Partner
Badneighboricon.png Bad Neighbor Siege weapon Trebuchet The Lion and the Demon
Belisariusicon.png Belisarius Cavalry Cataphract
Centurion (DE)
Legionaries on the Horizon!
Charlemagneicon.png Charlemagne Infantry Throwing Axeman The Saxon Revolt
Charlesmartelicon.png Charles Martel Infantry Throwing Axeman Tours
Constablerichemonticon.png Constable Richemont Cavalry Unique A Perfect Martyr
Dukedalencon.png Duke D'Alençon Cavalry Unique The Maid of Orleans
Elcidicon.png El Cid Infantry Champion Brother against Brother
The Exile of the Cid
Emperorinabarrelicon.png Emperor in a Barrel Civilian Trade Cart The Emperor Sleeping
Elcidicon.png Erik the Red Infantry Berserk Vinlandsaga
Constablerichemonticon.png Frankish Paladin Cavalry Unique The Saxon Revolt
MonkIcon.jpg Friar Tuck Monk Monk None
Constablerichemonticon.png Gawain Cavalry Cavalier None
Genghiskhanicon.png Genghis Khan Cavalry archer Mangudai Crucible
Badneighboricon.png God's Own Sling Siege weapon Trebuchet The Lion and the Demon
Guyjosselyneicon.png Guy Josselyne Cavalry Paladin A Perfect Martyr
The Saxon Revolt
MonkIcon.jpg Harold Haardraade Monk Monk None
VBRSK.jpg Hrolf the Ganger Infantry Berserk None
Wolf-icon-aoe2.jpg Hunting Wolf Animal Wolf The Horde Rides West
Pax Mongolica
The Great Ride
Raising the Banners
A Most Unlikely Man
Jeanbureauicon.png Jean Bureau Siege weapon Bombard Cannon A Perfect Martyr
Jeandelorrain.png Jean de Lorrain Siege weapon Bombard Cannon The Siege of Paris
Joanofarcicon.png Joan of Arc Cavalry Unique The Maid of Orleans
The Cleansing of the Loire
The Rising
The Siege of Paris
Joanthemaidicon.png Joan the Maid Infantry Unique An Unlikely Messiah
The Sack of Rome
ChampionIcon.jpg King Arthur Infantry Champion None
SMURI.jpg Kitabatake Infantry Samurai None
Kushlukicon.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.png La Hire Infantry Champion The Cleansing of the Loire
A Perfect Martyr
PaladinIcon.jpg Lancelot Cavalry Paladin None
Lorddegravilleicon.png Lord de Graville Archer Arbalester The Siege of Paris
Masterofthetemplaricon.png Master of the Templar Cavalry Unique The Siege of Jerusalem
Minamotoicon.png Minamoto Infantry Samurai Kurikara
PaladinIcon.jpg Mordred Cavalry Paladin None
Wolf hero1.png Ornlu the Wolf Animal Wolf Crucible
The Triple Alliance
La Noche Triste
The Digvijaya
Echoes of Heroes
Reynalddechatillonicon.png Reynald de Chatillon Cavalry Unique Lord of Arabia
The Horns of Hattin
Richardthelionhearticon.png Richard the Lionheart Cavalry Paladin The Lion and the Demon
The Emperor Sleeping
LongbowmanIcon.jpg Robin Hood Archer Longbowman None
KnightIcon.jpg Roland Cavalry Knight None
PetardIcon.jpg Saboteur Siege weapon Petard Pax Mongolica
Shahicon.png Shah King King The Horde Rides West
Sheriffofnottinghamicon.png Sheriff of Nottingham Infantry Long Swordsman The Elopement
ChampionIcon.jpg Siegfried Infantry Champion The Saxon Revolt
Sieurbertrand.png Sieur Bertrand Cavalry Knight An Unlikely Messiah
The Sack of Rome
Tales of La Canela
Sieurdemetz.png Sieur de Metz Cavalry Knight An Unlikely Messiah
Sirjohnfastolf.png Sir John Fastolf Cavalry Unique The Cleansing of the Loire
Subotaiicon.png Subotai Cavalry archer Heavy Cavalry Archer
Unique (DE)
The Horde Rides West
The Promise
Pax Mongolica
Mongol Raiders
Tamerlaneicon.png Tamerlane Cavalry archer Mangudai Amir of Transoxiana
Constablerichemonticon.png The Black Prince Cavalry Cavalier None
Theodericthegothicon.png Theodoric the Goth Infantry Huskarl All Roads Lead to a Besieged City
Legionaries on the Horizon!
The Battle of Guadalete
Willi.png William Wallace Infantry Champion The Battle of Falkirk
A Kingdom of Our Own

The Conquerors[edit | edit source]

Hero Type Sprite Campaign appearances
Admiral Yi Sun Shin.png Admiral Yi Sun-Shin Warship Turtle Ship Noryang Point
Hero 2 Icon.png Alexander Nevski Cavalry Cavalier None
Attila the Hun.png Attila the Hun Cavalry Cataphract
Unique (DE)
The Scourge of God
The Fall of Rome
BledaIcon.png Bleda the Hun Cavalry Mangudai
Steppe Lancer (DE)
The Scourge of God
Elcidicon.png El Cid Campeador Cavalry Unique Brother against Brother
The Enemy of my Enemy
Black Guards
King of Valencia
Elcidicon.png Harald Hardraade Infantry Berserk Hastings
Henryvicon.png Henry V Cavalry Paladin Agincourt
Imamicon.png Imam Monk Monk
Unique (TF)
The Enemy of my Enemy
Kingalfonsoicon.png King Alfonso King King Brother against Brother
Black Guards
Kingsanchoicon.png King Sancho King King Brother against Brother
Minamotoicon.png Nobunaga Infantry Samurai Kyoto
Popeleoicon.png Pope Leo I Monk Monk The Fall of Rome
LightCavalryIcon.jpg Scythian Scout Cavalry Light Cavalry Bukhara
Djeriba Gold
The Scourge of God
Scythianwildwomanicon.png Scythian Wild Woman Infantry Unique The Great Ride
The White Elephant
Williamtheconqueroricon.png William the Conqueror Cavalry Unique Hastings

The Forgotten[edit | edit source]

Hero Type Sprite Campaign appearances
Chandbhaiicon.png Chand Bhai Monk Unique A Promising Warrior
Battles of Tarain
Cuauhtemocicon.png Cuauhtemoc Infantry Elite Eagle Warrior None
Francescosforzaicon.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
Franciscodeorellanaicon.png Francisco de Orellana Gunpowder cavalry Conquistador Tales of La Canela
The Split
The Amazones
The Cannibals
Frederickbarbarossaicon.png Frederick Barbarossa Infantry Teutonic Knight None
Gonzalopizarroicon.png Gonzalo Pizarro Gunpowder cavalry Conquistador The Split
Tales of La Canela
The Triple Alliance (DE)
Jarlicon.png Jarl Cavalry Tarkan
Unique (DE)
Khosrauicon.png Khosrau Cavalry archer Elephant Archer Bukhara
Osmanicon.png Osman Cavalry archer Heavy Cavalry Archer
Unique (DE)
Prithviicon.png Prithvi Archer Crossbowman A Promising Warrior
Prithviicon.png Prithviraj Cavalry archer Heavy Cavalry Archer
Unique (DE)
A Promising Warrior
The Digvijaya
The Elopement
Battles of Tarain
Queenicon.png Queen Civilian Unique None
Saladinicon.png Saladin Cavalry Mameluke None
Sanyogitaicon.png Sanyogita Civilian Unique A Promising Warrior
The Elopement
Savaranicon.png Savaran Cavalry Cataphract
Unique (DE)
Vladdraculaicon.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[edit | edit source]

Hero Type Sprite Campaign appearances
WarElephantIcon.jpg Abraha Elephant Cavalry War Elephant None
ImperialCamelIcon.jpg Babur Cavalry Imperial Camel Rider None
Dagnajanicon.png Dagnajan Cavalry archer Unique A Fallen Crown
Gidajanicon.png Gidajan Infantry Unique Welcome Home
New Genoese Crossbowman.png Guglielmo Embriaco Archer Genoese Crossbowman None
2HandedswordsmanIcon.jpg Henry II Infantry Two-Handed Swordsman The Pasunda Bubat Tragedy
Slingericon.png Huayna Capac Archer Slinger None
JaguarWarriorIcon.jpg Itzcoatl Infantry Jaguar Warrior
Unique (DE)
SpearmanIcon.jpg Little John Infantry Spearman None
Magyar Huszar icon.jpg Miklos Toldi Cavalry Magyar Huszar None
Musaibnnusayricon.png Musa ibn Nusayr Cavalry archer Camel Archer Consolidation and Subjugation
JanissaryIcon.jpg Mustafa Pasha Gunpowder unit Janissary None
PlumedArcherIcon.jpg Pacal II Archer Plumed Archer None
Kamayukicon.png Pachacuti Infantry Kamayuk
Unique (DE)
War of Brothers
Yoditicon.png Princess Yodit Civilian Unique Path of Exile
Richarddeclareicon.png Richard de Clare Cavalry Light Cavalry None
ChuKoNuIcon.jpg Su Dingfang Archer Chu Ko Nu None
Sumanguruicon.png Sumanguru Cavalry Cataphract
Unique (DE)
The Lion's Den
Sundjataicon.png Sundjata Cavalry Light Cavalry
Unique (DE)
Tariqibnziyadicon.png Tariq ibn Ziyad Cavalry archer Genitour
Unique (DE)
The Battle of Guadalete
Consolidation and Subjugation
Crossing the Pyrenees
Magyar Huszar icon.jpg Tristan Cavalry Magyar Huszar None
Yekunoamlakicon.png Yekuno Amlak Infantry Shotel Warrior Path of Exile
Yoditicon.png Yodit Infantry Gbeto
Unique (DE)
HussarIcon.jpg Zawisza the Black Cavalry Hussar Kurikara

Rise of the Rajas[edit | edit source]

Hero Type Sprite Campaign appearances
Bayinnaungicon.png Bayinnaung Cavalry Elite Battle Elephant
Unique (DE)
The Burmese Tigers
The Mandalay Cobra
The Royal Peacock
Buibiicon.png Bui Bi Monk Unique A Three-Pronged Attack
Dinhleicon.png Dinh Le Cavalry Paladin
Unique (DE)
A Three-Pronged Attack
Envoyicon2.png Envoy Cavalry Light Cavalry
Unique (DE)
A Dangerous Mission
Gajahmadaicon.png Gajah Mada Infantry Unique Unconditional Loyalty
The Pasunda Bubat Tragedy
KingC.png Jayanegara King King None
Jayaviravarmanicon.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
Leloiicon.png Le Loi Infantry Champion
Unique (DE)
The Dai Viet Uprising
The Mountain Siege
The Battle at Hanoi
The Final Fortress
Letrienicon.png Le Trien Infantry Champion A Three-Pronged Attack
Luunhanchuicon.png Luu Nhan Chu Archer Arbalester A Three-Pronged Attack
Radenwijayaicon.png Raden Wijaya Cavalry Cavalier The Story of Our Founders
Sundaroyalfightericon.png Sunda Royal Fighter Infantry Unique The Pasunda Bubat Tragedy
The Burmese Tigers
The Mandalay Cobra
The White Elephant
Suryavarmaniicon.png Suryavarman I Cavalry Elite Battle Elephant Usurpation
A Dangerous Mission
Tabinshwehtiicon.png Tabinshwehti Cavalry archer Elephant Archer The Burmese Tigers
The Mandalay Cobra
Udayadityavarmaniicon.png Udayadityavarman I King King Usurpation
Wangtongicon.png Wang Tong Cavalry Cataphract
Unique (DE)

The Last Khans[edit | edit source]

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 Unique 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)

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • In the Definitive Edition, there is an option in the game's settings where attempting to kill a hero unit will prompt a message asking if the player wants to proceed in killing the unit, which will usually trigger defeat. This helps prevent accidental deletion.
  • The golden glow is also present in one non-heroic unit: the Khan.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

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