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This article is about the Scenario Editor unit in Age of Empires II HD: The Forgotten. For other uses, see Centurion.

Heavy cavalry unit.
Age of Empires II description

The Imperial Centurion (simply called Centurion before Return of Rome) is an untrainable heavy cavalry unit introduced in Age of Empires II HD: The Forgotten. It appears in some campaign scenarios and is available in the Scenario Editor. It is statistically identical to the Elite Cataphract.

The Centurion's appearance in The Forgotten is all but identical to a Cataphract, except for the helmet, which is taken from the Legionary in Age of Empires.

In the Definitive Edition, Centurions have a unique and less anachronistic appearance based on Late Roman Cataphracts (but different from the game's Cataphract trained by the Byzantines), with golden horse armor, cape, ridge helmet, and a round shield with the Chi Rho symbol. The Definitive Edition version of Belisarius also has this appearance.

Since update 42848, Centurions appear in the Battle Royale game mode, acting as Guardians of buildings. Higher numbers of Guardians appear near Castles.

A new Centurion was re-introduced as the trainable Roman unique unit in Return of Rome, and this unit's name was changed.

Campaign appearances[]

The Centurions appear in some scenarios of the Alaric and Bari campaigns, and in the Bapheus scenario of The Forgotten, most often under the command of AI players (the Romans and Byzantines). An exception would be the Byzantine Commander in Arrival at Bari, joining Panos Nautikos during the conquest of Bari by the Byzantines.

In the Definitive Edition, Centurions replace the Western Roman Empire's spawned Elite Cataphracts at the end of the Attila the Hun campaign's fourth scenario, A Barbarian Betrothal. They are also included in several scenarios of the reworked Alaric campaign, like Razing Hellas (as part of the Eastern Roman Empire's forces), The Belly of the Beast (in Ravenna, with one representing Emperor Honorius), and The Giant Falls (as part of the Imperial Legions in Rome).

With Return of Rome, Imperial Centurions have been mostly replaced by the new Centurion unique unit. One remaining appearance is as Emperor Honorius in The Belly of the Beast.


  • The Centurion was a rank in the Roman army, being the commander of a Centuria, or Century (literally and originally 100 men, although the standard size was 80 men for most of the Roman Empire).
  • The original appearance of the Centurion is anachronistic, as it combines Medieval heavy cavalry armor with an ancient Greek helmet of the Chalcidian type. Actual Centurions fought as infantry and wore either a Galea or (in Late Antiquity) a ridge helmet, like those worn by the Centurion and Legionary in the Definitive Edition. A Roman rider would have been called Eques, Legatus, or Clibanarius (in the case of fully armored heavy cavalry).
  • The Centurion rank continued in the Medieval Byzantine Army under the Greek name Kentarches.


Scenario Editor units in Age of Empires II
AoE2-DLCicon-0 The Age of KingsCobracarDE Cobra Car · GenoeseCrossbowmanIcon-DE Heavy Crossbowman· Heavy swordsman aoe2DE Heavy Swordsman· Junk aoe2DE Junk· King eu aoe2DE King · Town center packed aoe2de Town Center (Packed)"
AoE2-DLCicon-1 The ConquerorsMonkey aoe2DE Furious the Monkey Boy · Horse aoe2DE Horse
AoE2-DLCicon-2 The ForgottenAoE2 DE alfred icon Alfred the Alpaca · Amazonarcher aoe2DE Amazon Archer · Amazonwarrior aoe2DE Amazon Warrior · AoE2DE ingame camel icon Camel · Canoe aoe2DE Canoe · Donkey caravan aoe2DE Donkey · Dragonship aoe2DE Dragon Ship · Eastern swordsman aoe2DE Eastern Swordsman · Flamethrower aoe2de Flamethrower · HeavyPikeman aoe2DE Heavy Pikeman · Centurion aoe2DE Imperial Centurion · AoE2 DE Legionary new icon Imperial Legionary · Norsewarrior aoe2DE Norse Warrior · Penguin aoe2DE Penguin · Queen aoe2DE Queen · Relic cart aoe2DE Relic Cart · Royal janissary aoe2de Royal Janissary
AoE2-DLCicon-3 The African KingdomsAoE2 DE priest icon Priest
AoE2-DLCicon-4 Rise of the RajasSharkatzoricon Sharkatzor"
AoE2-DLCicon-5 The Last KhansMilitiaDE Bandit · Bactrian camel icon Bactrian Camel · Tradecart aoe2DE Cart · Flaming camel icon Flaming Camel (formerly) · Iroquois warrior aoe2DE Iroquois Warrior · Khan aoe2de Khan · Merchant euro aoe2DE Merchant · Hussar aoe2DE Mounted Samurai · Ninja aoe2DE Ninja · Ox cart aoe2DE Ox Cart · Ox wagon1 aoe2DE Ox Wagon · Photonman aoe2DE Photonman
Dawn of the Dukes icon Dawn of the DukesCrusader knight aoe2de Crusader Knight
AoE2Icon-DynastiesIndia Dynasties of IndiaSogdian Cataphract icon AoE2DE Sogdian Cataphract
AoE2Icon-MountainRoyals The Mountain RoyalsAoE2 Qizilbash icon Qizilbash Warrior
Hidden units
AoE2-DLCicon-0 The Age of KingsShah aoe2DE Boarding Galley · Archer aoe2DE Outlaw · VMDL DE icon VMDL
AoE2-DLCicon-1 The ConquerorsCavalry archer render model Genitour*
AoE2-DLCicon-2 The ForgottenSiegetowericon Siege Tower· Spy icon AoE2DE Spy*
Cheat units
AoE2-DLCicon-0 The Age of KingsCobracarDE Cobra Car · Saboteur aoe2DE Saboteur · VMDL DE icon VMDL
AoE2-DLCicon-1 The ConquerorsMonkey aoe2DE Furious the Monkey Boy · AoE2 DE stormy dog Stormy Dog
AoE2-DLCicon-2 The ForgottenAoE2 DE alfred icon Alfred the Alpaca · Penguin aoe2DE Penguin
AoE2-DLCicon-5 The Last KhansPhotonman aoe2DE Photonman · Sharkatzoricon Sharkatzor
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