Jan Zizka is a campaign in Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition - Dawn of the Dukes that focuses on the successful Bohemian military leader Jan Zizka (Czech: Jan Žižka z Trocnova a Kalicha) (c. 1360 – 11 October 1424). He was nicknamed "One-eyed Žižka", having lost one eye in battle. Jan Žižka led Hussite forces against three crusades and never a lost single battle despite being completely blind in his last stages of life.
The effectiveness of his field artillery against the royal cavalry in this battle made it a successful element of Hussite armies. Žižka's tactics were unorthodox and innovative. In addition to training and equipping his army according to their abilities, he used armored wagons fitted with small cannons and muskets. He had to quickly train peasants to repeatedly face highly trained and armored opponents who usually outnumbered his own troops.
Jan Zizka is a cavalry hero with a unique appearance. He is armed with a war mace. He can reduce the armor of enemy units that he attacks (like the Obuch). As a hero, he cannot be converted and can regenerate health.
|“||One-eyed Jan Zizka spent his youth as a mercenary fighting for honor and coin, but his destiny changed forever when he heard the preachings of the reformer Jan Hus in Prague. As a champion of the Hussite cause and the leader of its invincible armies, Zizka shattered existing notions of warfare with technological and tactical innovations. Cement the legacy of one of history's greatest generals by galvanizing mere peasants into highly disciplined units and leading them to triumph over the Holy Roman Emperor's knightly armies.||”|
|—In-game campaign description|
- The One-Eyed Wanderer
- Courage and Coin
- The Iron Lords
- The Golden City
- The Emperor's Fury
- Warrior of God
The campaign is narrated by Jan Zizka himself.