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Captain Jian Huang is the main protagonist of the Act II: China campaign in Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties.


In a strange twist of fate, Huang's upbringing somewhat mirrors that of his naval superior, Admiral Zheng He. Like the admiral, Huang was born into a poor ethnic Hui (Chinese Muslims) family in Yunnan Province, a region of Southwest China. At a young age, he was taken into the household retinue of a wealthy lord. Working as a servant, Huang quickly found favor with his lord and gained reputation as being tenacious but fair.

At the age of twenty, Huang was assigned to the retinue of Zheng He, and was placed in charge of overseeing the loading and preparation of some of the early treasure expeditions between 1413 and 1420. After more than twenty years behind the scenes, Huang was finally promoted to captain in the proposed Sixth Voyage scheduled to depart in 1421.

As one more test of his patience and willingness to make the most of a challenging situation, Huang was given command of a ship in the fleet of Admiral Jinhai, a young, cocky member of the imperial family. Once again, Huang had to muster his patience in order to work with the young admiral. Luckily, Huang has made a career out of finding creative ways to solve difficult problems. From the time they first meet, Huang is suspicious of his commander, a suspicion that proves well founded.

Captain Jian Huang was born a Hui (Muslim Chinese), just like the famed Zheng He. Admiral Jinhai, the current emperor's spoiled nephew, looks down on Huang because of his lower rank.

At the start of the campaign, the experienced, muscle-bound sailor Lao Chen is assigned to work with Huang. After defeating Wokou Pirates who terrorize imperial shipyards, Captain Huang, Jinhai, and company sail to Kozhikode (Calicut) in India, where they are betrayed by the Zamorin.

The fleet sails on to the west, but a storm blows their ships to the "New World" (the Yucatán region). After most of the scattered ships and crew are recovered, Admiral Jinhai and some of his crew disappear. Once he rescues some hostages from hostile Aztecs, Huang finds out that Jinhai intends to rule the Aztecs, who recognize the admiral as a god, and sets out to stop him. In the ensuing battle, Jinhai and his mutineers are defeated and killed.

Captain Huang, Chen, and the remaining crew scour the shores to dispose of evidence of their arrival. They then leave the Yucatán shores and never tell anyone about their discovery.

In-game unit[]

Captain of a Chinese Treasure Ship.
—In-game description

Huang uses a bow and arrow to fight from a long range, although he is not as strong as his companion Lao Chen. He can use Heavenly Fire to inflict Area of Effect damage and has Critical Strike similar to the Shaolin Master. In the A Rescue in the Wilderness scenario, Huang can use Fleet Explosives to instantly destroy trees.

Like other heroes, Huang has many hit points, but if he falls, he will collapse instead of dying and need to regenerate enough hit points to be rescued by allies. Similar to Shaolin Master, he can collect treasures and build Trading Posts, but cannot build Town Centers


  • Heavenly Fire ability Heavenly Fire: Captain Huang throws a bomb that does 250 (×3.0 against buildings) siege damage to enemies in an Area of 3 from a range of 16. 120 seconds cooldown.
  • Critical strike Critical Strike: Gives Captain Huang a 20% chance to inflict double damage when attacking.
  • Fleet Explosives ability Fleet Explosives (only available in A Rescue in the Wilderness): Captain Huang throws a bomb that does 20 (×10.0 against trees) siege damage in an Area of 4 from a range of 16. 10 seconds cooldown.
  • Regenerate ability aoe3de Health Regeneration: Regenerates 0.25% hit points per second after 3.5 seconds idle.


  • When Huang collapses, a text box appears near him that says: "I have fallen in the service of the Emperor, as it should be...


Heroes in Age of Empires III
3Icon48px Age of Empires III
Act I: BloodAlain icon aoe3de Alain Magnan · Young Chilche AoE3DE Chilche · Delgado aoe3de Delgado · Elizabeth ramsey aoe3de Elisabet Ramsey · Morgan black aoe3de Morgan Black · Native boy aoe3de Native Boy · Sahin icon aoe3de Sahin The Falcon
Act II: IceCol washington aoe3de George Washington · John black aoe3de John Black · Kanyenke aoe3de Ká:nien · Nonahkee act2 aoe3de Nonahkee · Stuart icon aoe3de Stuart Black · Warwick icon aoe3de Warwick
Act III: SteelAmelia black igc icon Amelia Black · Bolivar icon aoe3de Bolivar · Old Chilche AoE3DE Chilche · Kanyenke old aoe3de Ká:nien · Cooper icon aoe3de Major Cooper · Old Coot icon AoE3DE Old Coot · Beaumont icon aoe3de Pierre Beaumont
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Act I: FireGen washington aoe3de George Washington · Kanyenke twc aoe3de Ká:nien · Nathaniel Black icon DE Nathaniel Black · Nonahkee act1 aoe3de Nonahkee · Sven icon aoe3de Sven Kuechler
Act II: ShadowChayton Black icon DE Chayton Black · Crazy horse aoe3de Crazy Horse · Custer aoe3de General Custer · Holmes icon aoe3de Sheriff Holme · Sx warchief aoe3de Chief Brave Wolf · Lakota dog soldier aoe3de Chief Bull Bear · Iro warchief aoe3de Chief Two Moon
3ADIcon48px The Asian Dynasties
Act I: JapanMototada aoe3de Daimyo Mototada · Kichiro icon DE General Kichiro · Tokugawa aoe3de Shogun Tokugawa
Act II: ChinaJinhai aoe3de Admiral Jinhai · Huang icon DE Jian Huang · Chen icon aoe3de Lao Chen
Act III: IndiaBadur icon aoe3de Bahadur Shah · Edwardson aoe3de Colonel Edwardson · Nanib icon DE Nanib Sahir · Pravar icon aoe3de Pravar Patel
Age3DE Icon Definitive Edition
Act II: ShadowFrank Icon Uncle Frank (replaces Crazy Horse)
Historical BattlesAhmad al mansur Ahmad al-Mansur · Pecaudy Icon Claude-Pierre Pecaudy · General mx portrait El General · Padre hidalgo aoe3de El Padre · Isaac Brock icon General Isaac Brock · American General Icon General Jackson · Hizir Reis Icon Hizir Reis · Kassa hailu portrait Kassa Hailu · Marine Officer portrait Marine Officer · Militia Officer portrait Militia Officer · Oruc Reis Icon Oruc Reis · Queen Sabla Icon Queen Sabla Wengel · Sir Francis Drake Icon Sir Francis Drake · Sultan malik portrait Sultan Abd al-Malik · Sultan Mohammed II portrait Sultan Mohammed II · Usman dan fodio icon Usman dan Fodio · Yermak Timofeyevich Icon Yermak