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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 AOE 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

Special abilities[]

Heavenly Fire ability.png Heavenly Fire: Captain Huang throws a bomb that does 250 (750 against buildings) siege damage to enemies in an AOE of 3. 120 seconds cooldown.
Critical strike.png Critical Strike: Gives Captain Huang a 20% chance to inflict double damage when attacking.
Fleet Explosives ability.png Fleet Explosives (only available in A Rescue in the Wilderness): Captain Huang throws a bomb that destroys trees in an AOE of 4. 10 seconds cooldown.


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