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This litle boy is not interested in the theory of relativity, but splits atoms for destructive purposes. The astronaut suit masks his evil doings as acts in the name of science.
—In-game description in the Definitive Edition

The Nuke Trooper is a cheat unit in Age of Empires. Once the code is typed, the unit spawns immediately at the Town Center. Building a new Town Center automatically spawns the unit at that Town Center. It is also available in the Scenario Editor (Definitive Edition only).

Like its distinct relative, the Laser Trooper, Nuke Troopers have the appearance of a futuristic looking spacesuit, but armed differently with a bazooka and a darker coloured spacesuit. Before Return of Rome, they looked identical to Laser Troopers.

It has higher attack and much greater range than the Laser Trooper, but at a cost of a much slower attack rate and slight handicap against other units. It fires projectiles like that of the Winsett's Z, although at a much greater range and slower speed. Nuke Troopers attack every 9 seconds, dealing 600 damage per hit. Despite its superior stats compared to a standard unit making it hard to destroy, its stats cannot be upgraded and it is vulnerable to conversion.


  • In-game stats reveal that it deals 300 damage per hit, but it actually does 600 damage. With these stats, it can even demolish a House or a Watch Tower in one strike (600/5 = 120 damage to buildings).
  • Nuke Troopers can one-hit-kill all moving targets with the exception of certain units and heroes with specific civilization bonuses. These include Carthaginian elephant units, Carthaginian Hannibal, and Yamato Cleopatra's Barge.
  • Nuke Troopers deal Area of Effect damage twice as large as a Heavy Catapult.
  • If placed at a higher elevation or cliff, the damage dealt per hit can be as high as 900, the most attack done by any unit in the game (tied with the Winsett's Z and the Winsett's other Z).
  • Even if the map is fully revealed with no fog of war, it cannot attack enemy units directly unless it is a building or set to attack ground.


  • When it dies, the unit falls backward twice prior to disappearing. Unlike other units, it disappears immediately without any remains decomposing. Other units that share this unique feature include its relative, the Laser Trooper. The Winsett's Z and its derivative also have this ability, although with a different death animation.
  • It had no icon in any version of the game before it was given the same icon as the Laser Trooper in Return of Rome. With update 95810, they received a unique icon.




NUKE TROOPER vs EVERY UNIT - Age of Empires- Definitive Edition

Cheat units in the Age of Empires series
ReturnRome-AoEIcon Age of EmpiresBaby Prez BabyPrez (removed) · Returnofrome heavy catapult icon Big Bertha · Horse Archer Black Rider · Returnofrome crocodile icon Crocodile (Alpha)  · Dragon Icon updated nuRoR Dragon · Returnofrome elephant icon Elephant (Alpha) · Returnofrome juggernaut icon Flying Dutchman · Return of rome gazelle Gazelle (Alpha) · Photonman aoe2DE Laser Trooper  · Returnofrome lion icon Lion (Alpha) · Cavalry111 Medusa · Nuke Trooper Icon updated nuRoR Nuke Trooper · AoE2 DE priest icon Saint Francis · Composite Bowman Stealth Archer · Winsett other Z Icon updated nuRoR Winsett's other Z · Winsett Z Icon updated nuRoR Winsett's Z · Zug 209 Icon updated nuRoR Zug 209
AoE2-DLCicon-0 Age of Empires IIAoE2 DE alfred icon Alfred the Alpaca · CobracarDE Cobra Car · Monkey aoe2DE Furious the Monkey Boy · Penguin aoe2DE Penguin · Photonman aoe2DE Photonman · Saboteur aoe2DE Saboteur · Sharkatzoricon Sharkatzor · AoE2 DE stormy dog Stormy Dog · VMDL DE icon VMDL
Aom original icon Age of MythologyBella icon Bella · AoMR Football icon Football · Hippo icon Flying Purple Hippo · Aomaxemanicon Forkboy · BrownBear icon Lazer Bear · ChickenIcon Methane Chicken · AoMR UFO icon UFO · WalkingWoodsIcon Walking Berry Bush
3Icon48px Age of Empires IIIMonster truck blue aoe3de BigAndy · Hot dog cart aoe3de Flaming Hot Dog Cart · Fluffy aoe3de Fluffy · Flying purple tapir aoe3de Flying Purple Tapir · Gatling camel aoe3de portrait Gatling Camel · Crushington aoe3de George Crushington · Guardian Lion icon AoE3DE Guardian Lion · Honey Badger portrait Honey Badger · Lazer bear aoe3de Lazerbear · Learicorn aoe3de Learicorn · Italians leonardo tank portrait Leonardo's Tank · Great bombard de Mediocre Bombard · Ice cream truck aoe3de Monster Ice Cream Truck · Penguin portrait Penguin · Monster truck red aoe3de The Tommynator
GameIcon-AoE4 Age of Empires IVAoE4 PhotonMan Photon Man