The Penguin is a cheat unit in Age of Empires II HD: The Forgotten. However, it does not appear in the Age of Empires II: The Forgotten Empires mod. It is an infantry unit with comparatively high armor and damage output. It appears in the Scenario Editor.
Penguins have the same unit responses as human units, but are given realistic penguin noises in the Definitive Edition.
- In the HD version, the Penguin resembles an Emperor Penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri), the largest species alive and a native to Antarctica. In the Definitive Edition, it instead resembles a crested penguin (genus Eudyptes), which live mostly in New Zealand.
- Although created as a joke, an actual Penguin Gaia unit (either as a weak huntable like Deer or gatherable, like Box Turtles) wouldn't be out of the geographical scope of Age of Empires II. The word "Penguin" (from Welsh Pen Gwyn, "White Head") was used first for the Great Auk (Pinguinus impennis), a flightless seabird that was found in the North Atlantic during the Medieval period, from Maine and Greenland to Norway and Spain, and was hunted to extinction in 1844. Actual penguins (of the species Spheniscus humboldti) live along the Pacific South American coast and were consumed by the Incas.
- The player can obtain a Penguin unit as an Easter egg in the Definitive Edition in the Vinlandsaga scenario. Doing so will also unlock the "Eternal Gratitude" achievement.
- Penguins are also available to each player in Antarctica, where it replaces the Scout Cavalry or Eagle Scout
|Cheat units in the Age of Empires series|
|Age of Empires|
|Baby Prez · Big Bertha · Black Rider · Flying Dutchman · Medusa · Nuke Trooper · Photon Man · St. Francis |
Stealth Archer · Stormbilly · Winsett's other Z · Winsett's Z
|Age of Empires II|
|Alfred the Alpaca · Cobra Car · Furious the Monkey Boy · Penguin · Saboteur · VMDL · Sharkatzor · Photon Man|
|Age of Mythology|
|Bella · Flying Purple Hippo · Forkboy · Lazer Bear|
|Age of Empires III|
|BigAndy · Fluffy · Flying Purple Tapir · George Crushington · Flaming Hot Dog Cart · Monster Ice Cream Truck · Lazerbear|
Learicorn · Mediocre Bombard · The Tommynator