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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 in the HD Edition 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.





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Cheat units in the Age of Empires series
Age of Empires
BabyPrez  · Big Bertha  · Black Rider  · Flying Dutchman  · Laser Trooper  · Medusa  · Nuke Trooper  · Saint Francis
Stealth Archer  · Winsett's other Z  · Winsett's Z  · Zug 209
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  · Honey Badger

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Scenario Editor units in Age of Empires II
AoE2-DLCicon-0.png The Age of Kings
Cobra Car · Heavy Swordsman · Junk · King · Heavy Crossbowman
AoE2-DLCicon-1.png The Conquerors
Furious the Monkey Boy · Horse
AoE2-DLCicon-2.png The Forgotten
Alfred the Alpaca · Amazon Archer · Amazon Warrior · Camel (Gaia) · Canoe · Centurion · Donkey · Dragon Ship · Eastern Swordsman · Flamethrower · Heavy Pikeman · Legionary · Norse Warrior · Penguin · Relic Cart · Royal Janissary
AoE2-DLCicon-3.png The African Kingdoms
AoE2-DLCicon-4.png Rise of the Rajas
AoE2-DLCicon-5.png The Last Khans
Bandit · Iroquois Warrior · Khan · Merchant · Ninja · Ox Cart · Ox Wagon · Mounted Samurai
AoE2Icon-LordsWest.png Lords of the West
Dawn of the Dukes icon.png Dawn of the Dukes
Crusader Knight
AoE2Icon-DynastiesIndia.png Dynasties of India
Sogdian Cataphract