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The Rhinoceros is a huntable animal in Age of Empires II HD: Rise of the Rajas and Age of Mythology, and a powerful Treasure Guardian in Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties.

Age of Empires II[]

The Rhinoceros is a huntable animal introduced in Rise of the Rajas. It is found in maps set in South East Asia (and in the Definitive Edition also in Africa). A powerful animal, it will viciously defend itself against any attacker, but as it provides 400 food, it is one of the most valuable animal food sources in Age of Empires II.

It is worth noting that unlike other similarly aggressive huntable animals such as the Elephant or the Wild Boar, the Rhinoceros may often be found in packs, sometimes up to three.


  • Despite being introduced in an Asian-themed expansion, the Rhinoceros most closely resembles an African Black Rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis). It is possible that this image was chosen so it could double as a Sumatran Rhinoceros (Dicerorhinus sumatrensis), which also has two horns and lived in the Asian mainland during the Middle Ages.
  • Although the Rhinoceros has the same HP as the Wild Boar, it attacks faster (0.9 sec vs 1.6 sec animation duration, respectively) and is, in consequence, more likely to kill hunters before dying. For comparison, an un-Loomed Villager luring a Rhino from maximum range and retreating as soon as possible will die 10 tiles earlier, after travelling 27 tiles on average. Rhinoceroses make up for their faster attack speed by providing more food than Wild Boars.


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Animals in Age of Empires II
HerdablesSheep · Turkey · Cow · Llama · Goat · Pig · Water Buffalo · Goose
HuntablesDeer · Ostrich · Zebra · Ibex
Aggressive huntablesWild Boar · Javelina · Iron Boar · Elephant · Rhinoceros
Wild animalsWolf · Dire Wolf · Rabid Wolf · Jaguar · Bear · Lion · Crocodile · Tiger · Komodo Dragon · Snow Leopard
Marine animalsShore Fish · Snapper · Tuna · Perch · Salmon · Marlin · Dorado · Dolphin · Box Turtles
OtherHorse · Wild Horse · Camel · Wild Camel · Bactrian Camel · Wild Bactrian Camel · Donkey · Stormy Dog
MilitaryFurious the Monkey Boy · Alfred the Alpaca · Penguin
HeroesOrnlu the Wolf · Hunting Wolf

Age of Mythology[]

The Rhinoceros is the second largest huntable animal in Age of Mythology, only beaten by the Elephant. It will not attack Villagers on sight, but will defend itself if attacked and a group of villagers will be needed to hunt them.

The Rhinoceros of Set is the largest animal that Pharaohs worshiping Set can train with a cost of some favor. They are available in the Mythic Age, and can cause great damage.


Age of Empires III[]

The Rhinoceros is the largest land animal Treasure Guardian in Age of Empires III. Rhinoceros have high hit points and a strong attack, and are found in Asian maps.

There is also the Pet Rhinoceros known as Randy the Pet Rhino, available to the Indians from their Home City, or from a Treasure guarded by five Black Panthers.


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  • The Rhinoceros icon depicts a two-horned species similar to the African White Rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum). However, the animal model in the game has only one horn and the skin fold "armor" typical of Asian rhinoceroses.


Scientific Name: Rhinoceros unicornis, Rhinoceros sondaicus, Dicerorhinus sumatrensis
Approx. Size: 6 ft., 4,500 lb.
Diet: Leaves, twigs, fruit

There are five living species of rhinoceros, three of which are native to Asia, and all of which are endangered. Although its massive body and extremely thick skin garner much attention, the rhinoceros is most commonly known for its horns, one or two depending on the species.

The rhinoceros horn is composed of the fibrous protein keratin, which makes up the skin cells, hair, scales, and feathers of many animals. Its huge frame is supported by short legs with broad feet, ending in three-toes. Along with the tapir and the horse, the rhinoceros makes up the order of odd-toed hoofed animals. It is an herbivore, a browser, or a grazer, depending on the particular species. During the day, a rhinoceros enjoys the shade, wallowing in the mud to stay cool in the blistering sun. They most often feed by night, or in the cool of the early morning.

Of the three Asian species of rhinoceros, two have a single horn. The Indian rhinoceros, or Rhinoceros unicornis, grazes on the grass of the plains of Nepal, Assam, and Bengal. It can reach weights of up to 2 tons, yet still achieve a running speed of 30 mph. The Indian rhinoceros has an armor-plated appearance due to the deep folds and creases in its fibrous skin. The Javan rhinoceros, or Rhinoceros sondaicus, is nearly extinct. The only two-horned Asian rhinoceros is the Sumatran species, or Dicerorhinus sumatrensis. Its hairy coat and small stature make the Sumatran rhino unique among the five species, for it only reaches a height of about 4.5 feet tall, and a weight of about 1 ton. It is highly endangered. Only a few hundred survive, inhabiting forests in Sumatra, the Malay Peninsula, and Borneo.
—In-game history


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Animals in Age of Empires III
HerdablesCow · Goat · Llama · Sheep · Water Buffalo · Yak
HuntablesBighorn Sheep · Bison · Capybara · Caribou · Deer · Elephant · Elk · Gazelle · Giant Salamander · Giraffe · Guanaco · Ibex · Marco Polo Sheep · Moose · Musk Deer · Musk Ox · Nilgai · Ostrich · Pronghorn · Rhea · Saiga · Serow · Tapir · Turkey · Zebra
Treasure GuardiansAlligator · Black Bear · Black Panther · Cougar · Coyote · Grizzly Bear · Hyena · Jaguar · Lion · Lion-Tailed Macaque · Monitor Lizard · Orangutan · Panda · Polar Bear · Rhinoceros · Snow Leopard · Snow Monkey · Tibetan Macaque · Tiger · Warthog · White Tiger · Wolf
Marine GuardiansGreat White Shark · Orca
FishBass · Carp · Catfish · Cod · Mahi-mahi · Mola Mola · Salmon · Sardines · Squid · Tarpon · Tuna
WhalesBeluga Whale · Hippo · Humpback Whale · Minke Whale

Randy the Pet Rhino[]

Randy is a pet Rhinoceros in Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties. He is one one the strongest pets in the game, as is capable of inflicting a fair amount of damage against Treasure Guardians, though he is incapable of delivering heavy damage to Settlers.

Randy is tied with Honcho the Pet Grizzly Bear for the most damaging attack among pets, though Randy has a much lower multiplier against Treasure Guardians. A TEAM shipment of two Rhinos is available to an Indian Home City, from the Commerce Age on. Randy can also be rescued from Treasures on Southeast Asian maps such as Borneo and Indochina.