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What have the Mongols sent me? No doubt a bribe begging me not to destroy them.

The Shah is a hero King in Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings. He is named after the traditional title of Persian monarchs and other rulers. He appears as an enemy in the fourth scenario of the Genghis Khan campaign, where his assassination is an optional objective, and as an ally in the first scenario of the Vlad Dracula campaign under the name Sultan Murad II. He is also available in the Scenario Editor.

Like other King units, the Shah such has no attack, but has a fast movement speed and decent Line of Sight. As a hero, he cannot be converted and can regenerate health (since The Conquerors). Since The Forgotten, the Shah has the sprite of a Middle Eastern King.

Campaign appearances[]

CampaignIcon-KhanDE Genghis Khan[]

  • The Horde Rides West: The Khwarazmshah rules over the city of Samarkand and needs to be assassinated in order to weaken the Khwarazmian empire. Failing to do so will result in greater Persian resistance to the Mongol invaders.

CampaignIcon-DraculaDE Vlad Dracula[]

  • The Dragon Spreads His Wings: In the HD Edition, Sultan Murad II is a renamed Shah and grants Vlad an army with which to conquer Wallachia and drive away Vladislav II's forces.
  • The Return of the Dragon: Bogdan II, the ruler of Moldavia and Vlad Dracula's cousin, is a renamed Shah and offers to help Vlad retake Wallachia. After Vlad rejoins the Order of the Dragon, he will help wage war against the Ottomans.

CampaignIcon-SforzaDE Sforza[]

  • O Fortuna: Duke Visconti of Milan, a renamed Shah, commands Sforza to raid Tuscany. He also needs to be warned about the Venetian invasion and protected from landing Venetian troops.

CampaignIcon-BariDE Bari[]

  • The Great Siege: The merchant Louka Procopius is a renamed Shah. Andreas Nautikos will have to get his Trebuchet to destroy an enemy tower. Later on, he will also offer a transport to evacuate the city with.

00 historical battles normal Historical Battles[]

  • Cyprus: In the HD Edition version, king Tancred I of Sicily is a renamed Shah, helping to organize the crusader forces in Sicily.
  • Honfoglalás: In the HD Edition version, the Khazar Khagan and Leo the Wise of Byzantium are renamed Shahs, striking bargains with the Magyars in the face of the Pechenegs and Bulgarians respectively.
  • Bapheus: In the HD Edition, the Sultan of Rum is a renamed Shah, tasking Osman with gaining the support of the five Turkish tribes.

CampaignIcon-PrithvirajDE Prithviraj[]

  • The Digvijaya: In the Definitive Edition version, the Lohara Raja is a renamed Shah. Killing him will force Lohara to surrender.

CampaignIcon-FranciscoDE Francisco de Almeida[]

  • Lion of Africa: In the HD Edition, a Merchant south of El Araich is a renamed Shah.
  • Ruins of Empires: In the HD Edition, Swahili Merchants are next to their Markets in the mainland interior.
  • A Son's Blood: In the HD Edition, there are a couple of Gujarati Merchants next to their Markets in the west.

CampaignIcon-SundjataDE Sundjata[]

  • Djeriba Gold: In the HD Edition, an Arab Merchant in the southeast is a renamed Shah. He will offer to reveal locations of interest if provided with 4 Camels. He will also build a Market if provided with wood.

Babur Icon Babur[]

  • The Last Timurids: Husain Baiqara is initially present inside Herat, as a renamed Shah. He dies shortly before Babur comes to Herat.

Tamar Icon Tamar[]


  • Although the stat board displays his attack power as 0, he can actually attack, inflicting minimal damage on the target; however, his AI causes him to immediately flee when being attacked. In the original version of Age of Empires II, he had a special attacking sprite which was taken from the Laser Trooper, a cheat unit from Age of Empires. This was a remnant from alpha versions, where the Laser Trooper's graphics were used as a placeholder for the King, with a crown icon in the owning player's color above it. From The Conquerors onwards, the Laser Trooper sprite is no longer used and the Shah's attacking motion is hard to even make out.
  • The Shah's role in The Horde Rides West is a combination of three different historical characters:
    • Shah Muhammad II of Khwarazm (1169-1220), who incurred the wrath of Genghis Khan by turning down an offer of alliance and killing the Mongol ambassadors and traders. Genghis sent an army to kill him, but Muhammad II escaped to an island in the Caspian Sea where he died of pleurisy.
    • His uncle Inalchuq (d. 1219), the governor of Otrar, who caused the diplomatic riff by seizing the aforementioned Mongol traders under accusations of espionage, and was captured and executed by the Mongols (reportedly, by pouring molten silver on his eyes and ears).
    • His son Manguberdi (1199-1231), who advocated an offensive policy against the Mongols and led the Khwarazmian resistance after the fall of the main cities (hence the Khwarazmians becoming stronger if you don't kill the Shah in the scenario).


Heroes in Age of Empires II
AoE2-DLCicon-0 The Age of Kings
Non-military Monk hero aoe2DE Archbishop · Empbarrel aoe2DE Emperor in a Barrel · Monk hero aoe2DE Friar Tuck · Monk render Harold Haardraade (removed) · Hunting wolf aoe2DE Hunting Wolf · Ornluthewolf aoe2DE Ornlu the Wolf · Shah aoe2DE Shah
Infantry Aethelfrith aoe2DE Aethelfrith · Charlemagne aoe2DE Charlemagne · Charlesmartel aoe2DE Charles Martel · El cid campeador aoe2DE El Cid · Erikthered aoe2DE Erik the Red · Hrolf the ganger aoe2DE Hrolf the Ganger · Joan maid aoe2DE Joan the Maid · King arthur aoe2DE King Arthur · Kitabatake aoe2DE Kitabatake · Lahire aoe2DE La Hire · Minamoto aoe2DE Minamoto · Sheriff nottingham aoe2DE Sheriff of Nottingham · King arthur aoe2DE Siegfried · Ataulf aoe2DE Theodoric the Goth · William wallace new aoe2de William Wallace
Cavalry Belisarius aoe2DE Belisarius · Gawain aoe2DE Constable Richemont · Dukedalencon aoe2DE Duke D'Alençon · Frankish paladin aoe2de Frankish Paladin · Gawain aoe2DE Gawain · Guy Joesselyne icon AoE2DE updated Guy Josselyne · Joan arc aoe2DE Joan of Arc · Kushluk aoe2DE Kushluk · Lancelot aoe2DE Lancelot · Alexandernevski aoe2DE Master of the Templar · Lancelot aoe2DE Mordred · Reynaldde aoe2DE Reynald de Chatillon · Lionheart aoe2DE Richard the Lionheart · Roland aoe2DE Roland · Sieurbertrand aoe2DE Sieur Bertrand · Sieurdemetz aoe2DE Sieur de Metz · Sirjohnfastolf aoe2DE Sir John Fastolf · Gawain aoe2DE The Black Prince
Archer Archereyes aoe2DE Archer of the Eyes · Genghiskhan aoe2DE Genghis Khan · Lorddegraville aoe2DE Lord de Graville · Robin hood aoe2de Robin Hood  · Subotai AoE2DE Subotai · Tamerlane aoe2DE Tamerlane
Siege Hero trebuchet packed aoe2DE Bad Neighbor · Hero trebuchet packed aoe2DE God's Own Sling · Jeanbureau aoe2DE Jean Bureau · Jeandelorrain aoe2DE Jean de Lorrain · Saboteur aoe2DE Saboteur
Building Wonder aoe2DE Dome of the Rock · Pyramid aoe2DE Great Pyramid · Accursed tower aoe2DE The Accursed Tower · Accursed tower aoe2DE The Tower of Flies
AoE2-DLCicon-1 The Conquerors
Non-military Aoe2 Imam Imam · Kingalfonso aoe2DE King Alfonso · Kingsancho aoe2DE King Sancho · Popeleoi aoe2DE Pope Leo I
Infantry Erikthered aoe2DE Harald Hardrada · Minamoto aoe2DE Nobunaga · Scythianwildwoman aoe2DE Scythian Wild Woman
Cavalry Alexandernevski aoe2DE Alexander Nevski · Attilathehun aoe2DE Attila the Hun · Bledathehun aoe2DE Bleda the Hun · El cid campeador aoe2DE El Cid Campeador · Henryv aoe2DE Henry V · Scythian scout aoe2DE Scythian Scout · Williamconq aoe2DE William the Conqueror
Ship Yisun aoe2DE Admiral Yi Sun-Shin
AoE2-DLCicon-2 The Forgotten
Non-military Chand bardai aoe2DE Chand Bardai · Queen aoe2DE Queen (formerly) · Sanyogita aoe2DE Sanyogita
Infantry Cuauhtemoc aoe2DE Cuauhtemoc · Fransforza aoe2DE Francesco Sforza · Fredbarb aoe2DE Frederick Barbarossa
Cavalry Jarl aoe2DE Jarl · Saladin aoe2DE Saladin · Savar aoe2DE Savar (removed) · Vladdracula aoe2DE Vlad Dracula
Archer Franciscode aoe2DE Francisco de Orellana · Pizarro aoe2DE Gonzalo Pizarro · Khosrau aoe2DE Khosrau · Osman aoe2DE Osman · Prithvi aoe2DE Prithvi · Prithviraj aoe2DE Prithviraj
Building Wonder aoe2DE Quimper Cathedral
AoE2-DLCicon-3 The African Kingdoms
Non-military Yodit aoe2DE Princess Yodit
Infantry Gidajan aoe2DE Gidajan · Henry ii aoe2DE Henry II · Itzcoatl aoe2DE Itzcoatl · Little john aoe2DE Little John · Pachacuti aoe2DE Pachacuti · Yekuno aoe2DE Yekuno Amlak · Yodit aoe2DE Yodit
Cavalry Abraha elephant aoe2DE Abraha Elephant · Babur aoe2DE Babur · Miklos toldi aoe2DE Miklos Toldi · Richarddeclare aoe2DE Richard de Clare · Sumanguru aoe2DE Sumanguru · Sundjata aoe2DE Sundjata · Miklos toldi aoe2DE Tristan · Zawisza DOTD Zawisza the Black
Archer Dagnajan aoe2DE Dagnajan · Guglielmo aoe2DE Guglielmo Embriaco · Huayna capac aoe2DE Huayna Capac · Musa ibn aoe2DE Musa ibn Nusayr · Mustafa pasha aoe2DE Mustafa Pasha · Pacal ii aoe2DE Pacal II · Su dingfang aoe2DE Su Dingfang · Tariq aoe2DE Tariq ibn Ziyad
Building Accursed tower aoe2DE Fortified Tower
AoE2-DLCicon-4 Rise of the Rajas
Non-military Buibi aoe2DE Bui Bi · Jayanegara aoe2DE Jayanegara · Udaya aoe2DE Udayadityavarman I
Infantry GajahMada aoe2DE Gajah Mada · Jayaviravarman aoe2DE Jayaviravarman · Lelaiicon Le Lai (removed) · Leloi aoe2DE Le Loi · LeTrien aoe2DE Le Trien · Sunda aoe2DE Sunda Royal Fighter
Cavalry Bayinnaung aoe2DE Bayinnaung · DinhLe aoe2DE Dinh Le · Envoy aoe2DE Envoy · RadenWijaya aoe2DE Raden Wijaya · Suryavarman aoe2DE Suryavarman I · Wangtong aoe2DE Wang Tong
Archer Luu Nhan Chu aoe2DE Luu Nhan Chu · Tabinshwehti aoe2DE Tabinshwehti
Building Wonder aoe2DE Gol Gumbaz · Wonder aoe2DE Sanchi Stupa
AoE2-DLCicon-5 The Last Khans
Non-military King bela iv aoe2de King Bela IV
Infantry Ataulf aoe2DE Ataulf · Cusi yupanqui aoe2de Cusi Yupanqui · Ivaylo aoe2DE Ivaylo · Sosso guard aoe2de Sosso Guard · Topa yupanqui Topa Yupanqui
Cavalry Ataulf aoe2DE Alaric the Goth · Cuman chief aoe2de Cuman Chief · Henrythelion aoe2DE Henry the Lion · Ivaylo aoe2DE Ivaylo · Lelai aoe2DE Le Lai · Tokkhan aoe2DE Tokhtamysh Khan · Tsar aoe2DE Tsar Konstantin · Vytautus the great aoe2de Vytautas the Great
Archer Girgen khan aoe2de Girgen Khan · KotyanKhan aoe2DE Kotyan Khan · UrusKhan aoe2DE Urus Khan
Ship Erikthered aoe2DE Leif Erikson · The middlebrook aoe2de The Middlebrook · Pizarro aoe2DE Vasco da Gama
AoE2Icon-LordsWest Lords of the West
Non-military Jacqueline of hainaut aoe2de Jacqueline of Hainaut
Infantry Dafydd ap gruffydd aoe2de Dafydd ap Gruffydd · Llywelyn ap gruffydd aoe2de Llywelyn ap Gruffydd
Cavalry Bernard darmagnae aoe2de Bernard d'Armagnac · Bohemond aoe2de Bohemond · Edward longshanks aoe2de Edward Longshanks · Gilbert de clare aoe2de Gilbert de Clare · John the fearless aoe2de John the Fearless · Philip the good aoe2de Philip the Good · Robert guiscard aoe2de Robert Guiscard · Roger bosso aoe2de Roger Bosso
Siege Hero trebuchet packed aoe2DE Warwolf Trebuchet
Dawn of the Dukes icon Dawn of the Dukes
Non-military Jadwiga aoe2de Jadwiga
Infantry Young Jadwiga aoe2de Young Jadwiga
Cavalry Algirdas aoe2de Algirdas · Dmitry of Moscow aoe2de Dmitry of Moscow · Emperor Sigismund aoe2de Emperor Sigismund · Jan Zizka aoe2de Jan Zizka · Jogaila aoe2de Jogaila · Kestutis aoe2de Kestutis · Mikhail of Tver aoe2de Mikhail of Tver · Ulrich von Jungingen aoe2de Ulrich von Jungingen
AoE2Icon-DynastiesIndia Dynasties of India
Infantry Aoe2de amoghavarsha Amoghavarsha
Cavalry Aoe2de General Araiyan General Araiyan · AoE2DE Mihira Bhoja icon Mihira Bhoja · AoE2DE Rajendra Chola icon Rajendra Chola · Aoe2de Young Babur icon Young Babur
Archer AoE2DE Ibrahim Lodi icon Ibrahim Lodi · AoE2DE Qutlugh Icon Qutlugh · Aoe2de shaybani khan icon Shaybani Khan
AoE2Icon-MountainRoyals The Mountain Royals
Non-military AoE2DE Tamar icon Tamar
Infantry Yury icon AoE2DE Yury · Zakare icon AoE2DE Zakare · Stephan icon AoE2DE Stephan · Mleh icon AoE2DE Mleh
Cavalry AoE2DE Ismail icon Ismail · AoE2DE Shah Ismail icon Shah Ismail · Selim icon AoE2DE Selim the Grim · AoE2DE Thoros icon Thoros · Ivane icon AoE2DE Ivane