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Stormy Dog is a non-interactive Gaia animal in Age of Empires II: The Conquerors.

If the player enters the cheat code "WOOF WOOF", all birds on the map are replaced by flying Stormy Dogs, clothed in red capes. This has no effect on gameplay, and is only a visual change.


According to developer Matt Pritchard, Stormy Dog was named after an unwanted puppy that he rescued from a storm drain on January 15, 1997. The cheat unit was coded in under four hours and the art was made by Duncan McKissick. The real Stormy Dog passed away in May 2008, at the age of 11.

I guess I would have to find the time to sit down and maybe add a wiki entry or something.
Stormy was a rescue as a pup. Someone nearby we think had dumped several puppies into the sewer to get rid of them. I was crunching on the original AoE in January 1997 when my wife at the time reported hearing a faint occasional bark noise while around the house. For a day or two we weren't sure if there really was one, and then I heard it when walking into the house after arriving home late at night.
I figured it was the storm drain on the street next to our house. Opening the drain lid and looking in, something ran away up into the tiny pipe and wouldn't come back. So I went to the 24- hour walmart and bought a little dog bed, a bowl, and a lantern and some dog food. I came back about midnight and went down into the storm drain, and set up the dog bed with a little blanket and food bowl, and left the manhole cover off to the side. When i got up in the morning, I went out a quickly jumped down into the drain and found Stormy in the dog bed and got him before he could run away.
He was about 6 weeks old then. We took him to the vet to get him ok, and kept him ever since. He was about 11 years old and with me when I was going though my divorce, when he started slowing down, and then passed a few weeks later. He was with me all day his last day, under my desk at work, and then at home when he expired. I eventually scattered his ashes in the ocean.
Like all dogs, their lives are too short, but he was good dog, and had a good life and was good companion and there with me while the Age games were originally made.
—Matt Pritchard in a reddit comment about Stormy Dog


  • Unlike birds, Stormy Dog can be selected in-game, so that it is controllable after using the cheat code "natural wonders". When deleting it, Stormy Dog instantly vanishes without a death animation, but can be heard whining in the Definitive Edition.
  • In the Definitive Edition, Stormy Dog's icon depicts its cape in the player's color, which is gray in the case of Gaia. Despite this, the dog generally wears a red cape.


Cheat units in the Age of Empires series
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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
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Animals in Age of Empires II
Herdable animalsCowDE Cow · Goat aoe2DE Goat · AoE2DE ingame goose icon Goose · PR4-009 Llama · Iconpig Pig · Sheep aoe2DE Sheep · PR4-006 Turkey · Yak aoe2DE Water Buffalo
Timid huntablesAoE2DE Deer icon Deer · Return of rome gazelle Gazelle · AoE2DE ingame ibex icon Ibex · Ostrich icon aoe2de Ostrich · Zebra aoe2DE Zebra
Aggressive huntablesElephant aoe2DE Elephant · Boar aoe2DE Iron Boar · Boar aoe2DE Javelina · PR4-010 Rhinoceros · Boar aoe2DE Wild Boar
Wild animalsAoE2DE ingame bear icon Bear · Gator aoe2DE Crocodile · PR2-002 Dire Wolf · PR4-004 Jaguar · AoE2 DE komodo Komodo Dragon · Lion aoe2DE Lion · PR2-002 Rabid Wolf · AoE2DE ingame snow leopard icon Snow Leopard · PR4-016 Tiger · PR2-002 Wolf
Marine animalsAoE2 DE box turtles icon Box Turtles · AoE2 DE dolphin icon Dolphin · AoE2 DE dorado icon Dorado · AoE2 DE marlin icon Marlin · AoE2 DE perch icon Perch · AoE2 DE salmon icon Salmon · AoE2 DE shore fish icon Shore Fish · AoE2 DE snapper icon Snapper · AoE2 DE tuna icon Tuna
Civilian animalsBactrian camel icon Bactrian Camel · AoE2DE ingame camel icon Camel · Donkey caravan aoe2DE Donkey · Horse aoe2DE Horse
Military animalsAoE2 DE alfred icon Alfred the Alpaca · Monkey aoe2DE Furious the Monkey Boy · Penguin aoe2DE Penguin
Hero animalsHunting wolf aoe2DE Hunting Wolf · Ornluthewolf aoe2DE Ornlu the Wolf
Decorative animalsAoE2 DE hawk icon Bird · AoE2 DE stormy dog Stormy Dog · Bactrian camel icon Wild Bactrian Camel · AoE2DE ingame camel icon Wild Camel · Horse aoe2DE Wild Horse