Tariq ibn Ziyad is a campaign in Age of Empires II HD: The African Kingdoms that is based on the feats of the real-life Tariq ibn Ziyad (Arabic: طارق بن زياد; died 720), a Berber Muslim general from the Umayyad Caliphate. He is known in history for leading the Umayyad conquest of Hispania which culminates in the Battle of Guadalete and results in the formation of Al-Andalus that lasts until it was conquered by the Spanish in the late-15th century. The Rock of Gibraltar, which happens to be the site where Tariq ibn Ziyad consolidates his forces, is named after him (derived from Jabal Tariq, Arabic for "Tariq's Mountain").
Unit EditTariq ibn Ziyad is a cavalry archer hero with the appearance of a Genitour. Throughout his entire campaign, he is a must-survive unit. As a hero, he cannot be converted and can regenerate health. He is also available in the Scenario Editor.
"In the early 8th century, Tariq ibn Ziyad prepares to lead an army of Berbers and Arabs across the sea to Iberia, enthralling his troops with promises of wealth and glory. Will their might be enough to defeat the fearsome infantry of the Visigoths and bring the banners of war to the powerful Merovingian kingdom lying beyond the Pyrenees? Their success–or failure–lies in your hands."—In-game campaign description
The Tariq ibn Ziyad campaign consists of 5 scenarios. The player plays as the Berbers, and the player color is yellow.
- The Battle of Guadalete
- Consolidation and Subjugation
- Divide and Conquer
- Crossing the Pyrenees