Tariq ibn Ziyad (Arabic: طارق بن زياد, died 720) was a Berber Muslim general who led the Islamic Umayyad conquest of Visigothic Hispania in 711–718 A.D. Under the orders of the Umayyad Caliph Al-Walid I he led a large army from the north coast of Morocco, consolidating his troops at a large hill now known as Gibraltar. His invasion of Hispania is depicted in the Tariq ibn Ziyad campaign in Age of Empires II HD: The African Kingdoms.
" 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."
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.
Campaign Scenarios Edit
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