Wolves attacking Villagers on Gold Rush

"Warning: You are being attacked by wild animals!!!"
Age of Empires II notification

Wild animals are creatures in Age of Empires II that are placed randomly around the map and do not belong to any player faction. They come in many varieties (see below) depending on the chosen map, though all wild animals have 25 HP regardless of species.

They are hostile to most units, especially Villagers, who can usually be killed very easily by them in the early game if they land the first hit. Magyar Villagers, however, kill all wild animals with one strike due to their civilization bonus.

Researching Loom at the Town Center as soon as possible can vastly improve a Villager's survival chance when attacked by a wild animal, though they are still vulnerable if the animals attack in groups. The higher the difficulty, the higher the aggression radius of them against Villagers.

Wild animals will not attack KingsTrade CartsMonks (including Missionaries), or scouts (Scout Cavalry and Eagle Scout lines).

Wild animals will always hide in the fog of war, regardless of the map's exploration area. They are not considered "huntables" and as such will yield no food when slain.

List of wild animals Edit

Name First appearance Sprite
Dire Wolf The Age of Kings WolfIcon
Rabid Wolf The Age of Kings WolfIcon
Wolf The Age of Kings WolfIcon
Jaguar The Conquerors JaguarIcon
Bear The Forgotten BearIcon
Crocodile The African Kingdoms CrocodileIcon
Lion The African Kingdoms LionIcon
Komodo Dragon Rise of the Rajas Komododragonicon
Tiger Rise of the Rajas AOE2IconTiger
Snow Leopard Definitive Edition AoE2DE ingame snow leopard icon

Trivia Edit

  • Due to a bug, a player would receive a wild animal attack notification if they were attacked by a War Elephant in The Age of Kings.
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