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Wolf chase

A wolf, one of the most common wild animals encountered.

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Wild animals, also commonly called Predators, are aggressive animals in all the Age of Empires series games except Age of Empires III that are found randomly around the map and do not belong to any player faction.

They are distinct from other animals due to their hostile nature, attacking the player's civilian and most military units that enter their Line of Sight.

ReturnRome-AoEIcon Age of Empires[]

Wild animals in Age of Empires can also be hunted for food. They are distinguished from wild animals of the other games in their tendency to attack nearly all nearby units of a player, including religious units, ships, and siege weapons. They are also distinguished by their tendency to pursue and kill nearby prey animals.

Since Return of Rome, all predators of Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition are also available.

AoE2-DLCicon-0 Age of Empires II[]

In Age of Empires II, all wild animals have the Predator Animals armor class. They come in many varieties (see below) depending on the chosen map, though all wild animals have 25 hit points regardless of species.

Almost all wild animals that occur in random map games (those being all except the Dire and Rabid Wolves) are identical in almost all aspects (HP, Attack, Speed and LOS), an exception being the Bear, whose Line of sight spans 10 instead of 12 tiles.

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), Scouts (Scout Cavalry and Eagle Scout lines and Horse, Bactrian Camel, and Camel scout units), or any siege weapons (save for Ballista Elephants and Flaming Camels).

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.

There are some maps with relative abundance of wild animals (Gold Rush for example) and in these kind of maps, it is possible for players to try to lure a pack of them against an opponent, in a tactic known as the " Wolf Rush". It mainly consist of marking the points where the scout finds these animals with a Palisade Wall foundation, and then send either a foot archer or an infantry unit to lure them.

Introduction Icon Name
AoE2-DLCicon-0 The Age of Kings PR2-002 Dire Wolf
PR2-002 Rabid Wolf
PR2-002 Wolf
AoE2-DLCicon-1 The Conquerors PR4-004 Jaguar
AoE2-DLCicon-2 The Forgotten AoE2DE ingame bear icon Bear
AoE2-DLCicon-3 The African Kingdoms Gator aoe2DE Crocodile
Lion aoe2DE Lion
AoE2-DLCicon-4 Rise of the Rajas AoE2 DE komodo Komodo Dragon
PR4-016 Tiger
AoEIIDE icon Definitive Edition AoE2DE ingame snow leopard icon Snow Leopard

Aom original icon Age of Mythology[]

The wild animals of Age of Mythology can be hunted for food just like those of Age of Empires. Unlike the other games, predators stop pursuing if the target leaves their Line of Sight for long enough, and return to their starting position.

GameIcon-AoE4 Age of Empires IV[]

There is one predator in Age of Empires IV:

Trivia[]

  • In Age of Empires II, 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.
  • In Age of Empires III, wild animals are supplanted by treasure guardians which strike back only when they are attacked, rather than automatically.
Animals in Age of Empires
Until Age of Empires Definitive Edition icon Definitive Edition
HuntablesReturn of rome gazelle Gazelle · Returnofrome elephant icon Elephant
PredatorsAlligatorAOEIcon Alligator · Returnofrome lion icon Lion · Returnofrome crocodile icon Crocodile
Marine creaturesAoE2 DE shore fish icon Shore Fish · AoE2 DE tuna icon Tuna · AoE2 DE salmon icon Salmon · Aoede whale icon Whale
Animal KingsReturnofrome lion icon Lion (Alpha) · Returnofrome crocodile icon Crocodile (Alpha) · Return of rome gazelle Gazelle (Alpha) · Returnofrome elephant icon Elephant (Alpha)
OtherReturnofrome lion icon Lion (tame)
DecorativeAoEDE Eagle icon Bird · Dragon Icon updated nuRoR Dragon
CutHorse icon AoE Horse · Goat Goat
Including AoE2Icon-ReturnRome Return of Rome
HuntableAoE2DE Deer icon Deer · AoE2DE ingame ibex icon Ibex · Boar aoe2DE Iron Boar · Boar aoe2DE Javelina · Ostrich icon aoe2de Ostrich · PR4-010 Rhinoceros · Boar aoe2DE Wild Boar · Zebra aoe2DE Zebra
HerdableCowDE Cow · Goat aoe2DE Goat · AoE2DE ingame goose icon Goose · PR4-009 Llama · Iconpig Pig · Sheep aoe2DE Sheep · PR4-006 Turkey · Yak aoe2DE Water Buffalo
PredatorAoE2DE ingame bear icon Bear · PR2-002 Dire Wolf · PR4-004 Jaguar · AoE2 DE komodo Komodo Dragon · PR2-002 Rabid Wolf · AoE2DE ingame snow leopard icon Snow Leopard · PR4-016 Tiger · PR2-002 Wolf
CivilianBactrian camel icon Bactrian Camel · AoE2DE ingame camel icon Camel · Donkey caravan aoe2DE Donkey · Returnofrome horse icon Horse
Military animalsAoE2 DE alfred icon Alfred the Alpaca · Monkey aoe2DE Furious the Monkey Boy · Penguin aoe2DE Penguin
DecorativeBactrian camel icon Wild Bactrian Camel · AoE2DE ingame camel icon Wild Camel · Returnofrome horse icon Wild Horse
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 snapper icon Snapper
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
Animals (non-myth units) in Age of Mythology
Herdable animalsCowAOM Cow · GoatAOM Goat · Pig icon Pig · YakiconAoM Yak
Timid huntablesBaboon icon Baboon · Caribou Caribou · ChickenIcon Chicken · Crane icon Crowned Crane · Deer icon Deer · DuckAoM icon Duck · Elk icon Elk · GazelleAOMicon Gazelle · Giraffe icon Giraffe · Monkey icon Monkey · Zebra icon Zebra
Aggressive huntablesAurochs icon Aurochs · Boar icon Boar · ElephantAOMicon Elephant · Hippo icon Hippopotamus · RamAoM icon Ram · Rhinoceros icon Rhinoceros · Walrus icon Walrus · WaterBuffalo Water Buffalo
Wild animalsWolf icon Arctic Wolf · Crocodile icon Crocodile · BrownBear icon Bear · Hyena icon Hyena · LionAOMicon Lion · LizardAoM icon Lizard · PandaAoM icon Panda Bear · PolarBearIcon Polar Bear · TigerAoM icon Tiger · Wolf icon Wolf
Military animalsLionAOMicon Golden Lion · Monkey icon Relic Monkey
FishAoM Fish Icon Herring · AoM Fish Icon Mahi-mahi · AoM Fish Icon Perch · AoM Fish Icon Salmon
Decorative animalsBird (AoM Hawk Icon Eagle · Harpy icon Harpy · AoM Hawk Icon Hawk · AoM Hawk Icon Parrot · AoM Vulture Icon Vulture) · Hawksbill Turtle · Orca · Shark · Whale
Scenario Editor-exclusive animalsHour of Alpacas Alfred · Wolf icon Dog · Giant Duck-Billed Platypus · GoatAOM Golden Fleece (also herdable) · Elk icon Reindeer
Cheat animalsChickenIcon Methane Chicken
Cut animalsAnchovies · Camel icon AoM Camel · Horse · Musk Ox · Nubian Goat · Shore Fish · Unicorn
Animals in Age of Empires IV
Herdable animalsAoE4 Sheep Herdable Sheep · AoE4 Cattle Cattle (Malians only)
Timid huntablesAoE4 Deer Huntable Deer
Aggressive huntablesAoE4 Boar Huntable Boar
Wild animalsAoE4 Wolf Wolf
FishAoE4 Fish Fish · AoE4 Fish Shoreline Fish
Cut animalsBear · Crocodile · Fox · Zebra
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