William Wallace in the introductory scene of Research and Technology

William Wallace (c. 1270 - August 23, 1305) was a Scottish Knight who led an army of Scots in an attempt to keep Scotland a kingdom independent from Edward I of England. He is referenced and briefly playable in his campaign, which introduces new players to the gaming experience of Age of Empires II.

Unit[edit | edit source]

William Wallace is an infantry hero with the appearance of a Champion. He is available in the Scenario Editor, and makes his only appearance in the last battle of the Learning Campaign, The Battle of Falkirk. As a hero, he cannot be converted and can regenerate health (since The Conquerors). Also, he is slightly faster than a Champion.

Wallace was the strongest hero in the game until the release of The Conquerors, in which Admiral Yi Sun-Shin takes first place (albeit as a ship). With the release of The African Kingdoms, the Abraha Elephant is able to defeat Wallace in single combat, as is Le Trien from Rise of the Rajas, which puts Wallace in fourth place.

In the Definitive Edition, a renamed William Wallace appears in the Alaric campaign as the enemy Sarus the Goth (d. 413 A.D.). Sarus's forces have to be defeated in the third scenario (where he doesn't physically appear), and he can be fought and killed in the fifth and last scenario.

William Wallace's arrival in The Battle of Falkirk

William Wallace Learning Campaign[edit | edit source]

The warriors of Scotland attempt to hold off an invasion of the better equipped English armies. Take the command of the highlanders, and learn the basic concepts of Age of Empires II, such as how to build an economy, how to train your soldiers and, most importantly, how to fight and defeat your enemy. If you are new to real-time strategy games, you will learn all you need to know. If you have played the original Age of Empires, then you can skip ahead to new features, such as garrisoning and formations.
—In-game campaign description

The William Wallace Learning Campaign consists of 7 scenarios. The player plays as the Celts, and the player color is blue.

The William Wallace Learning Campaign map

  1. Marching and Fighting
  2. Feeding the Army
  3. Training the Troops
  4. Research and Technology
  5. The Battle of Stirling
  6. Forge an Alliance
  7. The Battle of Falkirk

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Unlike other campaigns, only the fifth and seventh scenarios are inspired from historical events.
  • In the cutscenes, Wallace and the other Scots are depicted in kilts, much like in the then recent movie, Braveheart. This is an anachronism because the kilt was introduced in the 16th century and gained its modern configuration in the 18th. The new cutscenes in Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition depict more period accurate clothing. Also,  the following images are from the beta. In the Mosque image there are some (7 in total) Royal Janissaries.

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Further help[edit | edit source]

For a guide to how to win these battles see strategy wiki.

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