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Yodit is a campaign in Age of Empires II HD: The African Kingdoms. It focuses on the semi-legendary exploits of the real-life Gudit (Ge'ez: ጉዲት; Amharic: Yodit, lit. "Jewess"; reigned ca. 960), an enigmatic non-Christian (thought to be Jewish and Beta Israeli; so of the Kingdom of Semien) Ethiopian queen believed to be the cousin of the founder of the Zagwe dynasty, Mara Takla Haymanot, according to one tradition. Gudit is notorious for causing mass destruction over much of Aksum and slaughtering the Aksumite Empire's ruling dynasty before becoming a queen herself for reasons not yet clear to the present day due to the contradictory and incomplete nature of information about her.

Nevertheless, Gudit is so feared by the Ethiopians to the point that her name is usually translated to "fire" and "destruction" in Amharic, and her reign of terror is still widely remembered from various oral traditions and historical accounts recording her actions.


Yodit is an infantry hero in Age of Empires II HD: The African Kingdoms. She had the appearance of a Gbeto and is only available in the Scenario Editor. Since the Definitive Edition, she has a unique model similar to a Gbeto. As a hero, she cannot be converted and can regenerate health.

Note that this unit does not actually appear in the campaign. There, Yodit is represented by Princess Yodit, a Queen incapable of attacking.


The beautiful princess Yodit has a promising future at the Aksumite court. But when her jealous nephew accuses her of theft, Yodit is forced to flee her home country. Witness how exile shaped this fallen princess into a mighty queen. For centuries the story of Yodit’s vengeance would invoke fear in the hearts of all Ethiopians.
—In-game campaign description

The Yodit campaign consists of 5 scenarios. The player plays as the Ethiopians and the player color is green, except in Broken Stelae, where the player color is yellow. In the Definitive Edition, the player color in all scenarios is green.

  1. Path of Exile
  2. The Right Partner
  3. A Fallen Crown
  4. Broken Stelae
  5. Welcome Home


  • The campaign is narrated by an unnamed Ethiopian trader as he told Gudit's tale to his son Daniel during their stay on Aksum. In the final scenario, another trader and a survivor of Gudit's attack on Aksum named Tariku also gives his account of witnessing Gudit's carnage first-hand.
  • This is one of three campaigns with a female protagonist. The other two are Joan of Arc and Jadwiga.