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A hunter-like robot sent to earth to destroy rebel soldiers.
—In-game description in the Definitive Edition

The Zug 209 is a cheat unit in Age of Empires: The Rise of Rome. The unit has the appearance of a futuristic bipedal robot armed with dual blaster cannons. Unlike most units, the default color scheme is always the same regardless of its ownership by a different player. The unit spawns only at the most recently built Town Center.

Despite its superior stats compared to a standard unit, its stats cannot be upgraded and it is vulnerable to conversion. It is also available in the Scenario Editor (Definitive Edition only).

In Return of Rome, its model was updated along with most other cheat units.


  • The unit's name and appearance is likely to be a reference to the ED-209 of the RoboCop franchise.
  • When it dies, it explodes like fireworks leaving behind only its legs on the ground which will burn eternally. Unlike other units, it will not decompose and disappear off the map; however, building any structure over it will remove its remains. The only other unit that shares this unique feature is the BabyPrez, albeit with a different death animation.
  • Before Return of Rome, the unit had no icon. Since its release, the unit previously had the same icon as the Laser Trooper. With update 95810, they received a unique icon.


Cheat units in the Age of Empires series
ReturnRome-AoEIcon Age of EmpiresBaby Prez BabyPrez (removed) · Returnofrome heavy catapult icon Big Bertha · Horse Archer Black Rider · Returnofrome crocodile icon Crocodile (Alpha)  · Dragon Icon updated nuRoR Dragon · Returnofrome elephant icon Elephant (Alpha) · Returnofrome juggernaut icon Flying Dutchman · Return of rome gazelle Gazelle (Alpha) · Photonman aoe2DE Laser Trooper  · Returnofrome lion icon Lion (Alpha) · Cavalry111 Medusa · Nuke Trooper Icon updated nuRoR Nuke Trooper · AoE2 DE priest icon Saint Francis · Composite Bowman Stealth Archer · Winsett other Z Icon updated nuRoR Winsett's other Z · Winsett Z Icon updated nuRoR Winsett's Z · Zug 209 Icon updated nuRoR Zug 209
AoE2-DLCicon-0 Age of Empires IIAoE2 DE alfred icon Alfred the Alpaca · CobracarDE Cobra Car · Monkey aoe2DE Furious the Monkey Boy · Penguin aoe2DE Penguin · Photonman aoe2DE Photonman · Saboteur aoe2DE Saboteur · Sharkatzoricon Sharkatzor · AoE2 DE stormy dog Stormy Dog · VMDL DE icon VMDL
Aom original icon Age of MythologyBella icon Bella · AoMR Football icon Football · Hippo icon Flying Purple Hippo · Aomaxemanicon Forkboy · BrownBear icon Lazer Bear · ChickenIcon Methane Chicken · AoMR UFO icon UFO · WalkingWoodsIcon Walking Berry Bush
3Icon48px Age of Empires IIIMonster truck blue aoe3de BigAndy · Hot dog cart aoe3de Flaming Hot Dog Cart · Fluffy aoe3de Fluffy · Flying purple tapir aoe3de Flying Purple Tapir · Gatling camel aoe3de portrait Gatling Camel · Crushington aoe3de George Crushington · Guardian Lion icon AoE3DE Guardian Lion · Honey Badger portrait Honey Badger · Lazer bear aoe3de Lazerbear · Learicorn aoe3de Learicorn · Italians leonardo tank portrait Leonardo's Tank · Great bombard de Mediocre Bombard · Ice cream truck aoe3de Monster Ice Cream Truck · Penguin portrait Penguin · Monster truck red aoe3de The Tommynator
GameIcon-AoE4 Age of Empires IVAoE4 PhotonMan Photon Man