Restore the king to his rightful throne, defeat his oldest enemies, and unite Malay’s people under the leadership of the wise Gajah Mada. Conquer Southeast Asia with the vast island empire of Malay and upgrade your docks to harbors which can shoot arrows. The Malay unique unit is the Karambit Warrior, an extremely cheap infantry unit that can quickly overwhelm its foes.

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Naval civilization

  • Advancing to Ages +100% faster
  • Fishing Ships and Fish Traps cost -33%
  • Fish Traps provide unlimited food
  • Battle Elephants 20% cheaper

Unique Unit:

  • Karambit Warrior (infantry)

Unique Technologies:

  • Thalassocracy: Docks upgraded to Harbors, which shoot arrows
  • Forced Levy: Militia-line costs no gold

Team Bonus:

  • Docks +100% LOS


The Malay Archipelago is the world’s largest archipelago, consisting of more than 25,000 islands in present-day Indonesia, the Philippines, Brunei, East Timor, Malaysia and Singapore. To travel and colonize so many islands, the islanders developed sophisticated navigation and boat building skills beginning in 50,000 BC. From the first millennium AD, multiple port towns expanded into small kingdoms thanks to a profitable trade position between India and China. As a result of this interaction with India, these early states adopted many elements from Hinduism and Buddhism. During the Middle Ages, some port cities managed to conquer large parts of the archipelago. Three maritime empires, also called thalassocracies, were particularly influential:

One of the first states to dominate the archipelago was Srivijaya (671-1377) in Southern Sumatra. To secure their trade with China, the maharajas of Srivijaya conquered several kingdoms in Sumatra, the Malaysian peninsula, and Java. Naval expeditions even ventured up the Mekong river in mainland Southeast Asia, but the emergence of the powerful Khmer Empire prevented a long-lasting presence. As an international center for Buddhism and education, the capital of Palembang attracted many pilgrims and scholars from all over Asia. Although the maharajas did not erect many temples themselves, their vassals in Java constructed some of the largest Buddhist monuments in the world, such as Borobudur and Sewu. Despite these economic and cultural achievements, the Srivijaya empire gradually disintegrated under the pressure of Indian raids and Javanese conquests beginning in the eleventh century.

After Srivijaya, Javanese kingdoms rose to prominence. One of them, the Majapahit Empire (1293-1527), eventually became one of the most powerful states in Southeast Asia. In 1293, Raden Wijaya founded the empire by allying with the invading Mongol armies to depose his rival, after which he vanquished the Mongols in a surprise attack. Under the military leadership of Gajah Mada (1313-1364), prime minister to two emperors, Majapahit reached its largest extent: from the Malaysian peninsula in the west to New Guinea in the east. During this golden era, arts, literature, and architecture flourished. Puppet theatre and orchestras were developed. A truly Javanese culture emerged through the synthesis of Shiva worship and Tantric Buddhism. In the fifteenth century, internal strife and the emergence of a new trading power called Malacca led to the decline of the Majapahit.

In 1398, the Majapahit had invaded Singapura, a small kingdom in the Malaysian peninsula. Their king, Parameswara, fled the state and founded the city of Malacca. Thanks to good relations with the Chinese Ming dynasty, the city attracted merchants and gradually became one of the major ports on the Indo-Chinese trade route. At the end of his reign, King Paramesware converted to Islam, thereby founding the Malacca Sultanate (1414-1511). Although Southeast Asia had come into contact with Islam from an early date via traders, Muslim communities had remained limited. With the territorial expansion of the Sultanate, Malacca became an important center from which Islam spread. Subsequently, the Malay culture, initially inspired by Hinduism and Buddhism, underwent profound cultural changes inspired by their new Islamic faith.

Lured by the rich trade of the archipelago, European explorers came to Southeast Asia from the end of the Middle Ages. In 1511, a Portuguese army under Afonso de Albuquerque conquered the port of Malacca, marking the end of the Sultanate. For the next several centuries, European states would dominate the trade in the archipelago.

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Just Ti

100% age advancement speed mean twice faster, not instant

David Zetterdahl

On their mission 2 in the campaign, could you make the AI ally more helpful instead of their suicide charging into cannon towers?

Had to use pallisade walls to lead them to my allies.

Themalay Arefrickinoverpowered

“Advancing to Ages +100% faster, Fishing Ships and Fish Traps cost -33%”
OK this is a rush civ, it sure sucks in the late game.
“Fish Traps provide unlimited food, Forced Levy: Militia-line costs no gold”
Holy shit this cannot be fucking posible, they sure have long swordsman to compensate that.
“Tech tree: Two handed swordsman, plate mail, blast furnace”

Hendy Nugroho Trihatmojo

Sepertinya lebih tepat kalau diberi nama Majapahit bukan Malay. Pendapat pribadi…


Kan kerajaannya ga cuma Majapahit doang, itu mencakup banyak kerajaan di semenanjung Melayu, campaign-nya emang nyeritain Majapahit. Kayak yg udah dibilangin di komentar lain, ini mencakup daerah geografik, bukan etnik/sukunya aja. Kayak India, sebenernya India secara keseluruhan kebentuknya cuma di Kerajaan Maurya (322 SM – 185 SM) aja sama masa merdekanya India setelah masa kolonial Inggris (1947), di antara kedua waktu ini, India kepecah jadi buanyak banget kerajaan, tapi masih 1 rumpun. Begitu juga semenanjung Melayu, budaya di rumpun melayu ini mirip banget kan? Semenanjung Melayu ga jadi 1 negara besar setelah masa kolonial selese karena, pendapat saya pribadi juga,… Read more »


Dikasih nama Malay karena faksi ini pengen nampilin semua kerajaan di Kepulauan Melayu / Malay (Majapahit, Sriwijaya, Malaka, dll) buat sumber inspirasinya. Kalau bingung kenapa yang dipake nama Malay, Alfred Wallace pas ngelakuin penelitian di Indo dulu nyebut kepulauannya juga pake istilah Malay Archipelago. Makanya kalau ngelawan komputer, ada nama-nama macam Balaputra sama Sultan Mahmud Shah buat nama pemainnya. Terus di gamenya, Malay bisa punya Bombard Cannon sama Tower karena Kesultanan Aceh sama Malaka dulu memang pernah pake meriam darat buatan Turki (Majapahit dulu cuma punya meriam kecil / cetbang buat dipasang di kapal). Terus karambit itu aslinya senjata dari… Read more »

Bala Arizalu Putra Dinar

Secara umum, Melayu dan Jawa dapat di pisahkan dan dibuat 2 playable Civilization, satunya Malays dan Javanese dengan Unique Unit dan Tech serta architecture dan bahasa yang berbeda, hal ini mudah bagi saya untuk menambahkannya ke game, tapi untuk building set dan unit desain susah.

Ejoe Cosmic Puzzles

I get your point Hendy, bangsa melayu ni luas, satu nusantara ni bangsanya melayu, tapi kerajaannya banyak, kalau baca description pun ada mention srivijaya, majapahit dan melaka. Tapi since campaign AOE based kepada pemerintahan seseorang tokoh, maka Gajah Mada tidak layak mewakili civ Malay. sepatutnya civ Malay diubah nama kepada civ Majapahit for the sake of fulfilling the campaign story, barulah historically correct. Let alone it would be civ Malay, then it would be too discreet and general. Besides, jika di Malaysia, kerajaan Melayu menggunakan keris sebagai senjata asli dan bukan kerambit.


Malay looks too generic because this civ is supposed to represent various kingdoms who once stood on Malay Archipelago for the sake of tech tree diversity. Just like Saracens who respresented various Middle East kingdoms (Umayyad, Ayyubid, etc). Or Indians who used a lot of elements from Islamic Mughal Empire (gunpowder units, Sultan unique tech, sun & lion symbol), but instead picked the story of a Hindu king (Prithviraj) for the campaign. So nothing wrong from using Gajah Mada for Malay-specific campaign, because it has both historical & geographical basis. As for keris, both keris & karambit are native to… Read more »


Yes, and also kerises can also be as big as swords so it can be classified as such, reflected in the Malay civilization’s sword unit line. It is only in the modern day period where kerises are shrunk to dagger size (correct me if I am wrong).

rangga rheyga

what? how can gajah mada is the leader of malayan kingdom? he was majapahit’s general


It is clearly stated in the description above that Gajah Mada was military leadership under Raden Wijaya’s rule of Majapahit.


Not Malaysians but Melayu

rangga rheyga

How about Majapahit?


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Just for a slight more accuracy the civilization should be named Srivijayans, unless of course if this civilization is meant to include not only Srivijayans but Majapahits and the later Malaccans and Achinese as well.

Hiskia Fandi

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