Age of Empires II Cheat Codes

Age of Empires II comes with some classic cheat codes that are ingrained in our common memory. But how do you turn them on?

Resource Cheat Codes

robin hood10000 gold
cheese steak jimmy’s10000 food
lumberjack10000 wood
rock on10000 stone
rowshep100000 of every resource
ninjalui100000 of every resource
ninjaconnor100000 of every resource
  • The “cheese steak jimmy’s” cheat is aptly named after a restaurant near Ensemble Studios where the crew used to go for lunch a lot.
  • “Robin Hood” is named after the legendary archer from the 1300’s. He stole from the rich to give to the poor. His existence is still highly debated.
  • The super-cheats are even more obscure and are all named after babies that were born during the development of Age of Empires II HD: The Forgotten.

Cobra Cars in Age of Empires II

Unit Cheat Codes

Probably the most fun Age of Empires II Cheat Codes to play around with!

how do you turn this onCobra CarCobra Car Icon in Age of Empires II
to smithereensSaboteurPetard Icon in Age of Empires II
furious the monkey boyFurious the Monkey BoyFurious the Monkey Boy Icon in Age of Empires II
i love the monkey headVMDLVMDL Icon in Age of Empires II
i don’t existPenguinPenguin Icon in Age of Empires II
alpaca simulatorAlfred the AlpacaAlfred the Alpaca Icon in Age of Empires II
catzorSharkatzorSharkatzor Icon in Age of Empires II
photon manPhoton ManPhoton Man Icon in Age of Empires II
  • Cobra Car is modeled after a Shelby Cobra. One of the original artists really liked this car.
  • VMDL is named after “Villager Male Dave Lewis”. In the original game he was a low-res naked villager, which allegedly is based on a true story from an office party at Ensemble Studios.
  • The Penguin is a tribute to the anonymous driving force behind the UserPatch project. They always wanted Antarctica to be a playable civilization in Age of Empires II, so this is the closest we’ll get.
  • Alfred the Alpaca is named after the first mascot of the official Age of Empires community team.
  • Photon Man was an original Age of Empires I cheat code that was made available during the “Age of Empires Anniversary event” in February 2020. The unit is still available in the Scenario Editor.
  • Sharkatzor came to life after one of the Forgotten Empires artists needed a mental break after creating the architecture sets for the Ethiopians and Malians.

Various Cheats

aegisInstant building & resource gathering
marcoReveal the map
poloRemove the Fog of War
i r winnerWin the game
torpedo#Destroy player #
wimpywimpywimpyDestroy yourself
black deathDestroy all opponents
natural wondersControl nature
woof woofReplaces all birds by Stormy DogsStormy Dog Icon in Age of Empires II
  • Since Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition, “aegis” now also makes your farmers gather faster.
  • Stormy Dog is a tribute to a puppy saved from a storm drain by original Age of Empires developer, Matt Pritchard. The cheat code was implemented in the last four hours of development time for the original Age of Empires II.


Event Cheats

The following cheats are event-exclusive unlockables.

tech tech one two freeAll technologies are freeUnlocked during “Medieval Technology Event”
going above and beyondAll technologies can be researched 256 timesUnlocked during “Medieval Technology Event”