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    Age of Empires, Definitive Edition and Return of Rome Cheat Codes

    This is a list of all the known cheat codes for Age of Empires. Remember, not all codes work in all versions of the game.

    All cheat codes are entered via the Chat text box. Press Enter on the keyboard, type the cheat code in, and press enter to activate the cheat. Some cheats are not immediately obvious, such as if you kill player 3 and haven’t made contact with player 3 yet. For those cheats that give you a unit, such as Photon Man, the unit appears at one your Town Center in most cases. In Return of Rome, not all cheats work but the majority do.



    Reveal Map Reveals the entire map
    No Fog Removes the Fog of war
    Pepperoni Pizza Give yourself 1000 food
    Coinage Give yourself 1000 gold
    Woodstock Give yourself 1000 wood
    Quarry Give yourself 1000 stone
    Steroids Allow instantaneous 100% progress on upgrades, buildings, units, and villager functions.  This grants the same to all the other players as well.  If you enter it a second time it will switch it off.
    Diediedie Everyone dies (instant victory)
    Resign You resign
    Hari Kari Suicide
    Home Run Wins Scenario
    Killx Kills player x where x is the player’s starting position.  For example, to eliminate player 2, enter Kill2.
    Gaia The planet player – gives you control over nature (note: You lose control of your own civilization for the rest of the game.)
    Big Bertha Heavy Catapults have greater range and damage.   James pointed out that if you apply the cheat at a time when you are only capable of making stone throwers, this cheat will advance it to catapults.
    ICBM Ballistas get 100 range points
    Hoyohoyo Priests gets lots of speed and 600 hit points (Zen: it seems that if you enable this cheat it at the beginning of the game, then upgrade the priest later it’s possible to have a super priest with 1200 hit points with certain civs.)
    Medusa Transforms villagers to Medusas.  Attack with a villager, and when the villager is killed, it will turn into a “Black Rider.”  When the “Black Rider” is killed, it will turn into a Heavy Catapult.
    Black Rider Transforms Horse Archer into a “Black Rider.”  (60 Hit Points and Attack of 8)  When the “Black Rider” is killed, it will turn into a Heavy Catapult.  THanks to Vincent Voyard for finding this out.
    Dark Rain Transforms Composite Bowmen into Stealth Bowmen – they look like trees while standing still.  Thanks to Anthony Akens and Randall Spangler for pointing this one out. (mickey pointed out that the “Dark Rain” units can also walk on water; and BigWorm pointed out that the cheat upgrades your Bowman to Composite Bowman if you still have Bowmen.)

    Photon Man Gives you Photon Man, a soldier with a laser blaster, able to kill elephants in one shot.
    Flying Dutchman Turns Juggernaughts into Flying Dutchmen
    Bigdaddy Cool car with a rocket launcher, 300 attack points, 500 hit points, and a range of 15.  Very fast too.  (Note from Cheyenne: Bigdaddy is awfully easy for enemy Priests to convert, and then they get Bigdaddy to wail on you…)

    Jack be Nimble Select a catapult and enter this cheat, the Catapult will then fire cows, super villagers with capes (and non pants!), or tumbling villagers, depending on orientation.

    E=MC2 Trooper Photon Man with Nuclear Weapons! Attack of 300 and an 88 Range.

    Runplay Seems to make units move faster, especially the horse units.  Might not work with others… (Thanks Airman No Class!)
    Upsidflintmobile Accelerates your Chariot Archers
    (Thanks to Dark Knight for the post!)




    1p.gif (35 bytes)Rise of Rome Expansion Pack Cheats



    convert this! Gives you a new, slow moving priest unit with thunder powers (Rayden!) (Thanks to Alex Ko)
    stormbilly Mechwarrior like robot (Thanks to Alex Ko)
    big momma Just like big daddy, but the car is white (Thanks to Alex Ko)
    pow Baby on a tricycle with a gun (Thanks to Alex Ko)
    king arthur Turns eagles into flying dragons with 999hp (Thanks to Alex Ko)
    grantlinkspence Turns animals into super animals (i.e. lion kings, alligator kings, gazelle kings, etc.) (Discovered by Zen while game was released)
    upsidflintmobile Makes your chariots super fast in both movement and rate of fire.  (Thanks to Angel Washizu)


    Late Alpha Hotkeys and Cheats

    When playing In-game, you can use the following keys:

    #0-8 – Switch perspective to defined CPU/Gaia player and control it

    F3 – Pauses the game

    F5 – Displays fps=1000 (frames per second),view=0,map=0,scr=0,upd=0,comm=0,oth=0,tot=0,avg view time=0,count=1014

    F6 – Reveal Map

    F7 – No Fog

    F8 – Displays Optimal: Buf=9 Gran=58953030, RXPacket=0 and more (Most likely used for MP)

    F9 – Player #1 is not a computer player (Only works for CPU players, adjusts speed?)

    F11 – Displays Game time in the upper-right corner (below the Menu button)

    CTRL+W – Adds 1000 Wood to your stockpile

    CTRL+F – Adds 1000 Food to your stockpile

    CTRL+G – Adds 1000 Gold to your stockpile

    CTRL+S – Adds 1000 Stone to your stockpile

    CTRL+I – Adds object count # (e.g. 643-Town Center) before the object name in the status screen

    CTRL+E – Pauses the game

    CTRL+B – Hide all ojects

    CTRL+D – Hide all ojects, toggles an older drawing mode called SLOWDRAW in the commandline parameters

    CTRL+A – Select all objects
    CTRL+Q – Quicken (everything done instantly)
    CTRL+P – Places a piece of rubble to show unit movement destination

    CTRL+T – Opens up the In-game Scn Editor 

    CTRL+O – Changes selection of object/unit/building/hp bar to old hp bar or height selection

    CTRL+V – Save screen, save current game as a scenario

    CTRL+N – Quick start a new Random Game with the default settings

    V – View Town Center


    Late Beta Cheats

    During a game, press ENTER to open the chat window, and type any of the following cheats. Press ENTER again to activate.

    Cheat – Description

    Wood – 1000 Wood

    Food – 1000 Food

    Gold – 1000 Gold

    Stone – 1000 Stone

    Givemenuke – Soldier_Nuker (Long aim)

    Timsayscheat – Disables Cheats (write again to enable)

    Quick – Everything get’s ready instantly

    Player# – Replace # (1-8) Switch perspective to a CPU player and control it.

    Gaia – Control GAIA, use this cheat to reveal the map

    Suicide – You die instantly

    Victory – You Win

    Diediedie – Destroys all other players

    Resign – Resign

    Runplay – Unknown

    Zeus – Used to enable/disable cheats (thanks to Sandy Petersen for clarifying this). Leftover in the final, and doesn’t do anything.


    CGW Demo Cheat Code

    VICTORY – Immediate victory.

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