All Age of Empires 2 Definitive Edition cheats and codes

Age of Empires 2 Definitive Edition cheats are easily applied, can help you secure victory, and sure, it might not be fair, but your civilization's survival is on the line! Age of Empires 2 cheat codes can be used to grab resources, spawn cheat units, build immediately and kill opponents in a flash. These cheats work with the original Age of Empires 2: The Age of Kings, Age of Empires 2: HD Edition AND Age of Empires 2: Definitive Edition, with a few variations that we've made clear below.

All Age of Empires 2 cheat codes

Below you can find all the Age of Empires 2 cheats in the whole game and their effects - and if you need a refresher on how to apply them, just scroll down or use this link to leap straight to our section on how to use cheats in Age of Empires 2!

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cheese steak jimmy'sGrants 10,000 Food(Only 1,000 in the original game)
robin hoodGrants 10,000 Gold(Only 1,000 in the original game)
lumberjackGrants 10,000 Wood(Only 1,000 in the original game)
rock onGrants 10,000 Stone(Only 1,000 in the original game)
ninjaconnorGrants 100,000 of ALL resourcesninjalui and rowshep are codes that have the same effect
aegisToggle instant building, research, gathering and trainingApplies to all players, including AI
i r winnerWin campaignRow 6 - Cell 2
resignLose campaignRow 7 - Cell 2
torpedo(1-8)Instantly defeat specific playerRow 8 - Cell 2
black deathDefeat all OTHER players, including alliesRow 9 - Cell 2
wimpywimpywimpyPlayer concedes for immediate defeatRow 10 - Cell 2
nouiToggles visible UIType code again to get it back
!muteSilences tauntsRow 12 - Cell 2
!nomuteUnsilences taunts and negates above codeRow 13 - Cell 2
marcoReveal map (toggle on/off)Row 14 - Cell 2
poloRemove Fog of War (toggle on/off)Row 15 - Cell 2
Going Above and BeyondLets player research the same technology repeatedlyPlayer can research the same tech up to 256 times to stack effects
Tech Tech One Two FreeMakes technologies freeRow 17 - Cell 2
woof woofTurns birds into Stormy DogsAesthetic change only, Stormy Dogs are dogs in capes
natural wondersLose control of player's civilization, but gain control of natureCannot be reversed or undone
Put on your capesTurns all player's infantry units into Elite Teutonic KnightsSlow, high damage armoured melee infantry
Yes We KhanTurns all player's Mangudai units into Ghengis KhanOnly available in Ghenghis Khan campaign
alpaca simulatorCreates Alfred the Alpaca unitPowerful melee alpaca in a crown
catzorCreates Sharkatzor unitCat riding a flying shark that fires lasers
furious the monkey boyCreates Furious the Monkey Boy unitApe that does high damage but has low health
how do you turn this onCreates Shelby Cobra unitCar that fires bullets rapidly
i don't existCreates Penguin unitPenguin that serves as powerful infantry
i love the monkey headCreates VMDL unitWooden doll that cannot attack, gather or build, but moves fast
photon manCreates Photon Man unitAstronaut who acts similar to hand cannoneer
to smithereeensCreates Saboteur unit"Suicide unit" that destroys self to do massive damage

How to use Age of Empires 2 cheats

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Thankfully, it couldn't be easier to use Age of Empires 2 cheats. While playing, simply hit Enter to show a text box, then type in the cheat code and press Enter again to activate it. The Age of Empires 2 cheat codes are not case sensitive, so as long as you use the correct spelling and spacing as shown in the list below then they will always work. Remember that if you're playing Age of Empires 2: HD Edition, using these cheats will disable most of the achievements in-game, so bear that in mind if awards are important to you.

Iain Wilson
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Iain originally joined Future in 2012 to write guides for CVG, PSM3, and Xbox World, before moving on to join GamesRadar in 2013 as Guides Editor. His words have also appeared in OPM, OXM, PC Gamer, GamesMaster, and SFX. He is better known to many as ‘Mr Trophy’, due to his slightly unhealthy obsession with amassing intangible PlayStation silverware, and he now has over 500 Platinum pots weighing down the shelves of his virtual award cabinet. He does not care for Xbox Achievements.

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