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Age of Empires 2 cheats: unlimited resources and all the cheat units you need to conquer your enemies

Using Age of Empires 2 cheats aren't a sign of weakness, they're the sign of a cunning leader. Success for your civilization must be secured whatever the cost, so why not use every advantage you can to become the ultimate conqueror. 

There are a whole host of old-school Age of Empires 2 cheat codes available, which you can use to award yourself with unlimited amounts of the four main resources, spawn cheat units into battle, and much more. These cheats work with both the original Age of Empires 2: The Age of Kings and Age of Empires 2: HD Edition, except for a few which have been tagged as only being compatible with the HD version.

How to use Age of Empires 2 cheats

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.

Age of Empires 2 cheat codes

cheese steak jimmy's
1,000 Food (10,000 in Age of Empires 2: HD Edition)

robin hood
1,000 Gold (10,000 in Age of Empires 2: HD Edition)

1,000 Wood (10,000 in Age of Empires 2: HD Edition)

rock on
1,000 Stone (10,000 in Age of Empires 2: HD Edition)

100,000 of each resource (each code has same effect)

Immediate building, resource gathering, research etc. (toggle on/off)

i r winner
Win campaign

Lose campaign

Kill opponent # (replace # with 1-8)

black death
Destroy all other players, including allies

Destroy yourself

Reveal map (toggle on/off)

Remove fog (toggle on/off)

natural wonders
Control animals instead of men, this cannot be reversed

alpaca simulator
Spawns an Alfred the Alpaca cheat unit (Age of Empires 2: HD Edition only)

how do you turn this on
Spawns a Cobra Car cheat unit

furious the monkey boy
Spawns a Furious the Monkey Boy cheat unit

i don't exist
Spawns a Penguin cheat unit (Age of Empires 2: HD Edition only)

to smithereens
Spawns a Saboteur cheat unit

i love the monkey head
Spawns a VMDL cheat unit (Elephant Archer in Age of Empires 2: HD Edition)

woof woof
Turn all birds into flying dogs

Mute taunts - use !nomute to enable again

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Iain Wilson
Iain Wilson

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 400 Platinum pots weighing down the shelves of his virtual award cabinet. He does not care for Xbox Achievements.