Best Age of Empire 2 Cheats and Console Commands

Age of Empires 2 is a real-time strategy game developed by Ensemble Studios as the second instalment in the Age of Empires series. The challenging campaigns restrict you to strict story-based conditions and sometimes you might find yourself in search for an Age of Empire 2 cheat to gain an edge, you’re in luck for in this guide, we outline all Age of Empire 2 cheats and command line functions.

The cheats outlined in this guide should be used for the singleplayer campaign only. Using cheats, hacks and trainers in online multiplayer is irresponsible, unsportsmanlike and can attract bans and penalties to your gamer account. It is also quite frustrating to fellow players online.

Age of Empires II Cheat List

To activate a cheat, press the ‘Enter’ key to open a chat window, then activate the cheat by entering its corresponding cheat phrase.

Cheat Phrase Effect
cheese steak jimmy’s 1000 Food
robin hood 1000 Gold
rock on 1000 Stone
lumberjack 1000 wood
I love the monkey head Spawn a Useless Villager
black death Slay all opponents
aegis Instant building
how do you turn this on Spawn Shelby AC Cobra
wimpywimpywimpy Commit Suicide
woof woof Spawn a flying dog
natural wonders Control the Animals instead of men
marco Full Map
furious the monkey boy Furious the Monkey Boy
resign Instant Lose
i r winner Instant Victory
black death Kill All Opponents
torpedo(1-8) Kill Indicated Opponent (depends on slot number they’re in)
polo Disable the fog of war
to smithereens Saboteur Unit
!mute Will not hear any taunts
!nomute Undoes the !mute code

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Cheat Codes for Japanese Version of Age of Empires II

Cheat Phrase Effect
pepperoni pizza 1000 Food
coinage 1000 Gold
quarry 1000 Stone
woodstock 1000 Wood
gaia Control all animals instead of men
steroids Instant building
no fog Disable the fog of war
reveal map View the entire map

You can alternatively use the following shortcut keys to activate the corresponding cheats below:

  • Ctrl+P – Build an immutable structure
  • Ctrl+C – View ending
  • Ctrl+Q – Speedy construction
  • Ctrl+T – New resource menu

Age of Empires 2 Command line Cheat Codes

You can launch the game with one of the following command line functions to activate a corresponding cheat code.

How to Add Parameters in HD Version

  • Right-click on the game in your Steam library and choose “Properties”
  • Click on “set launch options”
  • Add any command line parameters. Capitalization IS important. Put a space between each one; for example: FASTVALIDATE OLD_SCHOOL NOSOUND

How to Add Parameters in CD Version

  • Right-click on the game exe (usually age2_x1.exe) and choose “create shortcut”
  • Right-click on the shortcut and choose “Properties”
  • Add command line parameters in the space behind the text in “Target:” For example: “C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Games\Age of Empires II\ age2_x1.exe ” NoMusic NoStartUp
  • Parameters must be separated by a space; capitalization is not important.
Parameter Effect
1024 1024 x 768 screen resolution
1280 1280 x 1024 screen resolution
800 800 x 600 screen resolution
autompsave Auto Save
NoMusic Disable ALL music
NoSound Disable ALL sounds except during FMV sequences
NoTerrainSound Disable ALL terrain sounds
Msync Fix SoundBlaster AWE freezes
NoStartup Disable the Pre-Game FMV Sequences
NormalMouse Standard Mouse Pointer

The command line codes are not case-sensitive.

Hopefully, this guide on all Age of Empire 2 cheats gives you that much needed edge in the real-time strategy gem that is this game.