Entertainment Gaming Age of Empires 2: The Age of Kings Cheats for PC Instant victory and more AOE 2 cheats for Windows and Mac Share PINTEREST Email Print Entertainment Music TV & Film Performing Arts Visual Arts Fashion & Style Love & Romance Gaming By Robert Earl Wells III Writer University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Robert Wells is a professional writer and amateur game developer. His specialties include web development, cryptocurrency, and cybersecurity. our editorial process Robert Earl Wells III Updated January 21, 2021 Table of Contents Expand Age of Empires 2 and Age of Empires 2 HD Cheats Age of Empires 2 Japanese Edition Cheats Keyboard Shortcut Cheats Command Line Cheats How to Build Your Economy Defensive Strategies Offensive Strategies Age of Empires 2: The Age of Kings has seen multiple re-releases, HD remasters, and expansion packs since it debuted on Windows and Mac in 1999. All of the original Age of Empires 2 cheat codes work in every version of the game, but some cheats in Age of Empires 2 HD and the Japanese edition have different effects. These cheats apply to all versions of Age of Empires 2: The Age of Kings on Windows, Mac, and PlayStation 2. There are separate cheat codes for Age of Empires III and Age of Mythology on PC. Age of Empires 2 and AOE 2 HD Cheat Codes At any time while playing, press Enter to bring up the chat window and enter the following codes to activate the corresponding cheats: These cheats don't work in multiplayer modes. In the HD version, enabling cheats disables achievements. Effect Cheat Code Get 1,000 gold (10,000 in AOE 2 HD) robin hood Get 1,000 wood (10,000 in AOE 2 HD) lumberjack Get 1,000 stone (10,000 in AOE 2 HD) rock on Get 1,000 food (10,000 in AOE 2 HD) cheese steak jimmy's Get 100,000 of every resource (requires The Forgotten expansion pack) ninjaconnor Instant victory i r winner Instant loss resign Fast building aegis See full map marco Kill a specific opponent (check their slot number) torpedo number Kill all opponents black death No shadows polo Control animals natural wonders Summon VDML unit in your town center i love the monkey head Summon Cobra Car how do you turn this on Summon Saboteur to smithereens Commit suicide wimpywimpywimpy Mute taunts !mute Unmute taunts !nomute Summon Flying Dog woof woof Summon Little Monkey furious the monkey boy Age of Empires 2 Japanese Edition Cheat Codes When you play an imported version of the game, some cheat codes are different. Effect Cheat Code Get 1000 gold coinage Get 1000 wood woodstock Get 1000 stone quarry Get 1000 food pepperoni pizza Instant building steroids Full map reveal map Control animals gaia Age of Empires 2 Keyboard Shortcut Cheats On the PC and Mac versions, the following keyboard shortcuts can be used at any time: If playing on Mac, replace Ctrl with the Command key. Effect Shortcut Fast construction Ctrl+Q Build immutable structure Ctrl+P Age of Empires 2 Command Line Cheats Launch the game with the following command line parameters for various effects: Effect Command Line Parameter 800 x 600 screen resolution (Standard edition only) 800 1024 x 768 screen resolution (Standard edition only) 1024 1280 x 1024 screen resolution (Standard edition only) 1280 Auto save game AutoMPsave Standard mouse pointer NormalMouse Fixes display issues on some PCs Mfill Fixes sound issues on some PCs Msync Disable terrain sounds NoTerrainSound Disable music NoMusic Disable all sounds except during FMV sequences NoSound No pre-game FMV sequences NoStartUp Faster processing speed (HD Edition only) FASTVALIDATE Disable mods and skip the intro mov (HD Edition only) NOMODS Change in-game text to Lucida Blackletter font (HD Edition only) OLD_SCHOOL Disable The Forgotten expansion pack without uninstalling it (HD Edition only) DLC1_HIDDEN Disable African Kingdoms expansion pack without uninstalling it (HD Edition only) DLC2_HIDDEN Disable Rise of the Rajas expansion pack without uninstalling it (HD Edition only) DLC3_HIDDEN Disable The Conquerors expansion pack without uninstalling it (HD Edition only) BASEGAME_HIDDEN Watch replays in fast motion (HD Edition only) FASTREPLAY How to Build Your Economy Follow these tips to build a strong economy for your empire: Population: The key to a thriving economy is maintaining a large population, so protect your villagers at all costs. You should ideally have 15 to 20 workers and 4 or 5 builders. Mines: Establish a military presence around nearby mines as soon as possible to stock up on resources and expand your territory. Trade carts: Instead of building marketplaces near your allies, take advantage of trade carts to earn extra gold from long-distance commerce. Food cost: When purchasing new units, factor the cost of food into the overall price tag. You must make sure you have enough money to feed them. Defensive Strategies Defending your territory should be your top priority at all times. A good strategy is as follows: Castle placement: As soon as you acquire enough stones, build castles close to your precious resources and fortify them with archers. Towers and walls: Build towers and stone walls around your castles, and place trebuchets behind the walls for extra security. Reinforce trebuchets: Back up your trebuchets with light cavalry units. Call in the cavalry to deal with powerful enemies. Cavalry losses: Don't worry about losing light cavalry as they are inexpensive to replace. Offensive Strategies Keep these tips in mind when plotting your attack: Utilize cavalry: Cavalry units are by far your biggest asset in battle. They can quickly traverse the map, so you can send them in to attack, and then have them retreat. Defend before attacking: Before attacking an enemy's fortifications, put all units in a defensive stance to keep them from wandering too far away to pursue enemies. Cavalry placement: Place cavalry units by your trebuchets to protect them from counterattacks. Knights and archers: After you get through a wall, send in knights, and back them up with heavy horse archers to take out enemy trebuchets.