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This month you’ll be struck with sentimental bliss during the Age of Empires: Definitive Edition Anniversary Event, celebrating the beauty of the game that started it all!

From Today until March 12th, you can unlock a wheelbarrow full of nostalgic additions to Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition.

Complete the in-game tasks within the time limit, and reap the rewards of the Age of Empires: Definitive Edition Anniversary Event, including –

  • New Profile Icons! (Shown below)
  • Unique Unit Skins, visually transforming your favorite units into their ancestors!
  • A new Cheat Code, bringing the Photon-Man to Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition!
  • The classic Wololo chant for your Monks to carol while converting!

Here’s the full list of in-game tasks and rewards for the Age of Empires: Definitive Edition Anniversary Event

  • Sign into Xbox Live: Unlocks the Priest Profile Icon, Unlocks original Age of Empires Scout Skin for your Auto-Scout unit
  • Earn the “21st Century” Achievement in Age of Empires: Definitive Edition: Unlocks the Photon-Man cheat code, permanently!
  • Train a Champion in any Standard or Multiplayer Game: Unlocks the Legion Skin for your Champions
  • Reach Castle Age from Dark Age in any Standard or Multiplayer Game: Unlocks the Legion Profile Icon
  • Convert an Enemy Unit using a Monk in any Standard or Multiplayer Game: Unlocks the Priest skin for your Monks
  • Reach Imperial Age from Dark Age in any Standard or Multiplayer Game: Unlocks the Party Man Profile Icon
  • Construct a Wonder in any Standard or Multiplayer Game: Unlocks the classic Wololo sound for Monk conversions

All Profile Icons and the Photon Man unit skin will be yours to keep once the event ends, all you need to do is unlock them before March 12th!


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Discuss of 33 comments

  • madarakyou May 4, 2021
    Please Microsoft bring it back, I want those Profile Icons and skins. I beg you
  • foozballguy1 June 8, 2020

    Will this event ever come back?

    • legitti February 16, 2021
      "Not my og event" XD
    • trar February 16, 2021
      I hope it does.
  • steus April 29, 2020

    Today aoe2de updated automatically (ver. 362..).
    When I launched it displayed an error.
    "The application is unable to start correctly."
    I am currently downloading aoe2de again.
    All the scores and games gone.

  • primordan March 24, 2020

    I don`t have Legion Skin but i got Party Man... that does make no sense. Someone tried to ask support for the missing / gone skins?

  • primordan March 24, 2020
  • player625617672 March 16, 2020

    They said that the profile icons and the cheat code are the ones you keep the skins however you don't. Why did i go through all the challenges for if i don't get the skins,Ui, and the monk sounds?

  • m1ke March 15, 2020

    Yep, same thing. All my achievement skins + UI simply disappeared from the mod menu.

  • joan23x March 14, 2020

    I unlocked all the skins, but they disappeared. Is that normal? Can I get them back from Microsoft or forgotten empires without downloading a mod created by another user?

    • player625617672 March 15, 2020

      Same i just got on and all of my skins and the monk sound is completely gone.

    • aaryn-gend March 15, 2020

      That's what we all wonder!

  • aaryn-gend March 14, 2020

    I had the Legion Skin under Mods after unlocking it, but today I logged in again and it was suddenly gone??

  • rynexwon March 12, 2020

    bug fix first!!

    everyone can't get photon man!!

  • cnc123 March 11, 2020

    I did all the things you've mentioned. Got achievement as well. However none of the rewards appear. Can't see avatar, no skin, cheat doesn't work. Any suggestion?
    (Have both AOEDE and AOE2DE. winstore version)

  • oc-simon882 March 10, 2020

    Bonjours, je vient vers vous suite a un probleme avec le trophée 21 century.

    J ai AOE 1 definitive edition acheter sur le windows store. Le haut fait etait deja debloquer avant l event.

    Et AOE 2 definitive edition je l ai acheter sur steam.

    Et le cadeau reste bloquer. J ai reinstaller age of 1 mais rien y fait.

    J aimerais vraiment pouvoir debloquer le photons man sur ao2 pour le fun et la nostalgie aussi.
    J ai fait les tours du forum mais je ne trouve rien. Quelqu un a une idée ?

    Et si non y aura t il un bug fix pour ceux qui on bien le hautfait debloquer dans les temps ou durant l event vu que c est un probleme recurant apparament.

    Merci de vos réponses

  • neocyberlaw March 10, 2020

    Why event so stupid, i need to wait 24 hours for next step, it's really stupid((
    I can do everything in 1 day but i'll not finish it cause now i'am on 3rd step and need 3 more days, event will be finished in 2 days.

    • pounish March 11, 2020

      yeah me too, any news on this?

  • dengood March 8, 2020

    or they just irritate with their incompatibility with the original era

  • dengood March 8, 2020

    how do I disable these Legionnaire and scout skins ?

  • knightedervr March 6, 2020

    Como se activan/desactivan las recompensas.
    Donde poner el icono que ya desbloque?

  • kaaaaaa March 6, 2020

    Los monjes Aztecas también cambian su apariencia?

    No tengo idea del 21st century archievement

    • knightedervr March 6, 2020

      Dicen que el logro es del age of empires definitive edition. Del primer juego no del segundo

  • earliestvenus87 March 5, 2020

    Why couldn't I get continue for the last two items? The timing countdown to unlock the next achievement is done, and the previous achievements are all finished, but the items are still locked. Any suggestion?

  • dengood March 4, 2020

    you are engaged in nonsense guys, this is not an event, this is nonsense.

  • psychicveil5627 March 3, 2020

    If you bought AoE DE at Win store,you need download the game again and install it. After that login steam, start the game, then all your records are there!
    Means, you need the new version of AoE DE.

  • kikealex88 March 3, 2020

    Hi AOE team,
    I couldn't get the 21th century achievement for the DE event. What happened is I already have this achievement unlock in aoe DE before the event for this Xbox account. And now aoe2 DE doesn't recognize it to me, what I can do to get the photon man reward in this case?

    • mstrsup3rninja March 4, 2020

      Hey, please look at this thread for your solution:

  • hail-caesar March 2, 2020

    Any hope of keeping the mods after the event (legion, scout, priest skin and sound)?

    Otherwise, is there anyone willing to do a mod to replicate those changes after the event?

    • mstrsup3rninja March 4, 2020

      i already have them all saved dw ;)

  • dlwiii3 March 2, 2020

    How do you unlock the 21st Century Man achievement? There is nothing stating what to do, and I do not see it on the list of achievements in Steam. How come no one has answered this direct question yet?

    • mstrsup3rninja March 4, 2020

      Hey, please look at this thread for your solution:

    • lt-janzen March 3, 2020

      It is an AOE:DE achievement not AOE II: DE. Train 21 Centurions is what the achievement says for the Windows Store version, so I would assume it would be the same for the Steam version as well.

    • skull-xuan March 2, 2020

      arreglen la narración en la campaña de atila, sigue diciendo campos catalanes en ves de campos catalaunicos en la traducion hispanomericana y castellana.

      arrange the narration in the atila campaign, keep saying catalan fields instead of catalaunian fields in the hispanomericana and spanish translation.

  • arcadianmoth594 March 1, 2020

    Why did I do the task without reward

  • haifracht5085 March 1, 2020

    are these skins permanently unlocked or will they be disabled after march 12th?

  • mikesilverstar March 1, 2020

    I have already unlocked the "21 Century" achievement. Yet the photon man is not unlocked.
    I bought both AOE:DE and AOE2:DE on Windows but not the English version. What can I do?

  • nagyudeth March 1, 2020

    I have both games on game pass but the game doesn't recognize the 21 century achievement :c

  • dlink44 March 1, 2020

    I had previously logged in to Xbox and now I don't get any challenge

  • l3nny12 March 1, 2020

    I unlocked the achievement on AOE:DE but I have it on the windows store not steam but I have AOE II:DE on steam, suure there's crossplay but it seems as though achievements don't carry over. ALSO why do they lie to us on AOE II:DE news about an AOE:DE unlock for steam, the implication in the announcement there is that we will get a copy of AOE:DE free for our respective platforms. I've been a long time AOE fan but seriously guys, why should we have to end up paying twice for a game on the EXACT SAME PLATFORM with the only thing differing between the 2 is literally the storefront. WTF?!?!?!?!

    Warm Regards, one PO'd Aussie gamer

    PS. I have not purchased AOE:DE on steam I don't see why i should have to so that things match up in terms of achievement.

    • wgc575 March 2, 2020

      Same concern here. It does not make any sense to me to limit the mission only to steam AOE1DE players while not being available for store/cross players. Please unlock the cheat code for all players who had payed for these two games or simply unlock it for all players.

  • ogladyanne February 29, 2020

    “21st Century” Achievement in Age of Empires: Definitive Edition - what are the parameters for achieving this task? They aren't in the library, and I can't find anything on search about it. Please elaborate, and place it in the game as you did the Champion task. Thanks!

    • lt-janzen March 3, 2020

      It's train 21 Centurions in AOE:DE not in AOE II:DE

    • ogladyanne March 1, 2020

      Ok. Twice I've built in excess of 21 Champions in AOE II, on two difficulty levels, and the achievement is still "not completed". HELP>>>

  • edsato82 February 29, 2020

    Beautiful wallpaper!

  • owlman821 February 29, 2020

    How do you unlock the photon-man when I only own age of empires 2 definite edition?

  • zenzzyzx February 29, 2020

    These events are great! Thanks for making the challenges unlock in multi or single player modes :)


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