African Royals Event Started!

Age of Empires III: DE - The African Royals

Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition is celebrating the months of September through October with The African Royals Event!

Unlock Exclusive Rewards!

14 September to 11 October


While this event is active, everyone will be able to play in two parts. Our normal 6 event challenges are for all players, and then another 18 challenges exclusively for owners of The African Royals. We’re including a fun group of challenges specific to The African Royals alongside some super cool rewards:

  • Alternate Explorer skins for Ethiopia & Hausa!
  • Enjoy some very unique profile icons!
  • Unlock the Honey Badger cheat unit!!

New Rewards!

Now through October 11th, complete the in-game tasks within the time limit to unlock exclusive rewards! The Event will be have two parts – 6 event challenges for all players, and then another 18 challenges for owners of The African Royals.

Challenge #1 🔒 Sign in to Xbox Live.
🏆 [Reward] An Xbox themed version of the Gatling Camel. Green attire with logo on camel’s saddle.
Challenge #2 🔒 Train 50 Cavalry in a Skirmish or Multiplayer Game
🏆 [Reward] Javelin Rider Profile Icon
Challenge #3 🔒 Ally with all available Native Civilizations on the map in a Skirmish or Multiplayer Game.
🏆 [Reward] Fulani Archer Profile Icon
Challenge #4 🔒 Deal 1000 damage with Native Warriors in a single Skirmish or Multiplayer Game.
🏆 [Reward] Dahomey Amazon Profile Icon
Challenge #5 🔒 Build 2 Forts as Portuguese, French or Swedish in a single Skirmish or Multiplayer Game.
🏆 [Reward] Askari Profile Icon
Challenge #6 🔒 Defeat 15 Treasure Guardians.
🏆 [Reward] Unlock the Honey Badger cheat unit

Part Two Challenges for Owners of The African Royals

Challenge #1 🔒 Gain 1500 Coin or Wood from selling Herdables in a single Skirmish or Multiplayer Match.
🧱HINT: You can sell cattle without even selecting a Livestock Market, by simply ctrl-clicking the Wood or Coin Icons in the global UI.
🏆 [Reward] Zebu Cattle Profile Icon
Challenge #2 🔒 Earn 500 Influence from Trading Posts placed on Trade Routes.
🧱HINT: Trading Posts can be toggled to produce Influence, even before the Stagecoach upgrade.
Challenge #3 🔒 Cause a Treasure Guardian to defeat another using the Emir’s Chaos Ability in a Skirmish or Multiplayer Game.
🧱HINT: Chaos affects stronger Guardians for a longer duration.
🏆 [Reward] Emir Profile Icon
Challenge #4 🔒 Switch your University to trickle Experience instead of Influence.
🧱HINT: Experience is more important in the early game, but the Hausa also need to secure a steady income of Influence in the mid and late game to produce Cannons, Natives, Mercenaries, and more.
Challenge #5 🔒 Create a maximum trickle University, by placing it near a Town Center, Palace and Trading Post.
🧱HINT: For maximum Influence income, each University must have its own Town Center, Trade Post and Palace.
Challenge #6 🔒 Deal 1500 damage with Maigadi.
🧱HINT: Maigadi are slow, but powerful Heavy Infantry, especially when engaging in melee.
🏆 [Reward] Maigadi (as it appears in the Command Panel HUD) Profile Icon
Challenge #7 🔒 Research 6 unique technologies at your Mountain Monastery or University.
🧱HINT: Age up technologies can be researched for Influence, in the University for Hausa and in the Monastery for Ethiopia.
Challenge #8 🔒 Train 20 Mercenaries from the Palace.
🧱HINT: Saloon/Tavern Mercenaries appear in the Palace for African Civilizations.
Challenge #9 🔒 Build 3 Watch Towers in a single Skirmish or Multiplayer Game.
🧱HINT: African Civilizations hire Outlaws at the Tower.
🏆 [Reward] Desert Raider Portrait Icon (as it appears in the Command Panel HUD holding a torch) Profile Icon
Challenge #10 🔒 Build 10 Granaries in a single Skirmish or Multiplayer match.
🧱HINT: Granaries are free, but take a while to construct.
Challenge #11 🔒 Inspire a Building with a Griot from your University.
🧱HINT: Griots can increase train and research speed of buildings, heal allies, and slow the attack speed of enemies, even artillery.
Challenge #12 🔒 Have 20 fully fattened Herdables at the same time.
🧱HINT: Fully fattened Cows trickle influence fast, but selling some at a good market price can be even better.
🏆 [Reward] Big Benny profile picture (Hero Sanga cattle) Profile Icon
Challenge #13 🔒 Gather 2000 Food from Huntables, Herdables, Fields, or Berries with Villagers buffed by a Granary.
🧱HINT: Granaries boost all food income for nearby Villagers.
Challenge #14 🔒 Eat a second cow before clicking up to the Commerce Age.
🧱HINT: Livestock allows the African Civilizations to be very versatile, sell a cow to build your first House or University, age up quickly by eating them early, or sell one to train several more as an investment for later.
Challenge #15 🔒 Hit 5 targets with a single shot from the Sebastopol Mortar in a Skirmish or Multiplayer Game.
🧱HINT: The Sebastopol Mortar can be switched to explosive shot to deal less damage in a wider radius.
🏆 [Reward] Sebastopol Mortar Portrait Icon (Firing or reloading) Profile Icon
Challenge #16 🔒 Earn 1000 Influence from Mountain Monasteries.
🧱HINT: Mountain Monasteries can gather Coin faster and the ratio at which Villagers and Abuns gather Influence and Coin from them can be toggled to fit your strategy.
Challenge #17 🔒 Use Abuns to gather 1000 Coin from a Mountain Monastery.
🧱HINT: Abuns and Mountain Monasteries can also heal nearby units, even during battle.
Challenge #18 🔒 Train 10 Gatling Camels from the Palace in a Skirmish or Multiplayer Game.
🧱HINT: Gatling Camels can only be trained after aging up with the Arabs Alliance.
🏆 [Reward] Unlocks new Explorer skins for Ethiopia & Hausa

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Event F.A.Q.

Q: Do I have to complete the challenges on consecutive days?

While challenges don’t have to be completed on consecutive days, only one challenge can be completed per day for the first 6 challenges. Please note: After completing the first 6 challenges, players with the DLC may complete 3 per day for the other 18 challenges.

Only the Xbox Live challenges can be completed *any* day before the end of the event!

This means that you will need to play at least six different days to complete all of the challenges.

Q: When is the last day I can complete the daily challenges?

The The African Royals Event concludes October 11th.

Q: Do I get to keep all of the event unlocks?

All you need to do is log into your Xbox Live account before the end of the event to keep all of the profile icons and mods you unlock; it’s as easy as that!

Q: What do I do if I accidentally unsubscribe from a special mod?

No problem! All you need to do is click your Profile Icon on the main menu, select Event Mods (under Collection), and then check the unlocked event mod you want to enable!

Q: How do I change my profile icon?

You can update your profile icon in your profile:

  1. On the main menu, click the Profile Icon next to your name.
  2. You should now be in the Profile Icons tab under Collections.
  3. Select your favorite icon, then click the Select Icon button to lock in your choice.
  4. You’re done!
Q: How do I download and enable mods?

For information about how to subscribe to and prioritize your mods, visit this article.

Keep It All (Forever)!

Remember: if you sign in to Xbox Live during the event, you’ll get to keep all of the mods and profile icons you’ve achieved! Sign in, earn your rewards, and enjoy!

We hope you enjoy The African Royals Event!

—The Age of Empires Team

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