With the end of the year approaching fast, the winter festivities are kicking off with a familiar celebration in Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition! We’ve prepared an avalanche of new, winter-themed goodies—available alongside last year’s rewards—for you to unlock and enjoy over the next month. All of these presents are yours to open as a part of the WINTER FESTIVAL EVENT!

  • Unlock three new Winter-Themed Profile Icons!
  • Unlock the Snowman-At-Arms mod to replace your Man-At-Arms with festive snowmen! ⛄⛄⛄
  • Unlock Snowman Decorations for your Town Center!
  • Unlock Sparkling Winter Bells to replace Gold deposits!

New Rewards!

Starting TODAY through JANUARY 1, complete the in-game tasks within the time limit to unwrap the pile of holiday presents! The first challenge unlocks a new profile icon and is required to save all of your unlocks:

DAY ~ 🎯 Sign into Xbox Live.
🏆 Unlocks the Viking Berserker profile icon.
💾 *Required* if you want to save any rewards unlocked during the event!

Each of the following challenges must be unlocked in order and on separate days:

DAY 1 🔒  Play any Campaign mission and receive a medal.
🧱 [Mod] Unlocks Town Center Snowman Decorations.
DAY 2 🔒 Defeat an AI at any difficulty in Skirmish.
🏆 Unlocks the Two-Handed-Snowman profile icon.
DAY 3 🔒 Play any standard game.
🧱 [Mod] Unlocks the Snowman-At-Arms, a visual replacement for the man-at-arms.
DAY 4 🔒  Defeat an AI at Standard or higher difficulty in Skirmish.
🏆 Unlocks the Present Onager profile icon.
DAY 5 🔒   Play The Art of War mission “Booming” and receive a medal. 
🧱 [Mod] Gold Mine visuals replaced by Piles of Bells.

Get 2019’s Rewards!

In addition to this year’s rewards, all of last year’s rewards are available for you to keep! 2019’s profile icons are already in your icon library to select and show off your festive holiday spirit, and the 2019 Winter Celebration Mod can be found and downloaded in the Age mod database!

Keep It All!

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 the winter-themed event!

We hope you enjoy the Winter Festival Event! And don’t forget to sign into Xbox Live to ensure you keep everything you unlock!

—The Age of Empires Team

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Discuss of 10 comments

  • lepouras7 December 23, 2020
    Wish they could make the snowman man at arms skin available for whole militia line (with small modifications for each upgrade) :)
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  • chefbutch December 14, 2020
    Do local multiplayer games count toward unlocking these?
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  • tazthejazz December 13, 2020
    would love a future event where you can access all the previous official mods up to this day.
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  • kinquest December 11, 2020
    Despite all the negativity here, thanks for keeping the game fresh with new content. Snowmen-at-arms are hilarious.
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  • gg-duhcrazy December 11, 2020
    How do I do the day 2 challenge?
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    • eastbaywilly December 28, 2020
      Play a skirmish against an AI of any difficulty level. Apparently you can only do one challenge per day though which is a bit strange.
  • googolplexor December 10, 2020
    It saddens me to see all these 'gimmicky' things in the game. A modern sled, swimming arm/waistbands, BBQ, xmas decorations and whatnot.... Part of what made the original AoK such a hit was the historical accuracy of portraying a very much medieval atmosphere. Why has that gone down the drain completely with these out-of-context gimmicks, that take away resources from fixing more dire attributes of the game? Just, why...
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    • eastbaywilly December 28, 2020
      How Do You Turn This On *Viper Cobra spawns at TC*
  • felipeelbravo December 10, 2020
    Not a big fun of the event patches cuz can mess up stability things. I think you guys did a great work with patch 43210 (hotfix) cuz it highly reduced the number of cashes in my games. Working very stable. However, the performance is not as good as before.
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  • moveable35 December 10, 2020
    I can't wait to try out the Snow man at arms. Maybe I'll put my first reaction on YouTube.
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  • h-e-pennypacker December 10, 2020
    Please just fix the game, nobody cares for this gimmicky stuff. Performance is worse than 12 months ago, last update and hotfix broke it pretty much for everyone at least in teamgames and lategame, sometimes way earlier. Freezes and speed up issues are back aswell. Feels like you are just mocking with the event stuff. And why you want people to sign up/create xbox live accounts so badly? Just leave the people alone... damn... Annoying af. Turkman, Zack, Devs, [whoever] sitting comfy and enjoying the mockery they provide or what? I really dont get it.
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    • halethrower1001 December 12, 2020
      Hey, you are getting all these updates for free, considering how cost efficient the game is. Have some gratitude for such a long support on these people plus there are no in-game purchases so they aren't greedy tbh, i am surprised how people complain about the things they get for free lol
    • king-15 December 10, 2020
      wdym? Ever since the release of DE, teamgames have been nothing but ok. 4v4 isn't a thing when DE came. ...and a godlike perfect performance and speed is a very extensive and tall order to ask, even in monthly ranges. At least DE gives a lot of effort in bringing something new and catching other bugs as they update monthly, instead of staying quiet, sitting like a near-hunchback trying to find a way how to completely fix ONE major issue that could take 1-3 years: game performance, when they could make the game fun, better, continuously interesting, and more engaging to the community with the monthly updates. You're definitely the only one, or maybe one of the very few who thinks the staff is mocking players with these updates. Of course the performance issues will always be very high on their roadmap. It's still, and will always be, highly important, no matter how much stuff they try to bring to the table!
  • soldeo December 10, 2020
    Thank you for making last year rewards available. <3
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