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Statue William Wallace
A statue of Robert the Bruce, Scottish independence fighter and King of Scots.
KingsIcon Age of Empires II
Architectural StyleWestern European
ClassificationInfantry & Siege
Unique UnitsWBRSK Woad Raider
Preferred StrategiesDrush, Boom, Springboard
TechnologiesCastleAgeUnique Stronghold
Unique-tech Furor Celtica
MapsLand & Water
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The Wonder of the Celts, the Rock of Cashel

The Celts are a western European civilization in Age of Empires II standing as an infantry civilization. Historically, they were a Central European civilization who dominated much of Europe, such as Southern Germany, Spain, France, and the British Isles. The Celts in the game are based on the Celts of Scotland, Ireland, and Wales in Western Europe, but they only speak Irish Gaelic. Their unique unit is the Woad Raider, a type of infantry who covers himself in paint made from the woad plant to make himself look more fearsome. Woad Raiders move very fast, allowing them to overcome the normal infantry weaknesses versus archers and siege weapons. Their imperial unique technology is Furor Celtica, which refers to the Celtic warrior tradition of channeling their emotions and anger and makes their siege weapons harder to kill. Being masters of guerilla warfare, Celtic infantry move faster. Because of their historical wood and metalworking, their Siege Workshops build faster, their Lumberjacks work faster, and their Siege Weapons fire faster. Like their neighbors the Britons, the Celts were historically skilled shepherds, and it is much easier for them to steal their opponents' sheep.

Their descendants are the Scottish, Welsh and Irish nations. These three nations, alongside the English nation (descendants of the Britons), created a united kingdom, the British civilization.

Overview Edit

The Celts are an infantry civilization with powerful siege weapons and very good infantry. The Barracks has all infantry units available, except the Eagle line units, and they have access to all Siege Workshop upgrades, except Bombard Cannon. Their siege units are some of the best in the game, with the fastest creation speed, the greatest HP and fastest fire rate. They also possess the fastest infantry in the game, allowing their Spearman line to be a much greater threat to Knights, and allows their other infantry to stage fast raids on settlements. The Celts' unique unit is the Woad Raider, which is the fastest infantry in the game and costs little gold. The gold saved can be used to create more siege weapons.

So with their fast infantry and powerful siege units, they are good against other infantry and for raiding. However, one of the cons of the Celts is their Archery Range, which is quite lacking and rarely used, seeing as it lacks the Arbalest, Thumb Ring, and Parthian Tactics upgrades, and their Blacksmith lacks the final archers' upgrades, Bracer and Ring Archer Armor. The Celts' Stable can provide a reasonable army of cavalry, but they lack Camels and important upgrades such as Bloodlines and Plate Barding Armor. Their Docks aren't the best in the game, but their wood gathering bonus helps, and with the available upgrades they can make up for a reasonable naval army, since they have Galleons, but yet, lack the Fast Fire Ship and Elite Cannon Galleon upgrades.

So overall, if playing as the Celts, Booming would be a good choice, as with their economic bonuses they can make up a rather big amount of resources, which will help them in the late game. It's also important to focus on Infantry (especially the Celts' unique unit, the Woad Raider), and Siege Weapons, as a combination of the Celts' two strongest type of units will make up a quite powerful army.

Unique Unit: Woad Raider (fast-moving infantry)
Unique Technologies: Furor Celtica (increased HP for siege weapons), Stronghold (Castles & Towers fire 20% faster)

Civilization bonuses Edit

  • Infantry move 15% faster
  • Lumberjacks work 15% faster
  • Siege weapons fire 20% faster
  • Enemy Herdables can be converted regardless of enemy units next to them
  • Team Bonus: Siege Workshops work 20% faster

Changes in The ForgottenEdit

  • Furor Celtica gives +40% HP to siege units instead of +50%
  • Castle Age Technology: Stronghold (Castles & Towers fire 20% faster)

In-game dialogue language (Irish Gaelic) Edit


  • for-ghaire (What?) [For wair]
  • Ar Lámh' (literally 'On Hand', ready) [Ar lav]
  • Quid? (What?, from Latin) [Kwid]
  • Quia? (Why?, from Latin) [Kia]
  • Ceart (Right) [Chart]
  • bíd fíor (That's right) [Bij fia]
  • Togh (Fine/Ok) [Toe]
  • buanaid (lumberjack) [Boonij]
  • feodaige (gatherer)
  • sealgaire (hunter)
  • lascaire (fisher)
  • Treabhach (literally 'Ploughing', farmer) [Treba]
  • Mianaige' (miner)
  • Ráth Bouige (builder)
  • fear a bnodhege (working man) [Far a nudha]
  • Don Chath! (To Battle!)
  • taoubh cuideachd! (this way troops!)
  • ho! (go!)

AI Player Names Edit

When playing a random map game against the computer, the player may encounter any of the following Celtic AI characters:

  • Aedan: Áedán mac Gabráin, King of Dál Riata (West-Scotland) from 574-609. Held campaigns in Ireland, Scotland and to the Orkney islands, but finally decisively defeated by Aethelfrith.
  • Aethelfrith: King of Bernicia (East-Scotland) from 593-616. Notable for his successes against the Britons and the Gaels (Aedan), laying the foundation for the future kingdom of Northumbria. Killed in battle.
  • Ainmire: Ainmuire mac Sétnai, High King of Ireland from 566-569. First king from northern Ireland, but soon killed by a rival prince.
  • Ambrosius: Romano-British war leader from 479 and onwards, victorious in important battles against the Anglo-Saxons in the 5th century. Could, historically, have been the inspiration of, or have influenced, the King Arthur epic.
  • Athelred the Unready (966-1016): King of the English from 978-1016. Had to defend England against Danish Vikings (Sweyn Forkbeard) but failed and fled to Normandy in 1013. Died in a campaign to retake England (1016).
  • Brian Boru (941-1014): High King of Ireland (1002-1014). Fought many battles to unify Ireland under him. His Irish won the final battle against the Norse Vikings of Dublin, but Brian died in battle.
  • Brude: Bridei I, king of the Picts in Scotland from 554-584.
  • Columba (521-597): Irish abbot and missionary who spread Christianity throughout Ireland and Scotland. His work would be the basis of Celtic Christianity. Today revered as an Irish Saint.
  • Conall: Conall Cearnach, a hero in Irish mythology and sagas. His epic led him through Ireland, England and mainland Europe, completing various quests along the way.
  • Cunedda: Celtic leader, originating from northern England, lived around the beginning of the 5th century. Waged war on the Picts and Irish, and later drove them from Wales where he laid the foundation for the kingdom of Gwynedd.
  • Diarmait: High King of Ireland from 560-565.
  • Macbeth (1005-1057): King of Scotland (1040-1057). Defended Scotland from English attacks, died in battle by a rival. Became a legend in Shakespeare’s  tragedy Macbeth.
  • Maelgwn: Maelgwn Gwynedd, king of Gwynedd (northern Wales) in the beginning of the 6th century. Supporter of Christianity, died from the Plague and passed into Welsh legend.
  • Robert the Bruce (1274-1329): King of Scotland from 1306-1329. Famous warrior who led the Scots in the First Scottish Independence War, resulting in an independent Scotland.
  • Vortigern: Supposedly King of the Britons, 5th century warlord who fought against the Picts and the Scots.
  • William Wallace (1270-1305): One of the main leaders of the First Scottish Independence War. Famous for his victory in the Battle of Stirling Bridge (1297).  Defeated at the Battle of Falkirk (1298), after which Robert the Bruce took over command of the Scots. William was eventually captured by the English and executed.

Trivia Edit

  • The Celts were the only civilization with a civilization bonus that increases the speed of a unit until The African Kingdoms expansion was released.
  • The Celts are the tutorial civilization in the William Wallace campaign.
  • The Celts are the only civilization to have only two imperial-age blacksmith upgrades.

Gallery Edit

Video Overview Edit

Celts Overview AoE2

Celts Overview AoE2