"Warning: You are being attacked by wild animals!!!"—Age of Empires II notification
Wild animals are ostensibly creatures in Age of Empires II that are placed randomly around the map and do not belong to any player faction. They come in many varieties (see below) depending on the chosen map, though all wild animals have 25 HP regardless of species.
They are hostile to most units, especially Villagers, who can usually be killed very easily by them in the early game if they land the first hit. Magyar Villagers, however, kill all wild animals with one strike due to their civilization bonus.
Researching Loom at the Town Center as soon as possible can vastly improve a Villager's survival chance when attacked by a wild animal, though they are still vulnerable if the animals attack in groups. The higher the difficulty, the higher the aggro radius of them against Villagers.
They will always hide in the fog of war, regardless of the map's exploration area. They are not considered "huntables" and as such will yield no food when slain.
List of wild animalsEdit
|Wolf||The Age of Kings|
|Crocodile||The African Kingdoms|
|Lion||The African Kingdoms|
|Komodo Dragon||Rise of the Rajas|
|Tiger||Rise of the Rajas|
- Due to a glitch, if a player was being attacked by a War Elephant in Age of Kings, the player would receive a wild animal attack notification.