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Anno1404 allows you to play against computer-controlled players. These Computer players generally have the same abilities and objectives as the player. They are are able to settle islands, build settlements, and trade goods. Many of the Computer players should already be familiar to the player after completing the Campaign. Each Computer player has a unique personality and playstyle. They are distinct from neutral powers and from mentors.


Computer players are divided into three difficulty levels; Easy, Medium, and Hard. The difficulty level determines the amount of points that are added to the difficulty score of a Continuous game. Easy opponents give +75 difficulty points; Medium opponents give +150 difficulty points; Hard opponents give +225 difficulty points.

Within each tier there are also differences in difficulty, with Leif Jorgensen being the easiest and Cardinal Lucius being the most difficult opponent.

Easy computer players[]

Easy computer players are generally quite friendly and will readily enter into trade agreements and form alliances. They have a Medium trade emphasis. They build very few military units and can easily be conquered. They add +75 difficulty points when added to a Continuous game. Their Occidental Civilisation level will never exceed that of the player. Willem van der Mark is the only one who demands tribute, though only very rarely.

See each individual Easy computer player's page for details.

Medium computer players[]

Medium computer players will befriend you if you make an effort. They can be dangerous if you provoke them by settling too many islands or by acting contrary to their personalities. They add +150 difficulty points when added to a Continuous game. They are not as easily swayed by Diplomacy, and don't enter into treaties easily. See each individual computer player's page for details. Also they can be defeated if you destroy every last Island that belongs to them.

Hard computer players[]

Hard computer players have a bias against you from the start. They are very likely to declare war on you early in the game if your city doesn't grow as fast as theirs. They get very upset at times and you must work very hard to make them like you. They add +250 difficulty points when added to a Continuous game. They are difficult to satisfy with Diplomacy, and are very difficult to sign treaties with. See each individual computer player's page for details.



Flagship approaching Corsairs in the distance.

The Corsairs (pirates), led by Hassan ben Sahid, are not truly a computer player since they don't build cities or take islands. However, they aren't Mentors either since they're hostile and attack on sight unless you pay tribute to them and sign a treaty. You can either sink enough of their ships or pay them gold enough times that they'll sign a permanent alliance with you (fraternize with you). This makes them similar to a mentor since they now become permanent trading partners.

Do they cheat?[]

Yes. Yes they do. Although computer players appear to follow the same format as you do (building settlements, trading, fighting, etc.), they are able to mysteriously build countless ships and seem to have almost limitless gold and honor points. Particularly the hard computer players are able to keep on building new settlements and ships even when seemingly defeated. See each individual computer player's page for details. Also see the hard AI walkthrough.