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Bearded Axe
Unique-tech
Availability
Introduced in ConquerorsIcon The Conquerors
Civilization KingsIcon Franks
Age Imperial-age-research Imperial Age
Researched at Castle-logo Castle
Research Time 60 seconds
Research Cost
Food 400
Gold 400
Effect
Effect Throwing Axeman range +1

Bearded Axe is a technology in Age of Empires II: The Conquerors that is unique to the Franks and can be researched at the Castle once the Imperial Age is reached. Once researched, it increases the range of Throwing Axemen by +1.

StrategyEdit

Though its benefits may seem insignificant, Bearded Axe will make Throwing Axemen more versatile in ranged combat, as the Franks are unable to train Arbalests and have a particularly poor archer tech tree. Especially in a mob and 'stand ground' mode, the Throwing Axemen can now perform a lot of better and wipe out infantry and even cavalry armies.

Team BonusesEdit

  • A team containing Berbers: With Kasbah researched, researching Bearded Axe is 25% faster.

HistoryEdit

The bearded axe got its name from the extended length added to the bottom of the blade, making the blade far longer than its connection to the haft. This axe was a further development of the Francisca, the throwing axe that gave the Franks their name. The bearded axe could be thrown or used hand-to-hand. Before the Franks discovered cavalry, they fought in massed formations. As they approached the enemy the front ranks threw axes. These disordered the enemy, caused some casualties, and stuck in shields, making them unwieldy. The Franks then closed quickly for hand-to-hand fighting with additional axes or swords.

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