|Stats||Castles +21% HP|
Hoardings is a technology in Age of Empires II that can be researched at the Castle. This technology increases Castle's Hit Points by 21%, making them even harder to take down, especially when combined with Masonry and Architecture.
Hoardings can be especially handy to players that plan to build Castles for warding off enemy intrusions or building them in enemy territory. Hoardings is even more beneficial for both the Franks and the Byzantines who have special bonuses that apply to their Castles.
Castles with Hoardings, Masonry and Architecture all researched will boost their HP total to 7028 HP. For the Byzantines, a Castle with Hoardings boosts it to 8131 HP (keep in mind that they cannot research Masonry nor Architecture).
Before the The Conquerors expansion however, Hoardings gave castles +1000 HP (as the tech tree still incorrectly states).
Men fighting from the top of sheer castle walls could not shoot or otherwise attack enemies at the base of the wall without exposing themselves to arrows. Castles were improved with hoardings, which were fortifications and crenellations that extended out from the tops of walls to protect defenders. They could now more safely attack men below or those climbing up. Hoardings made castles more difficult to capture.