|Age Available||Imperial Age|
|Stats||Castles +1000 HP (Age of Kings) Castles +21% HP (The Conquerors onwards)|
|Available To||See table|
Hoardings is a technology in Age of Empires II that can be researched at the Castle. This technology strengthens Castles by providing them with +1000 Hit Points (for a total of 5800 HP), making them even harder to take down, especially when combined with Masonry and Architecture.*
Hoardings can be especially handy towards players planning to use Castles to ward 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).
Starting from The Conquerors, however, Hoardings increases Castle's Hit Points by 21% (of current HP, like Masonry and Architecture), so researching it before Masonry and Architecture is no longer mandatory for maximum HP.
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.