|Research Time||75 seconds|
|Stats||Castles +21% HP|
Hoardings is a technology in Age of Empires II that can be researched at the Castle once the Imperial Age is researched. Once researched, it increases the hit points of Castles by 21%, making them even harder to take down, especially when combined with Masonry and Architecture.
Hoardings can be especially handy to players who plan to build Castles for warding off enemy intrusions or building them in enemy territory. Hoardings is even more beneficial for the Franks, Incas, 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. For the Byzantines, a Castle with Hoardings boosts to 8131 HP due to their civilization bonus.
Before The Conquerors, 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.