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The Huns are known for their aggressive stance in warfare and consist of multiple clans and independent tribes. Their influence consists of present day Mongolia through Central Asia into Eastern Europe.
ConquerorsIcon The Conquerors
Architectural StyleCentral European
ContinentCentral Asia/Eastern Europe
Unique UnitsTarkanIcon Tarkan
Preferred StrategiesDrush, Flush, Cavalry Archer Rush, Knight Rush
TechnologiesCastleAgeUnique Marauders
Unique-tech Atheism
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The Wonder of the Huns, the ruins of Arch of Constantine

The Huns are an Eastern European cavalry civilization in Age of Empires II: The Conquerors, and are based on the Hunnic Empire controlled by Attila the Hun. Historically, the Huns were a civilization with no discernible origin besides the steppes of Central Asia who were most active in Eastern Europe during the Middle Ages. They are one of the few civilizations that invaded Eastern Europe and displaced many other "barbarian" tribes which caused the Roman Empire to crumble. As a result, their unique unit is the Tarkan, a medium cavalryman armed with a torch who does strong damage against buildings. Their Castle Age unique technology, Marauders, grants the creation of Tarkans at the Stables. The most ferocious and courageous Huns warriors were the Tarkans, and they exemplify the Huns as horse riders who raid and pillage buildings. The Huns were known for their irreverence towards artifacts and works of art as well as architectural wonders were no exception. The destruction of Rome brought by the Goths, Vandals, Huns and other barbarian tribes would later create the term vandalism to describe any senseless destruction, particularly the barbarian defacing of artwork. Their Imperial Age unique technology, Atheism, is a representation of that concept, forcing Wonder and Relic victories to take longer and reducing the cost of the Spies/Treason technology. Being nomads, the Huns have no need for houses and are only restricted in building units by their resources. The Huns were among the many horse civilizations of Central Asia, and their primacy in battle was because of their horses so their Stables produce units faster. To emulate the fact that their principal fighting force were horse mounted archers, Huns get considerably cheaper Cavalry Archers. In spite of being nomads, the Huns were skilled in siege warfare, having laid siege to several cities in France, and thus have more accurate Trebuchets.

Overview Edit

The Huns are pretty easy to play and as a cavalry civilization, they are noted for their strong cavalry. The Archery Range lacks Arbalest, but they get powerful Cavalry Archers with access to all standard technologies available and they cost a lot less. The Barrack lacks the Champion upgrade. The Stable creates remarkable heavy and light Cavalry with access to all Barracks' and Blacksmiths' upgrades, but they do miss Camels. Their unique unit: the Tarkan is an excellent Cavalry unit for sacking bases. The Dock is mediocre, for instance they lack Cannon Galleons (which were present in The Conquerors, but removed in The Forgotten). The Siege Workshop gets the Siege Ram, but lacks the Siege Onager and the Heavy Scorpion. One of their greatest advantages is that they do not need to build houses to sustain population. This is especially important in the early game where players must increase their Villager count and military quickly; the time and Villagers saved from collecting Wood in the early game that would otherwise be used to build houses, is a crucial advantage for the Huns. The Huns are a great rushing civilization; the fact that they do not have to build houses compounds this. The Huns have both effective Cavalry and Cavalry Archers. This makes them a good civilization for those who prefer fast games or tend to play offensively. However they do have some weaknesses. They are unable to upgrade Mangonels or Scorpions and also lack the Champion upgrade. Their defense is also weak, with only Stone Walls and Watch Towers available. The Huns lack Siege and gunpowder units making hard to deal with archers and anti-cavalry infantry and they are very easily countered by Camel civilizations, such as the Indians. Ordinarily, the Huns enjoy an easy time with infantry civilizations like the Teutons, who miss Camels and have a not so fast infantry.

Unique Unit: Tarkan (anti-building cavalry)
Unique Technologies: Atheism (+100 years for Relic/Wonder victories and Spies/Treason cost -50% less), Marauders (Create Tarkans at Stables)

Civilization bonuses Edit

  • Houses not required, but start game with -100 wood
  • Cavalry Archers cost -25% in Castle, -30% in Imperial (changed in African Kingdoms)
  • Trebuchets are 35% more accurate
  • Team Bonus: Stables work 20% faster

Changes in The Forgotten Edit

  • Tarkan (non-elite) gets +10 HP, +1 attack
  • No longer has access to the Cannon Galleon.
  • The technology Treadmill Crane is removed
  • Castle Age Technology: Marauders (Create Tarkans at Stables)

Changes in The African Kingdoms Edit

  • Cavalry Archers cost -10% Castle Age/-20% Imperial Age (instead of -25%/-30%)
  • Marauders cost changed from 500f/200g to 300w/200g

Language Edit

Knowledge about Hunnic language is also sparse: with only three attested words, possibly borrowed from the Huns' Indo-European subjects, for two alcoholic beverages medos (cf. Polish miód "mead" < Proto-Slavic *mȇdu̯), kamos (cf. Paeonian kamon barley beer), & funeral feast strava (cf. Polish strawa "meal" < Proto-Slavic *su̯trava).

Historically, the Hunnic Empire's lingua franca is Gothic. In game, the Huns speak the same language as the Mongols, since Priscus' physical description of Attila strongly suggested the Huns' North-East Asian origin.

  • tiim uu (yes)
  • zuite
  • za za
  • belen baina
  • bi bodhroy/-o
  • zasah (correct)
  • amar menduu (hello; also means how are you doing?)
  • tek kim
  • modchin (lumberer)
  • amtin tejeegch (sounds like "amhuntujudge", gatherer)
  • anchin (hunter)
  • zagaschin/zaskching (fisher)
  • Hudachmuyrchtytch/Hudahoihrooch (farm)
  • uurhaichin (miner)
  • barilgachin (builder)
  • zasvarchin (repairer)
  • tushaal sons (your command)
  • Bechin
  • khim
  • ouskhri
  • mehiin yosloyo
  • hurailan davsh (attack)
  • aeltchant (attack)

Monks Edit

  • soyuchri
  • amr ueno
  • sowaeh sanz
  • tsa tzutey
  • bosrous no
  • bodhray
  • tiimo

AI Player Names Edit

  • Attila the Hun - frequently referred to as Attila the Hun, was the ruler of the Huns from 434 until his death in March 453. He was also the leader of a tribal empire consisting of Huns, Ostrogoths, and Alans among others, on the territory of Central and Eastern Europe.During his reign, he was one of the most feared enemies of the Western and Eastern Roman Empires. He crossed the Danube twice and plundered the Balkans, but was unable to take Constantinople. His unsuccessful campaign in Persia was followed in 441 by an invasion of the Eastern Roman (Byzantine) Empire, the success of which emboldened Attila to invade the West. He also attempted to conquer Roman Gaul (modern France), crossing the Rhine in 451 and marching as far as Aurelianum (Orléans) before being defeated at the Battle of the Catalaunian Plains.
  • Balamber the Hun – A Hun king notable for crushing the Ostrogoths between 370 and 376
  • Bleda the Hun - was a Hunnic ruler, the brother of Attila the Hun. As nephews to Rugila, Attila and his elder brother Bleda succeeded him to the throne. Bleda's reign lasted for eleven years until his death. While it has been speculated by Jordanes that Attila murdered him on a hunting trip, it is unknown exactly how he died. However, there is an alternative theory that Bleda attempted to kill Attila on a hunting trip, but Attila being a skilled warrior defeated Bleda.
  • Dengizk the Hun – Alternative spelling of Dengizich, second son of Attila and brother of Ellak and Ernak who ruled the Huns together after Attila's death; died 469
  • Ellak the Hun – First son of Attila and brother of Dengizk and Ernak who ruled the Huns together after Attila's death; died 454
  • Ernak the Hun – Third son of Attila and brother of Ellak and Dengizk who ruled the Huns together after Attila's death
  • Mundzuk the Hun – Father of Attila and Bleda, and brother of Rugila
  • Ruga the Hun – Alternative spelling of Rugila, a Hun ruler who ruled over the Eastern Huns during the 5th century AD and the brother of Mundzuk; died ca. 430
  • Uldin the Hun – A Hun ruler; died ca. 412

Gallery Edit

Video Overview Edit

Huns Beginner Overview AoE2

Huns Beginner Overview AoE2