Introduced in KingsIcon The Age of Kings
Civilization See table
Age Imperial-age-research Imperial Age
Researched at Monastery-logo Monastery
Research Time 65 seconds
Research Cost
Gold 120
Effect Monks and Missionaries regain their faith faster after a successful conversion

Illumination is a technology in Age of Empires II that can be researched at the Monastery once the Imperial Age is reached. Once researched, Monks and Missionaries need 46% less time to regain their faith after a successful conversion, enabling them to perform another conversion after 33 instead of 62 seconds.

Technology availability
Available Unavailable

Civilizations Bonuses Edit

  • Aztecs: Illumination gives Monks +5 HP.
  • Burmese: Illumination is 50% cheaper.
  • Chinese: Illumination is 20% cheaper.

History Edit

The strength of any religion is its ideas and the faith that these ideas encourage. The message and spread of these ideas can be enhanced by their presentation. During the Middle Ages religions used icons, impressive churches, music, and artwork to help spread and strengthen their message. Enduring symbols of this effort from the Middle Ages are the illuminated manuscripts copied laboriously by hand in the Scriptoria of isolated monasteries.

Monk Technologies
Fervor | Sanctity | Redemption | Atonement | Heresy | Herbal Medicine | Illumination | Faith | Block Printing | Theocracy

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