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A Unique Unit is ostensibly a unit type in Age of Empires II that is only available to one civilization.

Overview Edit

Each civilization in the game has one unique unit that can only be trained at the Castle in the Castle Age, but eight civilizations have access to a second unique unit that is trained at another building.

Before Age of Empires II HD: The African Kingdoms was released, a Castle was required to train the second unique unit. Since that was changed, the civilizations with two unique units gain the advantage of instant access to a unique unit once the Castle Age is reached.

There are roughly three categories of unique units: Castle units, non-Castle units and shared units. As the name suggests, a Castle unit can only be trained at a Castle, while non-Castle units are created elsewhere (Longboat, Turtle Ship, Missionary, Slinger, Imperial Camel, and Caravel).

Shared units, however, fill a different and broader niche since their nature means that they can be used by other civilizations in addition to their own by simply allying with their native factions. A team containing an Italian, Berber, or Vietnamese player will have access to the Condottieri, Genitours, or Imperial Skirmisher, respectively. Shared unique units are team bonuses.

Apart from the Imperial Camel, Condottiero, and Imperial Skirmisher, all unique units are available in the Castle Age.

All but five (Slinger, Condottiero, Imperial Camel, Missionary, Imperial Skirmisher) unique units have an Elite version that possesses overall superior statistics. The upgrade is always available in the Imperial Age.

It is worth noting that the Samurai possesses an attack bonus against all unique units (including itself) but the Imperial Camel and the Imperial Skirmisher, which are technically just unique upgrades. It is the only unit that has an attack bonus against unique units.

List of Unique Units Edit

All in all, there are 40 unique units:

The Age of Kings Edit

Civilization Unique Unit Trained at Description and Specialities
Britons Longbowman Castle Archer with long range
Byzantines Cataphract Castle Anti-infantry cavalry, resistant to attack bonuses
Celts Woad Raider Castle Fast-moving, anti-building infantry
Chinese Chu Ko Nu Castle Archer that fires a volley of arrows
Franks Throwing Axeman Castle Infantry with ranged melee attack
Goths Huskarl Castle / Barracks* Anti-archer infantry
Japanese Samurai Castle Fast attacking, anti-unique unit infantry
Mongols Mangudai Castle Fast attacking, anti-siege cavalry archer
Persians War Elephant Castle Slow yet strong anti-building elephant
Saracens Mameluke Castle Anti-cavalry camel with ranged melee attack
Teutons Teutonic Knight Castle Slow, heavily armored infantry with powerful attack
Turks Janissary Castle Hand cannoneer with high attack
Vikings Berserk Castle Regenerating infantry
Longboat Dock Warship that fires multiple arrows

Note: The Goths can train Huskarls at the Barracks after researching Anarchy.

The Conquerors Edit

Civilization Unique Unit Trained at Description and Specialities
Aztecs Jaguar Warrior Castle Anti-infantry infantry
Huns Tarkan Castle / Stable* Anti-building cavalry
Koreans War Wagon Castle High-armored cavalry archer
Turtle Ship Dock Warship with very high attack
Mayans Plumed Archer Castle Cheap, fast moving, archer with high hit points
Spanish Conquistador Castle Mounted hand cannoneer with high damage
Missionary Monastery Mounted Monk

Note: The Huns can train Tarkans at the Stable after researching Marauders.

The Forgotten Edit

Civilization Unique Unit Trained at Description and Specialities
Incas Kamayuk Castle Anti-cavalry infantry
Slinger Archery Range Anti-infantry archer
Indians Elephant Archer Castle High-armored ranged elephant
Imperial Camel Stable Anti-cavalry camel; upgrade of the Heavy Camel
Italians Genoese Crossbowman Castle Anti-cavalry archer
Condottiero Barracks Anti-gunpowder infantry
Magyars Magyar Huszar Castle Cheap anti-siege cavalry
Slavs Boyar Castle Heavily armored cavalry

The African Kingdoms Edit

Civilization Unique Unit Trained at Description and Specialities
Berbers Camel Archer Castle Anti-cavalry archer mounted archer
Genitour Archery Range Anti-archer mounted skirmisher
Ethiopians Shotel Warrior Castle Infantry with fast deployment rate
Malians Gbeto Castle Infantry with ranged melee attack
Portuguese Organ Gun Castle Light anti-personnel siege unit
Caravel Dock Ship that fires arrows with splash damage

Rise of the Rajas Edit

Civilization Unique Unit Trained at Description and Specialities
Burmese Arambai Castle Cavalry archer with high attack
Khmer Ballista Elephant Castle Elephant with mounted Scorpion
Malay Karambit Warrior Castle Cheap and weak infantry that only takes half a population space
Vietnamese Rattan Archer Castle Archer with high pierce armor
Imperial Skirmisher Archery Range Anti-archer javelineer; upgrade of the Elite Skirmisher

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