This article is about the technology in Age of Empires II. For other uses of the term, see Mercenary.
Mercenaries is a technology in Age of Empires II: The Forgotten that is unique to the Magyars and can be researched at the Castle. Once researched, it removes the gold cost of Magyar Huszars.

Strategy Edit

As Mercenaries removes the gold cost from the Magyar Huszar, it must be researched as soon as the player starts to require a large number of these units that in general perform much better than regular Hussars. This turns the Magyar Huszar into a "trash unit" and allows the player to save a lot of gold in the long term and perform much better in "trash wars" in the late game.

Since without Mercenaries a Magyar Huszar costs 10 gold it is only worth researching Mercenaries when more than 30 Magyar Huszars are trained after researching.

Team bonuses Edit

  • A team containing Berbers: With Kasbah researched, researching Mercenaries is 25% faster.

History Edit

During the 9th and 10th century, the Hungarian cavalry were often hired as mercenaries by various rulers, including the Byzantines when they settled at Ethelkoz (located at the north of Black Sea). Their ability to fight on the horse while firing arrows from great distance made their service in great demand. Besides receiving gifts and tributes from their employers, they also got their income from looting after successfully repelling the enemy.[1]

References Edit

  1. J. France and C.R. Bowlus. 2008. "Mercenaries and Paid Men: The Mercenary Identity in the Middle Ages" (p. 193–195). Brill, Leiden.