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This article is about the unit in Age of Empires II HD: The African Kingdoms. For the unit in Age of Empires III, see Organ Gun (Age of Empires III).
Organ Gun
OrganGunIcon
Unit Information
Type Siege Weapon, Gunpowder Unit
Introduced In AfricanIcon The African Kingdoms
Civilization AfricanIconPortuguese
Age Castle-age-reseach Castle Age
Trained At Castle-logo Castle
Training Time 21 seconds
Training Cost
Wood 80
Gold 60
Statistics
Hit Points 60, 70 (Elite)
Attack 16, 20 (Elite) pierce
Attack Bonuses +1 vs Ram
Rate of Fire 3.45
Frame Delay 6
Range 7
Minimum Range 1
Accuracy 50%
Projectile Speed 5.5
Melee Armor 2
Pierce Armor 4, 6 (Elite)
Armor Classes Siege Weapon
Gunpowder Unit
Unique Unit
Speed 0.85
Line of Sight 9
Unit Evolution
Upgrades To OrganGunIcon Elite Organ Gun
Upgrade Cost Elite-unique-research 1200 Food, 500 Gold
Upgrade Time 45 seconds

"Portuguese unique unit. Siege weapon that fires a volley of bullets. Very effective against large groups of units."

Age of Empires II description

The Organ Gun is the first unique unit of the Portuguese in Age of Empires II HD: The African Kingdoms. It is a gunpowder siege weapon that fires a volley of bullets. Like all other unique gunpowder units, Organ Guns do not require Chemistry in order to be trained.

Organ Guns can be upgraded to Elite Organ Guns in the Imperial Age.

Overview and Tactics Edit

The Organ Gun is one of only two unique siege units in the game (the other being the Ballista Elephant), and it fires a volley of five bullets in a spread pattern that can hit multiple enemies. It is more effective against large groups of units, because other than the one main bullet dealing the panel attack, the other four bullets deal effectively only 1 attack. Conversely, however, it is woefully ineffective against structures in a similar vein to the Scorpion, dealing very light damage to them even when used in large groups.

It is advised to always protect Organ Guns, because their subpar accuracy (without Arquebus) and slow Rate of Fire leaves them vulnerable especially to melee attacks. Halberdiers and Hand Cannoneers pair well with Organ Guns and can effectively protect them from melee attacks. They are also vulnerable against enemy Bombard Cannons and Siege Onagers, though Elite Organ Guns can barely survive a hit from a regular Onager. Also, despite having an attack bonus against Rams, they are a poor choice against them, while the Rams can deal devastating damage to an Organ Gun if ordered to attack them.

Almost all other siege weapons are effective against Organ Guns, except Siege Towers.

Further statistics Edit

As Organ Guns are unique to the Portuguese, only technologies that are available to them are shown in the following table:

Unit Strengths and Weaknesses
Strong vs. Villagers, Skirmishers, mobs of units
Weak vs. Samurai, Condottieri, cavalry, Onagers, Bombard Cannons, Huskarls
Upgrades
Range Siegeengineers Siege Engineers (+1)
Accuracy Unique-tech Arquebus (hit moving targets)
Conversion defense Faith Faith
Heresy Heresy
Creation speed Conscription Conscription (+33%)
Upgrades Organ Guns can be upgraded to Elite Organ Guns

Civilization bonuses Edit

Team bonuses Edit

  • A team containing Berbers: With Kasbah researched, Organ Guns are created and upgraded 25% faster, and Conscription and Arquebus are researched 25% faster.
  • A team containing Malians: Researching Siege Engineers is 80% faster.
  • A team containing Teutons: Organ Guns are more resistant to conversion.
  • A team containing Turks: Organ Guns are created 20% faster.

Changelog Edit

The African Kingdoms Edit

  • Organ Guns have +1 attack against infantry.
  • Turks: Organ Guns initially do not benefit from their team bonus. With patch 4.8, that was fixed and Organ Guns are created 20% faster when allied with Turks.

Rise of the Rajas Edit

  • Organ Guns no longer have an attack bonus against infantry.
  • Organ Guns now have a minimum range of 1.

Trivia Edit

  • Of all siege units capable of attacking, the Organ Gun is the only one without an attack bonus against buildings.

History Edit

An organ gun, most commonly known as a ribauldequin or rabauld, was a Renaissance-era volley gun with many small-caliber iron barrels set up parallel on a wooden platform, in use during the 14th and 15th centuries. When the gun fired in a volley, it created a shower of iron shot, serving mostly as an anti-personnel gun. The name "organ gun" referred to the artillery's resemblance to a pipe organ, a well-known musical instrument.

Gallery Edit

Video Overview Edit

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Organ Guns

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