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Holy Roman Empire flag
Flag of the Holy Roman Empire during the events of Age of Empires II
KingsIcon Age of Empires II
Architectural StyleCentral European
ContinentEurope
ClassificationBalanced (on Land)
Unique UnitsCrusade avatar Teutonic Knight
Preferred StrategiesScout Rush, Archer rush, Tower Rush, Town Center Rush, Booming, Fast Castle, Forward Castle Drop, Turtling
TechnologiesCastleAgeUnique Ironclad
Unique-tech Crenellations
MapsLand
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Wonderteutons

The Wonder of the Teutons, the Maria Laach Abbey

The Teutons (older name for Germanic people) are a civilization available in Age of Empires II. Historically, they were a Germanic tribe that participated in the Great Migration when the Huns pushed various tribes out of Germany and into contact with the declining Roman Empire. They eventually settled in Germany and some in Italy.

In the game, they represent the Holy Roman Empire, Crusader states and crusading orders such as the Knights Hospitaller and the Knights Templar. They rely on infantry, cavalry, siege units and fortifications, typical for a medieval European army.

Their descendants are the Germans.

Overview Edit

The Teutons main strengths are defense and economy, with also many offensive bonuses as well. Their defensive structures and Town Center both have bonuses. Town Centers have an additional +2 for their Attack, and a +5 for their Line of Sight. Towers can garrison twice the number of units than other civilizations and all tower technologies are available. With this bonus, Teutonic Keeps with full garrison of Archers can deal twice the amount of damage compared to an ordinary Keep with full garrison.

In addition, a Teutonic Bombard Tower with ten garrisoned Hand Cannoneers only can fire up to two cannons simultaneously, dealing up to 240 damage. They also receive Murder Holes for free thus eliminating the minimum range of towers and Castle. This provides their Towers an earlier defense against Battering Rams. Another great thing about their defenses is their castles' great range, which their unique technology (Crenellations) increases highly, giving them greater defensive abilities. Their Monks are able to heal at twice the distance of other civilizations’ monks. Their Farms are 33% cheaper. Their units resist conversion due to their Team Bonus.

Their unique unit is the Teutonic Knight, which is an extremely strong but slow infantry unit possessing a significant attack (also an attack bonus versus buildings), hit points and Armor. It is almost unaffected by Archer, Infantry and Cavalry attacks. Their unique technology is Crenellations which gives Castles an additional +3 range and infantry units that garrison in the castle can fire arrows. This makes their castles very powerful and excellent for defensive strategies.

The Teutonic civilization is given high profile in the Barbarossa campaign as they are the playable civilization. In addition many of the opponents encountered early in this campaign are also Teutons. Some opponents in the Attila the Hun and Genghis Khan campaign are also Teutons.

Unique Unit: Teutonic Knight (slow but very strong infantry. Excellent for hand-to-hand combat.)

Unique Technologies: Crenellations (Increased range for Castles; garrisoned infantry fire arrows),Ironclad (Siege weapons get +4 melee armor)

Civilization bonuses Edit

Changes in The ForgottenEdit

  • Town Center LOS restored to normal (moved to Chinese)
  • Town Center garrison +10 units, maximum arrows +5
  • Town Center +2 attack removed
  • Teutonic Knight (non-elite) gets +10 HP
  • Monk healing range bonus fixed (didn`t work automatically in The Conquerors)

Changes in African KingdomsEdit

  • Ironclad cost reduced from 500w/350g to 400w/350g
  • Teutonic Knight movement speed slightly increased.

In-game dialogue language (Old and Middle High German) Edit

The Teutons speak Old and Middle High German, which are the ancestor languages to modern Standard German and several dialects. They were spoken in Germany roughly between 700 and 1350, so this corresponds well to the time period depicted in the game. The Goths speak the same language in-game, but actually, the Goths they had their own Gothic Language which was spoken as early as the 4th century and became extinct by the 8th or 9th century [1]

  • Ja? (yes?)
  • Heisse? (order?)
  • Bereyte (ready)
  • He, ja (why, yes)
  • Reyte (right)
  • Das ich soll (that I shall)
  • Des ware (truly)
  • holza (to cut wood) -or- holzer (lumberjack)
  • jägere (to hunt)
  • fischere (to fish)
  • suocha (to seek, gather)
  • gebuure (to go farming)
  • houwa (to quarry, cut)
  • buuwere (to build)
  • Flickmann (tinkerer, repairer [of small objects])
  • Se stöörme! (storm them!)
  • Sassa! (to battle!)
  • Striitet! (fight!)

AI Player NamesEdit

  • Albert the Bear (c. 1100-1170): The first Mangrave of Brandenburg (a domain of the Holy Roman Empire) from 1157-1170. Took part in crusades against the Slavic Wends, as well as the 1162 Storming of Milan. Called "the Bear" for his strength and restlessness.
  • Conrad the Salian (c. 990-1039): Holy Roman Emperor from 1027-1039; first emperor of the Salian House; grandson of Otto the Great. Notable for repressing rebellious factions of the Empire.
  • Emp. Leopold I (1640-1705): Holy Roman Emperor from 1658-1705. Famously summoned an imperial army to defeat the Turks at Vienna, however had less military success against the French. A patron of learning and the arts.
  • Emp. Lothair (795-855): Holy Roman Emperor from 817-855. Son of the previous Holy Roman Emperor Louis the Pious, fought a civil war against his siblings which led to the breakup of Francia.
  • Frederick II (1194-1250): Holy Roman Emperor from 1220-1250. Presided over the height of the Holy Roman Empire's territorial expansion; also presided over the sixth crusade, which secured Jerusalem under the control of the Kingdom of Jerusalem.
  • Frederick Barbarossa (1122-1190): Holy Roman Emperor from 1152-1190. Established German dominance within the Holy Roman Empire; reasserted imperial rule in Italy. Known for his ambition, charisma, and political savvy, as well as his battlefield successes.
  • Henry III (1016-1056): Holy Roman Emperor from 1046-1056. Last of a succession of emperors who successfully dominated the Papacy. Son of Conrad the Salian.
  • Henry the Lion (c. 1130-1195): Duke of Saxony from 1142-1180 and of Bavaria from 1156-1180. Used his political and military acumen to gain control of large swathes of the Holy Roman Emperor. Son of Lothair II.
  • King Heinrich (876-936): Heinrich der Volger (or Henry the Fowler), Duke of Saxony from 912-936 and King of East Francia from 919-936. Defeated Magyars at the Battle of Riade, and successfully subdued various Slavic tribes. Father of Otto the Great.
  • King Karl: Most likely depicts the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V (1500-1558), who served from 1519-1556; he also served as Charles I, ruler of the Spanish Empire, from 1516-1556. An heir to Hapsburg, Valois-Burgundy, and Trastámara families, his extensive territory included the Spanish Empire, the Low Countries, and much of Central Europe.
  • King Rupert (1352-1410): Elected by German Princes to become King of Germany in 1400 after the deposition of King Wenceslas; served until his death. Attempted to travel to Rome to be crowned Holy Roman Emperor but was defeated by an Italian ally of Wenceslas.
  • King Wenceslas (1361-1419): King of Bohemia from 1361 until his death; elected German King in 1373 but deposed in 1400. After refusing to recognize his dethronement in favor of King Rupert, he paid for military campaigns against Rupert and his allies, leading to years of war and instability.
  • Lothair II (1075-1137): Holy Roman Emperor from 1133-1137. Won a civil war against the house of Hohenstaufen and its supporters. Father of Henry the Lion.
  • Maximilian II (1527-1576): Holy Roman Emperor from 1564-1619. Famous for relatively tolerant religious policy, leading to a brief period of piece in the region. Son of King Karl (Charles V).
  • Maximilian of Hapsburg (1459-1519): Holy Roman Emperor from 1493-1519. Through marriages, military and political pressure, as well as success on the battlefield, added significant territory to Hapsburg holdings.
  • Otto the Great (912-973): Holy Roman Empire from 962-973. Oversaw the consolidation of the Holy Roman Empire through use of the church and by the decisive defeat of the Magyars at the Battle of Lechfeld, ending their incursions into the empire's realm. Son of King Heinrich (Henry the Fowler).
  • Rudolph of Swabia (1025-1080): Duke of Swabia from 1057-1079. Elected German king in opposition to Holy Roman Emperor Henry IV; conflict between them culminated in the Great Saxon Revolt, in which Rudolph of Swabia was killed.

TriviaEdit

  • Like the Saracens generally representing the Islamic factions (before the introduction of the Berbers), the Teutons, alongside the Franks, generally represent the Christian factions.
  • Their unique unit, the Teutonic Knight, was a group of soldiers of the Teutonic Order, who participated in the Northern Crusades against many pagan nations of the Baltic Sea. They later fought other Christian nations as well, particularly Poland.
  • Except for Native American civilizations, the Teutons are the only civilization in Age of Empires II that don't have access to Light Cavalry.
  • In Age of Kings, the Teutons get all three of the rarest non-unique units (the Siege Onager, Paladin, and Bombard Tower).

Gallery Edit

Video Overview Edit

Teutons Overview AoE2

Teutons Overview AoE2

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