Bearded Axe is a technology in Age of Empires II: The Conquerors that is unique to the Franks and can be researched at the Castle once the Imperial Age is reached. Once researched, it increases the range of Throwing Axemen by +1.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

Though its benefits may seem insignificant, Bearded Axe will make Throwing Axemen more versatile in ranged combat, as the Franks are unable to train Arbalesters and have a particularly poor archer tech tree. Especially in a mob and 'stand ground' mode, the Throwing Axemen can now perform a lot of better and wipe out infantry and even cavalry armies.

Team bonuses[edit | edit source]

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

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The Vikings also used the Francisca or bearded axe.

History[edit | edit source]

The bearded axe got its name from the extended length added to the bottom of the blade, making the blade far longer than its connection to the haft. This axe was a further development of the Francisca, the throwing axe that gave the Franks their name. The bearded axe could be thrown or used hand-to-hand. Before the Franks discovered cavalry, they fought in massed formations. As they approached the enemy the front ranks threw axes. These disordered the enemy, caused some casualties, and stuck in shields, making them unwieldy. The Franks then closed quickly for hand-to-hand fighting with additional axes or swords.
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