|This article is about the technology in Age of Empires II. For other uses of the term, see Mercenary.|
Corvinian Army (called Mercenaries before the Definitive Edition) 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.
As Corvinian Army 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.
Like the Persian unique technology Kamandaran, the Malay unique technology Forced Levy and the Bohemian unique technology Hussite Reforms, the player should research Corvinian Army as soon as they require more Magyar Huszars in order to have the highest possible use. Since without Corvinian Army, a Magyar Huszar costs 10 gold, it is only worth researching Corvinian Army when more than 30 Magyar Huszars are trained after researching.
- The technology is called Mercenaries.
- Mercenaries renamed Corvinian Army.
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 the 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.
The Corvinian Army refers to the armed forces of Hungary under King Matthias Corvinus in the mid to late 15th century. More known as the Black Army, possibly due to the color of their armor, they were one of the most professional standing armies in medieval Europe, being one of the first to utilize early firearms. Under the leadership of King Matthias, they fought against the Holy Roman Empire, the Ottomans, and the Hussites.
- J. France and C.R. Bowlus. 2008. "Mercenaries and Paid Men: The Mercenary Identity in the Middle Ages" (p. 193–195). Brill, Leiden.