Druzhina is a technology in Age of Empires II: The Forgotten that is unique to the Slavs and can be researched at the Castle once the Imperial Age is reached. Once researched, it makes infantry deal 5 damage to adjacent units in a 0.5 tile radius.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

Druzhina is the cornerstone of Slavic armies in the Imperial Age, benefiting both Halberdiers and Champions. As it allows both of these units to deal damage to adjacent enemies, it makes massed infantry units formidable for large battles, where armies tend to clump up, leaving them vulnerable to the splash damage. Researching Blacksmith technologies beforehand should not be disregarded, particularly given that Druzhina is the most expensive unique technology in the game (in terms of raw resources).

Team bonuses[edit | edit source]

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

Changelog[edit | edit source]

The Forgotten[edit | edit source]

  • Druzhina also affects ranged infantry units. In most cases, this is redundant, as the Slavs cannot train any ranged infantry units.

Definitive Edition[edit | edit source]

  • With update 34699, Druzhina does not affect ranged infantry units anymore.

History[edit | edit source]

The Druzhina (Polish: drużyna, Russian: дружина, lit. “Squad”) was a group of men in early Poland and Rus who helped the prince administer his principality. Among the first members of druzhina were actually Norse warriors. They were eventually joined by members of the local Slavic aristocracy and adventurers from various nationalities. The senior members of the druzhina were known as boyars and acted as the prince's closest advisers. After the 13th century, the term druzhina fell out of use.[1]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Encyclopædia Britannica Ultimate Reference Suite. 2008. "Druzhina". Chicago: Encyclopædia Britannica.
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