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Forging is a technology in Age of Empires II that can be researched at the Blacksmith. Once researched, it increases infantry and cavalry attack by +1.

Iron Casting is the further upgrade of this technology.

Civilization bonuses[]

  • Bulgarians: Forging costs 50% less food.
  • Chinese: Forging is 10%/15%/20% cheaper in the Feudal/Castle/Imperial Age.
  • Incas: Forging benefits Villagers (starting from the Castle Age).
  • Magyars: Forging is free.
  • Portuguese: Researching Forging is 30% faster.

Team bonuses[]

  • A team containing Bulgarians: Researching Forging is 80% faster.


The Forgotten[]

  • Incas: Villagers are affected by Forging starting from the Feudal Age.
  • Magyars: Free Forging requires a Blacksmith.

Rise of the Rajas[]

Definitive Edition[]

Lords of the West[]

  • Incas: With update 47820, Villagers are affected by Forging starting from the Castle Age.


Iron tools and weapons were hammered out of iron bars through forging. The bars were heated in the forge until they were red hot. At this point the metal could be shaped by hammering. The hot bar was held against an anvil and pounded into the desired shape. In the hands of an expert smithy, the process of continually heating, hammering, and cooling created quality tools and sharp, sturdy weapons. Men who worked the forges were called blacksmiths because they worked with black iron and got quite dirty during a day’s work.