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Hand Cart is a technology in Age of Empires II that can be researched at the Town Center once the Castle Age is reached. Once researched, it allows Villagers to carry 50% more resources (20 instead of 13, so actually 54% more) and move 10% faster.

Civilization bonuses Edit

  • Chinese: Hand Cart is 15%/20% cheaper in the Castle/Imperial Age.
  • Persians: Researching Hand Cart is 15%/20% faster in the Castle/Imperial Age.
  • Vikings: Hand Cart is free.

Trivia Edit

  • Originally, Age of Mythology had a technology that was essentially a successor to Age of Empires II's Hand Cart, even being called Hand Cart and requiring the Wheelbarrow. However, the gathering capacity increase was eventually given to Husbandry, Pickaxe, and Hand Axe instead.

History Edit

The hand cart or simple wagon pulled by a horse or other animal was an improvement in land transport and boosted productivity. A man with a cart could carry the load of many men and more cheaply. The demand for carts was a boost to the economy itself by creating jobs for horse breeders, harness makers, cart makers, and wheelwrights.
Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings game manual
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