|This article is about the building in Age of Mythology. For the map, see Hill Fort (map).|
The Hill Fort is the Castle-type building for the Norse in Age of Mythology. It is cheaper than the Greek Fortress, Atlantean Palace, and Chinese Castle, but it has fewer hit points. It is more expensive than the Egyptian Migdol Stronghold, which costs no wood, but has a higher gold cost than the Hill Fort.
Elite human units and siege weapons are trained at the Hill Fort. It is also where technologies that improve these units are researched. The Huskarl, Jarl, and Portable Ram are available in the Heroic Age and the Ballista in the Mythic Age. While the Norse are not as desperate to build this building type as the Egyptians are, it is still high on their priority list on entering the Heroic Age.
Hill Forts fire multiple arrows at enemies within range, mowing down those with low pierce armor. They can be used to bolster a town's defenses, strengthen a player's claim to a neutral area, or as a forward base. They are, however, vulnerable to melee attacks unless upgraded with Boiling Oil, and, while formidable at defense, they are not invincible. This is especially true in the case of the Hill Fort, which has fewer hit points than other cultures' Castle-type buildings. Siege weapons can either out-range Hill Forts or take little damage from their attacks. In a large enough group, human soldiers can destroy a Hill Fort, though not without suffering substantial losses.
Attack bonuses Edit
- Ships: ×6.0
Age of Mythology Edit
- Originally, Hill Forts had 20 range and cost 200 wood and 200 gold. With patch 1.06, Hill Forts have 18 range and cost 250 wood and 250 gold.
Tale of the Dragon Edit
- With patch 2.7, Hill Forts have 20 range again.
- Medium Infantry
- Heavy Infantry
- Champion Infantry
- Medium Cavalry
- Heavy Cavalry
- Champion Cavalry
- Medium Archers*
- Heavy Archers*
- Champion Archers*
- Levy Hill Fort
- Conscript Hill Fort
Myth technologies Edit
"The local strongmen of Norse societies built strongholds for their base of operation. This was a strong defensive structure that they could defend and where they could store their food and treasure. Such strongmen surrounded themselves with elite warriors, like Huskarls and Jarls, which they supported with booty and land.
The earliest castles found in northern Europe, and especially Britain, were called motte and baileys. The motte was a hill, sometimes manmade, and the bailey was a courtyard with a palisade wall around the motte. The motte was defended by a wooden tower that eventually evolved into the keep that was the central building in later medieval castles."