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Hoardings is a technology in Age of Empires II available at the Castle upon reaching the Imperial Age. Once researched, it increases the hit points of Castles by 21%, making them even harder to take down, especially when combined with Masonry and Architecture.

Hoardings can be especially handy to players who plan to build Castles for warding off enemy intrusions or building them in enemy territory. Hoardings is even more beneficial for the Franks, Incas, and the Byzantines, who have special bonuses that apply to their Castles.

Castles with Hoardings, Masonry, and Architecture all researched will boost their HP total to 7,028. For the Byzantines, a Castle with Hoardings boosts to 8,131 HP due to their civilization bonus.

Technology availability
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The Age of Kings[]

  • Hoardings costs 400 wood, 400 stone.
  • Hoardings gives Castles +1,000 HP.

The Conquerors[]

  • With patch 1.0b, Hoardings costs 400 food, 400 wood.
  • Hoardings gives Castles +21% HP.


Men fighting from the top of sheer castle walls could not shoot or otherwise attack enemies at the base of the wall without exposing themselves to arrows. Castles were improved with hoardings, which were fortifications and crenellations that extended out from the tops of walls to protect defenders. They could now more safely attack men below or those climbing up. Hoardings made castles more difficult to capture.