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The Huns are purely an offensive civilization.


Since they do not need to build Houses, they are great at rushing, since the resources and time spent on Houses can be diverted to building an army. Adding to this is access to all Castle Age upgrades for the Crossbowman and Knight, the main power units of the mid-game. Later on, their cheaper Cavalry Archers grant them a very powerful, mobile option to use as well. Their unique unit, the Tarkan, is a fast and bulky cavalry unit that is great at destroying buildings and good at fighting archers, making them effective raiders. They have effective cavalry, since in addition to Tarkans, they can build Paladins for heavy-duty combat and Cavalry Archers for quick ranged support. The Huns' faster Stables allow them to replace lost cavalry faster. Their Cavalry Archers are cheaper than normal, so they will make up a large part of a Hunnic army. Their Trebuchets are more accurate against units than those of other civilizations, which aids them in destroying enemy siege weapons from a distance, most importantly, enemy Trebuchets.


Their infantry are weak, as they lack the Plate Mail Armor and Champion upgrades. In addition, their siege weapons are lacking, missing the Onager, Heavy Scorpion and Bombard Cannon. They have a pitiful defense that can be easily broken as they lack Guard Tower, Fortified Wall, Hoardings, Arrowslits and Architecture.

Being unable to research Redemption would mean that the Huns can never convert any enemy Bombard Cannons.

While the Huns remain viable in the late game, they are generally very predictable as their only strong Imperial Age units outside of cavalry are Siege Rams, Trebuchets and Heavy Cavalry Archers. This lack of flexibility in their army composition can easily put them at a disadvantage. For example, a combination of Halberdiers and Siege Rams is normally able to be countered by Champions or Onagers. However, the Huns lack a multitude of upgrades for these units, and their core units (melee cavalry and Cavalry Archers) are hard countered by said army composition.


Huns are one of the most dangerous civilizations in the early and mid-game. Due to not needing houses they have a more flexible start and can create Villagers and military without worrying about population blocks. They can easily fulfill most early game strategies, but become less versatile in the Imperial Age, so ending the game quickly is important.

Huns can do standard Dark Age rushing (drushing) and Feudal Age rushing (flushing). However, they are at their strongest in the Castle Age. Their cheap and powerful Cavalry Archers make for devastating raiders, with the range of an Archer and speed and durability of a Scout in one package. Due to their cost reduction, Huns can create more Cavalry Archers than normal. Cavalry Archers are powerful with all of their upgrades, but they also require more investment than most Castle Age units. They also have strong Knights and Crossbowmen to give them extra flexibility, especially before Cavalry Archers have their upgrades ready.

In the Imperial Age, Huns mostly rely on Heavy Cavalry Archers and Paladins. Hunnic Trebuchets are more accurate, making them a good go-to Siege weapon, though the Siege Ram's faster speed makes it a better choice at pure base razing.

Strategy changes in The Forgotten[]

The Huns' new unique tech, Marauders, allows them to create Tarkans at the Stable. This synergizes with their team bonus (Stables work 20% faster), meaning that the player can rapidly create large numbers of Tarkans. The cost bonus for their cavalry archers was reduced (25%/30% → 15%/25%) for game balance reasons. In addition, Treadmill Crane and Cannon Galleon have been removed.

Strategy changes in The African Kingdoms[]

Marauders costs 200 less wood, making it easier for players to spawn Tarkans. The Cavalry Archer discount was reduced even more (15%/25% → 10%/20%).


Huns are extremely good in team battles, due to the Cavalry Archers' ability to keep several different foes in check at once, if micromanaged well. They can play in the flank position and go aggressive with Scout Cavalry and the archer line or play pocket and go with Knights and Cavalry Archers. The Hunnic team bonus (20% faster Stables) is helpful for all civilizations that have a strong Stable.

With their limited technology tree, a Hun ally should bring decent enough infantry and siege weapons to prevent the opponents from being able to oppress with an army composition that the Huns' team are unable to counter themselves.

  • Berbers AoE2 Berbers: The Hunnic Genitour will be cheaper, and the Kasbah technology will aid to spam the great Hunnic Trebuchets. The Berbers will appreciate the faster Stable workrate for their cheap cavalry.
  • Britons AoE2 Britons: The Britons' faster-working Archery Ranges helps the Huns produce their Cavalry Archers. Hunnic cavalry are also a great complement to Briton archers.
  • Bulgarians AoE2 Bulgarians: The Bulgarian team bonus will help the Huns improve their cavalry and Cavalry Archers faster with Blacksmith upgrades. The Hunnic team bonus in return will help Bulgarian cavalry, which can attack faster if researching Stirrups. The Bulgarians also cover the weak defenses and bad infantry of the Huns ,as they can make Kreposts and have good infantry, and can provide ranged support with good Siege Workshop units.
  • Burgundians AoE2 Burgundians: The Burgundians get a production rate buff for their Stable units, while the Huns get more food from their Relics. Later on, the Burgundians appreciate mobile ranged support, which the Huns are able to offer.
  • Byzantines AoE2 Byzantines: The Byzantines will appreciate the faster workrate for their Stable, as they will be able to train their cheap Camel Riders faster. The Byzantines also cover most of the Huns' weaknesses, being able to defend better than its ally. In return, the Huns, being an aggressive civilization, may focus on raiding the opponents.
  • Cumans AoE2 Cumans: The Hunnic team bonus stacks with Steppe Husbandry for the Steppe Lancers and Light Cavalry.
  • Franks AoE2 Franks: Both allies will support each other's Knights with their bonuses, and Frankish Paladins do well with support from Hunnic Cavalry Archers.
  • Georgians AoE2 Georgians: The cheaper-repairing bonus addresses the weak defenses of the Huns. The Georgians also benefit from a better Stable workrate. The Georgians may also cover the weak defenses of the Huns, as they have good Keeps with Svan Towers, and Fortified Churches.
  • Gurjaras AoE2 Gurjaras: Despite the Huns not gaining anything from the Gurjara team bonus, the Gurjaras will benefit a lot from the Hunnic team bonus, having a pretty unorthodox Stable with Shrivamsha Riders and good Camel Riders. The Gurjara team bonus stacks with the Hunnic team bonus for the Camel Rider and Battle Elephant, so if playing 3 vs 3 or 4 vs 4 and the third or fourth player has a civilization with access to these units, they will be able to spam them really fast.
  • Hindustanis AoE2 Hindustanis: Each ally will give a boost to the other's Scout Cavalry rush, and the Hindustani Imperial Camel works well when paired with Heavy Cavalry Archers, which the Huns have a discount on.
  • Lithuanians AoE2 Lithuanians: Lithuanian Winged Hussars and Paladins will appreciate the better workrate of the Stable.
  • Magyars AoE2 Magyars: The Huns will be able to train their cheap Cavalry Archers faster, and the Magyars will be able to train their cheap Light Cavalry faster.
  • Malians AoE2 Malians: The Hunnic team bonus is highly valuable for the Farimba-improved Malian cavalry. The Malians also have camels and good infantry, covering two weaknesses of the Huns.
  • Mongols AoE2 Mongols: Both of these civilizations' bonuses aid the other's Scout Cavalry rush, and the Huns' Paladin protects the Mongols' ranged options.
  • Persians AoE2 Persians: The civilizations aid each other's Knight rush, and the Persian Paladin pairs well with the Huns' Heavy Cavalry Archers.
  • Poles AoE2 Poles: The Polish team bonus will aid the Hunnic Hussars to perform better against archers. The Poles on their side will be able to train their great Winged Hussars faster.
  • Portuguese AoE2 Portuguese: Their team bonus will aid the Huns in every department, as it allows faster research times, and this bonus stacks for the Stable technologies. The Portuguese do not have particularly good cavalry, but their Cavaliers cost less gold ,so with the Hunnic team bonus, they can be more useful.
  • Tatars AoE2 Tatars: The Tatar team bonus is useful for the cheap mounted archers providing them more Line of sight. The Tatars will appreciate the better workrate for the Stables.
  • Teutons AoE2 Teutons: The Teuton Paladins with better armor will appreciate the faster workrate for the Stable. Hunnic armies will be more resilient against conversion.
  • Vietnamese AoE2 Vietnamese: The Town Center revelation will aid the Huns to raid an opponent. The Huns will also get access to Imperial Skirmishers. The Vietnamese will appreciate the better workrate of the stable for their bulky Battle Elephants.

Compared advantages and disadvantages[]

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Advantages vs other civilizations[]

  • The Huns have access to every key technology for their cavalry units (such as the Paladin and Hussar upgrade) except for Camel Riders and Battle Elephants.
  • The Huns are one of the few civilizations that can go for a Cavalry Archer rush, since their Cavalry Archers are cheaper. As such, the Huns can effectively counter slow-moving units such as Champions or Elephants by hit-and-running them.
  • Being an early game civilization with strong economic bonus (starting at maximum population and not needing to build Houses means the Huns can effectively save a lot of Wood in the early game for an army), combined with their ability to create Scout Cavalry and Knights faster, and cheaper Cavalry Archers, means the Huns have an advantage over civilizations with weak early games, especially in open maps like Arabia and starting in the Dark and Feudal Age.
  • Having access to fully upgraded Hussars, combined with their access to Heresy and their Stables working faster, means the Huns have an advantage over civilizations with strong Monks.

Disadvantages vs other civilizations[]

  • The Huns' navy is lackluster, as they do not have access to Fast Fire Ships and Shipwright. As such, civilizations with strong navies will have a significant advantage over the Huns in water maps.
  • Because most of the Huns' military consists of cavalry units, civilizations that have access to strong Halberdiers or unique units that deal bonus damage against cavalry units can be problematic for the Huns in the late game. Similarly, civilizations with strong Camel Riders are a threat to the Huns' cavalry in thue late game.
  • Since the Huns' siege capacity is limited to Siege Rams and Trebuchets, civilizations with strong siege weapons or massed units can be a tough adversary.
  • Despite the Huns having access to one of the strongest late-game units (the Paladin), the Huns' army composition is very limited in the late-game. As such, civilizations with diverse tech trees will have a significant advantage over the Huns in the late game.

Situational advantages[]

  • The Huns are strong on wide open maps such as Arabia and Nomad due to their strong early game economic bonuses and their strong rushing capacity with their cavalry units.
  • The Huns are also incredibly strong in 1v1 matches due to said economic bonuses.
  • Having their Stables work faster means their ability to train light cavalry faster allows them to deny the Relic in Capture the Relic maps.
  • As their unique technology Atheism adds +100 years to Wonder and Relic victories, it gives them an edge in Standard Game matches when a player intends a Wonder/Relic Victory, and the Game mode "Defend the Wonder".
  • They are probably the strongest civilization at Deathmatch games, because as they don't need houses, all three of their starting villagers can be tasked with building military buildings, and their -100 wood penalty is invisible in that game mode while having their population limit on top so they can spam their units non-stop almost as soon as the game starts.
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