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This article is about the technology in Age of Empires II. For other uses, see Husbandry.

Husbandry is a technology in Age of Empires II that can be researched at the Stable once the Castle Age is reached. Once researched, it increases the movement speed of Missionaries, cavalry, and mounted archers by +10%.

Even though the Cumans cannot research Husbandry, they have the most mobile cavalry units in the game, thanks to their civilization bonus which increases cavalry movement speed by +5%/+10%/+15% in the Feudal/Castle/Imperial Age. The Khmer have the most mobile Battle Elephants thanks to their civilization bonus that increases their speed by 10%, while also having access to Husbandry.

Availability chart[]

Husbandryavailable AvailableHusbandryunavailable Unavailable
+ The Cumans had access to Husbandry in the past. Currently, they have a civilization bonus which compensates for the missing technology.


Husbandry is good to research once it is available, as it makes mounted units even better at evading archer fire and cover distances more quickly - traits essential for both closing a gap with an enemy and scouting. Researching Husbandry is an absolute must for cavalry-focused civilizations like the BerbersFranks, Huns, Lithuanians, Poles, or Saracens.

Civilizations bonuses[]

  • Burgundians AoE2 Burgundians: Husbandry is 50% cheaper.
  • Chinese AoE2 Chinese: Husbandry is 10%/15% cheaper in the Castle/Imperial Age.
  • Spanish AoE2 Spanish: Receive 20 gold after researching Husbandry.

Team bonuses[]

  • Huns AoE2 Huns: Researching Husbandry is 20% faster.
  • Portuguese AoE2 Portuguese: Researching Husbandry is 25% faster.


AoE2-DLCicon-0 The Age of Kings[]

  • Husbandry costs 250 food and takes 50 seconds to research.

AoE2-DLCicon-1 The Conquerors[]

AoE2-DLCicon-3 The African Kingdoms[]

  • With patch 4.8, Husbandry costs 150 food and takes 40 seconds to research.

AoE2-DLCicon-4 Rise of the Rajas[]

AoEIIDE icon Definitive Edition[]

AoE2Icon-DynastiesIndia Dynasties of India[]


In an age dominated for centuries by Knights, the breeding and provision of horses, a branch of animal husbandry, became an important skill. Knights needed heavy chargers to carry them into battle but also dependable lighter horses with stamina for campaigning in the country. Scouts and light cavalry needed fast and nimble horses when traveling cross-country in enemy territory. Horse breeders of the Middle Ages selected for these traits, and horses of different abilities were the result.
The Age of Kings manual
Technologies in Age of Empires II
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