This article is about the technology in Age of Empires II. For the technology in Age of Mythology, see Husbandry (Age of Mythology).
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 cavalry movement speed by +10%.

Husbandry is available to all civilizations except for the Aztecs, Incas, Mayans, Teutons, Vietnamese, and Vikings.

Tactics Edit

Husbandry is good to get once it is available, as it makes cavalry even better at evading archer fire and cover distances more quickly - traits essential for both closing a gap with an enemy and scouting. Husbandry is one of the most basic cavalry technologies. Thus, researching it is a must in order to compete with cavalry from other teams and is an absolute must for cavalry-focused civilizations like the Berbers, Franks, Huns, or Saracens.

Civilizations bonuses Edit

  • Chinese: Husbandry is 15%/20% cheaper in the Castle/Imperial Age.
  • Franks: With Chivalry researched, researching Husbandry is 40% faster.

Team bonuses Edit

  • A team containing Huns: Researching Husbandry is 20% faster.

Changelog Edit

The Age of Kings Edit

  • Husbandry costs 250F.
  • Husbandry takes 50 seconds to research.

The African Kingdoms Edit

  • With patch 4.8, Husbandry now costs 150F.
  • Husbandry now takes 40 seconds to research.

History Edit

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.

Real info Edit

  • Husbandry refers to the breeding of animals for a specific purpose. Humans have been practicing husbandry for thousands of years, since the first domestication of animals. During the Middle Ages, Europe bred several different types of horses: Packhorses for endurance; light, fast horses for scouting; large and heavy horses for warfare. Husbandry has had an enormous impact on warfare: it was in part thanks to their superb husbandry that the Mongols were able to perform military feats unimagined by their European opponents; their speed and endurance often caught their opponents off guard.
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