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This article is about the unit in Age of Mythology. For the similar unit in Age of Empires II, see Huskarl (Age of Empires II).

The Huskarl is a Norse Heroic Age infantry unit. It is trained at the Hill Fort and is a heavy counter to archers.

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  • Bravery.png Bravery (Tyr) increases attack by 20% and doubles attack vs buildings.



Huskarls are unusual for infantry. They do not fear archers as they are fast, have high pierce armor and a large attack bonus against them. This makes them excellent at chasing down and killing archers quickly with minimal damage. Due to their slightly higher cost and poor hack armor, Huskarls are mediocre at best against cavalry and other infantry. Considering their expense, it is only worth massing them if the opponent is training a large number of archers. Odin players, however, may want to use Huskarls more generally.

Huskarls can also be used as raiding units, and they can take down defensive buildings when in small groups. The Mythic Age god Tyr grants Huskarls Bravery, which increases their attack and gives them an attack bonus against buildings, making them even better at destroying them.


The name of this unit derives from an old Norse name for common household servants (house karl), but it later came to mean the elite household guards of a Viking lord. One Viking king in England required that a man have a gold inlaid two-handed sword to be considered for his Huskarls. These were the king’s best professional troops, carrying the best equipment he could afford. Their sole duties were training, guard duty, and war. Although spearmen are generally regarded as the answer to enemy cavalry, the forest of upright spears could also do surprisingly well at stopping incoming arrows.


Military units in Age of Mythology
Culture Type Units
Greeks Infantry Hoplite  · Hypaspist  · Myrmidon (Zeus) · Militia (Poseidon)
Archer Toxotes  · Peltast  · Gastraphetes (Hades)
Cavalry Hippikon  · Prodromos  · Hetairoi (Poseidon)
Siege weapon Petrobolos  · Helepolis
Ship Trireme  · Pentekonter  · Juggernaut
Other Kataskopos
Egyptians Infantry Spearman  · Axeman  · Mercenary  · Khopesh Swordsman
Archer Slinger  · Chariot Archer
Cavalry Camelry  · War Elephant  · Mercenary Cavalry
Siege weapon Catapult  · Siege Tower
Ship Kebenit  · Ramming Galley  · War Barge
Norse Infantry Ulfsark  · Throwing Axeman  · Huskarl
Archer Bogsveigir
Cavalry Raiding Cavalry  · Jarl
Siege weapon Portable Ram  · Ballista
Ship Longboat  · Drakkar  · Dragon Ship
Atlanteans Infantry Murmillo  · Katapeltes  · Destroyer  · Fanatic
Archer Arcus  · Turma
Cavalry Contarius
Siege weapon Cheiroballista  · Fire Siphon  · Onager
Ship Bireme  · Fireship  · Siege Bireme
Other Oracle
Chinese Infantry Halberdier
Archer Chu Ko Nu  · Mounted Archer
Cavalry Cataphract  · General  · Scout Cavalry  · War Chariot
Siege weapon Fire Lance  · Sitting Tiger
Ship Junk  · Fire Ship  · Siege Junk