Originally, Villagers cannot hunt and gather from the Iron Boar despite being advertised to hold 700 food. If commanded to attack the Iron Boar, Villagers will stand still. Even if the Iron Boar is triggered to fight Villagers by ordering them to attack in conjunction with soldiers, the Villagers will remain immobile and let themselves be killed.
In the Definitive Edition, the Iron Boar can be hunted and gathered from by Villagers like a common huntable animal. However, the Iron Boar's high attack and HP makes this much more micromanagement intensive, and liable to result in Villager deaths than hunting Wild Boars. Villagers also take more time, and gather more food from the Iron Boar before taking it to a dropsite, which paradoxically results in a large portion of the Iron Boar's meat being lost to spoiling.
The Iron Boar appears in the first scenario of the Attila the Hun campaign, and in the first of the HD version of the Prithviraj campaign. In the former, Attila is invited by his brother, Bleda the Hun, to hunt down the Iron Boar. In the latter, if the player chooses to go hunting, Prithvi will encounter the Iron Boar near a river in the hunting ground.
Attila - The Scourge of God Edit
Since Bleda betrays the player soon after they kill the Iron Boar, it is best to let the Iron Boar fight with Bleda so that Bleda will barely defeat the Iron Boar, allowing Attila to easily kill him when Bleda springs his ambush. Attila may also choose to skip the Iron Boar altogether and choose to betray Bleda before they even begin to fight the Iron Boar; or leave the camp whereupon Bleda takes control of the Huns but leaves some followers for Attila. Another method is to kill the Boar, then run back to the camp so the player can control all Bleda's units.
Prithviraj - A Promising Warrior Edit
When the player encounters the Iron Boar after crossing the river (near a waterfall), the Iron Boar will attack. Instead of killing it, they should lure it by retreating until the Iron Boar gets into the river and is drowned at the waterfall. They may then safely cross the river.
|Animals in Age of Empires II|
|Friendly huntables||Deer · Ostrich · Zebra · Ibex|
|Aggressive huntables||Wild Boar · Javelina · Elephant · Rhinoceros|
|Wild animals||Wolf · Jaguar · Bear · Lion · Crocodile · Tiger · Komodo Dragon · Snow Leopard · Dire Wolf · Rabid Wolf|
|Marine creatures||Shore Fish · Snapper · Tuna · Perch · Salmon · Marlin · Dorado · Dolphin · Box Turtles|
|Herdables||Sheep · Turkey · Cow · Llama · Goat · Pig · Water Buffalo · Goose|
|Other||Horse · Wild Horse · Camel · Wild Camel · Bactrian Camel · Wild Bactrian Camel · Iron Boar · Donkey · Stormy Dog|
|Military||Furious the Monkey Boy · Alfred the Alpaca · Penguin · Flaming Camel|
|Heroes||Ornlu the Wolf · Hunting Wolf · Abraha Elephant|